My Short Story is available this coming week 🔞

Out 29th July. **not for under 18** https://www.amazon.co.uk/Our-Home-Thomas-Maxwell-Harrison-ebook/dp/B0B7GVW5XF/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3SKRGT2HF3PHI&keywords=in+our+home&qid=1658760167&s=digital-text&sprefix=in+our+home%2Cdigital-text%2C67&sr=1-1

I have a short story coming out this coming Friday on Amazon Kindle. Please go and pre-order, or bookmark and buy on the day of release. Not a typical horror, nor is it something I usually write.

A home invasion suspense / horror short story. Where did the idea come from? Well simple, the home is our safe place and to break that is to ruin someone’s life. Granted that in this story the main characters are in a holiday cottage. This doesn’t mean it isn’t their home though. Okay blurb time:

In Our Home… where we breathe ice.

It’s been six months since prosecuting barrister Kerrie successfully put away Dean Carter for murder. However, as she lives her daily life with her husband Frank and children Daisy and Tilly, she is unaware that Dean is out, and he’s hungry for revenge.

What we witness is a very quick and brutal home invasion. Which I stress is not nice and certainly a form of horror. I put on the description that it’s a horror thriller, because I have no idea how else to describe it. Suspense, well I hope so although the actual invasion is quick and more about what happens inside.

A short story attempt. I initially planned to release under a pen name but decided against it because I’d have to put my real name in the book copyright section.

Warning 🔞

I stress to you all that if you consider reading this that you should be over 18 years old, or the adult equivalent for your country. This is so important. You do not want to read something that might cause you alarm, distress or even trigger flashbacks or bad memories for you. It is simple not suitable for under 18s due to the violent nature and bad language. I also want to add that home invasion movies tend to get a 15 rating, something I strongly disagree with. Due to the psychological impact of such events, whether in fiction or real, these should really be 18. I’ve seen horrific home invasion movies with rape, murder and violence and attacks toward adults and children at 15 age rating, to be left disturbed. Do not read this story. If you are desperate to read a home invasion horror by me then please have some patience because I will likely write another which is intended for a wider audience.


Don’t forget that Beach Town: Survivors is out tomorrow 25th July – with positive feedback from beta readers so far. Please go check that out and keep an eye on the page because I will run a free price promotion soon after launch.

Weekly Roundup!

  1. Introduction
  2. Fist Fighting the Undead Continues on Medium!
  3. Pre-Order/add to library – Beach Town: Survivors now!
  4. Beach Town: Survivors coming to Kindle 29th August! Pre-order!
  5. Beach Town: Hope – Now Free on Smashwords!

Introduction

It’s been a hot summer week. Lots has happened and I’ve been writing tons, editing a lot and preparing for an exciting release. It peaked at 30c here today so a far cry from all the heat warnings. Might I add, England could do with a heatwave, but instead the media has instilled more fear upon the masses! Just let us enjoy ourselves!

As you know I’m writing a novella called Dead Reckoning. A completely different kind of horror story than the usual zombocalypse stuff. To aim for a summer release is ambitious but doable at the rate I’m writing it. Of course I need to take account of editing which takes the longest time. Any alpha or beta readers here, then comment below if you’re interested!

I spent a few hours yesterday reading at a cafe in the sun, which was lovely. I went last Saturday too, and might just make my Saturday the day to do that! How did you spend the day?

I wish I could keep up with all your incredible writings and events but life is hectic sometimes you know? How’s things for you?


Fist Fighting the Undead Continues on Medium!

Pre-Order/add to library – Beach Town: Survivors now!

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Beach Town: Survivors coming to Kindle 29th August! Pre-order!

Beach Town: Hope – Now Free on Smashwords!

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The Imminent Heat Wave (Stay Safe Tips)

Sunday 30 – Monday 35 – Tuesday 35

Those are the forecasts for my area. I believe it was last week that I woke up to suddenly find it was 28c. That was hot yes, but nice and tolerable.

Now… it has not been this hot for many years here and I am not kidding. I don’t remember a recent summer where temperatures have reached 30+, they peaked around 28/29 and that is all. Of course living in the North of England will be the answer, as the south has always been hotter and is also closer to the equator.

My main concern is – living with long term health conditions – is how this will affect me, and I am sure others will be a little concerned too. Excessive heat can be dangerous to people with good healthy, so regardless I will post some tips to stay safe.

