Creating Different Cultures

One of the things I’ve noticed since I’ve been reading/listening to Scott Sigler is how different he makes his cultures from our own. Particularly in Sigler’s Galactic Football League series we see a lot of different aliens, and they are alien. They are not just humans with a little make up on but proper aliens with alien cultures and these vary strongly from humanity. It has even made me realise how little we see of alien cultures in movies like Star Wars (I wonder what the extended fiction of Star Wars is like?). I am going to write a lot of science fiction, a lot, and I need to look at what Sigler is doing, and find other books, TV shows, movies and video games and see how other people build alien cultures.

I also need to look at different human cultures, I’ve got a DVD series about Tribes, The Tribal Eye I think it’s called, which I’ve got to watch. I can’t afford to go around the world and see with my own eyes the various cultural differences but I do have the Internet which will have to do.

Imagination can only go so far and ideas breed, good ideas especially.

This Week’s Targets

Mainly this week I’m aiming to knock out as much of this story as I am able to do.  I’m not going for a daily or weekly word count at the moment I’m just going to write, okay that’s a little bit of a lie.  I’d like to at least write five hundred words a day.  Originally I thought I’d be adding about five thousand words to the last draft but I’m actually rewriting the majority of the text.  The core story is still the same but we’ve changed it from a comedic story to a serious one so a lot of build up work for jokes has had to be scrapped (I can hear Owen crying 17 miles away as I write that, he put a lot into those jokes)  With that change I’m not sure what the rough length will be.  There will be a whole new sequence in the middle of the story as well as an addition to the end of it too.  So there’s a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks.

I got my copy of Scott Sigler’s The MVP today.  If you havent at least checked out Mr Sigler here’s a good time to do so @ http://scottsigler.com/

Now that I’ve got this book I really need to finish reading Fahrenheit 451 so I can dive into it.  J.J. Harkin’s Angels Of the Apocalypse will have to wait till I’ve read this one, Sorry J.J.

My friend Cinta Garcia has a new shiny website up and running so if you have a few minutes to have a little look around I know that she will be grateful @ http://www.cintagarciadelarosa.com/#!home/mainPage

While I’m here I’d just like to point people to my Facebook page where you can ‘Like’ me(Not many of my actual friends have liked me yet 😥 lol ) and there is also a link to my Twitter account.  Both are to the right of your screen >>>>>>>>>>>>

Just Look at that cover!

The All-Pro By Scott Sigler

As you guys probably know I have been reading The All-Pro  and as I’ve got to the second half of the book it really pulled me along with little effort.  Sigler has given us what I think is one of his best books to date with The All-Pro bearing in mind that his publishers don’t publish this and its a self published effort. The All-Pro  is following the career of young Quintin Barnes who has become the starting quarter back for the Ionath Krakens in the Galactic Football League.  So it’s basically American Football in space, the biggest difference is that Barnes is playing against and with aliens that either worship him, or would be quite happy to eat him.  I’m not an american football fan, but this is a sport that I’d like to see.  Many different species of intelligent life forms of different shapes and sizes? whats not to like about that? http://scottsigler.com/GFL

The characters are unique and fascinating, even the games themselves are the edge of your seat action sequences. There is a little romance, lots fo deceit and threat and suspense.  Not only is the storyline itself very good but Sigler has put a lot of world building into this book which is very clearly leading up to something spectacular on a galactic scale. This was already a strong universe due to two previous books in the series and Sigler’s The Crypt series of stories which are set in the same universe but this took it all to another level and I cant wait to pre-order the next book in the series The MVP.

Please go and check out the link above and find out for yourself just how strong a series this is shaping up to be.

The next book that I will be reading is Estra Corp by Christopher Stocking. http://writetoperfect.wordpress.com/

So Far, So Good

I’m so far on target to hit my 2500 words by Sunday evening so I’m feeling pretty good about that.  I was really fired up by Aly Hughes blog (Which I re-blogged, for you all to read) and I managed to knock out a fair few words tonight when I did not really feel like writing.

I had a weird start to the day.  It was like I couldn’t get going, not only mentally but also my body just did not seem to want to wake up.  How I made it through till eleven,ish when I did start feeling myself again I have no idea but I did and managed to have a pretty decent day.

Something that I feel may be happening soon is that I have another rant about the Transformers movies.  I just watched the third one again and things need to be said! lol

Scott Sigler is really kicking arse with his book The All-Pro  which is getting better with each sentence.  Not only is the core story amazing but the world building that Sigler is doing is spectacular and I am sure that he is building to some huge events in the future of this universe.

