In America they are burning books… …to save them. Prospero’s Books
Phew – barely scraped last weeks word count. I made it to about 1400 words by Wednesday and then hit what has since been described as ‘a crisis of confidence’. A few things contributed to this. I took a break on Wednesday evening. This was my first mistake. From now on I’ll do something everyday,Continue reading “Confidence”
A reasonably productive day in the wordmines today. I moved forward by about 600 words penned in an hour after work. They aren’t great words – the characters had not shaped up particularly from yesterday but I ploughed forward anyway. I then went back to the start of the scene and started reshaping. Its atContinue reading “Nasty. And Proud Of It.”
Or…please let me back into the ghetto! There is a growing idea in the SFF world that the mainstream is the place to be. This excellent article by Robert J Sawyer explains why so I won’t bother repeating. This seems like a good move to me, although I think more ‘fantastic’ work, epic fantasy forContinue reading “Mainstream-o-phobia”
The scene I’m working on just doesn’t want to come to heel. I can’t quite pin down what’s making the characters tick. Sometimes that’s good, it means that the characters have some depth – conflicting motivations that make them want two things and they can’t have both. But sometimes its bad and means the charactersContinue reading “Dog With Two Heads”
Week One comes to a close and I have made my word count – just. Final total is 2512. I’d like to have gotten to 3-4k and I’m pretty sure I could on a good week. A win is a win though and I’m happy to have got a solid chunk of Helos (That’s theContinue reading “Helos – Week One”
After yesterday’s big fat zero on the word count I’ve managed both 500 new words today and to re-edit the whole scene I’m working on. That feels much better.
No progress on the word count today – too much work, too little sleep. That 609 quite pitiful at the moment. Hey-ho, tomorrow is another day.
I have two events this evening and, much as I’m looking forward to them, I’m also a bit bummed out about them. I’ve been working all day, now I’m going to work all evening. Work seems to be stretching out before like an endless chasm, exacerbated by this weeks debt owed to the bank ofContinue reading “My Name Is Damien, I Write Fanfic”
…then you build your wings. Which is a quote by Ray Bradbury that I like very much. Today I took my leap from the cliff edge and started work on a new story. Over the weekend I thought over the two ideas I had written as outlines. I was still trying to decide between themContinue reading “First You Jump Off The Cliff…”
I’d really like to enter the SFX Magazine Pulp Idol contest but as my £300 lifetime earnings from fiction sales disqualify me from entering I’ll have to resist. I’ve got the perfect story as well. *sigh*
I had the second in a series of mentoring meetings in early May, as part of the ongoing mentoring programme organised for me by the wonderful professional development people at NALD. The mentoring process has been quite influential over my pattern of work over the last few months. The first session highlighted a number ofContinue reading “No Xbox ’till Xmas”