Sunday 30th August, 2015

I’m not entirely sure how, but I managed to lose a weekend – at least in blogging terms. However, here we are now!

This week is a few The Future Fire [External Link] related mentions and plug. To start with, the Indiegogo fund-raiser [External Link] to help TFF bring their tenth celebrations in with style (better funding for their artists and writers, etc) has a couple of days remaining. If you like your science fiction, fantasy and horror inclusive as well as intelligent (well, barring my offerings) please take a look at it and consider donating.

A further part of the #TFFX celebrations is a flash fiction competition with prizes – more information here: [External Link]

I’ve written a twitter story as part of this (“Ten” or “Sheep Valhalla” as I’m starting to think of it) that I Storified and posted here: [External Link]

I also took part in some brainstorming last night (again, the tweets are Storified here: [External Link]) and the result I came up with is called “Ten Inch / Silent Sonata“. The Storify link should also give you the other two brainstormers’ (Djibril al-Ayad and Valeria Vitale) stories, too.

Please think about getting involved, even if it’s only to spread the word about this online magazine.

Ten Inch / Silent Sonata

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The Background

This is a piece of flash fiction written following a Twitter brainstorming session (Storified here: [External Link]) as part of The Future Fire’s [External Link] ten year celebrations (Indiegogo campaign here: [External Link])

The Story

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Sunday 16th August, 2015

Today I put notional pen to paper for the first time in eleven days. Yes, it had been eleven days since I lost wrote some fiction, what with preparing for Nine Worlds, attending Nine Worlds and then recovering from the virus(es?) I was doomed to catch having spent three days in a crowded hotel that uses air conditioning. And I didn’t exactly get very far today, either, as I only wrote about a hundred words on my Feathers WIP. Still, it’s a start.

(Round-up of Feathers: The working title is “A Fistful of Feathers”, which tells you a bit about the starting situation but not a lot, and I’m about two fifths of the way through of a projected 100,000 words. The intended ending is still on course.)

I’m also now into my third month of Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link]. As a quick recap of what’s going on, the Gazetteer is a combination of notes for a short story I did and then further expansion as I map out the world further (no actual maps are involved). The original story was “Hunting Unicorns”, which was published by The Future Fire [External Link] (and you can find the actual story here: [External Link]). The reason I started the Gazetteer is because TFF editor, Djibril al-Ayad, approached me along with other TFF authors to write flash fiction set ten years after our TFF stories as part of TFF’s tenth birthday celbrations, about which you can find more on the Indiegogo campaign here: [External Link]

While I couldn’t come up with anything from the Otherworld for him and went with another story for my flash piece, I realised I wouldn’t mind practising my world building skills. So far, I’ve had to do a couple of minor tweaks – only one of which, on Sir Theodore William Mortimer-Warren’s entry, has had to be made on the live web-site – to keep the world consistent but I’m actually trying to keep it as parallel to our own history as possible. Well, with a few points of exception in order to force the fantasy into it! So, how’s it shaping up for you? Daft project of no interest to anyone but myself or entertaining?

Obligatory Book Plug
I have a couple of books out: 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack of Lies. If you’ve read them, feedback and/or reviews would be gratefully received, thank you. If you haven’t read them and want to know if they’re for you, you can find some background information to the world on this site (titles, genre, location, characters), along with the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways.

Monday 10th August, 2015

I have been to Nine Worlds [External Link] and it was good. I wasn’t quite so impressed with the service at the hosting hotel, but the event itself was great. Big, noisy and challenging but it was overall an enjoyable experience. I would like to think that Sarah, Kit and I also helped make it so for others with our HEMA for Writers: Swashbucklers and Bravoes presentation – although, to be fair, we spent a lot of time having our own mini-HEMA event within the con. And thereby hangs a thread of an idea that we might put some work into for next year…

There was a bit of running around and meeting people – for example the talented Sally Jane Thompson [External Link] was my roomy for the weekend, Miltos Yerolemou [External Link] came and watched some of our (non-panel) sword-y fun, Joanne Harris [External Link] was kind enough to speak to me as if my randomly striking up a conversation wasn’t creepy at all – but the event was so big and busy that I’m pretty sure I ended up effectively ignoring an awfully large number of people I should have or could have talked to.

I even remembered to take Mousie with me and she bagged five postcards, some of them without my help at all:

The next convention stop will be FantasyCon in Nottingham but there will be a slight diversion around the Rugby Union World Cup before then.

And, yet again, a reminder that I have a couple of my own books out: 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack of Lies. If you’ve read them, feedback and/or reviews would be gratefully received, thank you. You can find some background information to the world on this site (titles, genre, location, characters), along with the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways if you want to get a feel for what they’re all about.

Sunday 2nd August, 2015

Well, I blinked and the next thing I knew, it was August. Time moves quickly, whether you’re enjoying yourself or not…

Although I’m not sure whether that’s a valid reason to start planning two years in advance. A former school friend of mine, Katie John (who also writes), has been setting up a new YA convention for the UK and I’ve agreed to be involved, so: mark Chapter.Con [External Link] in your diaries for August 24th – 27th, 2017!

While I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing, yet, I’ve been invited due to the Elkie Bernstein part of my Fur-Skins world. I’ve previously stated why I don’t consider 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack Of Lies to be Young Adult in genre. However, as it does deal with coming of age and learning how to cope with life, there’s a significant overlap and so Katie considers me a Person Of Interest for her convention. Of course, by the time the convention actually arrives, Elkie Bernstein’s story (or my act of trilogy) should be complete with the last book hopefully seeing print sometime next year. Fingers crossed that the currently entitled “Fool If You Think It’s Over” behaves itself…

So, please don’t forget that 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack of Lies exist in the wild. If you’ve read them, feedback and/or reviews would be gratefully received, thank you. You can find some background information to the world on this site (titles, location, characters), along with the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways if you want to get a feel for what they’re all about.

Finally, next week’s post may be delayed or cancelled all together as I shall be at Nine Worlds in London. If you’re there, I’m part of a small team presenting HEMA for Writers: Swashbucklers and Bravoes on the Creative Writing Track – we’re up on Sunday afternoon but we will be wandering about all week and you may even see us sparring on occasion.