Sunday, August 30, 2015

From two to three

I followa very simple logic where my writing is concerned, if it strikes me as a fun thing that just grabs my attention from beginning to end (regardless how many revisions I make) I run with it. If it doesn't grab my imagination after 5,000 words than I call it quits.

Thus far, Enemy Within and Ghost of Missions Past are keeping me focused. Then again, so is a previous story featuring my main character and corporate ran refugee centres. More on that later . . .

Monday, August 24, 2015

A progress on my progress

Remember this post? Yeah . . . about that, life kind of took over. Don't get me wrong, both Enemy Within and Ghost of Missions Past exist in some form or another, the former more than the later. It's the editing that has bogged things down, along with life events like getting engaged, work and so forth.

The thing is, the story was to be . . . and still is meant to be . . . the pilot and starter to a series and/or a serial, so it's all about ensuring that there is a hook to interest the reader, a solid universe and well rounded characters that weren't cardboard cutouts. As I like to say, watch this space and be patient with me. I am writing.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Why I train

Fitness is important, I said that much in my previous post. Without my training regime I probably wouldn't be the man I am today. The thing is, I never really explained why I go out of my way to improve on my level of fitness. Hopefully this entry will shed some light on to the why and so forth.

video

I do training so that ultimately I could do that what you just saw on the video.

You see, my disability is static; meaning that it doesn't get worse over time, it just stays the same. What the doctors don't say is that if you don't use something overtime, you lose the ability.

Progress of a sort

Admittedly I have been slack in the blogging department, but that's the price of working full time, writing and carry on with life. The end result is that something had to give, and that something was blogging. Besides, I really didn't have much to report. Enemy Within has been edited to death, fixed and reworked accordingly. All going well, it will be up soon. Then there is Ghost of Missions Past, which is in the editor's capable hands, and very soon she will have another story to look at that features Special Agent Carl Nicole of the United Nations Police Division.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Introducing you to a Hamstring Flex

I will be the first to advocate the need for exercise, especially since it had helped me become the person I am.

Today I want to show you this . . .



That's me, doing a Hamstring Flex on an incline of maybe 45 degrees or thereabouts? As you can see, the right leg is attached to the cable. What you don't see are the actual weights attached as well. With the assistance of my personal trainer, whom I'll introduce you in my next post, we . . . well . . . I (but let's face it, training is a team effort, especially when the person being trained is disabled) did 3 sets of about 15-20 reps per leg (yeah, wasn't counting). Before you ask, yes I did add on weights at the end of the pully. First set per leg was only 11 kg and the remainder at 20 kg. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Someone actually made a helicarrier

No, seriously. Someone did.

See?


Okay, fine, it's just a model that flies. But come on, it's a helicarrier baby!

Yes, deep down a bit of a nerd. I like my science fiction and yes, still like Marvel and DC. As a kid, I thoroughly fell in love with the idea that was SHIELD and the helicarrier (and it was awesome seeing it on the big screen in the Avengers). Something about both captured my imagination, you know? Like "the good guys are keeping the world safe while you sleep" sort of thing, which goes along how I also view those brave men and women who put on the uniform in real life; regardless if they are military, police, fire fighters or ambulance officers. They watch over us and keep us safe.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Titles and Covers

So I have been busy over the last few days, mostly to get back into the swing of things where actual work is

 
to be concerned. You see, I was doodling with Publisher and a photo editing programme, and trying to come up with a cover for a new series of novelettes, novellas and short novels that are to be set in the same universe (I talked about it last Friday here). I talked about the importance of a good catchy title back then as well, and am still working on it for the first story and for the series itself.

Well, for the last couple of days I was trying to come up with an idea for the first cover. You can see it to

your right. It's not a bad starter, but as you can see the colours
seem to wash into each other . . . or more accurately, the orange just didn't stand out. 

The one on the left?

Well, it's a step away from the first version, and is a spiritial follow-on to what my friends Nigel and Ander had done for me as examples.

What do you guys think?