June 10, 2013

Culture Shock

It’s difficult to put into words my feelings after 24 hours spent ruminating over the death of Iain Banks.

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May 10, 2013

Moments of the Utmost Gravity

The following trailer is epic. So much so that I watched it three times with my stomach churning in a most unpleasant manner. Although it doesn’t give much away in the sense of plot, it is obviously a work of high psychological drama, and like most of the best science fiction, examines how ordinary people react in extraordinary situations. Or at least, I hope it will do.

Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Gravity looks terrifying and chilling in equal measure, and is due out on October 4th 2013.

May 1, 2013

Doctor Ex Machina

OK, so we’ll gloss over why I haven’t been updating this blog, suffice to say it’s been a thoroughly miserable 2013 so far.

I have however found the venom to write today as the latest episode of Doctor Who (Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) has really annoyed me. Yes, I know it’s written for family viewing, but it’s lazy writing and there’s no excuse. I thought the bad old Russell T.Davies days of cop-out endings were behind us, but no, as the latest episode illustrated.Dr who journey to the centre of the tardis Continue reading

December 10, 2012

Browsing the Blogosphere

Image nicked from http://joannemattera.blogspot.co.uk There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are many writing and writers blogs out there, and lots of them are full of wonderful advice based upon the writing experiences of the blogger in question, peppered with handy writer’s resources and often written in a dry and witty manner (see my favourite writing blogs). They are a joy to read.

I have come to the conclusion however, that a number of them are simply not for me. Not that they’re badly written (why would they be?) but more because of the tired  assumptions they continue to make. Continue reading

December 6, 2012

When the robot mind is mastered

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Phyllis Theroux

Sometimes I feel like I’m just playing at being a writer. I’m far from prolific and sometimes I have to drag the words kicking and screaming from my brain, not like some of my good friends who update their blogs regularly with interesting stuff. I sit here thinking: what can I write? And then decide that no-one gives a crap about what’s inside my head so I’ll go and play Blood Bowl (remember that all you GW nerds?) Continue reading

December 5, 2012

Time to scrape myself clean….

So I did it. I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days and my lack of activity on this very blog serves to highlight how much of my life it took up. Between the daily grind of work, the washing up and NaNoWriMo, there was little to time to eat or bathe, and I sat unshaven in a pile of my own excrement during November. Continue reading

October 31, 2012

Rotting Underpants

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.

Marsha Norman

It’s all a big rush to be prepared for the big kick off tomorrow. I spent last night tweaking my plot and making sure the various strands converged at the same critical point (they don’t, so that’s a worry) and sticking character notes into my Big Book of Ideas. Continue reading

October 15, 2012

You just don’t ‘get’ Science Fiction

Mentioning my novel is going to be science fiction generates strange looks in my direction.

People don’t understand science fiction.

Robots, aliens and technology by itself is space adventure, not science fiction. Continue reading

October 3, 2012

In Conversation….

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.

Anne Rice

Not many updates of late as I haven’t done any plot development or characterisation.

I have however been contemplating the differences between myself and my fellow humans after an interesting political workplace discussion. Listening to opinions that wildly differ from your own can be uncomfortable and sometimes rage-inflicting, but as far as character development goes it can only help ‘fill out’ characters I would have otherwise been unable to imagine. Continue reading

September 28, 2012

Motivations

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Gustave Flaubert

I’ve been asked what motivates me to undertake the NaNoWriMo challenge and I’m having trouble putting it into words (some author I’m going to be!).

Motivation is a difficult thing to describe. I am motivated to write a novel for purely self gratifying reasons whereas the motivation to raise money for the hospice comes from the realisation that they could not continue to operate without charitable donations. Continue reading