The Last Week

This last week turned out to be a perfect time to start this draft on Zombie. I had planned to start a couple of weeks before but the outlining took longer than I was planning it to. So getting a good start on the first day of my week off from the day job was a perfect way to start this story.

I started off with 1569 on Monday, 1207 on Tuesday, 1639 at the Write In on Wednesday, 1098 on Thursday, 1227 on Friday, and yesterday I wrote nothing because I was at Thorpe Park for the day and then at a BBQ at my brothers house last night. That’s given me a total of 6470 for the week. Yeah, I’m happy with that. I know I could have probably doubled that total if I’d put some more time into it, but one of the reasons I had this week off was because I was exhausted and I wanted to relax a little. That’s pretty much what today is going to be, just chilling out. Anything I do do will be at a nice laid-back pace.

Being back at work next week will limit writing time but having won NaNoWriMo three times I know I can write a 1000+ words in an evening. So I can’t see a problem with me hitting the 1000 words a day till story finish.

Now, it’s time for me to write.

Wednesday- 14/6/17

Yesterday morning I wrote a little over 1200 words before off out to an appointment and then home to play some GTAV(online), where I didn’t get my arse kicked too badly! That puts me on about 2700 words on Zombie.

The writing went well, but there is one small scene that I wrote that I’m not sure about. If it’s taken out it’s not going to change the story at all but I like the character work that’s in it. So I’ll see how it feels when I’m done.

I’m trying not to edit as I go, but what I am going to do is go through and make sure I’ve done the grammar and spelling problems that crop up. I’d like to do that when I finish writing each scene.

I am taking it quite easy this week. It is my week off and this year at the day job has been very busy(which is awesome!) but it does take it out of you after a while, so I’m making the most of having this time off. Today will be a busy one, though as I’ll be doing a lot in the garden with my Dad. Part of todays work will be inspecting our chicken run, part of which is a good five years old, and which one of the chickens escaped out of over the weekend. Thankfully I managed to catch her easily but it’s a job thats been long overdue for some time.

This evening I’m going to be at a Write-In with my local NaNoWriMo group which I’m looking forward to. I’d like to think I’ll get some writing done but we’ll probably just end up having a good chat, so I might not hit that 1000 words for the day but we’ll see.

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Looking At One Of My Influences: Scott Sigler

Quite often I mention on here Scott Sigler and for those of you who do not know who he is, and dont go over to look at his website (http://scottsigler.com/) I’ve been listening and reading Scott Sigler’s work for a good six years now and I am currently going through his podcasts and listening to them again. In some cases I have not listened to the audio yet but I have read the books.
Sigler is one of my role models. He has gone from an unknown author to a New York Times best selling author. Part of how he got to where he is was through giving away his work as a free podcast. Realising an episode a week. He is one of the pioneers of podcasting, although I would imagine a lot of people look at his success and think its easy.
He engages with his fans, who are lovingly called Junkies. There is a strong community at his website (I really need to spend more time there).
He is almost too in your face, but as its Scott Sigler, A.K.A The Future Dark Overlord, its cool because its all done in a very tongue in cheek, good humoured way. Most of this comes through from his personality, which can also be heard in his narrations.
Sigler has a little help in his business partner A Kovacs, who is one of those people who seems very capable at getting things organised and done.

All this may seem good and well, but even the best, most passionate writer would not find success if their product was rubbish. Sigler does not have this problem, his writing is incredibly impressive. His characters are memorable, plot lines creative and pacing is all but spot on. One thing I’d like to mention about his characters is that many of the main ones are quite unlikable, but not enough to put you off reading on.
The settings and cultures of his stories are intriguing also. In his The Crypt and the Galactic Football League universe we see a huge galaxy with multiple races and cultures. Different political and religious elements within the same race. Sigler does not cheat here, unlike a lot of mainstream sci-fi we don’t see any other alien that is humanoid. (me and Owen have humanoid aliens in our work) the aliens in Sigler’s universe do have human traits but I love the way he has made them alien.

The best compliment that us readers can pay to a writer is that something they have created has moved us. That it has struck at the emotional triggers we have all have. Scott Sigler more then entertains me with his writing. It is addictive, but in two specific cases he has moved me with what he has written. In his book Infected there were bits that made me flinch and the ending of Contagious hit me hard and I sat for about half an hour afterwards just thinking about it.

Scott Sigler is a powerhouse writer who I believe everyone should at least check out. He has a big publisher book deal, but he is also releasing his work that his publisher does not want through his own company, Dark Overlord Media. He and A Kovacs know what they are doing and I hope they do it for a long time to come.

I Was Wondering…

I was wondering about different stories in the same universe and their timelines.  As we stand at the moment me and Owen will have The Space Watch (Project Delphi) out soon and at some stage Project Apollo will be ready for release in the near future.  Here’s whats on my mind though; does it matter if The Space Watch is released first, but in the timeline of the universe we are building the events in The Space Watch take place after that of Project Apollo.  Is this an issue?  Will it confuse the reader?  I don’t think it will.  People are smart and there are little ways that we can let the reader know that Project Apollo comes before The Space Watch, like this “Before the events in The Space Watch, came…. you get the picture.

This is a little bit of bad planning on mine and Owen’s part but hey, we’re still learning this stuff 😛