Just one last thing, I’d like to point you all to my Twitter and Facebook pages which you can see on the right hand side of my blog >>>>>>>>>>>>

I’m off to crack on with The All-Pro so good night everyone 😀

Todays Update

I can’t really find a good reason why I have found it difficult to get some writing done recently, but today I did get some writing done.  Yes, I am very tired.  I have a very demanding day job, which I thoroughly enjoy but it does drain me.  I’ve had some really silly things crop up which put me off my stride, but tonight nothing did.  I got home, ate dinner, showered and then got cracking despite the day’s fatigue slowly setting in.  That’s what I need to do though, I need to be able to write when I am tired or stressed out and so on.  What I’ve written tonight might not be very good, or very many words but it does fill in a few details of the story that I am working on but most importantly its words written.  It doesnt matter if I delete them tomorrow when I look at the story again, saying that I doubt I’ll do that, my point is, its words written.  My mind has thought through aspects of this story and hopefully when I fire up this laptop tomorrow more words will flow.

Editing is something that I have a lot to do also at the moment.  My brilliant Beta readers have taken the time to read two of my stories so I need to get those edits done and then get them off for submission.  That’s something that I’m going to have a whack at on Friday after work.

I desperately need to catch up on the amazing blogs that I follow as well.

There is now a Facebook ‘Like’ button to the right of this post as well as the Twitter one.  Please feel free to show me some support and click ‘Like’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Scott Sigler’s The All-Pro is really getting interesting and if I havent finished reading it by the end of the month then I will be very surprised, or I would have written and edited a lot 🙂

Not That Normal Monday Feeling

Normally Mondays are not the most popular day of the week, but despite an irritating start to the day it has turned out pretty good.  I’m really getting stuck into Scott Sigler’s The All-Pro ( http://scottsigler.com/ ) and I’ve started reading an e-book on my iPhone’s Kindle app (the first time that I’m trying this) The book is J.J. Harkin’s Angels Of Apocalypse,  (https://twitter.com/#!/authorjjharkin ) which after only a few pages I’m enjoying so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in it.  I also listened to Michael Chrichton’s Jurassic Park, which is always a fascinating listen.

I’ve done some quite serious thinking today aswell, some of the changes that I want to make in the next few years look rather difficult, but more than achievable.  I’ve also been thinking about what I wrote last night and how I can elaborate on it.  Its one of those stories that I do not think that will ever see the light of day, but it could be something that I can exercise my writing ability on.  It is a very emotional piece which I think will be good to explore 🙂

Project Phoenix has also popped into my head a little as well and one major thought was crawling around my head until I had a proper revelation for a piece of the stories history.  I’m going to write a couple of little stories for Phoenix as well because I need to find a proper feel for one of the main characters.  So I’m going to throw him into a couple of demanding situations to see what he does.

I’m not going to declare a word count target to his this week, but I am going to have a couple of evenings where I will just be punching the keyboard 🙂

Another Look At World Building

I was chatting with a friend, Stephen, on Facebook yesterday about Star Trek and Star Wars and Batttlestar Galactica and Babylon 5 and Firefly and Stargate, well you get the picture.  And what I learnt about it was not only does he have a bloody good knowledge of the Star Trek universe but also a few little tips about research.  One of the projects that I, with Owen, am working on is set in a universe where mankind has ventured out into space and met a multitude of alien species and we have starships of various shapes and sizes as well as space stations, and as a writer of similar intergalactic escapades he shared a few little tips about how he does he’s research, and a lot of it is spent watching these shows and looking at how the technology works and the everyday difficulties of surviving in space (when I’ve tried this before I’ve got into the film/TV show and forgotten that I’m supposed to be making notes) To me these are the things that give a universe depth.   In Nathan Lowell’s series about the life of an orphan who joins kind of space age freight hauliers and there are a lot of little bits on how the ships are maintained.  These stories are really, really cool, so please check out the link >>>>>>  http://solarclipper.com/about/

It was a good conversation that we had which gave me plenty to think about and really created some good little ideas.  As I’ve mentioned before I think depth is a massive component of a universe that a story is set in.  It’s all good and well having a strong plot and/or characters but if the world around them is weak then the reader may feel like they are loosing out.  This is one thing I find with Scott Sigler’s Galactic Football League series.  With each book we learn more and more about the wider universe and that depth is something that me and Owen need to weave into our stories.