Posted in Fantasy Fiction, Fiction, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

The Sea Seeds Ideas

I read an article the other day (I really should bookmark them as I can’t find it now!) that was about a new Stephen King book due out. It’s a collection of short stories – nothing unusual there. The difference is that he is putting a substantial introduction to each one, about where he was in his life when he wrote them and the thought process that went into writing them.

Now I am not a big Stephen King fan – I don’t really enjoy horror – ghost stories yes but horror’s not my thing. However – his “On Writing” is one of the best books on the subject I have ever read, both entertaining and insightful. It is just as much an autobiography as a book about the art. So I am excited about this one!

And it got me thinking – I thought I would share a bit of my own thought process – how my mind works (sometimes). And perhaps hear from some of you how you go about the business.

So as an example. A friend of mine has just fulfilled one of her dreams and been on an epic sea journey on a tall ship. I was writing her a welcome home message when the a line popped into my head.

“Seafarer wandering over the waves.”

It sounded really good to me – so now its going around in my head – a poem coalescing around it, snippets of lines and images coming together. It will probably bounce around in there for a while until it comes together.

While thinking about it though something else is coming through. A character – this vague woman who is wandering the sea – for some reason, maybe seeking something, maybe running from something – I don’t know yet. There’s not even a story there yet – that one will bounce around in my head event longer.

One of my favourite authors Stephen R Donaldson said that he likes to get two unrelated ideas and smash them together to see where it goes. Maybe I will do that. I have another idea – more fully formed though still with a long way to go. It is about the rise of a political tyrant. Now those two ideas do seem completely unrelated – and I wonder what would grow by trying to put them together – something surprising I think.

I will let them ferment some more – their time hasn’t come yet.

So what about you? How do the seeds of your works begin?

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Posted in Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Another Arrival!

This is another reason I have been quiet on the blog for a while! Book number two has arrived!

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This one is not a novel but a collection of poems. All the poems I wrote for my year-long Poem a Day Challenge.

So more proofreading and then pressing the button to make it available both on Kindle and Paperback.

It all part of a larger plan – so watch out for more soon.

 

Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Mankind Limited Now Available in paperback

Will do a proper announcement soon when all the other bits and pieces are in place.

In the meantime – after reviewing my proof copy I discovered one little type – grrrrrr! I also realised that due to the way the fonts were changed all the page numbers had shifted and were wrong. However all issues fixed now, so I pushed the publish button and its now appearing in Amazon – all linked to the kindle version and everything!

More to come soon.

Posted in Family, General

A sunny and refreshing weekend

We had a lovely relaxing time this weekend. Saturday was courtesy of one of Alexander’s school friends birthday party held at a local farm attraction – which included a playground and a miniature train. Perfect! We could sit back and let them have fun.

Sunday was a combination of a walk along the coast and the local Transport festival and fun fair!

Here’s a few pics.

Posted in Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Mankind Limited

The revised version is now available on Kindle.

Hard copy on its way  also now availableAmazonMKL!

Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

See here for more details