February 4, 2015
BBC, competition, Opening Lines, play, self-publish, short story
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With a little encouragement from a friend, I’ve written and submitted a short play to the BBC’s ‘Opening Lines‘ submissions competition.
Pitching between 1900 and 2000 words in mainly monologue format, it was an interesting challenge and a departure from my previous work.
Some of last year’s winning submissions can be read on-line here. They range from interesting to slightly disturbing.The format is condensed prose, almost poetic in its intensity.
My entry, which details an Army veteran’s fight back from depression, hits the spot at exactly 1950 words. The veteran’s carer encourages him to write about the circumstances of his debilitating injury, something which leads him out of the darkness.
Fingers crossed that it’s well received, although I’ll have no idea if I’ll be a hero or a zero until May 15th.
Wish me luck?
In the meantime, I continue to
December 21, 2014
The month of December represents a landmark date in my writing career. Previously, I’ve ploughed any income from my writing (not very much, it has to be said) into clearing the debts that cloud my conscience and concentration.
No-one likes having debts hanging over them, right? Get rid as soon as possible is the plan.
Was the plan…
My little arrangement was working well, until the end of October, when everything changed.
For the past two months, I’ve been stuck at home, resting my injured knee. Despite performing home-based duties during this time, my employer has decided the time had come to cut my pay, leaving me desperately short of funds.
Enter my emergency writing fund slash advertising back-up slash paperback purchasing pot. It wasn’t a great deal of notes, but it plugged a very real hole in my cashflow. This is the first time I’ve had to use my hobby slash future career (fingers crossed) as a crutch and you know what? It feels great to have it there as a fall-back.
Maybe one day, hopefuly sooner rather than later, my earnings as a writer might be there to support me full-time. But for now, I’m grateful for the gift that allows me to create something from nothing, something from my imagination, something that people are willing to buy from me.
And that is why I continue to:
December 5, 2014
A Vengance of Angels, Amazon, CreateSpace, novel, paperback, self-publish
The first complete copies of A Vengeance of Angels have arrived in the UK, courtesy of Amazon CreateSpace, drawing a neat line under the story and declaring it to be completed.
My first book suffered from a case of couldn’t-leave-it-alone-itis. However, with some thanks to the timetable set by my editor, the second book will not suffer this fate.
With ‘Vengeance’ in print, I am content to leave it alone – barring the surfacing of any undiscovered typos, of course.
So now, I am determined to crack on with the third book in the trilogy and:
USA: Buy A Vengeance of Angels
UK: Buy A Vengeance of Angels
December 3, 2014
Canada, novel, paperback, publish, signed, USA
Signed copies now available to US and Canadian residents.
Buy A Construct of Angels, get an eCopy of A Vengeance of Angels free!
(Oh, if you’re resident in any other country, and would like a signed copy plus the perk,
please contact me in the comments section or PM me via Facebook.)
December 1, 2014
first draft, illness, knee, Laptop, muse, notes, novel, Pink Camper van, self-publish, story, write, writer
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In an odd turn of events, I find myself incapacitated and stuck at home, exactly fifteen years after a similar event kick-started my writing.
Those who know my story might remember that a week-long illness gave me the time I needed to collate all my scattered notes onto my first-ever laptop. This was the start of my first ‘real’ writing project, the still-to-be-completed ‘Homeworld.’ (I will complete this one day, when I’ve cleared a few other projects.)
Now, after eight weeks immobilised, resting my crocked leg, my Muse crept up behind me, placed her hands over my eyes and whispered: “I have a great idea. Wanna hear it?”
And so she delivered an entire story, possibly an 80k novel, into my shell-like ear. I’m 99.8% certain (in life, there’s always room for a little doubt) the idea would never have come to me if I’d been working.
I’m optimistic that this new story has legs and will come together pretty quickly. It’s a quiet little British adventure story (provisionally titled ‘Pink Camper Van’) that made me smile as it unfolded. At the time of posting, I’ve already written 2,000 words, and I have a firm conclusion in mind, meaning this particular tale won’t end up as one of my infamous neverending stories.
As they say, watch this space. And as Monty Python might add: ‘And now for something completely different.’
November 15, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, Amazon, angel, CreateSpace, paperback, publish, self-publish
Ordering the CreateSpace proof copy was a good move. Definitely. The 1.5 line spacing I’d used to prevent the book being as thin as an advertising flyer made the whole story look as if it was a child’s book.
I changed the spacing to 1.0, which immediately shrank the page count to the point where the cover would have wrapped twice around the book. Oops.
So some re-jigging was called for. After several infuriating days watching words, sentences, and images sliding around of their own free will (anyone who has worked with Word will know what I mean), I’ve finally arrived at a point where the MS is where I need it to be.
Six copies have now been ordered from the US, along with another six copies of CoA for my ‘impulse buy’ stocks.
I can now declare book 2 to be over and done with, done and dusted, completed and in the bag. *shifts focus to book 3.*
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to: