Tides – the plan

April 3rd, 2017

Tides is a series set in the near future where disease, war and global warming have driven people to the waves. Living in floating communities – often with scarce resources they are in perilous balance.

The series covers the hardships that shape these communities as they form the seasted nations, including the pirates and mega conglomerations such as The Corp, including the satellites, hangers on and the various over lapping combinations of all these factions groups roaming the global oceans.

Structure so far is 3 books at about 300, 000 words each. Themselves broken down into 100, 000 slim novels that I will probably release as 10, 000 word novelettes if they can stand alone.

It is set in my Punk Universe and crosses over heavily with The Punk In Pink, and The Zombie Quintette as well as the short story A Wanting For Grass and Sea Farm.

CampNano and Screnzy

March 28th, 2017

As April approaches it is time for me to start planning my CampNano project. April used to be reserved for Screnzy which was a script writing frenzy along the lines of National Novel Writing Month but they have since just merged it all into the main site and then split it off as a camp. The Nano Camps are extra writing challenges where you can set your own writing goals and belong to small little closed groups on the forum known as cabins.

So what am I planning?

Well I am still recovering from a head injury I sustained about 2 yrs ago so can’t binge write in the way I used to but there are still ways!

The plan… poetry, graphic novel and then a new Punk Universe epic which will be the series I’ll do for the other writing challenges during the year too :)

So first off… poetry.

April is a month that I traditionally do a Poem A Day challenge. What I actually aim to do is spend 30 hours through out the month working on my poetry! The results and efforts can be found on Turquoise Monster.

Secondly there is Screnzy… now this I use to produce the story board/scripts for my graphic novels. The aim is 100 pages of script – again what I am actually doing is spending 30 hrs on my graphics stuff. This is mainly the graphic novels set in the Punk’s Universe but also includes the visuals for a roll playing game book and my other zines and illustration works. The priority is the initial 100 pages though. I have not yet decided exactly what the graphic novel will be this year but I have a few ideas!

Third there is novel writing time!

And I have picked the apocalyptic part of the future where the Earth is in chaos from zombies/plague, global warming, financial greed and nuclear war. It is as always a series and is known as Tides.

It is primarily about how the early seasteds survive and how they come to be established as major powers by the time The Punk in Pink is set.

I have started preparing for it by reading and researching, it weaves in the doomsday predictions etc… and actual potential consequences of global warming.

Listening Too to Write

March 20th, 2017

I like setting a mood when I am writing – finding this collection good for writing too :)

Fantasy Music

January 7th, 2017

I found this 2 hr collection of fantasy music great to write to. It helps me to imagine I am in a film whilst writing :)

Nano 2016 week 2

November 17th, 2016

Well I was doing really well and then the US elections happened and bam!!! No writing.

Reasons for this are multiple.

a) I ended up writing lots of political poems, essays and so on and then went and performed them and ended up being swept up in the poetry world again.

b) It was pretty terrifying watching my US friends suffering – and truly they have been mainly through verbal abuse so far but the racist and sexist abuse is there. And even here in the UK it has restirred the not yet settled Brexit stuff.

c) Our rabbits got sick and died – I spent a week nursing one of them and was pretty upset as they were not yet a year old.

d) There were events like my kid being in a musical, Remembrance Sunday and friend visiting etc…

But… the main issue is actually e)

e) I am writing a complex hidden/alternative history series where the premiss is that we are not the first people but none the less our observable history is the same as the ones I write about though there are hidden things like super tech and steam punk victorian space bases.

The point at which it splits from our time line was near future – the near future stuff is what I am currently writing. The big things where that the UK split from Europe marking the beginning of it collapsing/turning into something else and the US voting in a white supremicist puppet as president in reaction to the catastrophies of climate change and collapsing economics etc…

The consequences of these happenings are quiet server in my novels resulting in plagues, super corps running things, slavery of various types and an acceleration of global warming, famines and so on. Super prisons, flooding, people ending up living on boats and nukes.

But the small stuff I’ve already written was a little too close to stuff that has already happened. After Brexist I had people actually say to me that perhaps I should stop writing incase I’m making it happen – kind of in jest – mostly in jest but only mostly.

