State Of Play

I just wanted to share an update with how the writing is going at the moment. I’ll admit I’ve barely done much actual writing in the last few weeks but with Tracie(my partner) being in hospital for the best part of three weeks, having a couple of minor health irritations myself (I say irritations because they are very minor but incredibly irritating!) All that has knocked me off my pace a little.

Project Apollo will not have much done on it till early July as that is when me and Owen are sitting down to go through and plot out the ending of the story.

The Residents is still in the planning stages. When me and Chrystalyn (http://thefutureofhope.wordpress.com/) start writing this I think it’s going to be the most prepared that I personally have ever been when it comes to writing something. At the moment I am mainly focusing on two of the main characters backstory’s.

I was going to work on my zombie story for NaNoWriMo but I’ve had an idea about it today which may require a little more thinking time. I’ve always had in mind to write a second story in this series but I had a flash of an idea on what a third story might involve which makes it a trilogy. So I now need to think out how it is going to play out over three books. I know the basics of each story but I need to build them more thoroughly and I’m not sure I will have that done by November.

I think I have enough feedback from one of my short stories which I am going to read through once more myself, and maybe change the title of before I start sending it off for submission.

With Avoiding The Game I have decided to give it one last bash at making it work, but I will have to make a fair few changes to the story so I have all but decided to do a full re-write as it will be easier then trying to fit in what I have in mind.

At the moment I am reading Redshirts by John Scalzi. I am really enjoying it and I’m finding Scalzi’s  style to my liking and the humour in this novel is awesome 🙂 With everything that has happened recently I haven’t been reading much so hopefully this week I’ll get back into the swing of it.

And finally I’d just like to share a couple of links to interesting podcasts that I’ve heard lately. First we have two from The Dead Robots Society; http://deadrobotssociety.com/2013/06/11/episode-276-mid-year-check-in/; http://deadrobotssociety.com/2013/06/18/episode-277-robots-on-inspiration-point/

Next is an episode from the Escape Pod Science Fiction podcast. This is quite a snappy little story that I fell in love with and adored how it ended;  http://escapepod.org/2013/06/06/ep399-my-heart-is-a-quadratic-equation/

And Finally here’s one from the StarShipSofa podcast. The story in this episode is written by Tobias S. Buckell and Karl Schroeder. I am familiar with both writers and I found this story was a great collaboration between two people whose work I enjoy;  http://www.starshipsofa.com/2013/05/21/starshipsofa-no-290-tobias-buckell-and-karl-schroeder/

 

I apologise for loading this post up with links but I believe in spreading the word about all things good and these are all very good. So I hope you check them out and get as much pleasure out of them as I have 🙂

Why I’m Ignoring Most Memes Now

We’ve all seen Memes, pictures with little catchphrases on. At first I found them quite amusing in the main and once in a while a really good one would catch my attention. Now though, they’re kind of predictable, as soon as I see them I know what they are. Many lack imagination and its rare that I see one now that impresses me.

What has really irritated me about them is the Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead ones. I have not seen the most recent series of these two epically good series as I only recently got around to watching them (on DVD) so just from having a look through my Facebook feed I know who dies in these two awesome TV series [insert curse words of choice or rage filled roars]

That said some memes don’t contain spoilers and are very funny, but like everything that started off as something small and amusing it is now mutated into something that is becoming annoying with only a few that are still worthy of attention.

A Flash Update

Good morning, I say good hoping it will kick start my day nicely seeing as I had about two and a half hours sleep and feel like something out of The Walking Dead (love that show).

I am well behind with reading blogs, although I have just caught up with emails (sixty two of them I’ve read through this morning).

Things are still a little up in the air with Tracie in hospital and keeping a regular blogging schedule has been sacrificed because of that. I have done some writing at the weekend, only about a thousand words but I still wrote 🙂 and Project Apollo has had a little more planning done. Last night I started typing up pages of notes that I had hand written. I’m typing these pages up for two reasons. The first is that Owen needs to see the notes and the second is that this will become our bible for this universe. We’ll have brief character details in it as well as details about the different aliens and cultures that we have created.

