Archive | December, 2013

One sentence stories, A new writing concept/experiment

14 Dec

One sentence stories.

After the fifteen hour time limit expired I finally punched him in the wallet, and he died.

reddit NO MORE!

12 Dec

I have officially removed all my ebook links from reddit after reading the newly mooted user agreement.
They can officially go and screw themselves.
My content is MINE.
I wrote it. It’s MY copyright.
Not yours because you think you might be able to make a buck out of it.

If anyone is going to make money out of me, it’s damn well going to be ME.

If you are a writer and have ANY books currently being advertised through reddit I strongly urge you to delete/remove those posts before January. All mine are gone as of today. I removed them. My choice.

Have a poem!

12 Dec

Rhymes from an alternate history

Marie Curie built a bomb,
She only had 1 mission.
To end the arms race for all time,
By achieving Nuclear fission.

bomb

Addressing a bad review

10 Dec

I’ll present the review first before I address the points raised by the reviewer.
I’m doing this on the blog because there’s a massive issue with Smashwords, you can’t talk to people who’ve written reviews. Which they REALLY need to sort out.

The Ground Beneath My Feet By Ray Daley
Review by:
andy petrides on Dec. 09, 2013 : star
oof… so many issues.
some spoilers follow…

This doesn’t even qualify as a rough draft… this is simple brainstorming, borrowing from a hundred movies we’ve all seen before.Much of the science makes no sense compared to what actually happens. Author needs to ask WHY and HOW when he writes things… for example, he writes that the ship can do everything, but its main function is to raise/teach one human to do basic things. Huh? Or that when they reach the planet they are to seed, the ship simply dumps a bunch of people on it to wander around… no probes/scans/tests/etc… technology we actually have today… just “go out for a walk!” also, why is the ship teaching about earth? (sounds of the ocean, etc) shouldn’t it be teaching about the planet they will seed? Or how about “skipping 20 yrs of development to avoid nasty puberty”… watch Bladerunner and see the issues about cloning/making adults with no experience with emotion, human interaction, etc. Unfortunately the science here reads like Flash Gordon… author should watch some Star Trek instead and study the morality tales behind the story, and back it up with ‘realistic’ science.
The only thing that was clever was the biblical idea of “the first man killed by a serpent”. That is a nice concept… think about what can be learned from this, and block out the story from there. Question everything you write- why are things happening? be cognizant of all the assumptions you make.

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And that was the review.

Let’s address what Andy had to say.

This doesn’t even qualify as a rough draft… this is simple brainstorming, borrowing from a hundred movies we’ve all seen before.
Actually Andy, the finished piece went through several edits.

Much of the science makes no sense compared to what actually happens.
This is a generalization.

for example, he writes that the ship can do everything, but its main function is to raise/teach one human to do basic things.
At no point do I ever say or even infer the ship can do everything. Its main function isn’t to raise 1 human to do basic things. Inflight its main function is to raise a human to be its Captain (hardly a basic thing), At planetfall it teaches them all the survival skills they will need on a new planet.

Or that when they reach the planet they are to seed, the ship simply dumps a bunch of people on it to wander around… no probes/scans/tests/etc… technology we actually have today… just “go out for a walk!”
The scans of the surface are clearly mentioned, the computer decides not to tell the Captain about the life it finds. And it hardly “dumps” them, it selects the safest place it can find. Also, all the people on the shuttle are armed. They are hardly being dumped naked in the middle of nowhere.

also, why is the ship teaching about earth? (sounds of the ocean, etc)
Reviewer clearly misread, it wakes the Captain to the sound of waves to keep him calm in a stressful situation. At no point do I ever mention anythning about teaching them about Earth.

shouldn’t it be teaching about the planet they will seed?
Again, I don’t think you actually read the piece very thoroughly, if at all. All the lessons it gives them are about survival on such worlds.

Unfortunately the science here reads like Flash Gordon… author should watch some Star Trek instead and study the morality tales behind the story, and back it up with ‘realistic’ science.
Actually Andy, I watch a LOT of Star Trek. The idea here was to move away from stories around Generation Ships & try a new approach to planet seeding. As for “realistic” science? It’s called fiction for a reason?

The only thing that was clever was the biblical idea of “the first man killed by a serpent”. That is a nice concept.
Finally! Something you DO like.

be cognizant of all the assumptions you make.
This could be applied to your review, in spades.

Me and Blade Runner.

10 Dec

I have a big place in my heart for the movie, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen most versions of it now (all bar 3 I believe) and I am more than familiar with both the world and its inhabitants.

Which is probably why I chose to write what eventually turned out to be my first piece of Blade Runner fanfic Blade Runner Time Line.
This was a project, I discovered there wasn’t a great deal of information known about Doctor Eldon Tyrell so I thought to myself that someone needed to correct this oversight.

And then decided that someone should be me.

So sure enough, I wrote a complete life history of the good Doctor including the creation of the various Nexus types right up to the moment Tyrell is killed in the movie. His story DOES continue after that but you’d have to read the Jeter books to find out more.

Having created a nicely detailed timeline which originally was just going to be my research for writing, I then actually wrote the story I’d intended to create when I started to compile the timeline. This story became my 2nd piece of Blade Runner fanfic The Process, a story about earlier Nexus models and how they were detected before the Blade Runner unit were formed.

I then rested on my laurels for a good while.

Until I got another idea a couple of days ago which I finally typed up today. It’s called “Father Figure” and it’s more about Eldon Tyrell (yes, again!) and an earlier Nexus model. It’ll be released eventually or submitted to the flash market, hopefully sometime next year.