And no I don’t think I’m making it happen but I kind of think I’ve extrapolated the data and made predictions and they’ve basically been right. This realisation has has two affects on me 1) I am actually scared with what I am seeing, yesterday there was a violent attack on a man down by the hospital over skin colour – he’s ok but none the less it drew blood and he had his little girl with him. And I kind of don’t really want to be thinking on worse case senarios (of which my books are not the worse iteration) and 2) I feel I have waited too long and missed the window when your near future stuff becomes the now you’ve taken too long to write it :(

Obviously these are still non-reasons to stop writing, if my stuff mirrors the real world then so be it – maybe people can learn from them – maybe my books will be on the banned list? (lets hope not!). So I have decided enough is enough and I have to start writing again – so I procrastinated by writing a blog post on why I haven’t been writing but this brain dump was needed to clear the air so I can get on with the story.

In the down time I have been doing some research as well in the form of watching documentaries etc…

Week 1 – NaNo 16

November 7th, 2016

Week 1 is done and as I have been saying to nanoing friends – I’m finding it hard to work out word counts as some is written in long hand, some is dictated on the phone, some is on blogs and some is in files on the laptop.

So unlike previous years I am trying to not care about the word count, trying not to push myself to new mad heights.

But… I am finding therefore a little bit of a slog to get started.

However, I do know that I may have underestimated how long the books are going to be! One of the chapters I wrote during Gothnowrimo to my bullet point outline is the length of a novelette! (I don’t think it is a chapter :/ )

Also I couldn’t help myself I’ve been planning Z5.

NaNo Begins! 2016

November 1st, 2016

Last night I was running around scare acting, I did not get in until late, it’s a seasonal job, it is fab and great… I got to think on plots and character building during the down times – standing in misty fields watching sickle moons rising in bloody orange hues.

So first thing I needed to do was a brain dump of ideas and so I did not start nano-ing when I got home! No I began plotting and things. Due to a brain injury I am having to pace myself also as it is very hard for me to sustain concentration especially with screen work.

Last years nano was done with speech recognition software so that is what I will again be using for the majority of writing.

Also I am not going to be writing linearly as too much frame work still needs to be set down for the Blue Lotus stories. And… well the Zombie Quintette wants to kind of all be written together so I am only forcing myself to get so far with Z4 before I allow myself to jump back into the other novels. Z5 is the only one that currently has no work done for it and even then there are parts within the other novels.

So I’d best actually get noveling hadn’t I!?

Nano blurb

October 25th, 2016

A post I just posted to the Nano-forum on what I will be writing :)

Blue Lotus part 2

Blue Lotus is the 4th of my Zombie Quintette set in The Punk Universe, it sees the return of Emma my hard nut cop detective with two bosses – one of which happens to be from a far older race than us and is embroiled in an ancient war where nations and peoples are often the pawns. After her success in preventing a wetware AI from taking over she finds herself once more back in London but the new fringe drug issue she encountered just before she left has gone pandemic with violent outbreaks and necrosis common in the addicts.

A terrible terrorism attack has resulted in the vulnerable dying of radiation poisoning specific to them and threats of similar are crippling Britons already struggling police force. Emma knows things have gone from bad to worse when she finds herself unable to contact any boss of any sort and she is in the mire because the drugs craze is not just some kids with stolen lab glass nor is it the normal drug lords – no this problem leads her straight to the business sector and beyond.

The army are on her tail and it really is starting to look like the end of the world

How To Still Write

October 21st, 2016

A bit of a spanner has been thrown into the works :(

I had a head injury last year and have been struggling with various things – went to a specalist at the hospital and they have said I am doing to much and need more rest etc.. to help my brain recover.

It’s sustained concentration that is a big issue especially where words and things are concerned. This means I’ve had to step down the pace on nano/gothno as I’m just crashing – however I am not giving up.

a) I can pace and do just a little bit at a time – I dislike writing fragmented but I can do it – it just mucks up the flow slightly for me

b) I can dictate like I did last year when I couldn’t write still from the head injury – issues with that are that I can’t be bothered to speak the punctuation as it breaks my train of thought and there are pronounciation errors and the made up names are right out. So basically it is an editing nightmare but hopefully it will be less of an editing nightmare than last years when I was still having slurred speech issues!

So I am now organising myself so that I will be ready with this new system in time for Nano proper.

Snowballing Time

October 14th, 2016

I thought I would try dividing the book up into sections and then building it up from those sections and hopefully watch the story snowball to completion!

So I started by deciding that it is divided into three section then I split those sections into number of chapters and rough length/size of those chapters. I then did one an outline for each section followed by a sentence describing each chapter.

For the first part of called The Lotus Dreamers I have since expanded each chapter into ten bullet points which I can just type up and fill in the gaps as it were. Lets hope this works!

I used a similar system to write my final year assignment during my undergraduate but obviously that was an academic subject but I think it should work. It is kind of similar to the snowflake method so I am hopeful!