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Announcing pre-order – OUT OF ERA

Well folks, much mentioned an nearly here, my next title is now available for pre-order.

Launch will be at Octocon 2017 in Dublin and I hope to see some of you there. I’ll be talking a bit more about it over the next few weeks so stay with me.

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End a job, start a job

So my current WIP has been brought to the second draft and has now been unleash (inflicted?) on a small number of volunteers. I frankly wait with baited breath because for one I know there are a lot of error still in there. In my defence time travel makes tenses rather awkward (will have going to have been?) and logic can go a bit circular. So while I wait for feedback I’m moving on to a new project.

In the past I’ve always found that for me at least there are two kinds of writing. The first is starting something new, not quite a case of throwing it all on the page and seeing what sticks, but certainly starting to nail things down, taking the individual ideas, putting them all together and start to get an idea of what kind of material is needed to link them together. I’m not saying it is the bit of writing I enjoy the most but it is certainly the kind where it is the easiest the feel you’re making forward progress. The second kind is the editing process. I don’t know about other writers but my first drafts tend to be extremely rough, with ideas thrown in or abandoned. I’ve learned that when when it come to first drafts not to go back, start at the beginning and keep going forward until the end, resist the urge to tinker because then you go round in circles. So the editing tends to at least start as an exercise in pruning abandoned ideas, building foundations for developed ones and eventually becomes the final removal of errors.

I’ve always found going from editing mode back to writing mode to be a bit of a difficult one so this time round while I’m in the lull with one project I’ve decided to start another just to see if I can keep the writing and editing mental muscles going simultaneously. So far so good but one page and five hundred words probably isn’t enough to prove anything.

So wish me luck.

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Octocon 2015

Slightly late notice but…

Octocon-2015-A5I’ll be at Octocon next weekend and I have been invited onto panels discussing, Self Publishing Military Science Fiction and Time Travel. See you there!

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State of the writer address

Okay, I’ll start by not apologizing for my failure to post in a while.

Or the I ain’t dead line either.

Instead lets move straight on to what have I been up to. In short a lot, most of it entirely personal and on the whole most of it positive or at least status indeterminate. However it has ate into my time for writing but that said I have managed to get some things done.

Firstly my second ships of the fleet book is about 70% done. This one is going to be covering the cruisers through and shortly after the Contact War. I have one more model to do, then check the write ups match the designs and then do the final images. ETA Before June (unless real life intrudes)

Second up we have my time travel piece. I’m not sure yet whether this is going to be novella or short novel (yes there is a difference [no I don’t know exactly what it is] ) ETA? Well with time travel this image probably sums it up:

 

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Finally we have an on going project relating to my other main hobby – table top wargaming. A friend and myself have been modifying a science fiction rule-set into one for World War Two, covering platoon to company scale games for 15mm figures. If you don’t game then that sentence probably meant absolutely nothing to you. While by this stage there’s not a hell of a lot left of the original rulesĀ  odds are this one will remain a private project since there would be copywrite issues but you never know.

What you be seeing here in the future is some samples of the new Ships of the Fleet book to replace the earlier attempts.

Until then regards

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I can feel a headache coming on yesterday

After a day spent working on a time travel story, which involved a lot of sitting trying to reconcile two timelines. I can now feel my brain trying to make a break for it.

I might call it a day until yesterday.

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