Week One of GothNoWriMo 2017

October 9th, 2017

I broke the 10 k barrier – I wrote over 10, 000 words but I will have less time towards the end of the month and hammered most of the words out whilst being too sick to get out of bed for any length of time!

I have no idea how many words I will manage in the coming week but will keep plugging away – I am trying to devote the first part of the morning to writing. The idea is that I can whack out 1000 words and that will be the minimum for the day, I then get on with other things until the evening when depending on what is happening might allow me to do some more writing.

Since my head injury writing is hard but this year is so much better than the last two years (the year of the actual head bang I pretty much dictated everything).

I’m not really writing the story I’d planned to write – instead I thought I’d finish off some of the flash and short fictions I have languishing. In going through my archive and deciding what to work on I came across a story idea and just decided to roll with it 🙂

It is called The Pods and is based in the near to medium future of the Punk’s Universe – it is after the Zombie Apocalypse and nuclear strikes but before the Geowars.

GothNoWriMo 2017 Begins

October 2nd, 2017

It is novelling time again 🙂 I have my pumpkin spice and hot drinks on tap and am prioritising computer time as writing time 🙂

The word goals for GothNo are 30-70 k – I will be happy with 30 k – I desperately want to set myself the larger target but not sure I should due to the ever on going head injury stuff so I am setting them as loose and flexible targets! As of yesterday, I already have 4 k under the belt 🙂

But October is a pretty busy month for me so I know I will get hardly any writing done towards the end of the month, so if the writings going to happen it has to happen NOW!

GothNoWriMo 2017

September 26th, 2017

October approaches and that means it is time to start writing – I tend to start my serious novelling in October which gives me a nice warm up ready for NaNo itself.

Of course being October and the month of Halloween I always feel I should write the darker parts of The Punk Story Lines.

I haven’t quiet decided what I am going to be writing yet in October but hoping to steam through and do a good 50 K – I’ve been struggling with a head injury the last few years which has made nano quiet the challenge! But If I start with 50 K and see where I can go from there!

History of the Renaissance Documentary

July 14th, 2017

During my research I came across this documentary on the History of the Renaissance with Peter Weller – this was kind of a fun circular thing as I am researching history for my scifi series and discover that Robocop is an Art Historian! Or rather the actor that played the original RoboCop went and got a PhD in Art History and now does programs for the History Channel 🙂

Camping Out for Writing

July 7th, 2017

Actually July does tend to involve camping for us as a family as I work at a lot of music festivals etc… but I am actually talking about my camp nanowrimo writing challenge!

So far I have split the Punk in Pink – my first nano novel from 2009 into two – the futuristic part now being The Punk in Pink (PIP) and the historic Tudor setting part is now The Punk in Brocade.

I’ve also written a prologue which is also the bridge in time between Punku’s role in 15th Century France to her role in 16th Century England.

Obviously I am re-writing a bit as well – part of this is to fill in the fore and back shadowing of the story and part is also corrections and making things more vivid for the time period as I have spent a lot of time now reading around and researching the various time periods and the people that Punku becomes and how.

I have not yet managed to do anymore work on this years Nano project Tides but that will come 🙂

July 2017 Camp NaNo

July 1st, 2017

Yep, I’m at it again – Camp NaNoWriMo is a month long writing drive that is a spin off of the main National Novel Writing Month. With camp you tend to choose your own word goals and things.

I did the April one where I started working on Tides – which is my main focus of all the nano stuff this year. As always it is based in the Punks Universe and this particular one actually does contain Punku who is the main character. However, I always have a second project and this month that happens to be sorting out my first ever Nano novel – The Punk In Pink.

The Punk In Pink was the reason this blog was actually set up and I have tried to document the creation process, initially I was pouring out the naked as I write stuff on here but it became apparent that the universe was so big and complex that storyline shifts might have to be made. I have still tried to add notes and creative how too, and things like biogs of characters.

Anyway – what I am actually up to is revisiting that first novel and trying to make it ready for the 2019 roll out!

First thing this involves is splitting the story – it had been one chapter in the future and one in the past but it is just too long for that to work and I think it is a good structure to write the series in as it helps concrete the time line. It is not however a good way to read the story so I’ve extracted the Tudor period chapters. And it is those that I am going to publish first as a) it is the most complete of my story arcs that actually contain Punku and b) it is were I started this adventure.

This does leave me with a title issue – the pink bit of the title refers to Punku’s environment suit that she wears in the future – so it is no good for the Tudor stuff. All of the stories with Punku as the focus of the story are Punk In Something and the Tudor era is renowned for it’s brocade so I have gone for The Punk in Brocade rather than a colour.

Also there is some reworking needed as without the futuristic chapters I need to lay some more ground work to show that she is long lived and obviously from a high technology background. I’ve also need to write a second prologue as again the prologue really belongs to the chapters set in the future – these will remain as The Punk In Pink.

Having said all of this I’d better get going with that actual writing marlarky had I not!

Epic Vocals Writing Music

June 18th, 2017

This is some of the music that I am writing to at the moment 🙂

Powerful Epic Writing Music

June 11th, 2017

This is one of the Youtube music mixes that I am using to write to at the moment 🙂

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.