Sir WIPalot the PDF

I’m currently writing a new WIP that I hope to release for free in PDF form. I’m releasing it free because, as much as I’d quite like to make money off my writing, there is no way that I’m going to be able to do that properly if I don’t get some of my writing out there so that other people can read it, though. Plus, this will help me improve through criticism and through simply writing more. I may try to write these short PDF stories as often as possible.

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Emerging from the Gentle Grip of Night’s Unfolding Arms

I’m considering writing some flash fiction on here in the future. If you’re unaware as to what that entails, then listen up, please:

Flash fiction is where you write a piece of fiction based on an idea or a statement that you are given. You go with whatever you think of when you get the statement, phrase, question or idea etc. Then, you complete a writing piece on it in either a set number of words or a set time.

Because it’s so quick and spontaneous (hence the name flash fiction) it’s supposed to be a really good way to build up your writing skills (as well as padding those portfolios!), which is why I’m going to start writing pieces. I’m going to add them here and each piece will be titled with ‘Flash Fiction No.#’ so that they will be easier for you to find. Not only that, but I will be tagging them with ‘flash fiction 500’ and ‘flash fiction 1000’ according to how many words I write of each. Pieces may not end up complete as these are literally just quick writing exercises, but hopefully you will enjoy reading through them. I don’t want to write just anything, though, so, if you have a suggestion for a statement that I can base a piece of flash fiction on, please comment below and I will write a piece based on it. These pieces may not be terribly long, but it will help me to improve my writing and for you to see what I can do.

Your flash fiction statement will probably end up being written about, so please comment with one!

Another thing to mention is my formspring account. I know that I keep going on about it, but I’d really like to hear if you have any questions. They can be about my writing or even just something you generally want help with. I’ll try my best to satisfactorily answer the questions that you pose. More questions, however, mean that I get to expand more of them on here if I think I can give you more information and, let’s face it, I clearly love rambling on here.

IMPORTANTLY, (yes I had to caps lock to make sure I got your attention) the poll finishes tomorrow so if you want to get your vote heard then please click on your favourite title on the right.

I thought I would show you the book cover for the first book in the JLM Series, Dark Side of the Moon, which has been designed by Andrew McCluskey (NALGames). This is the current design, but he’s said he’d like to edit it further. I’m not sure when he’ll get around to this, so you can have a look at it’s current state. Personally, I really like it, which is great as Andrew is the one in charge of the graphical content of my new site. He’s also going to be in charge of the flash content. Sean Buller (UnknownGamer), my lovely Canadian friend, is the one in charge of the coding. When they’ve finished my site and set up one of their own to promote their website building skills, I’ll give you a link so that you can take a long hard look at what they can do. What they can do is brilliant, though, and they’re willing to learn new skills to get you what you want. The design of the book cover below, for example, was taken from an amalgamation of ideas that I gave Andrew. None of them were very set because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted, but he’s managed to come up with something I adore and, when he has a moment, he intends to edit it a little more to make it just that bit more awesome.

I’m still editing Dark Side of the Moon. Nevertheless, I am getting closer to the end of that. The last scenes of Secrets/Spilling Secrets are looking good, even if I say so myself. I’m taking it slowly, though, to make sure that I hammer out every minute detail and get it as perfect as I possibly can. If it’s not perfect, then it just won’t do. Lots happens in it and there are some tense and emotional moments. Furthermore, I think it will beautifully illustrate how much some of the characters have developed since Dark Side of the Moon and how they’ve grown up from the stroppy teens they were, amongst other things.

Anyway, please remember to comment with statements for flash fiction pieces and don’t forget to leave me some formspring questions. Thanks!

(Lyrics in the title are from You Are The Moon by The Hush Sound)

Murder Your Darlings

I read the title of today’s journal post (it’s a blog, let’s face it, but I prefer calling it a journal. I think it’s a much nicer word if I’m honest. It rolls off the tongue instead of dropping off it like a loose tile crashing from a roof) in a book called Wannabe A Writer? If you’re starting out as a writer, I recommend it. It’s funny and informative at the same time. I was reading it on the bus, shortly before I turned to look out of the window and the bus jolted, causing me to smack into the glass pane with a rather loud thud – my day has not been going overly well. 

[I would have continued there but my ginger cat (Baby) rather unfortunately spent about ten minutes pushing himself onto my lap and seems to have drooled all over me but not before he felt he had to move my mouse around my touchpad… and now he has left and I have been engaged in conversation with my mother – the joys of family and cats]

The point I was trying to get to was what the quote was about. It’s apparently in reference to your writing. What it means is that if there is a piece in your writing that you love, then you should chop it out because it will undoubtedly by superfluous. I’m in agreement with the writer of Wannabe A Writer? – I think it’s absolute twaddle. In most cases, the pieces that you like are liked because of their written merits and not because you’re going all fan girl about what has just happened. When I read the original statement, however, that was not what sprang to my mind. Maybe I’m particularly vicious and vindictive at heart (I wouldn’t say so but I bet some people disagree), because it made me think instantly of the trials and tribulations that I force my characters through. It’s very rare that I allow them to come through unscathed. And by unscathed, I mean that they are usually in either mental or physical pain or quite often both.

You might ask why I’m training to be a primary school teacher when I embody such attributes, but I assure you that I leave all of my cruelty to my characters. This isn’t to say that I would treat my own children in the same way that I treat them, either. So for me ‘murder your darlings’ would be about torturing and occasionally killing off some of my favourite characters and the fact that I love doing that to them. I’m sure (I hope) there are plenty of other people that do the same thing and enjoy it just as much (no matter how sadistic that might be).

Anyway, moving on to my formspring question that you might want to take a look at and that I shall expand up on in a moment: How long have you been writing novels? Have you always just written about urban fantasy? 

In regards to my last sentence, I have tried to write more realistic fiction and I do have several serials on the go. The trouble is that these serials take up time that I sometimes don’t have so they’re very slow to reach completion. If I’m right, then I have at least two serials of realistic fiction that need finishing off. I also write collaboratively. One of these collaborative pieces is leaning more towards the action/adventure and sci-fi categories. Then, I also have a supernatural piece that needs completing, which is set further back in history. Currently, the links to them can all be found on my portfolio, but, hopefully, when my new site is up and running all of my serials and short stories will be on there. This should make it easier and more accessible to everybody. I plan to move my poetry there, too. I’m considering writing more short stories as these take up less of my time, whilst still continuing with my serials. Progress on the serials, however, is unlikely to speed up at present. I should, furthermore, be incorporating some of my artwork onto the new site, but I’m unsure as to how this is going to work out. You will all be kept posted, however.

The poll results are in regarding the name change of The Secrets Were Spilling At The Seams in my JLM Series. It turns out, however, that the results are tied between Andrew’s suggestion of Spilling Secrets and the shortened version of plain old Secrets. I think both sound much less clunky than their predecessor. Nevertheless, I am left with the dilemma of which name to choose. I know which I personally like and I’m probably going to go with this. Still, a public vote on it might show me how much support I have for my personal favourite, so I won’t mention which it is. The new poll will be going up very shortly. Results day is probably going to be Friday night so please don’t hesitate to show your preference before the time runs out.

For the blog, I’m thinking of adding a small section with terms and meanings, too, for those of you who may read and have absolutely no idea what in blue blazes I may be squawking on about. So after the poll has been sorted out then this section may appear, too.