Reading wise I’ve just finished Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy. It was an okay read but nothing that blew me away. I’ll probably follow the rest of the series but it won’t be a reading priority. I’ve now started reading Redshirts by John Scalzi.

I’ll leave it there as there’s not much else to say. Hopefully I’ll be getting back in a routine soon.

Have a good Tuesday all 🙂

Book Review: World War Z

Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these where its not just s couple of lines in a bigger post, lets see how much of a pigs ear I make of it! Lol

World War Z was not what I expected at all, if fact I not sure I know what I expected. This book by Max Brooks has a man who works for the U.N. going across the world collecting stories from some of the many people who survived the Zombie war. From speaking to a doctor who recorded an early case to the deep sea divers who are searching the oceans for the zombies down there. Each story is very different.

My friend Mike had said to me the night before I started listening to it (I’ve got the audiobook) that he had started reading it but put it down because he couldn’t get along with it. I can see what he means. If I had it as a an actual book and not audio then I think I would have given up with it. It started off very slowly, and the format was off putting at first. It’s really a collection of short stories as opposed to a normal book with a start, middle and end. It got better though. It was fascinating to see how the world fell to pieces and got put back together. Brooks doesn’t leave anything unthought of in this book. The zombies are the kind that don’t stop, they keep going but they as not the smart ones etc. if you can think of a survival story involving zombies then its in this book. There’s the military point of view and the everyday person point of view. Governments, hired guns and each point of view comes from a different person, in a different country.

It’s a very well thought through and written book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am a little interested in how they have put the movie together because there is no real protagonist. Personally I think a TV series would have complimented the format of the book better but we’ll have t wait and see.

Once past the slow start I well and true fully fell in love with this one 🙂

A Quick Post To Start The Day

Good morning on this beautiful Wednesday, I’m just going to get a quick few words written here before going to work.

Yesterday I started on ten audiobook of World War Z and must admit if it wasn’t an audiobook I would have given up early on. I don’t like the format at all and the early stories were incredibly slow and didn’t really grab my attention. I guess I’m about a third of the way through it now and it’s slowly beginning to get interesting.

The third Hunger Games book, The Mockingjay is a different story, I’m about forty pages in and I’ve been gripped since page one 😀

No More Early Nights

Last night I was feeling a little more tired then normal, so I thought I’d get an early night. Waking up this morning I am feeling shattered! So now more early nights for me, that aside me and I got Owens notes back on my Project Apollo notes and I’ve sent back my thoughts on his notes. Hopefully we’ll be back writing the story very soon.

I think I’ve mentioned that I have started planning my NaNoWriMo story, so far I have a list of notes and an idea of the layout. As well as word count and a little planning of the first chapter I have not got much done. Neither of the two main characters are named yet but I have them pretty well thought through. I’m setting this one in my home town so location I know very well. This and Project Apollo are at the front of my mind at the moment. This new project is Project Sheppard.

I Need to get cracking on one or the other very soon.

Reading wise I started His Only Star by Christopher Stocking last night. It’s started off well and I’m looking forward to being able to get stuck into it tonight 🙂 I’m also listening to the We’re Alive podcast. This is a zombie apocalypse story in a radio drama format. Some of the content of this show is a little annoying, there are plenty of cliches and some of the characters are a little more annoying then I’m normally tolerant of, but its a very good story and I love some of the things the creators have thought about. This is the second time I am listening to this one, series 4 is out in the next few months. I’m looking forward to it 🙂

Hey, I Did A Little Writing!

At lunch today I actually wrote some new fiction 🙂 It’s been a while, since November, so it was good to get some new content on paper, but it was not much at all. Which was a bit of a slap in the face as I’ve realised how out of practice I am. Since November I have done a lot of editing and planning but next to no new writing. By that I mean sitting down and writing what’s in my head and damn I need to get rolling again. I wrote just over a hundred words by hand in twenty minutes. I used to be able to do twice that!

