An article of mine will appear in a new #StarTrek related anthology

Focusing upon Star Trek: the Next Generation, the book titled “Outside In Makes It So” is a collection of both serious and funny articles upon each episode of the iconic series. My particular article is a Shakespearean deconstruction of the episode “Next Phase” in which Geordi and Ensign Ro become invisible to their crew mates. Without giving too much away, I seek to convince the reader that the episode is based

Does an artificial world need to be geometric?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mapping Shade

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mapping ShadeSo I sit here with Scrivener open, contemplating writing (contemplating writing is always so much easier than actually writing) and my mind falls to my world of Shade and maps. Should I map my world? Then I remember that I had contemplated this three years ago and even written some posts in which I used Bryce and Photoshop to

Plummeting towards the drawing board  #writing

So I am writing. Typing away furiously. I’ve just hit 180,000 words. And then it all comes crashing down with a  single realisation – I’ve stuffed a part of my world-building. So how did I do this? I’ll try to answer that in a spoiler-free manner,  just in case I ever finish this novel or you ever read it. I have a race of magic users (well, kind of). They

Writing progress and thoughts

During my months of vision impairment I spent a lot of time frustrated by my inability to write each day. During that time, now many months past, I found myself listening to podcasts on the topic of writing. All these months later a few things stand out. Firstly, a lecture by Stephen King. Oh – I listened to lots of his lectures and talks and interview – but yes, one stood out. In it

The British Newspaper Archives - a geat historical resource @BNArchive

Introduction You know me – I’m all over the place with my interests.  And yet I am not. All my interests overlap so that the sum is greater than the parts. The British Newspaper Archive is something that I have held membership of for a few years now. And I love it. I use it for a number of my interests. This article will address two of those, namely writing and

If you want to be a published author you must interact with other authors

Late last year I attended a session run by my local library (Sutherland Library). Led by travel writer Walter Mason the topic was along the lines of “How to publish your book”. While a large space had been set out, only about fifteen people turned up. I was early and so chatted with Walter (actually not realising that he was going to be the speaker). He was a very pleasant guy and

#Writing: changing a character's gender to improve a scene

For each chapter I write little notes beforehand, telling me what I am trying to achieve. Then I write to fulfil this goal. So I have a chapter. It’s intended to introduce a character named John Sutton. My note reads: Meet ex-mercenary John Sutton. He has just made camp with the rest of the expedition. There is tension between Sutton and Lord Trickett, whom he suspects is up to no

Today I deliberately deleted several chapters of my novel

It was painful, but I finally listened to advice provided by many writers upon writing – I deleted several chapters of my novel. Well, technically I just cut and paste them into another document, but it still hurt. The problem was not that the chapters were no good. I actually felt that they were fine. It’s just that they did not take my characters on the journey that I finally

Book Review - "Sinister Intent" by Karen M Davis

I must admit that I enjoy crime novels. My all time favourite series is the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly. They just have great characterisation, a lovely poetic yet economical style, and good stories. Anyway, during my convalescence I tried to read a paper based book for about half an hour each day (I figured that it would not strain my eyes too much). And one of the books that

Worldbuilding - my responses to Jasne

I my last writing post, Jasne as me a whole heap of really good questions (a big thanks Jasne :) ). I was going to respond to his comment and then realised that my response would make a really good (or at least average) post. So here we go. I will put Jasne’s comments in blue italics and my responses in Klingon plain text. Note that there will be some

Thoughts on the trigger in the "Tempting in Shade" sequence

OK – be aware that if you are likely to read my novels (when they are done) that some spoilers will be appearing in this post. But I need to think things out and maybe get feedback for you, my few but loyal blogmates. I have finally worked out a series of ideas that seem to gel as the background and overall story arc. Here they are. Background Set hundreds

My novel. Not procrastinating. Just thinking.

If you have been with me on my blogging journey from the very beginning you will know that my focus back then was the novel that I was writing called “Tempting in Shade”. But over the past year I have written progressively less. Why is that? No, I have not abandoned this project. It actually occupies a large proportion of my thinking. It’s just that I am trying to make it “right”. What

Writing, writing, writing

Hi folks, This is just a brief catch up. Since my last post I have been getting up each morning and writing. Admittedly, first I throw a photo up on Instagram. Looking at a photo from an exciting adventure in my past tends to brighten my day. The entire beginning of the novel has been rewritten. Ten thousand new words! The secondary plot has really expanded into something that I

Review - The Shannara Chronicles - Chosen

The advertising was very persuasive. The cinematography on the advertisements blew me away. And Terry Brooks’ books had been favourites of mine as a teenager. I can remember reading Sword of Shannara in the library and then going out and buying Elfstones the moment that it was published (1982?). But still there was lingering doubt. I still remember the appalling mess that was the 2004 mini series based upon A

Another attempt at novel structure

(Today’s post is just brief musing over my novel rewrite.) David Lee Summers wrote a cool post on his blog called Music Evoked Imagery. I won’t steal his thunder by explaining it – just pop over and have a read. Anyway, one thing that he mentioned is the fact that he likes to outline the novels that he writes. For me that is something mystical. I have written so many

And a bit of writing too

(Just a brief one today…) This blog is an excellent way of sharing adventures, ideas and fun with established online friends. It is also great for making new friends. Thing is, it is also practice for writing my science fiction / fantasy novel. I know that Stephen King urged us would-be writers to write every day. I seem to recall he said something like 2000 words (though I may be wrong and am

One does not simply fly into England

Actually I lie. We did simply fly into England, after a 23 hour journey from Australia. I then spent several hours in a hotel room becoming disgusted with the Android WordPress app. By the following night I had decided to use Facebook as a journal to record immediate thoughts and impressions. So part of what follows will be excerpts from that with other learnings etc. :) So an annotated version

Really bad teenage angst poetry

OK – had not intended to post anything. Just packing for the trip and while looking for my old UK electric power point converters I actually found a screwed up piece of paper in a box under my bed that turned out to be one of my teenage poems (I was 18). Wow – 1982! It is soooooo lame. But I guess I can use the sentiments in writing teenage

Third book teaser, travels, genealogy and keratoconus

Wow – that title is sure a jumble of thoughts. Yes – my next brain-dump is upon you. Flee while you can! Third book teaser So I have chucked (I love that word) the teaser for the third book up onto the menus. For those of you not following my blog, I wrote a ginormous novel and then decided that it did not work together well in one whole. basically

Teasers and travel preparations

Short one tonight. But before I get to the purpose of the post, let me just say that the “boob flashing” incident of Tuesday is still haunting my life. Today my wife told everyone in her woman’s group about it. The thing you need to realise is that most people in that group have known me since at least my early 20s (I am about to turn 51 – so yes