In the beginning there was thought. Then there was an intention and finally… there was failure due to the lack of time.
Initially I was going to invite you to the BristolCon invasion of Watershed on Sunday 5th of October, but hence that date is long gone I’ll just say thank you to all organisers and all who attended. It was fun. After all not every day am I being asked for writing help – immensely nice and I sincerely hope my rumblings were of any help. That aside, I myself feel, have learned a lot from the talks and those super-intelligent ants and laser-eyed pigeons will haunt my dreams for many weeks to come.
Just a gentle reminder, there is a short story competition following that event, with some prizes and help from professional editors, so ‘to your keyboards’ fellow writers. All the necessary details can be found here.
Now, hence you’ve already opened up that link, you might as well sign up for the BristolCon that will happen the following Saturday. It’s a year of first time experiences for me, as I will be taking part in a panel discussion about what influences us, authors. This will take place in the fine company of Joanne Hall, John Baverstock and Tricia Sullivan. And while this is clearly not the main reason to turn up at DoubleTree hotel that day, I do hope to see lots of you there.
On more personal note, the most amazing thing happened on the 9th of October and my daughter, Jagoda, was born. This leaves me slightly overwhelmed and enormously happy. It might also explain my occasional loss of concentration, plot or sanity.
I leave you in peace (hopefully one) with a nice tune that was recently stuck to my neurons.
I’d like to invite you to The Shakespeare Tavern, Prince Street in Bristol, where readings of some of the stories from ‘Kraken rises’ anthology will take place. The date and time: Monday 22nd September at 7:30pm.
As it will only feature fragments of five of the ten published stories, you might want to consider buying the e-book anthology here. Proceedings will go towards the Bristol Festival of Literature, so you will be supporting local cultural development.
I was very kindly tagged by Joanne Hall (http://hierath.wordpress.com/) to take part in a blog hop about my work in progress. It is… well, in progress, so things may (and most likely will) change. It’s my first serious attempt at a novel and I work out certain things as I go.
What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or historic person? His name is Alexander Cook and he is a fictional character.
When and where is the story set?
Distant future (circa 25o years) and further. It is set in the Sphere universe, which was created for the role play game of the same title. The story will take place on and around Earth and few other locations in the Milky Way.
What should we know about him/her?
He is a former diplomat, who witnesses the start of genocidal war between humans and gefydds and effectively… but that would be too much of a spoiler.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The main conflict is the war between humanity and the geffyd empire.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Survival. Predominantly his own and as many other humans as possible. Revenge as well, after a fashion.
Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it? No working title thus far, but any suggestions are welcome.
When can we expect the book to be published? No idea. The plan is to complete the draft before winter. Then, all depends if anyone becomes interested in publishing and how long the many edits will take.
I realise that above is very limited in terms of information and there is much more to the story, but hence I’m working on the development of the game simultaneously, certain things must remain hidden. At least for now.
The time has come to invite some more people to join:
I’ve discovered quite recently the problem with focusing, developed through lack of sleep, kids, dogs and visitors and enriched by the overall laziness of human nature, is beginning to bother me. I’m not moving forward towards any declarations, but would like to share some of the distractions occupying me recently.
Books first. I’ve finally had the pleasure of reading ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ by Gareth Powell and it was amazing. I have to admit I started reading worrying it will be one of those books with a slapstick idea run over and over again. I was very much and pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a rich AND funny science fiction. I have previously read Gareth’s short stories (which are quite excellent as well), but ‘Ack-Ack’ made me want more of the characters. I could go on here and rant more about them, but instead I’ll just say: read the damn thing! You won’t be disappointed.
Moving to movies. With not much time together to venture into the world of cinematics, we (myself and wife) recently managed to scape up some time to watch the ‘Europa Report’. It is… and interesting movie. Not much in terms of action, no great names at the beginning, but it has enough story to keep you seated through the whole thing. The things I specifically liked were the neatly shown isolation through enormous distance from Earth and the claustrophobic feel of the inside of the ship. It reminded a little the good atmospherics of the ‘Apollo 18’ movie. And I know the aliens there were… well let’s just say obsolete. But that movie very nicely shown the innate lack of space in outer space. The music was also appropriate and played well alongside the picture, so if you want to know what happened to a crew of astronauts sent further than any man before, do watch it.
Series finally. I recently watched the first season of Black Sails, which is a pirate story of captain Flynt et al. taking place approximately 10 to 20 years before the ‘Treasure Island’. First thing that catches is the really nice soundtrack. Well composed and interesting enough to listen to it on its own. The pirates, ships and all that junk that comes with the territory is also present and more or less accurate. The actors play well and the characters (thank goodness!) are mostly villains, which is repeatedly shown and nicely bottom lined with Benjamin Hornigold’s quotation: “No matter how many lies we tell ourselves or how many stories we convince ourselves we’re a part of…we’re all just thieves awaiting a noose.” One thing that I found obsolete were (excuse the gentle reader) naked tits. And don’t get me wrong – I love to watch naked female body just as much as the next man, but there were few instances where those shots didn’t really bring anything relevant to the story. Curse of the game of thrones, I suppose.
On the bright side, work with stories is progressing well, so hope there’ll be some good news to share soon.
Let me invite you to the launch of the Bristol Steampunk anthology ‘Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion’. There will be a Victorian picnic with a selection of sandwiches and cake and a glass of home-made lemonade or sparkling kir royale.
There’ll be a fancy dress competition for best representation of a character from the book, (fancy dress is not compulsory!) dramatic readings, and music from Cauda Pavonis.
Picnicker tickets are available in advance from the BristolCon team or bristolcon.eventbrite.co.uk, and cost £15 or £11 with a copy of Airship Shape. Latecomer tickets will be sold (subject to availability) on the door from 8:30 p.m. onwards priced at £5.
Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion is available now from wizardstowerpress.com at the Bristolcon Fringe reading on Monday 17th March taking place in Shakespeare Tavern, Brisol.
So, this will be the first entry here and hence it’s about a launch of an anthology that has my story in it, I’m hoping it will be a good omen. I’m working hard on a couple of stories and waiting to hear back from a two publishers regarding things I’ve submitted to them but in the mean time, allow me to invite you, dear reader, to the aforementioned launch.
The official launch will take place in Forbidden Planet Megastore in Bristol, UK on 8th March 2014. The contributors will be signing their work between 13:00 and 14:00 or 1pm and 2pm, if you prefer.