Archive | December, 2014

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 52.

24 Dec

I HAVE DONE IT!

It’s the blog entry I was never expecting to write.

Week 52’s story now complete, about 3 hours work including research and eating dinner and annoying people ringing the house. 1914 words, and the anthology (as far as stories go, at least) is NOW FINISHED!

The big proof

23 Dec

I’m doing the job of proofing everything that isn’t going into the anthology. I did 30 stories today, managing 21 yesterday. So 51 in 2 days, which isn’t too bad.

Tomorrow is the start of week 52. I want to try and get the story banged out as soon as I can.
We’ll see how it goes.

Bladerunner poem, because it’s awesome

21 Dec

When you wish on a Nexus 6, It’s not something you can fix,
DNA is set in stone, Nexus 6 will die alone.

Burn the candle at both ends, killing humans with your friends,
Human beings are such slobs, Send out Gaff retiring Skin Jobs.

Set a thief to catch a thief says the spiel, Deckard is a Replicant – he’s not real.
Rush to Earth but you don’t know why, before too long it’s time to die.

Anthology Assemble!

19 Dec

Actually, it’s now done.

I just put it all together, the 51 currently written stories along with a table of contents and an introduction explaining the whole idea behind the book.
Just week 52’s story to write, the afterword and then the stats of what I wrote each week.
Oh, and a cover.

Then the anthology will be FINISHED! And ready to be released into an unsuspecting world.

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 51.

17 Dec

All finished with this weeks story, 1842 words in about 2 hours.

Bit of an odd idea but it was weird enough to not allow me to sleep before I handwrote most of it.
I just had to come up with an ending, and that came fairly easily just now.
A kooky golden age style story that I’m pretty happy with.

1 week left, and I already know what I’m doing for that.
We’re almost done!

All done, for now!

16 Dec

Smashed out those 2 bits of story typing up that were outstanding.
151 words and 410 words respectively.

Both need work but are finished, at least.

Not sure what next weeks story will be yet, hopefully one of the outlines I already drew up this yr.
We’ll see, I guess?

More new stories!

16 Dec

Just knocked out 1221 words, a new Bladerunner piece.
Struggled to write the end last night but nailed it just now.

Two things to type up then chilling until tomorrow.

Apologies to my loyal readers & followers

15 Dec

I’ve been overlooking the blog recently and I’d like to apologise to those who like to read it.
I have been doing stuff, then mostly saying what on twitter.

I’ve been writing bits and pieces. Two things that are unfinished and not typed up, something I started on the computer and haven’t finished. I’m running out of creative steam, it appears.

I’ve made a solid decision on next year, there’s going to be no actual resolution for the first time in 3 yrs.
I’ll keep to the 1 story per month free releases as they are all already written and ready to go (but currently needing covers so Januarys release MAY get delayed!) but this year has really taken it’s toll on me both physically and mentally.

If I were to look at this year in realistic terms, I’ve been balancing TWO resolutions. The Bradbury Challenge and to release 1 free ebook every month. One is achieved, the other has 2 items left to do for me to call it a success.

I’m trying to spend what little free time I have getting the anthology ready so i can release it as quickly into 2015 as possible. Watch this space!

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 50.

10 Dec

Just finished this weeks story, an idea from last year! My take on the darkness behind a simple nusery rhyme, and not a very common one either!

3033 words in total. A bit of a toughie with all the back story but I hope it reads better than it felt to write. At least I’m into the home straight now. Just weeks 51 and 52 left.

Wish me luck. I’ve come too far to fall at the last few hurdles!

I done a story!

4 Dec

Stranger Views published one of my recent flash pieces. Inspired by Terry Pratchett & Robert Rankin, it’s a surrealist piece in the style of a long lost Victorian magazine article.

Click, read, snigger loudly if you want.

http://www.strangerviews.com/short-stories/pigeon-punching-north-africa/