Project Apollo Update

Since I had my massive crash and burn on the Earth, After Liberation rewrite I’ve been primarily writing my first drafts longhand; which on the Avoiding The Game rewrite has worked really well and had been working well on the Project Apollo rewrite until a week or two ago. I’ve found in the last couple of weeks that I’m loosing track of some of the storylines and I’ve forgotten a few of the characters in the handwriting stage of this story.

I’ve been putting together a universe bible for the universe that Project Apollo is set in and I think I need access to that, as well as the previous chapters of this novel to be able to get it done properly. At the moment I’ve got too many red Xs on my handwritten drafts (those are what I out into a handwritten file when I need to add a detail).

So I’m kind of resigned to dropping the handwritten draft for Project Apollo. Which isn’t something I’m happy about; mainly because I’m not getting much writing time and what writing time I am finding is normally during my lunch break at work. So I’m going to loose that time there, but I also need to get my arse into gear.

This last month I’ve lost a lot of momentum, thats in part due to the day job getting busier. That in turn takes more of my energy and when I get home I’m tired and writing just isn’t something that I can do. The day job pays my bills, so writing gets sacrificed. That I do hate but I’ve got to find ways to work hard and then come home and write.

I’m going to take a few hours off today and just relax a little. We’ve got a bank holiday here tomorrow so I don’t have to go to work and I’m going to have a good bash at Project Apollo tomorrow as well as this afternoon.

It feels like I’m a little lost with Apollo, but I can still see the path before me. I just need to work my way around a couple of obstacles.

Good Morning, Friday

Good morning everyone, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a post so I wanted to come on and give you all an update on what’s been happening.

The biggest thing has been an increased workload at my day job, which is great because it means we’re busy. On the down side it tires me out that bit more and that has had a negative effect on writing. That means we’re not going to hit the June 1st deadline, and I don’t think we’ll hit the July 1st one either. I’d love to say I’m going to get 1300 words written a day and hit the target but I’m not overly optimistic at the moment.

The story is going better then I thought it was. I’ve had this week as leave and coming into the week I had a few reservations about the story and where it was going, but now I’ve been able to work with a relatively rested mind I’ve found that the story is actually moving along nicely. There is work that needs doing but that will be fixed in the editing phase.

We are now at 30,000 words on this Project Apollo rewrite, which is about a third of the way through the story if we go by the 90,000 word target. That’s a soft target, it could end up a higher or a lower word count than that.

Looking back at April I managed to get 21,595 words written and so far this month I’m at 10,172. If I can have double that at the end of the month I’ll be very pleased as I think 1000 words a day is unrealistic at the moment.

That’s where I’m going to leave you now, I’m probably going to spend the rest of the day relaxing and doing some tidying up etc.

Putting Aside Fears

I hadn’t realised how long its been since I’d blogged last (25th April). So, here’s what I’ve been up to. The dayjob has been incredibly busy, and that has taken a lot of energy out of my system. Which means when I get home I’m pretty much wiped out. I’ve managed to get a few words down over the last couple of weeks but we’re very much behind from where we need to be.

I’ve got a week off work so I’m going to try and get caught up a little with where we need to be. It hasn’t just been the fatigue from work that has hampered the writing. We’ve come up against a couple of pacing issues which I think we’ve solved, although we’ll have to make some additional edits in what we’ve gotten written so far.

This feels like a complicated story, it may not be but it seems like it. We have a couple of storylines that we’re trying to piece together as well as building a universe that Owen and I both really want to be engaging for the readers. At times it feels like this is too much for me to do, that this is beyond my abilities but that’s not for me to decide. I forget the name of the editor but I remember hearing a story on a podcast where a new writer was speaking to an editor and this writer said that he/she wanted to submit to this editor but he/she wasn’t good enough yet. The editor told the writer to send them whatever they had and not to presume whether they’re work is good enough to be submitted or not, that’s the job of an editor.

So I’ve got to put my insecurities aside and get the story written. Owen and I will probably self-publish our work in the Project Apollo universe, but it will be seen by our Beta readers and I know they will tell us whether it’s good enough or not. They can’t do that unless we get the story written.

