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Welcome to my website! I’m DSM Griffin (but you can call me Griff) – a fantasy and sci-fi writer who wants to tell you awesome stories about cool characters in difficult situations. Sounds good? Then take a look at some of my books and short stories while you’re here, or delve deeper into my head and read my latest blogs, reviews and rants below.

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Current book Progress

 

Press Start: Gamification and MarketingIn second draft

Jormun Walks Among UsPlanning stage
Short Story Collection0 short stories completed

Latest stories

My writing regime and why it probably sucks

I’m always trying to be a more productive person. I’ve read all the major books and tried all the common systems and taken bits and bobs from each to build something that works for me. It’s gotten me quite far in my marketing career, and I’m pretty good at getting my personal life in order too. Where it tends to fall down though is my writing. But I often fall into the...

What’s the most overpowered magic?

So I asked the font of all internet knowledge (Reddit) what they thought were the most overpowered skills and magic in fantasy – partly for the laughs (Reddit is my favourite website to get a giggle) but also to generate more ideas for my stories. The internet hivemind delivered of course, and after wading through a lot of odd anime based arguments, I’ve whittled it down to my top...

Why I hate the ‘wake up at 4AM’ gurus

Google ‘wake up at 4AM’ for me, don’t worry, I’ll wait… What did you find? Two things, (1) a whole bunch of ‘motivational’ articles screaming the benefits of how waking up at 4AM will help you succeed at life, and (2) another set of articles from rightly worried people asking why they can’t get back to sleep at that god-awful hour. Guess which...

Book Review: The Blade Itself

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the first book in the First Law trilogy – and it is definitely the first book in a series. The Blade Itself takes the hard work of the trilogy by being the ‘setup book’, slowly introducing all the characters and their motivations, and bringing them all together for one reason or another. This is actually my greatest frustration with The...

Apparently I should be writing

I have a big problem with procrastinating. I will do anything other than what I am supposed to do. This ironically leads me to sometimes do productive things (like cleaning the house), or nice things (like going out to get Becky a present), instead of what I actually should be doing – which is more often than not, writing. For me, I think the big problem was a word I used in that last...

Book Review: The Red Knight

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is a thoroughly enjoyable medieval fantasy hack-n-slash that is heavily focused on two things: grizzly authentic medieval combat, and making the main character as cool as possible in the eyes of the reader and everyone else in the story. The book focuses on the war between mankind vs the wild (monsters), with the Red Knight being the leader of a mercenary company...

Book Review: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind by the great bearded Patrick Rothfuss is a funny old beast. It follows the story of Kvothe, a gifted boy with a natural talent for learning which applies itself quite readily to magic. Why is it a funny old beast? Because it reads like epic fantasy, but nothing epic really happens, at least in this first book. The whole story is told through a series of flashbacks by Kvothe...

Learning from the masters

Knowing how to analyse a story is one of the first lessons we all need to learn as writers. By analysing our favourite stories we can learn how they work, what makes them great, and hopefully how we can make our own stories great too. For me, I tend to go through a book a week. This isn’t some kind of my dick is bigger/smaller/greener than yours boast, it’s just a fact. There are...

Game Review: Tyranny

Sometimes, evil wins. Tyranny is a game where there was no last minute hero, no deus ex machina, no chosen one. Only an evil villain that took over the world with very little real resistance. It’s an excellent example of a game exploring one simple concept: what if the good guys lost? And reminds me very much of Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Mistborn’ novels. Tyranny is set in a...

A little about me

My full name is Daniel SM Griffin (but call me Griff), a European (have been described as British), male human. My views and opinions (like my hair and teeth) are my own.

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