Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
The Secret History of the Military Adventure Novelist
Plus New E-Story (Covers)

So it was actuallly when I was looking at a PDF (a handout for a martial arts class) which recounts in horrifying detail, with body diagrams and a lot of Chinese, the 108 acu-points/acupunture cavities on the human body that when struck can result in "pain, numbness, unconsciousness, internal organ damage and/or death." (Here it is, by the way, if you're curious and/or very angry at someone.)

And but anyway that's when it hit me: if anybody saw my browsing history, they'd probably call MI5 or the FBI on the red phone, and/or run screaming. I mean, it's just pretty terrifying and dramatic stuff one finds oneself referencing, when one is trying to write a high-tech, special forces, nuclear terror action thriller.

So then I thought it might be interesting to dig that up (the history). If nothing else, it's quite a unique window into the novel-writing process in the Wikipedia age. (And which, Wikipedia, let me tell you, has made things a whole hell of a lot easier.) I suppose this kind of risks pulling back the curtain – I mean, seeing this, you might realise that you, too, could write a high-tech, special forces, etc. etc. You can just look all these things up now.

But first! here are four more short stories that I amused myself by doodling covers for. (If you missed the last three, they're here.)

All day, punks! I can do this all day! ;^)

Okay, now here's that browsing history from when I was writing the new book. Chrome only keeps your history 10 weeks (and I did this 2 weeks after), and it's from only one of the machines I was using. Plus I've sort of ruthlessly deleted all the boring, repetitive, and embarrassing crap. Hope it's at least amusing (or frightening), if perhaps mainly to other writer types.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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