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Summing up 2016

31 Dec

So to sum up my year:-

Started (and finished) a new job.
Wrote a novel in 28 days (it’s still in edits!).
Submitted over 25 stories.
Sold nothing.
Received 2 free contributor copies of an anthology I’m in.
Wrote 87 new short stories.
Moved house.
Tried & failed NaNoWriMo.
Got older.

NaNoWriMo – Day 4

4 Nov
NaNoWriMo – Day 4.
I’m calling it over and done for me.
 
My story doesn’t have enough to make it to novel length.
It was fine as a potential short story, I think I bit off more than I could chew to try and it into a novel.
 
Only having 1 character for most of it simply doesn’t provide enough to push the narrative forward.
 
Stick a fork in me. NaNoWriMo2016 is over for this guy.
I was crazy to even start.

NaNoWriMo – Day 3

3 Nov
NaNoWriMo – Day 3.
 
I’ve just called it a day.
Daily Word Count=1730. Total Word Count=6230.
 
I’m currently 1229 words ahead of schedule.
 
That was NOT easy. Thank god for the list of stuff aboard the liferaft.

NaNoWriMo – Day 2

2 Nov
NaNoWriMo – Day 2.
 
I’ve just called it a day.
Daily Word Count=2,288. Total Word Count=4500.
 
I’m currently 1166 words ahead of schedule.

NaNoWriMo – Day 1

1 Nov

NaNoWriMo – Day 1.

I’ve just called it a day.

Daily Word Count=2212. Total Word Count=2212.

I’ve got ideas for future chapters, about 40% of chapter 1 written and at least 70% of the final chapter written too.

I’m currently 545 words ahead of schedule.

The “Lost” Novel, more info

13 Oct
Now I’ve had the time to give the contents of that bag a once over, here’s what actually exists in terms of that novel.
 
6 A4 PAGES of synopsis, all typed on the old electric typewriter I had.
 
Roughly 6 pages of handwritten things on the large lined notepad. It was clearly either a spare from Hereford or aquired via Jon in Unit Publications & Forms Store.
 
Somewhere in the region of 20 sheets of handwritten things (too nervous to see what they were) on small A5 sized notepad paper. A cursory exam says each sheet contains plot items and outlines.
 
This is stuff from (I found a fucking date!) 24th Dec 1991. So I was probably in my early days of Command Receipt & Dispatch then.
 
I’m not sure if anyone who isn’t a writer can understand what this is like for me, rediscovering this stuff. I genuinely thought it was lost during the move back home.
 
I’d declared it gone several times over the last 20+ yrs.
 
It’s almost like finding gold.
 
I recalled it being fairly detailed but even skimming the synopsis, I didn’t realise what level of detail I’d gone into. It’s pretty freaking deep.
 
Characters have names, descriptions, backstories, ages. Likewise for scenes, locations, quests.
 
It’s a cross between fantasy & SF. It’s a very blurred line between the two.
 
And it seriously deserves to be finished.

Nothing but news!

13 Oct

I am SUPER excited!

Why, I hear you all asking?

Because I found my very first outline for a novel which I started working on WAY back in my RAF days, so it’s over 20 yrs old.

It’s not in perfect condition but it’s more than legible so I can easily type it up at some point in the future when I’ve got nothing else to do. (This will be quite soon, more in a different update)

I was totally convinced that it had found its way into the bin when I moved home from the RAF so I am totally stoked to discover that it still exists and that I can still read it.

It’s from before I was seriously looking at being a writer, and I was in my 20’s so I expect it to be fairly pretentious and immature.

But it’s got an absolute crapload of world building, character development, background research (back when that meant going into the library, as it was pre-internet!) and all that literary goodness.

I already had the outline for “Space Musuem” and “Service Provider” so this means there are 3 possible novels in the pipeline.

Be afraid! Be very afraid!