Camp NaNo 2020 – eep and ARG!!!!

July 2nd, 2020

I started June thinking I would plan my Camp NaNo – I was after all feeling a lot better and had even been out gardening but then on May the 16th I started to get little heart twinges and then my reactive arthritis came back – I have not suffered with it in yrs. On the pain killer I went and then a rash appeared and got worse and worse until there was emergency phone calls and pharmacies at 1 in the morning and then actual June arrived – as did the ambulance – those chest pains had got a lot worse all of a sudden.

Turns out that when you suffer a virus or infection like coronavirus it can muck your immune system up – get it over excited – well mine is over excited and attacking my thyroid of all things. I also have general inflammation. I had a whole suite of symptoms which I wont bore you with – all that really matters is that I now have to take medicine for about 18 months and be weary of infections getting out of hand as sometimes your immune system can completely close down on these medicines.

The medical problems I’ve had the last few yrs have not helped things and I don’t really know what’s happening with my vision and hearing – both of which have been affected. None the less I have started my Camp NaNo – it feels good to be writing again and it is all down to helping my youngest with learning at home – but more on that later – for I am having to pace myself with the writing and screen time and the creative writing is getting priority over blogging.

Stay At Home NaNo

April 9th, 2020

Back blogged from my diary

NaNoWriMo are kind of doing an extended writing challenge for the duration of lockdown. I am unable to really take part in this but am having the most amazing dreams – starting with the fever dreams and then swooshing into the nasty pain killer variety. There are a tangle of other worldleness and I just feel that there has to be something I can do with all of this raw material.

And at the same time I am feeling somewhat pressurised – there are plenty of means telling me how productive we all need to be during this time – Shakespeare wrote Hamlet for goodness sake. And though I know this is aimed at getting people out of any funks they happen to be in… for me it is frustrating – I am normally boiling over with ideas and writing zest and yet here I am still just trying to breath.

Remember the only have too of quarentine is… Survive.

A NaNo New Start

April 2nd, 2020

(from my diary – back blogged)

Last year was my tenth yr of NaNoWriMo and I thought that I would be launching the Punk’s Universe properly – I was working hard on the website and so on but then Covid hit and well… to be honest it is just all a little too close to home and I don’t think any of us want to read about how a pandemic seals the doom of our civilisation right now. And though I do have stuff based at different parts of the time line the vote had been to start the series in the Present Day so that is what I had worked towards.

So I have not taken anything down but nor am I actively sharing and I stopped trying to get the website ready when things got big in China and it was obviously starting to spread. I had sadly already scheduled a load of tweets and ironically due to catching possible covid I then was not well enough to remember them or attempt to stop them going out.

In fact though it is April – I doubt I will be doing much in the way of writing – my vision has been bad since the fever in March and I am still struggling to breath but I shall be researching and planning – I have been listening to audio books as reading is a struggle but I am having to re listen again and again as my concentration is all over the place.

But I do none the less feel that having dedicated a decade of NaNo writing challenges to The Punk’s Universe that maybe it was time for a change anyway – this doesn’t mean I wont be working on it – I am always working on it – just that it is time to focus… well else where – not really sure what I shall do… but something.

The Giant at the Door – Camp NaNo

July 1st, 2019

April I started writing a series based in the time period of the end of our solar system – of little communities that had found ways to survive the red giant this month I am going to be exploring how they got there – how the Empire of Summer planned and what went wrong.

Kind of a prequel and it will help with world building for the story I was trying to write in April.

July Camp Nano – 2019

June 25th, 2019

Many things have happened over the last few months including my dad dying in March – I made a vague attempt at Camp Nano in April resulting in about 30, 000 words being written – mainly due to the fact I wasn’t sleeping.

I haven’t written anything that wasn’t basically some sort of press release or to do with projects or on a song writing course – I’ve written no stories or poems and not for lack of ideas – I just didn’t have the heart to start on any of it – mainly because there is no dad to go out writing with over too long coffee breaks or to read work too etc…

But writing is important to me and something that I am starting to need to do again and so that brings me to here – to Camp NaNo – I am currently tired and over worked and that is not really going to slack off – therefore anything I get written will be a bonus.

Camp NaNo 2019

April 5th, 2019

Set in the distant future – the Earth System has lived out a full and creative eon under the rule of Summer the Ever Living Empress but now there are just remnants left fighting for survival as the Red Giant consumes the system – remnants however that were provided with a survival plan and await the knew era as each forgets about the others out there in the murk of a dying sun.

So that is the synopsis for the current work in progress for this year – I am also attempting to sort out the entire universe and get it ready launch nicely in November this year but more on that later!

