Archive for April, 2009

Once more I have to report a complete lack of work this last week.  It is abysmal and depressing.  Must snap out of this rut and get back to work.


Lets forget last week.  And the lateness of this post.

Got the rough draft finished, as mentioned before, but since then…nada.  Easter braek, parents visiting, other stuff just all seemed to conspire with general laziness.

Not that I haven’t been thinking about the story – I’ve a few plot changes to do in the rewrite – just need to start it now.


This Looks Great

Posted: April 11, 2009 in General
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It is often hard to judge a movie by a preview.  Sometimes the only good bits are in the preview and the rest of the movie is terrible.

The most recent preview of the upcoming Terminator Salvation movie, the forth in the series, certainly looks very very good.  Hopefully the rest of the movie is just as good.

Sam Worthington, who plays Marcus Wright, is an Aussie, and one you’ll be seeing a lot more of.  Besides the role in this movie, he has the lead in another Sci-Fi movie coming out later on, Avatar.  He was recommended for the role in Terminator Salvation by James Cameron, who directed him in Avatar, (though Avatar is coming out after Terminator).

Terminator 2 is one of my favourite movies, a real ‘guilty pleasure.’  The Terminator movies, along with a few other Sci-Fi influences (notably 2000 AD’s Rogue Trooper) were to play a large part in a sci-fi setting I created many years ago to write in, and specifically a colony world that had descended into rampant warfare, where crippled soldiers were sent back into the frey after being heavily ‘cybered’ up.  One of these days I plan to return to it, but for now I shall enjoy T4 when it comes out.


Posted: April 9, 2009 in winter wolves, writing update
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The rough draft of Winter Wolves is complete, finally.  Did around 1600 words today to wrap it up and the grand total of draft comes to around 55,600 words.

Much work remains to be done, especially on the ending.  It is decent, but has the potential to be much better.  Plus need to add another 20-25,000 words during the rewrite.

Still, it feels good to be finished with the draft.  Might have a day or two off from it, working on a few short stories, but I can’t let up now – must press on, get it in a decent, finished format, then start shopping it around in the remote chance someone may think it is worth publishing.

Incidentally, I love that word, Huzzah.

I am this close to finishing the rought draft of Winter Wolves.  The final battle has been fought, the villain vanquished and all that remains is a couple fo scenes to tie ends up, for farewells and reunions.

It may even be completed today.

Last week tallied in at just a touch over 7000 words, and the word count for the rough draft of Winter Wolves now stands at 54K.

Actually having the draft complete will be something of an event.  I am not used to actually ending stories, normally simply moving on to something new and leaving them unfinished.

The rough draft of Winter Wolves is finally nearing completion, and has just passed 50,000 words.

I have just started the 20th of 21 planned chapters, so not long until the rough draft is done and I can start the rewrite, as well as adding in extra scences that I have planned in the meantime.  There are a number of them that need doing.

I’ve just put the first three chapters, some 17K words, up on the authonomy site. For those who don’t know of it, it is a site run by Harper Collins where people display there novels for others to review and at the end of each month, HC takes the top 5 and sends them to an editorial board to review.

Which isn’t the real reason I put it up (though I wouldn’t say no if it ever came up.)  It is more to get some feedback on what has been done to date.

Reading it on the site, as opposed to just in Word, is certainly a change.  It almost appears decent, barring some typos and spelling errors that need fixing.

It can be seen at this page.


Posted: April 4, 2009 in General

There are days I wish I had a save button so I could reload.

Case in point yesterday.

Was driving making a pickup and just short of home there was a dull clunk from the engine and the car stopped. Two hours later after getting roadside assist and a tow to a mechanic, who luckily lived just near my place, the news wasn’t good. Cam belt broke. Bad news was in my type of engine that tends to mess up the valves. Won’t find out to Monday morning when they get a chance to look, but it is most likely the result, and if that is so the car will be out of action for one to two weeks and cost a fair bit to fix.

Not enough that it would be easier to get a new car, but far more than I want, given I’m not exactly overflowing with funds and am still unemployed. Will force me to dip into the emergency funds, but unfortunately I need the car. They have been accessed far too often these last few months.

Hopefully things improve soon otherwise I may be out on the street 😛

A quarter of the way through the year already – where does time go.

Last week was rather poor, with slightly less than 5000 words written, well short of what I’d like. Also, despite plans to finish the rough draft, I am still three chapters short. This week it must be done…

I did, however, start on a scene that needs to be inserted in one of the earlier chapters somewhere. It relates to the main ‘villain’ of the story and helps flesh him out, show where he is coming from. He isn’t an evil man, just on the opposing side to the main characters and I wanted to show that he wasn’t evil, just the victim of traumatic events that had driven him onto a dangerous, obsessive path.