…Authors… the phrase, ‘that’s not my job’, is NOT part of yer lexicon…

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…no matter how much research yeez employ, it’s unlikely yeez will find records of the likes of Billy Shakespeare, Enid Blyton or Chuck Dickens having to do their own artWURK, or distribution channel placement for their masterpieces… nor the copy-editing, proof-reading or bookstore signings… changed days indeed… the modern wannabe classic scribblers are obliged to have more arrows in the things-yeez-have-to-do-yerselves quiver…

bbbbbb…at the last count, I’ve managed to find an assortment of operational obligations required to get yer books out there… and this holds for whether yeez are an independent self-publishing stoic or shepherded by either/or an Agent (a what thing??) or a real-live Publisher (they do exist)… but this ol’ Jurassic is fortunate (?) in having found a person for each function, viz:

writing the bluudy thing in the first place… er, that’ll be me..

initial editing…. that’s down to, well… me again…

copy-tracking for plot holes……

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Terminator Genisys

I am a huge fan of the first two Terminator movies, I’m not as fond of the third film but I liked the fourth movie a lot. I seem to be in the minority about Terminator: Salvation, and I can understand some of the critism of the movie. I was hopeful if another Terminator film was made then we’d get another film set in the future after Judgement Day had happened. I would have liked to have seen where the battle with the machines went before the humans had them all but beaten and the machines had to send a Terminator back to kill Sarah Connor. Instead we’ve got a film which looks like it goes back to before the first Terminator film took place.

Now, obviousy I haven’t seen the film yet, but this does make me a touch nervous. After watching one of the trailers it looks like they’ve made this film in a way that will allow them to start again from when the film takes place, which looks to be mainly taking place in the 80’s, which was when the original film took place.

I would have loved for them to carry on after Salvation, as I said earlier, but this is the way the movies are going and I really hope they pull it off. I have my reservations though. The RoboCop reboot was good, but it didn’t match up to the original film and I fear this Terminator reboot will be the same. I know the director, Alan Taylor, director Thor: The Dark World and a number of episodes of Game Of Thrones (I know he has done more than that but those are what I know him best for) so I’ve got some hope that it is going to work out well but I still fear that it won’t match up to the first two movies.

I am looking forward to seeing Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor though. She’s a dead ringer for Linda Hamilton and after seeing Clarke in Game Of Thrones we know she can act.

Despite my reservations I will be in the cinema to see this movie. I hope they can pull it off.

Good, Morning Wednesday

This week I haven’t gotten as much done as I’d have liked. THis is totally my fault as Monday night I got stuck into Football Manager a bit and when I did sit down to get some work done I realised that I needed more information on one of the species that Owen has created. Thankfully though, Owen had on Monday sent me a lot of information on this species that I’ve put straight into the Universe Bible that I am creating. After looking through some of these details though I realised I need to speak to Owen before a part in this chapter is written.

So I’ve bypassed this chapter and moved onto the next one which I think is going to be a lot of fun to write. In the first few words that I wrote during my lunch break yesterday I managed to get some good background details for a couple of our characters down.

Tonight I’m going to get stuck into an ARC of a book once I’ve finished my own writing because I’d like to get it read and my review written before the release date in May.

The reason I didn’t write last night was because I went to see the movie John Wick. If you’re thinking about seeing this movie then please do, it really is a fantastic movie that is quite violent but it has a bit of  a sense of humour to it as well as heart. It also introduces us to a world that I’d like to see more of. Keanu Reeves was fantastic in it as well.

Bring It On, Monday! 

I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a long day, today. I’ve woken up feeling incredibly tired and I know I’ve got a busy day at work before me as well. I’m also going to be doing some editing work tonight on the chapter I copied over to Project Apollo from an earlier draft.

So a busy Monday ahead, and despite feeling tired and that minor negative feeling that the day will be a long one I’m ready to attack the day head on! Moping around feeling tired etc. is pointless and counter-productive.

Bring it on!