Everyone thinks drinking a lot of water is good, which is true but you run the risk with excess sweating of hyponatremia. This is where sodium levels in the blood are low and cause serious issues such as: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache or confusion. Along with low blood pressure, fainting and cardiac issues in severe cases. For that reason you need to take hydration liquids that contain sodium as an electrolyte, this can be found in a lot of sports drinks or you may prefer hydration tablets or heck you might just eat sodium containing foods. Salty snacks like salted peanuts or something else can help. Also salt does provide sodium but I don’t recommend adding salt to your drink!

  • Close curtains!
  • Plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol!
  • Don’t sit in a car!
  • Have ice ready in the freezer and cooled liquids
  • Have a fan that works!
  • Avoid the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Use shade and apply sunscreen if out, wear a large summer light hat
  • Don’t exercise
  • Always carry water/fluids when walking
  • Don’t go into the water – like the sea or pool – alone. Follow regulations, avoid floating in the sun!
  • Take medications and keep a close on them

My eBook for Beach Town: Hope is now on Smashwords for free. Which means soon Amazon will drop it to free as well. Go get a free copy!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1156294

Writing Goals for June

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post today. I hope you have had an enjoyable week and are looking forward to the weekend celebrations. I read a post on social media describing someone’s writing goals on the Medium platform. I have published a few posts there myself, however my site is my main source of writing. Plus, you all get to see it! It would take a while to build up to the same amount of followers on there, so will add to Medium every once in a while.

So my motivation was sparked by that post to add my own writing goals for June. I listed 3 main goals in my notepad. I also listed 3 lesser goals. Here they are:

1) To Complete my Masters Submission for the 10th June.

As part of my law course I have to do a masters too, it is on clinical legal education and involves a critical reflective report. I have managed 2,500 words on it today taking the word count to just over 6,000. I have to write between 8000-9000 words overall. So tomorrow I will edit what I’ve written today. I am planning to have completed it by Sunday or Monday which will give me a few days to review and edit it.

2) Finish Beach Town: Survivors

The new upcoming and horrifying novella which I plan to release in August 2022. A summer release for what I think it quite the gruesome and dramatic story. I’ve managed to crank out 2,500 yesterday or more, and tonight I suspect I will be able to finish the story. There has been a lot of surprises whilst writing, namely that it is just full of bizarre twists and turns and unexpected happenings. You can see a little more about that by going to the post below, where you can also see what I hope is going to be a good cover!

3) To Reach 600 Followers on WordPress

I really enjoy connecting with you all here on WordPress and putting out content which is so well received. I would love to hit 600 followers by the end of the month. I don’t have that many to go and have exceeded my expectations massively this year, as I’ve gained so many great new ones and likewise discovered so many new and fascinating blog sites here.

4) To Write More About my Life

As I recently started counselling sessions I hope to be able to keep a more accurate diary of my days and to try and incorporate that onto this site sometimes. I think it will allow me to actually see where things are improving, and where things are still in need of support. Many people do this so why not dedicate more time to it?

Well that is all for now and as usual thank you for reading, if you enjoyed then like, comment, reblog and follow and share all over. Also, check out the Dawn of the Dead (1978) movie review below if you like.

Spotlight author! S.S Frankowska

I’ve managed to have a chat with yet another incredible writer. This time Sandra S. Frankowska is telling me about her writing journey and about her incredibly inspiring fantasy series! I hope you enjoy what she had to say, I know I loved every minute and thank you for taking the time to read!


S.S. Frankowska

Sandra S. Frankowska is the author of the epic fantasy series Heroes Of the Shadow. When she is not writing, Sandra is either working at the ed-tech start-up, reading, painting or rock climbing.

Some of Frankowska’s favourite reads include The Lord Of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Journey to the Center of the Earth by J. Verne, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Dark Tower by S. King, Jurassic Park by M. Crichton, The Drift by C. Aufenthie and The Hunger Games by S. Collins.


Where do you live?

Recently moved out from London to a small village in Kent, UK called South Darenth.

Why are you a writer?

My passion for writing comes from my passion for reading. For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed discovering other worlds and losing myself in them. Writing was about the same, just on the brand new levels. I plotted my series in my head long before I wrote the very first word on paper. I drew places and creatures that existed nowhere but in my mind to get them out of my head. Drawing soon wasn’t enough. I painted, sculptured, and tried other forms of expressing it, but with time, nothing worked. My characters began to appear to tell their stories, and I found myself plotting it all on paper before I even realised that this was what I was doing.

