We’re the Heroes

Following the debacle in Le Crotoy, we made our way rapidly across the channel to Britain. Along our way, we sighted a pod of sea cats, which we proceeded to hunt for sport. We slaughtered the lot of them and, upon arriving at port in Britain, were received with much celebration for saving the town from the sea cat menace. There is little to be … Continue reading We’re the Heroes

Adding Necessary Grime

Watching movies from the early days of cinema, one thing that is often clear: They were frequently filmed on studio sets, which were obviously sets because even a dirty back alley was often cleaner than the average teenager’s bedroom. It wasn’t until the 1970s that on location filming became more common and even studio sets began to be dressed to look like the disorganized, grimy, … Continue reading Adding Necessary Grime

Have Some Character

So you’ve decided you want to write a novel and you’ve picked your genre, remembering that it’s OK (even encouraged) to blend genres a little. Now it’s time to talk about the people who you will be writing about for the next 300-ish pages. The Third Thing: Characters Remember that story about that person who did that thing in that place? They were so something, … Continue reading Have Some Character

Starting Splintered Demons

A good night of writing. Got through my usual 1000 words in about an hour and a half. Splintered Demons is starting off to be a tense thriller set aboard a derelict space ship which has recently returned from passing through hell… oh, sorry… that’s the plot of Event Horizon. Still, Splintered Demons is going to spend much of its time aboard the Spire as … Continue reading Starting Splintered Demons

Solaris

I’ve been mildly obsessed with the story of Solaris for several years now. Originally told in a 1961 Polish novel which was never adequately translated into English, adapted into a thoughtful but painfully slow Russian film in 1972, and again into a 2002 American film which had the misfortune to be marketed as an erotic thriller, this is a captivating tale of miscommunication and existential … Continue reading Solaris

Planning Dyson’s Angel 2: Part 1 – Where We Stand

I haven’t settled down on which novel I will write next, but one strong contender is the sequel to Dyson’s Angel. I ended Dyson’s Angel on cliffhanger after finally gathering all of my characters together into one place. I actually worry a little that some readers might be disappointed in the structure of the novel, as I intentionally structured it to be closer to a … Continue reading Planning Dyson’s Angel 2: Part 1 – Where We Stand