This does not mean I am finished writing about Tyrell or the Blade Runner universe.
There are more stories to be told, more characters to explore, many more questions to answer and to ask.

I hope I have time enough.

End of the drought

8 Dec

I’d been struggling this month. Not to get ideas but to actually finish something.
I hadn’t started and finished anything since the 7th of November so when I finally committed pen to paper AND managed to reach THE END that was the first story I’d completed in just over a month.

Since starting to write seriously a little more than 2 years ago that’s been the single longest period I’ve gone without managing to finish a whole story.

It’s not exactly long, it was only 2 sides of A5 note paper but the fact was it got finished and it felt easy to do.
It literally just fell out of me through the pen onto the paper. Those are the stories I really like too.
And it was a Blade Runner piece.

Then to have that really cool Doctor Who dream (details on my Facebook status) just felt like a reward.

Final (original) ebook release of the year!

6 Dec

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385259
http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/32831/the-ground-beneath-my-feet
The Ground Beneath My Feet – A FREE original SF ebook, my last this year!

Definitions From A Writer

5 Dec

What state does a story exist in?

As far as I am concerned there is the obvious one.

Completed – Written, proofed, edited, released and out there for people to read. Also known as Finished.

Idea – Currently exists in your head only. To be written down.
Partial – The start, middle or end of a story. Also known as an Incomplete.
Framework – A story that exists as a description of what you want to write. Not an actual story. Aso known as a Layout.
Fragment – A few lines, a paragraph or a few sentences.

What kind of terminology do you use to describe a story in its various different states of existance as a writer?

Danny Baker’s Great Album Showdown (Series 1)

4 Dec

As the show has been picked up by BBC4 and will air new episodes (in January, according to Danny Bakers twitter feed) I decided to rewatch the first 3 shows (which originally aired on February of 2013) to make a list of all the albums that were chosen by Danny & his various guests.

The pickers of rock and pop were quite loud about stating artist & album name, those backing R&B weren’t quite as good.
In fact they were absolute SHIT considering one of them makes his living as a DJ and one of them used to be a SINGER!

So that’s my main complaint, when revealing the albums you’ve chosen, PLEASE make sure the camera can clearly see the title and the name of the artist. And then say BOTH of those nice and loud and clear so we hear them.
Trevor Nelson. Micha Paris.
Naming and shaming you both for you ineptitude.

Danny Bakers Album genre picks

Rock
Frank Zappa – We’re Only In It For The Money
Joni Mitchell – The Hissings Of Summer Lawns
King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

(Guest picks)
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Colosseum – Those Who Are About To Die Salute You
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
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David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
The Clash – London Calling
Lou Reed – Transformer
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Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Supertramp – Crime Of The Century

Pop
T-Rex – Greatest Hits
Elton John – Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy
The Ramones – Rocket To Russia
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

(Guest picks)
Kate Bush – The Hounds Of Love
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow
The Sisters Of Mercy – First And Last And Always
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David Bowie – Hunky Dory
T-Rex – Tanx
Bob Dylan – Desire
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The Beatles – A Hard Days Night
Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
Joni Mitchell – Court & Spark

R&B
Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall
Millie Jackson – Still Caught Up
Stevie Wonder – Music Of My Mind
Al Green – Call Me

(Guest picks)
Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
Curtis Mayfield – Super Fly
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Barry White – Stone Gon’
Prince – Sign O’ The Times
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Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
Donny Hathaway – Everything Is Everything
Smokie Robinson & The Miracles – Make It Happen

What You’ve Done This Year

4 Dec

I thought as I am close to my last release of the year I would take stock and actually write down a list of everthing I’ve released, self-published or had published elsewhere this year.

Here goes:-

ebooks released through Smashwords & Feedbooks
Letters Home (Jan 1st)
Artificial Intelligence (Feb 1st)
The Mason Procedure (March 1st)
The Time On The Island (March 31st, April release)
Moments In A Crowd (May 1st)
First One There Dies (May 7th)
All The World In Wax (June 1st)
Dinner With Grandma (June 30th, July release)
Alan Rickman Will NOT Die (Aug 1st)
The Last Day With My Friends (In The Marble Orchard) (Sept 1st)
The Realisation (Oct 1st)
Service Provider (Oct 20th)
The Short Trip (Nov 1st)
Echo Beach (Nov 8th)
The Gallifrey Five (Nov 15th)
Visiting Hours (Nov 22nd)
Patient Review (Nov 29th)
The Ground Beneath My Feet (Dec 6th, to be uploaded on Friday)
18 titles.

Flash Fiction published

365 Tomorrows
Return From Red Zone – Jan 12th
Salary Man – May 28th
2 titles.

Linguistic Erosion
The Man Who Was Twelve Bears – Jan 16th
Ground Zero – Jan 19th
The Last Mighty One – Jan 24th
The Keepers, Kept – April 7th
The Armstrong Moment – May 15th
Come In Number 13, Your Time Is Up!- Aug 20th
6 titles.

Facebook
The Dream Of Space Flight – Feb 9th
Never Apart Until Then – May 3rd
The Pioneer – Jun 30th
Daddy I’ve Fallen For A Monster – Aug 4th
The Seven Mistakes A Ninja Makes – 23rd Aug
Death On The 7:15 from Roehampton –  Sept 27th
The Least Haunted House In The World – Oct 25th
7 titles.

33 complete stories released this year.
Almost 4 per month.

So what was your total?