Saturday, 16 April 2016

MegaWestgarth Update 16/4/2016



It's been 5 months since my last blog post, but that's not because I've died, or lost my hands in an accident, or moved to China where my blog is (probably not) blocked. It's because I haven't had anything important to say. I've been working on my novel, "Soci of Metro".

It's taking a long time to work all the kinks from the book--longer than I thought. And it's a process that requires, at least at this point, no contact with other human beings. So why waste time reaching out into the cyber-world when I could, you know, work on the novel. In my mind, every single thing I do falls under one of two categories: working on the novel, and you should be working on the novel.

So why put out a blog post now? I dunno. As far as I'm concerned this blog will only really become useful again once the novel is done, not before. Sorry. I suppose I feel bad for my dusty old blogspot blog though, and the small, small handful of people that might still be checking it. Hello mum.

Anyway, some news:

Monday, 23 November 2015

Muddled Tenses Thanks to My Evil Sponge-Brain


I have this problem where I subconsciously mimic the tense of whatever book I'm reading when writing.

I first remember this happening when working on a very early rewrite of Soci of Metro. At the time I was battling my way through Scarlett Thomas's The End of Mr. Y, which is written in the first person, and in the present tense. While my writing remained in the third person, Emma would often point out parts of rewritten chapters that were in the present tense, and not the past tense as intended. It was weird, because it would only be half a sentence here, or a verb there, and I'd never lift the style or use of words directly from The End of Mr. Y. Which is good, because I didn't enjoy the style or the use of words of The End of Mr. Y.

I stopped reading The End of Mr. Y soon after.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Thinking About Kindle Singles

I've been thinking about the "Kindle Singles" subsection of Amazon's Kindle shop, and whether it's a reputable platform through which to publish short stories and novellas. I happen to have a 10,000 word short story that needs a home, and I'm seriously considering whether Kindle Singles might be it.

I'm trying to let Second Second Draft of my novel, "Soci of Metro", drain from my brain so I can read over said draft, as well as reader feedback, with a fresher pair of eyes. I'd originally hoped for a couple of months free from the 130,000 monster I'd created, except one of my readers finished the thing in two weeks. What can I say, my mum's a quick reader. Yet in those two weeks I managed to go over one of my fondest short stories, a tale I call "Red Therapy".

Friday, 30 October 2015

Chuckle-Bits Radio is Officially Over



The Chuckle-Bits Radio podcast is no more. I'm sure most of the podcast's small pool of listeners had already guessed as much, based off by the lengthy silence on our end between the last episode in July and now. But to those looking at the newly published episode as some sort of triumphant return, then sorry, that's not what's happening.

Chuckle-Bits Radio has always been a difficult podcast to release on time, but issues regarding commitment have come to a head, and I personally feel it's best to draw a line under the whole thing and call it a day.

Nevertheless, I'm glad to have put a smile on some people's faces some of the time. I had some good conversations, talked to some good people, and told some good stories.

Previous episodes can still be downloaded on the Sega Addicts Kid's Table Podbean site, as well as through my own Published Works page. As for me, I'll be turning my full attention to my fiction, and my novel Soci of Metro.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Books Read While Rewriting Soci of Metro



On the right-hand side of this blog is a mostly up-to-date list of the books I'm currently reading. With the last major draft of my novel "Soci of Metro" out of the way (fingers crossed), I thought it'd nice to list all the books I've read since starting that second draft. It's an idea I've pinched from Stephen King's On Writing, where he lists around a hundred of what he considered the best books he'd read in the handful of years leading up to On Writing's publication in 2000.

My list isn't nearly as long. However, I thought it'd be interesting to make note of the ones I felt helped improve my writing style while going through Soci of Metro's rewrite. So, here we go: