Archive | April, 2014

Another Writing Update

10 Apr

Typed up my story, first use of my nice new document holder! 642 words, some rewriting on the fly.
Despite its title, NO dragons are featured within.

I think I’m going to eat some lunch (after I’ve made it) then look at finishing that story from Tuesday.
I know I wrote down a framework of how I wanted the rest of it to go, I wanted to be helpful to future me.
Past me is getting far too kind, check him!

Writing Update

9 Apr

I finished a flash short yesterday, 453 words.

The piece I started Tuesday is still in progress, I did nothing on it at all yesterday.
I’ve also got a finished short to type up that I hand wrote in bed early yesterday morning before I got out of bed.
I meant to type that up, got sidetracked.

With nothing on tomorrow I’ll hopefully do that type up and try to finish the other in-progress story.

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 15.

9 Apr

This weeks Bradbury Challenge story is now finished.
It was really easy to write, I’d had the idea just before midnight, typed down the outline and got straight to it as soon as the day started.

2357 words.

I’m pleased with both the idea, it’s implemenation and how it worked out.

And a good title too.
And I’ve also got a story I was writing early during Tuesday to finish off which should be fairly easy to complete as I know exactly where that’s heading as well.

More Novel News

7 Apr

After asking myself a question (answered by Google), I have selected Lebanon, Kansas for an important location.
Thanks for being the geographic centre of America!

I’ve also chosen O’Hare Airport in Chicago (thanks Wikipedia) as it’s the 2nd busiest airport in America and ranked higher in the International Airport list than the number 1 slot.

Now I’ve just got to come up with a new for the research lab.
Thinking about something Systems.
I’ll have to work on that first word, see what I can come up associated obscurely with what they do there.
Maybe look into Mythology for that one.

More work on the novel

6 Apr

This time before bed last night.

I came up with 2 new characters.
One was for the sake of balance, the other was to aid in interaction across a certain sequence of scenes.

I’ll type their details up a little later today.

Might look at writing my female protagonists first scene.
Not her actual first scene but her first appearance according to the linear timeline of the story.

Make of that what you will.
If I can crank out another 2000 words today, that’d be lovely.
But it’s unlikely.
Anything more than the type-up of the two character outlines would be great.

Novel News!

5 Apr

So. I just wrote my first 750 words of my novel.
And I just solved the problem that was bugging me.
Oh, and I started it on chapter 3. Just to annoy those with OCD.

Here’s a bit of background.

I wrote a short story on the 18th November 2012.
I thought ‘This’d make a good novel’ then thought nothing more of it for a while.

Then I thought ‘Okay, stuff it. yeah, why not.’
And wrote down a bunch of chapters, how I wanted the book to progress.
Literally no more than a few sentences for guidance. That was on 3rd April 2013.
I also wrote out a list of characters and some basic info on each.

And then did nothing. Until about 40 minutes ago.

And now it’s actually got some “proper” content.

It was always going to progress in what I call “slow time”.
But at least now there’s some actual work happening on it.

What’s In The Pipeline?

4 Apr

So I’ve been looking my “development” folder.
I counted how many things are in there to be finished.


Some are a few paragraphs, some are a few sentences, some are literally 1 line of text.

This number doesn’t include:-
the notepaper on the tv (at least 9 things), the notepaper on the computer (19 things), the pile of notepaper inside my book (too scared to count how many there). And the Star Trek idea in a notebook on top of that book.

So at least 135 ideas in progress.
At least 2 of those are potential novels.

Who says I’m stuck for ideas?


3 Apr

Had some good news today, not sure if I can share any details as yet so it’s just going to be listed as “good news” until I know that I can reveal more.

Reading Rick Wakemans biog, very enjoyable so far.

A bit low in the creativity arc this week, I had to really motivate myself hard to do this weeks Bradbury Challenge story.
I’m totally not feeling any urge, need or desire to write anything this week.
I may be on shutdown until next Wednesday.

Hopefully something I read, listen to, watch or see will kick-start me again.
The lows are low, but you have to take the rough with the smooth in this life.

The only thing keeping me up is knowing I can tell you about this news soon.
Be good to each other.
I’m off for a mug of hot Bovril & some toast.

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 14.

2 Apr

This weeks Bradbury Challenge story just finished, 1256 words.
I used an outline I’d come up with in mid-November of last year.

It’s not brilliant but it’s not completely awful either.
At least it’s finished.

Something I wrote 3 months ago

1 Apr

I make no excuses for science fiction. It needs none.

What I do for SF, I do by choice. No-one forces me to write at gunpoint.
What I write down, I do because I enjoy it. Mostly.

I could stop writing tomorrow, go back to where I was just over 2 and a half years ago and just write stories for myself.
But I won’t.
Now I’ve started writing for people other than myself I rather like it.
I’ve got enough pieces finished to release 1 per month for at least the next 2 years and then some.

I make no excuses for science fiction.
And I hope it makes none for me either.