short but sweet. Next time won’t be.

Hello again

I’ve been away for the past week and haven’t done much writing so this entry will be short but the next one will be back to normal.

The writing I did manage to do was editing my short story for the competition mentioned in my last entry. I’ve added the finished product to protagonize at the following link Since when did you care? and would like your views on it please. I’m happy and still proud of what I’ve written and may take the idea further. I had another idea about a toy dreaming he was human, thinking it was real, but then realising it wasn’t but that is for another time. I came up with that on a beach in Barcelona. Thinking about it again I’m not sure I like it.

On a beach in Barcelona a? is what you just thought or thereabouts. Maybe. I spent 12th-19th June in Barcelona and it was awesome. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quality getaway who would also like to discover new things. I’m not going to go into anymore detail as that’s not what this blog is about but give me a shout if you’d like more info and I will. Cos I’m good like that.

As always any comments on any of my work or any suggestions are most welcome.

 

Constant Awesomeness.

Following on from coming up with a twist in town of the mountain I’m now worried I’ll start rethinking the whole thing. I’m resisting the temptation to give all the characters a twist and will endeavour to stick to the main story arc/lines/stuff.

I’ve started to put in small things which will (hopefully) get the reader guessing as to who the sword supplier is as the twist is related to this. What do you mean sword supplier? I hear your brain cry. Well dear reader, allow me to elaborate a bit. The bugbears of my story do have the capacity to learn and to be taught. This leads to someone teaching them to fight back using swords. Though they are seemingly inept with the sword it does pose a serious threat to the town and its hunters. They come to the inevitable conclusion that someone or something is training them to fight and supplying with their weapons (swords, sword supplier, get it?) Can the bugbears take over the town again as they did so many years ago? And can the hunters stop an unknown number of bugbears all of whom could be armed from destroying their town? What I’ve just written is one of the many reasons why I love to write. It gets my mind racing and all sorts of ideas come to me when I’m writing and when I’m not. Its constant awesomeness.

I’ve managed to choose an idea for my ‘And then I woke up to find it all a dream’ starting line short story. It all centres on a man committing suicide and the consequences. I’m happy to say I’m proud of what I’ve written and whether it wins or not I’ll post it on http://www.protagonize.com/ for you to read.

I’ve posted a new story on protagonize as well. The Unknown Child is the working title and centres around a child, well he’s a teenager but you only become a man when you’ve qualified in your chosen area which in this case is becoming a knight of the land, and how he struggles to find his lost memories. I’d like your opinion if you would The Unknown Child.

All comments welcome about anything I’ve said above or ever. Cheers

From a nightmare to a dream

Hello again

I’m continuing to edit Town of the Mountain (the first chapter of which can be seen here) and I’ve managed to come up with more ideas and a twist. I’m annoyed I didn’t come up with said twist and ideas earlier asthey all seem to fit in and work a smeggin treat and it gives the story more for the reader to think about(I hope). I’ve got all the faith in the world in my story but I’d been hoping for a spark of inspiration at some point. Thankfully it arrived before I went mental waiting for it to arrive. That whole wait had been a bit of a nightmare.

Now for the dream part of the title to this entry. I subscribe to the seminal magazine ‘Writing Magazine’ which gives out valuable hints, tips, information, advice and anything else an aspiring writer could want or need. It also has competitions in it each month. These competitions are usually poetry and short story ones with this month’s short story competition being a chuffin dream. The word limit is 1500-1700 and the story can be about anything you like but it must start with ‘And then I woke up to find it was all a dream…’

Holy shit!!! How good is this?! And you can only enter it if you’re subscribed to the magazine(which can be done at the following website www.writers-online.co.uk) My friend has always joked how I should write a story that should end like this but to start with it? Awesome just Awesome.

I’ve come up with a few ideas so far but am struggling to pick one. One was something around the world being under the control of Nazi’s in the dream and real life being a lot like that (whatever that would be like) but in secret and in an obvious way. Another was an alien control idea which I crossed out as soon as I finished writing it. Another was the dream was about being a vampire and the dreamer is a vampire but doesn’t know it. Another was that the dream was about a man committing suicide but I got a bit confused with it. You reckon any of these ideas are any good?

Any comments or suggestions are most welcome.

