16th – 18th February 2017

The end of this week has slowed down, somewhat. I’ve not been too well and I’m using most of my energy getting through my working day for my day job, but I have been doing a little on last year’s NaNo story and I’m still not sure just what I’ve got to do to get it straight but I’m liking the process of figuring out what I need to do with each section that I’ve written. I’ve literally printed it off and cut it up into individual scenes and I’m working from there. An early problem I’ve found is that I’ve got these scenes and I need to find natural ways to connect them.

I am going to be focussing on some editing and outlining in these next few weeks. I need to get caught up on editing and I’m trying not to be as impulsive and diving into fiction without being prepared for it. I’ve got a lot of files and notes and it’s time I began to put those notes into outlines (not in-depth ones though) and get some research done so that when I do come to write these stories then I’ll hopefully be better prepared for when I do start writing.

 

13th-16th February 2017

It’s been a bit up and down this week with writing. I’ve been working on last years NaNo during my lunch breaks and I’m making notes for when I start working on it in the future.

I’ve started editing the short stories that I thought I’d already made alterations from Beta’s for but found that one of the stories I had made those changes. I’ve done two of the other three since then and will hopefully have the third one done tomorrow. I was going to get it done tonight but I’ve not felt well today so have had a chill out night.

I’m thinking I’m going to focus on editing and outlining for a little while. I keep going in headfirst with stories and almost always run out of steam. So, let’s see if I can get prepared for the ideas I’ve got that I want to work on in the next year or so.

12th February 2017

Today has been both productive and frustrating. I’ve gotten two things crossed off of my To-Do list but I’ve had to add four items onto it because I have either lost or not done some alterations to four short stories after receiving Beta reader notes. Two of these short stories have been submitted to a couple of online magazines and now I’m seeing the faults in them that should have been rectified. I was printing them off  because two of my friends who are avid readers have agreed Beta read my work. I’ve got two awesome Beta readers already but I’d like a couple more and am glad they’ve agreed. So, although I’m annoyed by this and that I’ve got work to do to put them right, I’m glad I’ve discovered this. I don’t want start sending them out again if they’re wrong.

That did de-rail me a little, but now this week I’ll focus on getting those four short stories up to scratch and then onto my red-pen notes for The Space Watch.

So, I probably won’t be writing many words in the near future but I’ll be editing and that’s something of as great a value as word counts are.

The Future of the Terminator Movies

A couple of weeks ago a few articles began to appear on social media that James Cameron will be regaining the rights to the Terminator movies in 2019, and that he is eyeing Deadpool director Tim Miller to play a part in future instalments.

Now, from what I can make out this is just all rumours, but if there is some truth to it then it could be a game-changer for the Terminator movies. Cameron was the man who built the universe in the first two movies, and I’d like to think that he could take them back to that dark and gritty universe that he created. If we look at the films that he wasn’t involved in, Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: Genisys, none of them hit home. Each one failed in one way or another (although I’m quite fond of Salvation as it took the story to the future, after Judgment Day, and it almost hit the mark), and didn’t have anything that really matched up to Cameron’s original two movies. I’ve got a special distaste for Genisys as it erases almost all of those two original movies, and T3 and Salvation, from the timeline. I’ve tried watching it multiple times, and will most likely try multiple times again, but I can’t see me ever liking it. I know filmmakers don’t go out to make a bad movie, and I hope they didn’t write the script with the intention of pissing fans off with what they done in the movie. I personally think they just wanted to get away from the original films and do something different to what we’d seen before.

If Cameron is coming back to the series he could still make something that doesn’t match up to what he did with the first two movies, but I’ve got more faith that he’ll give us something that has depth, quality, consistency, attention to detail, and some respect for Terminator 1 & 2.

We’ll have to wait and see though.

Silent Dawn by C L Raven

Silent Dawn tells the story of Ben, Keira, and Drake and their interest of a video game Silent Dawn, and how the game seems to begin merging into the real world.

This book is beautifully written, paced, structured, and doesn’t hold back from putting the protagonist through their paces. It has a tension that rises as the story progresses and as a reader I was wondering what was really going on with the story. There was times when I couldn’t quite figure out what exactly might be happening.

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The beautiful cover by River Rose

Each one of the protagonist has a lot of depth and all have a very engaging personality. Each one felt very genuine, as did their home lives and what they had to go through when they were at school. These teenagers are not the stereotypical teenagers that you see in the media, and for me that is one of the things that made them more real. That and what they went through when they were at school. Ben, Keira, and Drake are goths and they suffer the fact that they are not afraid to be different from the herd. What the characters went through with their class mates and teachers is so exquisitely handled by C L Raven it felt like I was there with them. I got a little bullying when I was at school but it wasn’t to the extent that Ben, Keira, and Drake go through though.

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Cat and Lynx Raven

Something I really like about how C L Raven have written this is that we don’t really see a lot of Silent Dawn. They keep her as the boogey man type character, and that works really well for the story. As I was reading it I was never quite sure when or where she’d appear in the story.

I’ll wrap this review with a quick comment about the social commentary and humour in this story. The dialogue between Ben, Keira, and Drake is just beautiful. It’s humorous, on point, character building, and just fun. There was more than a few times which had me laughing aloud.

I enjoyed this book massively, and would recommend that people check it out.

You can find C L Raven at their website.

 

9th-11th February 2017

I’ve had a couple of days where I needed to take somewhat of a step back from writing a little bit. With everything that has been going on if my life at the moment I just needed to take a couple of days to re-focus. I had a moment on Thursday where I actually considered quitting writing. I haven’t felt like that in quite some time.

I am stuck with Penal Earth at the moment, I’ve made the same mistake I make time and time again where I haven’t gotten it planned out properly. That tends to lead me into holes I can’t get out of, so I’m putting the breaks on and will try and figure out where I want the story to go from here. I have got other stories I want to write soon so I’m going to work on some outlining and see how I get along with that.

With The Space Watch, Owen and I had a chapter-by-chapter outline which I didn’t get along with. So, what I’m planning on trying now is to get a one or two page outline done and have a few bullet points of important details I want to include in the story.

Speaking of The Space Watch. I’ve finished red-penning the draft this evening and will start making the alterations in the next few days. I’m not sure I’ll do anything on it tomorrow as I’m going to work on tidying up a couple of short stories that I want to add some spice too. I want to get into some outlining as well.

That’s it for now. I’m totally wiped out and my bed is calling.