Eventually, writing became a coping mechanism for me. It was a way to take a step away from the crazy world we live in and immerse myself in the new place, which only I could explore. It became a way for me to process things I found difficult to process otherwise. To express things that matters to me, that I often felt no one else cared about.

As the first chapters formed, I realised I have a story to tell. A story that I couldn’t find anywhere else, and that I enjoyed. A story that I was looking for in other books, but it wasn’t there. How could it be there? It was inside me this whole time.

What do you enjoy about writing?

There are many things I love about writing.

First one is plotting. I spend a lot of time daydreaming, with my mind travelling across different worlds and timelines to see how the story will develop. I treasure these moments a lot. Being able to see all of that in my head makes me to realise how gifted and lucky I am. Detaching myself from excel tables, grocery planning and paying bills to figure out how the world with dinosaurs and dragons living in one place could look like makes me feel complete. I may be physically still here, but with my mind, I can be just anywhere. Isn’t human brain amazing?

Second thing I love about writing is how it makes me feel the emotions that not only are not mine but also belong to a fictional character. Yet, they are real to me. I write a scene and I catch myself smiling. I write a scene and suddenly realise that my heart is speeding up. My characters are somewhere high up and I feel dizzy. None of this happened, and yet I felt it all.

Finally, writing is self-discovery. My plot and my characters force me to ask myself questions I wouldn’t ask myself otherwise. To understand the complexity of thousands of different experiences that impact the smallest decisions we take. To see how resilient and brave I am. Writing and publishing isn’t an easy process. Many of us experience self-doubts on regular basis, struggles to be seen, and receive little to no support on the way. Realising how much strength you have to continue, nevertheless, should be a huge thing. It was for me. I never knew I had it until I started to write.

Tell us about your most recent works

My debut epic fantasy novel came out last year. “Heroes Of the Shadow. Blue Scar Indeabinito” is a first book in the 24-books-long planned series. It’s a story of a soldier, Thomas McCartney, who was taken to another world called the Indeabinito. It’s a world filled with mythical creatures and other humanoid races, some of which remind him of things he knew (like mermaids and centaurs), some are completely new to him.

While the Indeabinito world has a lot to offer, Thomas actually spends most of his time trying to find a way back to his home. His father is a soldier, and so is he. Taken to another world, he’s worried that people will consider his disappearance a one thing that he would never do: a desertion.

If you could write a book in a new genre, which would you choose?

Based on books that I love, my first choice to try something new, would be a dystopian fiction.

Do you have any role models or people who inspired you to write?

I rarely take people for role models (too easy to get disappointed). There are, however, authors whose art inspired me to write. The two key series that made me to write were The Chronicles of Narnia and Jurassic Park + Jurassic World. The first one, for the simple reason: I loved the idea of the portals that existed in our world and could take you to somewhere else. Exploring Narnia made me to fall in love with fantasy and limitless possibilities it offers. That was my “what” to write.


Jurassic Park and Jurassic World made me to realise the impact of a good story. While I enjoyed the movies, these books carried so much more in them. Particularly Jurassic Park has this one scene that explains how systems used in the park were designed with logical error, and how simple and easy to miss that error was. Everything that happened later was just a huge consequence of one wrong assumption. The way M. Crichton plotted important messages into the world that didn’t exist but felt as if it could be real, was my “why” to write.

Are you working on anything at the moment?

I’m currently working on getting my second book in the series ready to publish later this year, while also outlining book #3.

Where can people buy your books?

My books at the moment are only available on Amazon.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

First of all, you are only aspiring until you start to write. As soon as you started, you are a writer, and never let anyone take it away from you. Other than that, treat anything you hear regarding the writing process as an advice, not as a rule. Writing is an art. There is no such a thing like one size fits all. We all do it in different ways. That’s why our stories are unique. Try different things, experiment, but never force yourself into something that doesn’t work for you.

Writing is not easy, but you should enjoy it. Otherwise, what’s the point?

http://getbook.at/HOS – FIND HEROES OF THE SHADOW HERE


It was incredible to speak to such a talented author. I thank you for your continued support and for reading, so if you liked, like, comment and follow and reblog!