But anyway, I’ve decided to put of working on the first of my vampire short stories and I’m having a quick read through of the story I mentioned in my post last night. There will be no major changes but silly things like removing the over use of the word That from the body of the story and making I am happy with it, which I am but it wont hurt having this one last read through.

I finished listening to Apocalypse Z: The Beginning Of The End by Manel Loureiro. I enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to after I had gotten into it a little. The only I really did not like was the format, the story is done as a journal and I’m not a huge fan of that type of layout. That said the characters were interesting, although they did make some really daft mistakes at times, only human I guess, and the ending left it on a bit of a cliff but it still ended but with the option of another story with these characters.

Some Good Stuff

Hey guys, I’ve got a couple of links here to some good fiction that I have heard in the last few days. Its been a while since I’ve heard some sort fiction that I have enjoyed enough to share so here it is 🙂

 

Escape Pod

http://escapepod.org/2013/03/07/ep386-finished/

 

Pseudopod

http://pseudopod.org/2013/03/08/pseudopod-324-wings/

 

StarShipSofa

http://www.starshipsofa.com/2013/03/06/starshipsofa-no-279-rachel-swirsky/

 

I hope you take a moment to check these stories out as I enjoyed them hugely 😀

 

Id also like to share this link for a recent episode of the Dead Robots Society where the Robots interview writer Jake Bible. Mr. Bible wrote a book called Dead Mech which is set in a world after the Zombie apocalypse and in this world there are huge military mech suits and when an operator dies inside one and gets infected, becoming a zombie the zombie then controls this piece of military hardware.

It’s a really good story which is the first of three books, I still need to read the second two.

I first found Mr. Bible via Scott Sigler. Sigler mentioned Dead Mech and collaborated with Mr.Bible on a story so I checked the story out and loved it. It had been released as a podcast.  Now though Mr.Bible has decided to walk away from podcasting and here he gives his reasons.

Again I would love for you to go and check these out as there is some amazing content here.

Today’s Post 28/02/13

There’s not much to say tonight, I’ve got some more words written down on Project Apollo, again I’m not sure if it will end up in the final cut but it’s going to help no matter what.

I listened again to Joshua Jared Scott’s Sanctuary: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse. This is a very good story, Mr. Scott has a nice way of putting his stories together and as I mentioned in a previous post he is not scared of writing the brutal truths in a story. I really hope Mr. Scott is working on a follow-up novel to this one.

Another story that I am listening too is A Dancing Bear by David Free. This a story of a college student who gets sucked into a world of terrorist plots, murder and fear. All because he falls for a women. A very good story which makes me feel for the protagonist and I can see how his actions, or lack of them, take them where he ends up.

Once I’ve finished editing Avoiding The Game (yes the title of the story is still going to change) I’m going to have a go through Project Apollo with Owen and get what is written tidied up and expanded, but also get the rest of it planned out so we can get it done!

Tonights Update

I’ve just a quick little update tonight.

I’d like to give a shout out to Patrick E. McLean who wrote the book How To Succeed In Evil which is a really entertaining book. The characters are brilliant, out there in the odd case but in a good way. This is hugely entertaining and I found myself laughing out loud more than once (I got some funny looks at work).

http://www.patrickemclean.com/

 

Theres the link to Mr. McLean’s site, you can also find his work at Podiobooks.com and iTunes.

 

There’s a sad note here I’m afraid. It was announced today that the actor Richard Briers has passed away. He was 79. Mr. Briers starred in a number of great shows over the years. I’ll remember him mainly for his role as Tom Good in The Good Life and as Hector Naismith MacDonald in Monarch Of The Glen. The most recent thing that I saw him in was Cockneys vs. Zombies. He seemed like a proper gentleman and I will always remember the shows that I saw him and what a talent he was.

R.I.P Mr Richard Briers.