Starting Stories

June 5th, 2017

June contains National Flash Fiction Day here in the Uk and so I am kind of writing flash fiction this month – kind of… well actually no what I am doing is taking the story starters booklet I made of the first 100 story starters I posted on Magenta Monster and writing from them. I plan to write at least a page from each starter but making each story be based in the Punk’s Universe. Some of the stories will naturally come out as Flash Fictions (under 1000 words) and some will be short stories, other novel extracts from pieces that are already in progress and yet others may well be ideas for new novels.

This is part of how I world build and pin down the timelines and who’s doing what and when. It helps me work out how the technologies and biologies all work and the internals of the societies etc…

Feel free to use the story starters yourself! They are great for getting you writing again if you’ve been struggling and sometimes I find doing little short bits like this helps sort my brain out ready for the bigger projects :)

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.

The Janus Chronicles – the plan

April 1st, 2017

The Janus Chronicles document the stories of Jonathan, a programming and technology geek who becomes a powerful business man thanks to buying bitcoins as a bit of a joke as a young man. Unlucky in love, he non-the-less has a big heart and always tries to the best he can.

Having a rocky childhood he finds himself entangled with the “elders”, a strange race of long lived other humans, that not only pre-date but made our version of humanity. Jonathan himself finds that he is not ageing normally but is highly depressive in nature and has a bit of a jesus complex, this leads to multiple adoptions and other acts that complicate things, though he is actually a nice, caring person.

Janus is his internet and gaming handle and is named after the good of doorways or new beginnings.

The Janus Chronicles follow his life through the medium of graphic novels or comic books.

Taking us through his childhood and initiation, into The White Tower and Promethius series and beyond into his virtual worlds.

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 :)

Research and Head Injury

January 14th, 2017

I am actually recovering from a head injury which has caused me quiet a few problems – some of these include the amount of time and how I read things :(

But I am still trying – mainly I have shifted over to listening to podcasts with some documentary watching and a little bit of reading – hopefully this will improve with time. At the moment reading dense text makes me konk out! As in I fall asleep not through boredom but purely because it is too much for my poor brain to handle – I suppose it’s over heating!

I’ve had to slow down a lot on research and writing – I can’t do big stints but I can still do something. For a start I have been keeping vocal recordings of ideas and even dictating somethings as initially I could not type etc… What I have from the past year and a half is a mess but there is still a lot of good stuff in there but it is going to take a hell of a lot of going through!

I’ve written a lot of the graphic novel side of the universe because that is the deeper scifi and does not need historical accuracy and I can draw easier than write and it feels as if I am still moving the story forward :)

Also once hand coordination came back I’ve been writing long hand as well but obviously that all needs typing up which is also a lot of work!

I am getting there though and progress is being made though I will confess to having to make lots of diagrams to work out what the hell I was doing with this universe – fortunately I had written quiet extensive notes and as I work on it a lot of the stuff is coming back anyway!

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 :)

New Year… er same old story?

January 1st, 2017

Another year has passed and I still don’t really have anything finished for The Punk’s Universe other than a few flash fictions and short stories (to be fair there is actually quiet a lot of these which can be read on Magenta Monster under the category The Punk’s World). In 2019 I will have been writing these stories for a decade – well that was one beginning – another was when I was in year 8 at school – I think I’d already turned 13 but maybe not as I remember dictating bits of it to my dad who wrote it down because I was too slow/dyslexic to manage that myself and the ideas were brimming over.

So it’s been a long time in the fermentation and I know I say it every year but I do really want to get a move on and get some of this out there properly :)

However I am also not going to rush things! In fact what I am going to do is use the ten year anniversary of my first National Novel Writing Month as the deadline and the wait date.

I have some plans but they are still in the formative stages at the moment :)

So here’s to a happy writing year :)

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.