Spotlight #2 Chris Profeta

Writing spotlight number 2 is indie author/writer Chris. A fantasy writer predominantly on Wattpad where you can read his fantasy epic for free. I had the pleasure of talking to Christopher about his work and he wanted to sum up his writing life which is great. So without further introduction, please enjoy his story on creating his work The Search for the Eoz Potion. He had a rather philosophical and religious outlook on his work, which was different.


Everything is Temporary

I’m not a good writer.  I struggle to fill in the minor details of a story and to have them amount to any kind of larger purpose.  I’m also really bad with typos, but that’s not relevant to this blog pist…I mean, “post.”  (I also have a cheesy sense of humor.)

About five years ago, I had an idea for a fantasy story.  I had never written one before and didn’t really even enjoy reading them much, but my kids and I had just finished the Harry Potter series and were struggling to find something new to read together.  Like any good father/writer, I decided I would write one for them.  This is where my problem with being a bad writer becomes important.  Better, I suppose, to be a bad writer than a bad father.

Frustrated, I decided to turn to the children for help.  I explained the basic idea – a girl searching in a secret world for a magic potion to cure her sick friend – then gave each child a character to help develop.  They came up with the personality, backstory, physical description, and all the other details. We mapped out a basic plot diagram and then I worked on fitting all the pieces together into one coherent story.  Once I was able to convince them to hold off on the giant half chicken/half penguin monster until the sequel (stay on the lookout for that one, folks…), we ended up with what I thought was a pretty solid story about sacrifice and friendship that we called “The Search for the Eoz Potion.”  I have been posting it free on Wattpad here.

So that took care of the specific details of the story, but what about the second part of writing I’m bad at, giving the story a larger meaning?  This is something I always overthought as a writer, but this time around it kind of took care of itself.  

About the same time that I was writing the book, I had the opportunity to learn from a man who is both a Jewish Rabbi and a Lutheran Pastor.  Over the course of a week long lecture series, he taught about the original Hebrew text of some of the more famous passages from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible including the book of Ecclesiasties.  He taught us that the famous proclamation from Solomon that “everything is meaningless” is better translated as everything is “vapor” or “breath.”  The Hebrew word “chevel” that is often translated as “meaningless” is better understood, he argued, as referring to something that is temporary.  

So where is the connection, you may ask.  Well, I have always shied away from stories about fantasy worlds because of how complex they can be to write (again, see opening line about my writing ability), but also because as a reader myself I often found them to be far fetched and removed from reality.  I preferred stories that spoke to what I saw around me, but when I would try to write them, they were too boring to even force my closest friends and family to read.

Chevel solved these problems.  It gave me a better appreciation of how books that create fantasy worlds that exist parallel to our own reality can help us to better understand the world.  What we experience everyday is meaningless, it is temporary, it is a vapor that exists only briefly.  There is, in fact, something more.  Obviously when we put it in its biblical context it means something much more complex than a simple blog post could uncover, but I’ve learned that fantasy writing is far more consequential than I ever truly appreciated.

In “The Search for the Eoz Potion,” for example, the main characters’ time in the “fantasy world” gives them a deeper sense of purpose in the “real world.”  There is a moment when one of the characters has a flashback to her life back home.  She remembers the pressures her parents put on her to be the best at school, in her extracurricular activities, and in sports.  She recognizes that her inability to ever live up to their expectations is crippling her, and she then comes to the following realization:

“School, student council, softball, none of it mattered in the Garden.  She liked that.  She had one goal, one thing to focus on – finding the Eoz Potion.”

Chevel.

Beach Town~ [Paradise Gone Apocalyptic] – Joys of Writing

Welcome to the site of Psychedelic Wizard and author T. I appreciate all you following me, liking and commenting. You are all an inspiration to this humble soul.


I want to talk briefly about writing, specifically the joys of writing. The best part of publishing my novels was getting to see the covers. I think that really makes you feel good, because you know all the hard work is about to pay off as you release your work to the world.

I also seriously enjoyed writing the Beach Town novels. I do have another started, which I had to put on hold last year. I didn’t plan on writing more than one novel in Beach Town, but actually I found the island and the town and the people to be fascinating. I cannot believe what they have been through. It took over a year for the first novel to be written, and a lot longer to go from first draft to published. Then after publishing that, I had already started writing the 2nd book – Hope – in Summer 2019. I finished writing it around 9 months later and then spent a few more months editing and arranging book cover design. If you recall I was trying to push for October but ended up releasing in November 2020. I would have published the 3rd by now if I actually wrote it. But, I haven’t yet. We are now in 2022 and I feel like I should have at least wrote the 3rd book. I managed to start two other novels in 2020 but never got round to finishing them either. Sounds like excuses to be honest.

