Archive for December, 2008

Musical Interlude

Posted: December 18, 2008 in musical interlude
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We interrupt your regular schedule to bring you this musical interlude, the first of a semi-regular posts sharing whatever I happen to be listening too at the time.

The music for today comes from the recently released game, Fallout 3, set in the post apocalyptic irradiated ruins of Washington DC, where you battle to live against raiders, mutants and other such dangers.

While this is going on, a radio station plays on in the background, with its DJ, Three Dog (Because one dog isn’t enough, and two dogs is too low, its Three Dog, arrrooowww).

Now the music that comes across is what you would never expect.  It comes from the 40s and 50s.  Yes, that is correct.  It may sound incongruous, but for those who have played the game, they know just how well it fits.

It is also turning a generation onto the music of their grandparents and great grandparents and many are finding, strangely, that they like it.

So here are two of those songs for your entertainment and edification.

The Ink Spots – I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire

Bob Crosby and the Bobcats – Way Back Home


Posted: December 16, 2008 in writing update
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After yesterdays meh day, today was much better, a truly huzzah day.  (You don’t see many people use huzzah anymore, but I like the word. Call me odd if you will.)

Got some solid writing done, clocking in at around 4100 words.  I may do some more later but right now I need a break.

Winter Wolves Prologue

Posted: December 16, 2008 in winter wolves
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After yesterday’s disappointment, I was able to sit down and get some solid writing in in the morning.  So much so that I was able to finish the first beta draft of the prologue.  At some stage I will go back over for the polish, but it’ll do for now as I push on into chapter one.

At this stage I thought I’d put it out there for people to have a look at, and comment if they have the time.  Be interesting to know wether it needs a little polsihing, a lot of polishing or just to be thrown out.

Winter Wolves Prologue


Posted: December 16, 2008 in writing update
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If I could some up yesterday in one word, it would be meh.  As a day for writing, it was pretty much a disaster.  I probably managed a mere one hundred words, the first day since I started that I have failed to make progress.

I had planned to do plenty of writing, but it never panned out.  Had a few chores to do, then got side-tracked by other things that should never have done so.  Following that I spent half the day with a massive headache and finally had togo out in the evening to meet some mates.

Today will hopefully be better.  The beta draft of Winter Wolves needs to be started.  The plan is to take the 20K alpha draft and expand it to around four times length, then go back over it for a final polish.

The Silly Season is upon us

Posted: December 15, 2008 in General

Hard to believe but Christmas is just around the corner and I have yet to start shopping.

This year, given current circumstances I am going to have to be cheap without seeming cheap.  Not always an easy path to walk.

I have in previous years been a little extravagant, especially the first year I was working.  Made mum cry that year.

One thought I did come up with was due to reading J.R.R.Tolkien’s Christmas Letters, a series of letters he wrote and illustrated for his children that came from Father Christmas.  Not something I could do, least no the illustrations.

But it did give me an idea.  I have a niece, two and a half, and a nephew, one and a bit, with a third on the way.  I had an idea to write some children’s stories for them, The Adventures of Emma and Goch. though it is a bit late to do so this year.  Maybe next year.  By the way, Goch isn’t his real name – it was what his sister called him when she was first learning to speak.  I, for some obscure reason, came out as Ert.  I shall have to use that in the stories I think – the eccentric Uncle Ert.

Website Update

Posted: December 14, 2008 in General

I’ve updated the website, slowly adding more information.

The Winter Wolves page will feature more information on that work in progress now that the rough draft is done. Currently it features a brief synopsis and a list and short descriptions of some of the main characters. More will be added over time, including extracts as they are fleshed out and polished up.

The page on Sharael has two new subpages;

Early History has a very brief recounting of the most ancient days of Sharael, events so far back in time that they are accounted as myths.

Aesvar deals with a rough history of the region west of the Sea that the Maedari call Aesvar, the lands in which they live.

These will be further expanded on, and further pages added to give more of an insight into the world of Sharael.

And so ends the third week and the fourth week looms upon us, fresh and uncharted.

But first, the news.

The main is, of course, that the alpha draft/synopsis of ‘Winter Wolves’ has been completed.  It is good to have completed it and ready to engage the next phase.

In addition, the serial story Cara’s Choice has started and been updated four times this last week, though will return to a more regular schedule now, and The Bronze Man has been further added to.   I am about half way through The Bronze Man so the complete (if unpolished) version should be entirely up in a couple of weeks.

At a rough estimate, this was another week of around 13K words. Still lower than I would have liked, but consistent. It makes in the last three weeks a total of around 40K words written, which is more than I have written in a long time.

And now, onwards to week four.

Not alone

Posted: December 13, 2008 in General

As I mentioned in an earlier post I have a habit of starting new projects before completing old ones and am always coming up with new ideas.

As it turns out I am not alone in this. Jen Haley, in her post here mentions that similar happens to her, and in the comments others say the same.

It is reassuring to find out that this happens to others as well.

A new part has been added to The Bronze Man short story as part of Short Story Friday.

In the new part Awn the Red and the Chelosian Kiriastas engage in their challenge, as well as dealing with the aftermath of the fight.

The story should continue again next Friday, so tune in then for more.

After the struggle of the last short while, I finally punched through the wall and reached a significant milestone.

The alpha draft/synopsis of ‘Winter Wolves’ is complete, and it feels good.  It only comes in at around 19,400 words, done in around two weeks of writing, but it isn’t meant to be full length – it is just the outline.

Next step is to go back over it, line by line, chapter by chapter, and flesh it out.  As it stands now many of the descriptions are fairly basic.  It may read something along the lines of;

The sun rose and a breeze blew through the trees.  A man rode down the hill, following the path into the village.

As I said, just a basic outline of what happens.  Lines like that will get reworked to be much more descriptive, worthy of being in a story.

Also many of the characters are fairly basic, with no descriptions, and instead are just names. Some aren’t even that, being known by titles until I can give them appropriate names.

There are times when characters also disappear for no reason and crop up again later for no other reason I had forgotten they were there and it becomes blindingly obvious later on when they appear again later on with no explanations as to where they had been.

I may end up printing out what is done to date and make annotations as I read through it about things that need fixing.