Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rules?

So this morning I hopped onto facebook, as one is wont to do.

One of the updates was from my friend Nigel, that nice fellow behind Black Donald

Nigel posted an article that featured Neil Gaiman's 8 rules of writing, which you can find by clicking here. Alternatively, go check out Brain Pickings. So, what are these rules? Here, let me show you.

"Write"
Yeap, that is definitely the number one rule. One kind of needs to do that, whether by applying pen to paper or by means of the computer.

"Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down."
Here I would definitely say that it's just a matter of putting down on paper what you can see in your head. If you have a strong image or scene in your mind, describe it.
"Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it."
I would also suggest that you write what you are interested in. If you are writing something that doesn't capture your imagination, put it aside. But yes, finish what you write.
"Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is."
Agreed!
"Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong."
That depends, if it's your editor talking take onboard what works for you.
"Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving."
Yeah, that is a good rule.
"Laugh at your own jokes."
No one else seems to anyway.
"The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter."
This one I like the best.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cleaning up the house

Whilst waiting to hear about Dispatched, and saying @#^! it to the idea of trying to write in a completely new universe (I have decided that I would like to work on a new Carl Nicole thriller), I have decided to clean up the house. Well, the files on my computer that contain story ideas. Some, like Thirteenth's Luck
will reappear on either Amazon or Smashwords, or both. Others, like the one in the hands of the lovely Jax, will be edited to shreds and rebuilt to either be something new or become part of the Carl Nicole story arc. Those stories unlucky to be deemed as hazardous to your imaginations will be shredded, stomped on and deleted.

Personally I'm excited with this renewed enthusiasm to revisit what I had written in the past, mostly because it would be fun seeing what I came up with back then.

Currently I plan to alternate between working on the next Carl Nicole story and editing/reworking a story currently titled Avalon. They are two completely different ideas; whereas Nicole's timeframe is roughly a couple years from now, Avalon is set on a made up world in the Epsilon Eridani star system and am hoping to be a bit of noir and science fiction rolled into one.

Exit Strategy

I was going over my files this morning, as one wont to do on a fine Saturday morning here. I have come Smashwords back in 2012. The story is the spiritual precursor to Compromised, as it features the original version of a character I once role-played on a play-by-email Star

across my first story that I published via

Trek game.

So what is this story about, you ask?--Here's the promo for it:


In fact you'll find Emilio Heerdan in another story, but different.

You can buy it, by clicking on the lower right corner of the blog or here.

I'm sure you're wondering why I didn't just delete the story and be done with it, considering that both characters make an appearance elsewhere. The short answer, why not?--It's a reminder of where I was back in 2012 and to a certain respect I'm still proud of what I have written.

Things we find online



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-22089159

Sure, why not. Just find out a wheelchair friendly slide and off we go.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A whole new universe

That is what one of my favourite authors said.

Once you have finished a story and fired it off for submission, start another story. The trick of course was to write something not related to the last story, which is harder then I thought.

You see, I like writing a certain style of genre. You can find examples of Compromised and Across the Board on Amazon, two of my recent stuff that I put up for reasons that I still haven't come to grips with... of course some of my mates would state that I just jumped onto the whole independent publishing scene and hope for the best. But I digress.

As I was saying, I like writing in a specific genre because it's fun for me, and am getting better at it. Well, I like to think so. But my last few attempts at writing had proven to be a variation or replica of the current story that is in its second stage of submission to a small electronic press in the States. Whilst that isn't exactly a bad thing, but when you stick to a specific formula then things tend to get repeative (I have seen a few books that seem to follow a formula; some readers have no qualms with it, while others do).

However, writing in a whole new universe and even genre (I decided to return to my first true love, science fiction) certainly has its advantages. For one, you get to get passionate about your new masterpiece, befriend new characters and have the side effect of improving your writing. It also lets you forget about your last piece, which you could return to with a clean slate if the opportunity presented itself.

Right, off to write I go. Toodles!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pre-Christmas Update

Good morning all.

It is rather pleasant outside at just after 9 o'clock in the morning here in New Zealand, with some sort of roadworks happening just outside my window.

Anyway, as it's so close to Christmas and New Years, I figured to do an update. Not that there has been much of one really, as work has been super busy and my writing has somewhat dwindled. Still haven't heard from the publisher you suggested I rework a piece and resubmit, but no news is good news. Right?

Hope all is well with you though?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Update on November 2013

Things are slowly progressing here.

While waiting to hear about my resubmission I have had been rather busy, which is a good thing.  Work has certainly picked up, especially with the self review coming up.  That had been easy this time round, and all the paperwork emailed to the appropriate people up north; with the parting words of "time to countdown the hours until the weekend", which were replied to with full blown agreement.  Being busy generally means no time to think about the little things in life that somehow continue to baffle me to this day.

The last while has also seen me being busy over the weekends too, most recent being a parade from Dental School to the Octogan. You can read about it here.  I have also started research on a new premise, and have found a goldmine thanks in part to being connected to a friend of my friend and am now in dialog about certain information.  Then there are the collaborations.  One with my friend Nigel, which I need to get back into, and the other with my good friend Sam.  The preliminary draft with Sam is more or less done, and looks like it will be a novella - so yay to that.  All I need to do is start the next phase of editing and beefing it up.

The only drawback however is that with work getting busier, it has meant that my writing has been really relegated to the weekends.  But never mind, onwards and upwards.  No?