So tonight I was supposed to write but I realised that I cant start on the story I was going to as I need to put a little thought into it and do a little research, so I bunked off. Do I feel bad skiving two nights in a row? Yes, a little but do what with the amount of hours I’m at the day job, Tracie and I had a full day on Sunday and a lack of sleep at the start of the week I’m not feeling too bad.
Tomorrow night I will begin looking at a story I wrote a couple of years ago which I’ve never felt completely happy with. I’ve always felt it was a story with no home but I’m going to make a few minor tweaks and turn it into a cyberpunk story. When I say cyberpunk I mean I’m going to add a lot of the technology elements into it as I think it will suit the story really well. I’ve not looked at this story for well over a year now so I’m quite looking forward to seeing how it looks with fresh eyes. I’m also interested to see what I make of it as I’ve learnt a lot about the craft of writing in that time. In particular I’m keen to see what I make of the characters.
As for the rest of the evening I’m going to setting in and watch a movie.
A few weeks ago Scott Sigler started podcasting his novel Nocturnal and for the first time he hasn’t narrated it. For those of you who don’t know who he is Scott Sigler is a New York Times best selling author who was the one the first people to release a novel as a podcast. Since then he has released pretty much everything he has written on his podcast. There are few that he didn’t narrate until his Bones Are White collection of short stories.
That was the first real time that us fans of Sigler’s, or as we’re better known, The Junkies, had received his work on his podcast voiced by other people and now we have his novel Nocturnal being read by Phil Gigante. The reason Sigler is not reading his work now is a simple one, he wants to use the time to write more. To me this is very good because I can’t get enough Sigler but it did throw me off hearing someone else do the voices of much loved characters from this novel (an earlier draft was released before the current, final draft). Most of all not hearing Sigler doing the voice of (The Awesome) Pookie Chang has taken some getting used to, but the last two episodes have sold me. I’m loving the story and the narration is excellent but the emotion that came through from Pookie Chang in the last two episodes has been spectacular.
Sigler reading his own work is and will always be entertaining but Phil Gigante doing the voice work adds something else to Sigler’s work. The content is exceptional, I’ve loved the fiction Sigler writes since I first heard and in Phil Gigante they have a man whose vocal skills suit the type of fiction that Sigler writes, and it gives Sigler more time to write so we all win in my opinion.
Scott Sigler and his business partner A Kovacs are moving in the right direction in my opinion as they are both striving to get as much fiction out there for all of us to consume and if having Phil Gigante, and his engineer Cory, on board doing the narration helps Sigler get more written then its well worth it. I for one do miss Sigler’s narration, especially his female voices, but Gigante is very talented and easy to listen to. Sigler is still going to do the Galactic Football League novel narrations but as A Kovacs points out in a post(http://scottsigler.com/podcast/fridayfix-scotts-reading-audiobooks/) over at http://scottsigler.com/ there are four books already out in that series so it works for the continuity and that’s their flagship series.
If you haven’t already checked out Scott Sigler I strongly recommend that you do. His writing is powerful and original, his characters are fantastic and he isn’t scared to touch the tough subjects.
I created an event on Facebook and I would love to invite all of you to the party. We will have fun, we will play games, we will play music, and we can even have yummy food (virtual, of course). There will be lots of swag that I will be giving away. So if you like free stuff, join us!
I’ve wrapped up the latest draft of Project Apollo tonight, its been emailed to Owen for his eyes to go over it and then we’ll sit down and see where we are.
I’m going to have a day off from writing related activities tomorrow and chill out and tidy up a little. Then I’ll be back on Final Freedom to make some changes that I’ve been thinking about and put some thought into Beta readers notes.
That’s it for tonight, I’ll admit I’m feeling more then a little deflated at the moment. My enthusiasm from this morning is well gone now and I’m keen to get into bed and get to sleep.
Yes it’s Monday, yes the weekend looks a long way off but it’s Monday! Make Monday a day to look forward to, it’s the start of a new week and unlimited possibilities
I don’t care, I’m not bothered, I don’t give a f*ck. All of those imply the same thing, the same mentality that humanity seems to be adopting at an accelerating pace. I’ve met a fair few people who say they ‘Call it as it is’ and I think I’ve only met two or three people who did so without being nasty or bitter in their honesty. Most people seem to think its a way of being nasty and getting away with it.
About two years ago I had a car crash (my fault) I had a break up around the same time and a few friendships ended. I was in a dark place and for a while I was close to becoming a ‘I don’t care’ person. That is and never will be me though, I DO CARE. I care about my family, my friends. My Girlfriend Tracie, who I love dearly. I care about my job, I care about my writing. I care about A lot of people and things and that to me is part of who I am.
I can understand people who have been hurt by life and have taken this attitude but I wonder how many people truly do not care in the way they say they do. I’d say there are few people out there who claim to not care but who actually care a lot but it’s part of our culture today. ‘I don’t care’ is part of our vocabulary. I’ll admit I say it, but when I do I normally only say it when talking to Tracie and she knows that something is wrong because she knows how much I hate that mentality.
I do care. I try my best not to say something that could offend, which I do fail sometimes but I’ll always try and put it right.
The less humanity cares, the quicker humanity dies.
1- I can’t sleep with socks on.
