Looking Back At My Week

Firstly I’m just going to say that I know I haven’t blogged much this last week but I’ve been struck down with a cold,again! And something has sprung up this week which has thrown me off my pace a little. Hopefully though ill be able to get back into my stride this coming week.

My writing has been non-existent this week. I’ve been at work all week so with this God damned cold I’ve been getting home and all but passing out. Work has been very busy so I’ve been saving my energy for that.

I have done a lot of reading though. I finished Haywire by Justin R. Macumber (http://www.justinmacumber.com/) I really enjoyed this one, it got a 4-Star review from me. There are some really good characters, the story is interesting and fresh. I’ve not seen much like this before. I found it slowed just a little in the middle a bit but not enough to pull out of the story.
I would love to see more from this universe because I found it really fascinating.

I was going to read the second Hunger Games book but I might dive into the first collection of the Judge Dredd Comics that Tracie brought me ūüėÄ

Movie wise I watched The Smurfs movie, which was a lot better then I thought it was going to be. In fact I laughed a hell of a lot watching it. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose was a totally different kettle of fish but what a movie! And last night me and Tracie went and saw Scary Movie 5, it was okay but nothing special. There were laugh out loud moments but nothing that was memorable, it was a very throw away movie.

I got hold of the Mass Effect Trilogy for Xbox 360 last week, I started playing it and got a little bit of the way through but then got that cold back but hopefully I’ll find a little time to dive into it again this week. It seems like it has a really deep and engaging universe to play in.

Today’s Post

This is a little later then I was planning but I got a little side tracked with a little bit of writing, which is a good place to start. I got some little bits done on Project Apollo, I’m not sure if this bit I did tonight will make it into the final cut but I think it’s pretty good so I’ll give Owen a brief idea of what it is and where I’m going with it once its done. I think it’s a good bit of character development and at the same time building the universe as well as a side note to one of the plot threads, a minor one but still important.

I’m over halfway through my Battlestar Galactica marathon and I’m taking some good points from it, mainly characters and how they are written, its also good studying the actors as they play them. It’s good cause I’m taking note of how the characters differ and seeing as some of my early work had a lot of carbon cut out characters it’s been a good way to learn how to create individuals.

Tomorrow I am going to chain myself to my desk and get some editing done on Avoiding The Game. I’ve lost a little momentum this week with it as I have realised I’ve forgotten a minor continuity issue, its not a major one. In fact all it is is that I’ve forgotten that the bit I’m writing has a lot of snow on the ground and I’ve forgotten to mention that at all since I first wrote it! Oops! It just means I have to go back and add a few little sentences here and there but it was the thought of having to go over something that I had already done a pass on but live and (hopefully) learn.

Now I’m off to dive into Haywire by Justin R. Macumber once more. I’ve read sixty pages in Two days. Now I’m a slow reader and normally do about fifteen, maybe twenty pages before bed, so that’s a good sign that I’m enjoying this one, a lot!

Tonights Post

I’ve been listening to Scott Sigler’s first book in his Crypt series, called Crew Stories. This basically is a collection of short stories about the future crew of a ship known as the PUV¬†James Keeling, also known as The Crypt. This is a collection that I have listened to before but I had forgotten just how good these stories are and I really enjoyed reliving them again and getting to know the crew once more. This is not a book for the faint of heart! And at the moment is only available in podcast form (Which means free) A lot of the stories here are co-written by some amazing writers including, Mur Lafferty, Paul E. Cooley, Jake Bible¬†and many other excellent writers (Look out for the story¬† co-written with Greg Crites). Here’s the link to the page on Scott Sigler’s website;


If you have read my blog for a while you will know I am a big fan of Scott Sigler, he is an amazing writer who I have a lot of time for as he has worked very hard to get to where he is today. He has had a little help along the way and I would love to steal his business partner, A Kovacs who seems to keep Mr. Sigler on track. They are a great team and are producing some great content.


I would also like to quickly give a link to this interview on Adventures In Sci-Fi Publishing with Kevin J. Anderson. I have not read any of his work yet, I do have the first of The Saga Of Seven Suns book on my shelve, but I love listening to him talking about the art of writing. It’s in two parts so I’ll give you the link to the first part;



You can find both podcasts in the iTunes library.

Reading update, I finished Stephen King’s The Gunslinger¬†last night. I was aiming to get it read by the end of the week but the final sixty pages went by in a beat of an eye. As I’ve said before I had no idea what this book was about and I’ve really enjoyed discovering it. I am looking forward to the¬†next book but I am going to read a couple of other books before I delve into book two in the series.

I’ve now started Haywire by Justin R. Macumber.

I have not done any more editing, but I have done some hand written bits for Project Apollo.

A Little Target

I’m not going to reveal my writing goals this year like I did last year, because I missed each one of them, but I am going to let you all know that I am aiming to read twelve to fifteen books this year. So that’s about one a month, I’m currently about a hundred pages off finishing The Hunger Games (yes I started reading it last year, but im still counting it ūüėõ )¬† I would also like to knock out as many audiobooks as I can too. This is going to be a little more difficult as I do not really have the money to buy the audiobooks at the moment.¬† Paper books are different because I have about forty on my book shelve waiting to be read.¬† Audiobooks are great for me because I can listen to them while I’m¬†at work.¬† So to save myself a little money I’m going to raid the books on Podiobooks.¬† If you love listening to fiction¬†in audio form then I’d recommend checking their site out http://podiobooks.com/¬†You can also find them on iTunes.¬† Podiobooks¬†basically allows writers to release thier¬†stories in podcasts for free.¬† Personally I’ll only download a completed story as I like to hear it all in one go. It is a great idea and I have listen to many great writers works from there.¬† Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty and a fair few others.¬† The most recent is Jeff Lane.¬† I listened to his story, Crush Depth, today and I really enjoyed it.¬† Here’s the link to his site http://jefflaneaudiobooks.com/

A few of the books I’m aiming to read this year are; The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Dauntless by Jack Campbell.¬† That’s part of his The Lost Fleet series. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.¬† Haywire by Justin R. Macumber, Dunne by Frank Herbert and The Man In The High Castle and Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Sheep, both by Phillip K.Dick