Saturday, January 23, 2010

Submission: Accepted

I was wrapped to learn today that my short story, 'Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces' was accepted into the 2010 edition of Short and Twisted, due to be released in the first half of this year.

Just when I was about to give up this writing thing, it is nice to get a confidence boost like this.

First acceptance for the year - let's hope there are more to come.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NaNoWriMo - Day 3

Quite a reasonable output tonight - 3,065 words, making my total word count of 'Archangel' to date 6,124. I've been enjoying the writing. It's liberating writing non-stop and supressing the internal editor so my muse can run free. It's good to know that I can fix up everything later.

Some of what's coming out is rubbish but by November's end at least I'll have a workable piece of clay that I can spend a year moulding and sculpting into something with potential.

It's funny how usually writing horror, I am now experimenting with the techno-thriller and I'm loving it.

As far as the storyline goes, I've now introduced my protagonist, a retired C.I.A. NOC operative and given him a good back-story and sent him into action by allowing him to dispose of a sniper that assassinates a political figure whilst attending a funeral.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

NaNoWriMo - Day 1

Just finished making some last minute preparations and tonight I will commence the actual writing. Archangel is the working title I have given to the project and surprisingly enough isn't a horror story. Far from it the novel will be a techno-thriller of sorts, a race against time to save the world from an enemy who will stop at nothing to harness the power of God.....

Stay tuned with regular progress updates.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Archangel Is A Go

Right now I am gearing up for my first ever attempt at NanoWriMo with my new project, 'Archangel.' This novel is not going to be a horror story, surprisingly enough. I guess you could say it would fit into the techno-thriller category.

With six days to go I'm nervous but I'm sure I'll be fine.

My strategy is simple. I won't be focusing on a rigid structure, I'll just be pouring everything into it and can fix it up later. There are some scenes that I have more than one idea on so I plan on putting all the ideas into the story to aid in my word count. Then hopefully by the end of November I will have a lump of workable clay I can mould into something publishable - even if it takes a year, at least I would have written a novel in 31 days.

Wish me luck.

BTW, Matthew Reilly's latest novel 'The Five Greatest Warriors' is awesome! I picked up my copy on Tuesday and finished it Thursday. go out and grab it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

W.I.P. Wednesday


Not a great deal to report on my works in progress but today I jotted down some notes for a story idea I have for 'The Bitter End' anthology. I am also in the middle of outlining a longer story that goes by the working title of 'Turbulence.' My script idea is developing a set of legs although I have no idea when I'll get around to writing it. There are a number of short story outlines that demand to have first drafts written. And I have the first chapter outlined for my novel (I hope this project bears fruit.)

At the moment ideas simply won't leave me alone so I have to write them down to shut them up for a while so I can try and focus on one story at a time.


What I'm reading: The Academy by Bentley Little

Sunday, August 9, 2009

It Arrives!

This morning I received my package I was expecting from the U.S. - a copy of The Complete Stephen King Universe. This book is jam-packed with useful information on Uncle Stevie's works and how most of his stories intertwine with each other. I think this is one of the best non-fiction Stephen King books I've come into possession of.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Submission: Accepted

Recently I learned that my flash fiction piece that I penned earlier this year, 'Taken' was accepted for Antipodean SF's December issue (#138). I was satisfied with how the story turned out and I was also pleased that Ion's editorial suggestions were very minor (I must be doing something right).

I'm currently shopping around 'Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces' to prospective markets and I have many ideas I have made notes on for future projects. The ideas simply will not leave me alone. My current project is a lengthier piece that I have given the working title of 'Flight 147.' I'm ready to start my rough draft (in longhand so I can get into a good 'fugue' and let the words flood onto the page without worrying about word count or editing).

What else? Hmmm.....I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of 'The Complete Stephen King Universe' I purchased from Amazon not long ago which is probably the most complete and detailed book on Uncle Stevie's work yet. Can't wait.