One answer and more questions

My good friend and fellow aspiring author told me straight that she didn’t think I needed to improve on my story The End Solution and that it stands alone very well. I think I’ll take that advice for now and take a look at it in a few months time. Maybe I’ll have a concrete idea of what to do with it next after father time goes nuts.

As for what I’m doing right now, that would be editing Town of the Mountain. Now this process has allowed me to flesh out some of the characters back story and some of their front story (see what I did there). I’m currently working on Eriden, the only female of the five hunters, and her budding relationship with Clifton who used to go out with Markus’s current girlfriend Darling Bloomflower. This is giving me a bit of headache as I don’t know how much detail I should use. What do you think? Less is more or less is crap? (if that all sounded confusing READ THE STORY)

I’m also looking forward to turning one of the hunters against the rest of them. Not in a ‘he/she joins the bad guys way’ but in that eventually they will all think of him as a great hunter but as a complete arse hole when he’s not hunting and completely untrustworthy. How I get to that point should be interesting as I’m making it up as I go along.

That’s it for now and as always your comments are very welcome.

Ideas and musings

Following on from my last post, You want another chapter?!, I’ve been running over some ideas as to how I can take my short story, The End Solution(click here to see, go on….) further. Comments are always welcome.

Our hero is just about coming to terms with his new lot in life. As a man who knows who is going to commit a serious crime by just smelling them he could use this to his own ends. Why don’t you rob this bank and I will ensure you get away with your crime? He is stupidly strong as well so this would be easy for him. He could do this a few times and disappear for good. He needs to feed on the chemical to keep himself alive (which he discovers later on) and could easily feed on the people after they’ve robbed the bank for him.

Our hero discovers, after becoming very sick and desperate, that he needs to feed on the chemical to keep himself alive. I could explain how he goes about this and how it makes him feel.

Our hero goes back to his family who then become fugitives themselves for housing him. The mother sides with him and the father tries to turn him in. In effect he breaks his family apart and ultimately escapes again anyway.

Our hero becomes the countries hero. He goes around sucking the chemical out of those who need it and becomes a household name. He embraces the government and so on.

This is what I have so far. Let me know your thoughts.

You want another chapter?!

So, like I said in my last post (Oh what to add in and what not to add in) I uploaded a short story to protagonize.com to see if I could get some feedback on it. Sure enough, one person gave the story 4.50 out of 5 rating which was awesome. But this one person also did something which got my head buzzing as well; they put a page marker on my story. This means that there awaiting the next chapter.

What next smeggin chapter?! It was only supposed to be a short story! Panic ensues as I throw things in the air and roll around on the floor. I could do with hoovering up this place?

However, out of this worry came more ideas. I’m currently in the planning stage of the next chapter of this story. It is a vampire-esque fable and I’d like to expand on that aspect first before the political side of the story. Maybe I should show how our hero and/or villain feeds with his new found powers?

As always, if you could have a read and give me your thoughts it would be most appreciated. The link is on my last post.

Oh what to add in and what not to add in.

Going over my story is beginning to do two things.

One its allowing me to build on a story I’m proud of which I like but two it’s also having me rethink all parts of it and I’m beginning to worry it’ll never get finished. Though this is all part of the process I suppose. The main thing is how I can use the mountain of the title a lot more. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Anyway, I’ve received some good feedback so far and I’ve also put another story up on the website progonize(which is awesome by the way). Take a look if you will and feel free to comment either there or on here.  The End Solution

Cheers

The book I’m working on.

Ok. Best start as I mean to go on.

I’m currently working on a fantasy story about a small town thats at the foot of a huge mountain which itself has a dark forest at its foot. Bugbears live in this forest and will sometimes attempt to attack the townsfolk. They would succeed if not for the dedication of the hunters given the task of stopping them.

The story looks at the hunters themselves, five in total, who defend the townon a daily and nightly basis keeping the bugbears away. It also looks at their lives when they’re not hunting and the continued attempts by the Mayor (A very sleazy and smiley man with a slight pot belly and red cheeks. He dressed very brightly which usually included a yellow tartan waist coat and, unfortunately, a matching hat.) to make money out of the town for his well being and potentially, at the whole towns expense.

I’ve written in that the bugbears are scared of the humans, which is why they don’t attack more often. I’m not sure whether to have more hunters involved from the start or not as I’ve implied there’s an unknown number of bugbears in the forest.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. (but if they’re abusive then they won’t be)