2- I found the first grey hair on my head when I was thirteen.
3- Moths freak me out.
4- I’ve not had to have a job interview since my teens.
5- I hate hangovers.
6- Public speaking scares me.
7- I can’t swim.
8- I’m quite superstitious.
9- I wanted to be a police officer while I was at school.
10- I was all but a hermit till my mid twenties.
Moving out of NaNoWriMo I’m determined to keep the momentum that NaNo gave me going and increase my productivity from here on out. As I said I’m back on getting Project Apollo finished off and sent to Owen so he can go through it. I’m over halfway with The edits on Apollo now and once it’s done I’ll be going through the notes Chrystalyn Hope and myself have made on The Residents so it’s in my mind for when we start looking at it next year (okay I admit I made some additional notes last night )
Reading wise I’ve just started Shadows Of The Realm by Dionne Lister, I gave up with Shutter Island. I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t a book which was on my radar but Tracie wanted me to watch the movie so I thought I’d read the book first, I couldn’t get into it as I said so I’ll just watch the movie
Shadows Of The Realm has started well and I’m looking forward to diving into it fully. This will be my first attempt at reading a fantasy story so I’m interested to see how I do with it. Normally I like my fiction to be at least modern day and future so it’s a step away from my normal genre.
TV wise I’ve just started working my way through The 4400. I’ve had this for a couple of months now but I’ve not really had a chance to start on it. I’ve got the entire collection so I can watch the entire run of it in my own time. I’m through to the fifth episode now and I’m enjoying it a lot so far.
Tomorrow night I’m off to see Catching Fire which I’m really looking forward to, but movie wise that’s about it for this month. Nothing else had really caught my eye movie wise. Me and Tracie may still try to see Carrie and Gravity is still one I’d like to see.
In the run up to Christmas though I will be mainly focusing on getting Project Apollo sorted, that will be done by Christmas. Oh and I need to finish off my Christmas shopping.
With my NaNoWriMo novel done I’ve gone back to working on Project Apollo, and in the month I’ve been away from it I’ve managed to loose half of my hard copy of the draft I’m working on, thankfully it did not have any notes on it so I’ve not lost anything that I can’t replace easily. It’s made me realise just how unorganised I am. When I put it to one side to start on NaNo I should have put it somewhere safe and not on a pile of other work.
That aside I am now officially finished NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve learnt a lot about myself, more so then in the last two years that I have done it. I’ve seen that I can be very productive when I’ve got my mind focused. I wrote this in first person which seems to be a style that suits me quite well.
My outline went out the window within the first five thousand words, but if I had thought of what I was going for before I started then I think I would have been able to write more depth in places where I skimmed over. I need to think through my characters back stories as well. That was something that I didn’t realise I had neglected until I was about 30k words into the story.
I’m sure the next few weeks I’ll be reflecting on all I’ve learnt during the month a little more and that is one of the things I love about NaNoWriMo, I always learn something. To me that is more important then hitting the 50k.
I’m lying tucked up in bed watching The Bone Collector trying to fend off a cold which I thought was gone but came back last night with all it’s little friends and attacked my immune system again. Generally I’m quite lucky in that I don’t really get ill, aside from colds, which always make me fuzzy headed. So I’ve gone from writing about two thousand words an evening to struggling to do a combined two thousand in the last two days.
So I’m lying here watching this film and I had the urge to write a blog post, so this will probably end up one colossal ramble
This is one of my favourite movies, The Bone Collector. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington and I think he really pulls out an ace of a performance. I’m not a huge fan of Angelina Jolie but here she really shows her acting chops. The movies based on Jeffery Deaver’s book. Deaver is an author whose work I really should start consuming.
About a month ago I finished reading The Drawing Of The Three by Stephen King. This is the second book in King’s The Dark Tower series. This was a really good book, one which took me a fair amount of time to get through. The way King is writing these is difficult for me to read, but they are incredible fascinating.
After finishing it I started on Shutter Island, and I haven’t been sucked into it just yet. I’m thinking that I may put it to one side for a while, read something else and then go back to it later.
Writing wise my NaNoWriMo story has got a good shape to it now and I think when I go back to edit it I’m going to be able to add a lot to the places that I skimmed over and add a few more scenes to build the setting, the characters and the storyline itself. As I was about 9500 words short of the 50k I tried taking the story to the next stage and changed the point of view but I’m not feeling it hugely at the moment, I may scrape it later and make a follow up story of it. Not sure yet though.
I’m going to put the story down once November is done. As I said I have a really structure and I think my foundations are sound. In December I am going to go back to Project Apollo and get the final two thirds of this latest read through done and off to Owen for his thoughts.
There’s still a fair bot of work on Apollo but I’m aiming to have it done by Christmas.
I’ve mentioned that I’m planning on releasing a story via ebook early next year. This one is all but done, I’m thinking over notes from a beta reader and a couple of other people will be reading it in the next couple of months. Artwork is something I want to do right, I’ve been recommended a cover artist whose work I really like. I’m hoping I click with the artist (If they want to and have time to do it that is) because I have no idea of how I want the cover art to look. That’s a problem for next year though.
Right, I hope I haven’t rambled too much, I’m going to watch the end of this movie and then off to bed.