19 Feb

So. As you can tell from the title of this I am very excited.

I was about to start writing this afternoon when I decided to casually check my emails before I kicked off.

Got 2 from the same place.

News about something I’ll tell you about when they tell me I am allowed to say something concrete.

I’ve emailed them back, just waiting for more details.

You’ll know more once they update me.

Watch this space!


31 Jan

With heartfelt apologies to David Bowie I present this. To be sung to the tune of “Fashion“.


There’s a brand new guy
but I don’t know his name
That people from bad homes
Liked again and again
He’s big and bland
full of tension and fear
He’ll do it over there but we don’t do it here

Fascist! Turn to the left
Fascist! Turn to the right
Oooh, Fascist!
We are the goon squad
and we’re coming to town

Listen to me – don’t listen to me
Talk to me – don’t talk to me
Dance with me – don’t dance with me, no

There’s a brand new guy,
but he’s not very clear
That people from good homes
are voting for this year
He’s loud and tasteless
and I’ve heard it before
You shout it down while you’re marching
on the Senate floor
Oh bop, Fascist


Listen to me – don’t listen to me
Talk to me – don’t talk to me
Vote for me – don’t vote for me, no

Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do
Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do
La-la la la la la la-la

An Update!

30 Jan

First things first, an apology. Sorry for neglecting the blog. Normally I’d check in more often than this but various things have kept me distracted.

Righty, on with the actual update.

There’s no New Years Resolution this year. I am going to be doing a few things, but they aren’t solid, date based or goal based things so I’m not classing them as actual resolutions.

Submitting More Stories.
I’ve set a new routine around submissions now, if you follow me on twitter@RayDaleyWriter then you’ll already know that whenever I receive a rejection I have decided that I will submit a story to a new market within 24 hours of receiving that rejection.

I also want to try and submit at least 1 or 2 stories per month, to get more stuff out there in the world. I know it’s sort of the scatter gun approach to submissions but something’s got to be taken eventually. I’m hoping more subs equals more chances of making a sale. And not more chances of getting rejected.

Write On A Regular Basis.
One of my twitter friends said her resolution was to write 1 story a month, each month. Admittedly, I’ve already gone way beyond this in the past with a story each week for a year. But as I’m not always in the right mindset to write, 1 a month sounds more than possible for me. I’ve already completed 9 stories. So that’s me up to September already.

Read More.
To be a good writer, Stephen King (amongst others) says you should read a lot. That’s not a massive problem for me.

Summing up.
Currrently there are 7 stories out in submission. One is in the process of being withdrawn as it has been with that market for 2yrs with no progress so they are officially getting shitlisted once I’ve had it confirmed they’ve withdrawn it.

And now you’re all caught up again.

Protest (a poem)

30 Jan

Protest (a poem) by Ray Daley.

If you’re having to protest every other weekend,
And your Leader’s breaking laws only Gods could mend.

It’s time to realize you’re no longer free,
And this land isn’t your land, or a safe place to be.

When the Lady gave light to the huddled masses,
People never cared about different classes.

Muslim bans and a wall, Brought to you by the Donald,
Don’t need Golden Arches to see he’s a clown, like Ronald.

So if you really care about Freedom Of Speech.
You don’t need a clue about who to impeach.


Coming next!

1 Jan

I’ve spent the day sorting out the cover for my next release. I’ve finally decide to release another Sherlock Holmes story as a stand alone ebook.

I haven’t decided on an official price yet but it’ll probably be about $1.50 or £1.20 in the UK. It may not go on sale to US markets due to copyright issues but I’ll definitely be selling it in the UK through Smashwords.

I hope all the Sherlock fans support this release and buy it!

Summing up 2016

31 Dec

So to sum up my year:-

Started (and finished) a new job.
Wrote a novel in 28 days (it’s still in edits!).
Submitted over 25 stories.
Sold nothing.
Received 2 free contributor copies of an anthology I’m in.
Wrote 87 new short stories.
Moved house.
Tried & failed NaNoWriMo.
Got older.

Swimming In Jelly [a silly poem]

17 Dec

Swimming In Jelly, By Ray Daley

Let’s all go swimming, go swimming in jelly, Jilly & Jimmy & Bob,
Just don’t crazy, don’t invite Daisy & certainly don’t invite Rob!
We can 3 have fun & when we’re all done we can have trifle for tea.
So let’s all go swimming, go swimming in jelly, what a wonderful thing it’ll be.