I also do Screnzy – Script Frenzy which I know doesn’t really exist anymore but is something I love doing as I work on my comic books for it – comic books are written as “scripts”. I have already made a lot of in roads on the Screnzy side of things but for a sad reason – I put together a little story zine of my dad’s cosplay adventures for his funeral which was two days ago. This is will be the first writing challenge I have done without him for quiet sometime – and it does hurt that he will never take part in it again but at the same time – pretty much the last conversation I had with him was about getting on and writing whilst we have the chance so that is what I am going to do!

Slight Failure and Procrastination

November 14th, 2018

To cut a long story short – I ended up with work work to do and kid stuff which ate my writing time in the first part of the month – I am hoping the second half is going to be better – so much for managing a one week victory 🙁

Also for the first time ever I am procrastinating away from Nanowrimo – normally I procrastinate towards it ie it is what I do instead of the stuff I actually need to be doing – this is kind of why I always win it.

Never mind I will endevner to do better and get on with the actual writing – word count is so ridiculously low ie about 2000 words which is dire at this point – I haven’t even bothered to put it on the word tracker on the forum as it just isn’t worth it :/

Best get writing writing then and stop faffing with blog waffle!

Martian Skies – Synopsis/Blurb

November 7th, 2018

Mars – a prize for plucking in the solar system as it opens up before the three Empires of Earth’s oceans. With old rivalries laid low it is time to truly expand out into the cosmos starting with the planets nearest to home, not as some sort of war propagation but rather as something for posterity and to make sure war never threatens again. But the peace is fragile and in danger of rupturing at any moment.

A race to colonise the planets and claim them for your own Empire has begun – who will get Mars?

Nano Begins!!! 2018

November 1st, 2018

It is the first of November and I did not manage to stay away for midnight – I was just too tired – to be fair to me I had one full day off in October and I was working late nights so it was unsurprising. But I did wake up at 4:30 am and though I entertained the notion that I would be getting back to sleep I did not and so at 5 am I decided it was time to start the old NaNo!

So that is what I am doing 🙂

Through out this years writing sessions I have been working on the the solar colony angle of The Punk’s Universe cantering around Mars. I have worked on this concept for both the Camp Nanos this year and have been warming up with a little GothNoWriMo in October though didn’t get as much done there as I would have liked due to work commitments!

The insane challenge that I am setting myself is that I would like to actually finish the challenge in one week (hahahaha) i.e. complete the 50, 000 words that are needed to win. I know when I am really into the writing that this should be easily attainable but conditions have to be right! I am not sure they are right – in fact I know very much that they aren’t which is why it is all the more important for me to try and whip my own back side into shape!

Well here goes!!!

Space Time and Writing

October 7th, 2018

So one of the things I really wanted to do with the Punk Series was make sure it was a scientifically and historically accurate as it could be (within reason of it basically being an alternative history for our very origins). This means I have to research lots of different subjects and even sometimes do some calculations – for instants one of the super structures I wanted to build in the series in the deep future would have taken more matter than is contained in the Universe!

This has provided me with a challenge and something to solve – I want the structure – how can it still exist?

Within the challenges set me for the current work in progress – a collection of stories centred on Mars I have had to look into various things like types of space travel/ship design, terraforming and geology of Mars and the evolution of dolphins to check that they would fit into the story line and if not how I could make it so that they did fit with out breaking continuity. One of the things that quickly became apparent is that you are dealing with a different magnitude of time.

Space Time is often bandied about in physics and science fiction and is wrapped up with gravitational anomalies and what not – that is not quiet the Space Time I am referring to here – rather I am borrowing a concept from my geologic training – Deep Time.

Earth’s history is a long one – way longer than the average humane or possibly any human can get their beds around – we have existed for hardly any of our planets history – a fact I play around heavily with for the books. So to deal with this Earth Scientists talk of deep time – it is rock time – it is time not on a human scale which is typically tens of years – if we stretch ourselves we manage hundreds and if we try really damn hard we start edging to the thousands but by millions of years we are struggling with the visualisations and it becomes mixed and matched with the thousands!

Now many of the characters in the Punk’s Universe are rather long lived but even so a lot of the space travel is still beyond a life time. And even within the solar system I have to be careful about travel times and communication lags and think of ways they would deal with these – as it turns out these are also awesome plot devices rather than hindrances but I have to keep track of who’s who and how long they are expecting to live and if they are the first to live that long because that drastically alters their perception of time. Think on the child asked to sit still for ten minutes which is for them an unreasonably long amount of time – it is a huge chunk of all the time they have ever experienced!

With the space colony stories – ie not ones just based on a planet other than Earth – these distinctions and changes of time perception as well as just the shear amount of time subjective to us as the reader’s perception is very important.