The back cover of my book! You can see the island of Beach Town, or more accurately, the beach shoreline. Fantastic picture. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beach-Town-Hope-Thomas-Maxwell-Harrison-ebook/dp/B08MPCNHSM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3MWHE739TINSG&keywords=beach+town+hope&qid=1645826849&sprefix=beach+town+hope%2Caps%2C93&sr=8-1 The best part of finishing a novel is getting to see the cover.

But, I will finish the 3rd novel and I will do my best to make it the ultimate zombie fan dream. Not only has it already started as extremely dark and frightening, but the novel is going to be a rollicking thriller of adventure and survival. No spoilers my darlings.

Aside from seeing the finished book, the best part for me is the creative stage. The first draft, because that is where all the magic happens. Then comes the editing, which can also be magical and gives you a chance to sand the rough edges of your foundation. I find in the editing phase that actually more interesting thoughts come to me on what I should do with the scene. My second book had around 4 drafts before publishing. I think. I also made it exclusive to Amazon. As an indie self published author I do feel like it is hard to get the reviews. For some reason people leave negative feedback and I just know that they most likely didn’t read the book. But I don’t read reviews now, once was enough.

What do you think of writing? Do you enjoy it? Leave a like, comment and follow or reblog to show your continued support for this site.


A positive, happy song with beach vibes. Bald man, big energy. Made me think of sea waves.

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Cheese Glorious Cheese… & Fries

Confession time. Not last night, but the night before I ate this chicken burger. It was called a ‘tower burger’ and consisted of chicken, hash brown, cheese, lettuce and tomatoe and onion, some BBQ sauce and two lovely buns – not the sesame buns, some variety of gourmet/posh buns. Anyway, I hadn’t slept and I needed to eat so I ordered. It came with really tasty crispy fries with peri peri powder, brilliant taste. I am supposed to be a vegan but since I hadn’t slept I felt like I should divulge myself. Anyway it was lovely and I considered it a treat. Was it filling? Yes it was. Did it taste nice? Hell yes. How did I feel after? I have no idea as half hour after eating I blacked out for 12 hours on the sofa, apparently You Only Live Twice {James Bond} had played on tv and at some point turned itself off, as the day after it said ‘watch again.’ Well I slept right through that.

The picture above is from the site I ordered from. They forget my drink even though I ordered a meal which included one. Not the end of the world, great takeaway. I feel slightly guilty though for giving in to the meaty temptation. I suffered bad heartburn and a ‘junk food hangover’ the next day. It reminded me why I went vegan to begin with!

It wouldn’t be a good post without a poem about said burger: I Ate Chicken, Ultimate Vegan Sinner

Not knowing how passion could exist without it
or how the eyelids could remain awake
the meaning of life slipped into a bun
I remember just how much it was 'yum-yum'
no pickled beetroot, no devastating soya
I just know, I was all out of juice


Get Beach Town: Hope on Kindle Unlimited for free and the eBook for free for a limited time! Grab a copy now to last a lifetime. Really appreciate the support and any and all reviews!

Have a read of my Wattpad erotic/love/romance story about one mans night of sexually charged drama and danger @ https://www.wattpad.com/story/307873965-discovery-avenue

Check out my new Elephant Journal post – https://www.elephantjournal.com/2022/04/does-life-mean-something/

I have just written something for Medium too – called ‘Making the most of Writing’ @ https://medium.com/@thomas_maxwellharrison/making-the-most-of-writing-5be702a5e4f9

You can also follow me on social media @Thomas87520559 ! I regularly post and interact with a massive writing community, and I support indie authors and self published authors!


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Join My Newsletter

Hello and welcome to psychedelic wizard.

I am starting a monthly email newsletter for anyone interested. This might be an easier option if you’d prefer to receive updates via email rather than checking my site for recent posts.

The newsletter will talk about my writing, my books, any relevant and helpful writing tips, poems which will be posted and have been posted, looks into future works, and delving into various topics. It’s just easier I think. So, feel free to sign up. I’ll only send it once a month, but am considering every 5 weeks instead. Each email will be unique and it really depends on if you are a fan of mine or anything I write.


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