Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Ice-Skating Uphill

Wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but mistakenly posted it in the wrong blog. Silly me.

So I've been having a bit of a read about publishing this afternoon. The title of this post pretty much sums up the ordeals of trying to get a book in print.

Chuck: all good things?

For the past few years when May(ish) comes around I have been sat, worried, in front of the computer waiting for news to come through of Chuck's renewal/demise. My guess is that a lot of people in the UK haven't heard of Chuck. First it was on shown on Virgin 1...a good few months after each season had finished showing in the US (I honestly thought such delays were long gone, but no). For season 4 the time between US & UK showings has much improved...but now it's (bizarrely) on Living so Freeview people can no longer see it.

For those 'not in the know', Chuck follows a geeky guy who accidentally found himself a spy for the CIA. Much of the first 3 seasons was about this ordinary person being thrown into a bunch of dangerous situations.

All this was good fun.


Monday, 14 February 2011

Never Let Me Go

This is slightly away from the topic of writing, but it is about story so it kind of counts. And it's my blog so I can write about whatever I like.

I've read a lot of reviews from people hating this film today. Most thinking it unrealistic that the public would allow the situation in the film to take place [remaining vague for spoiler purposes, but the set up is explained very early on) and wondering why none of the characters tried to run away.

Friday, 11 February 2011


One of the requirements for the book submission in March is that you include a short piece on your inspirations/intentions. Makes sense - it gives the publisher some idea what on earth you were trying to write about.

Someone has asked the following question:

'Can you give examples [of inspiration/intent] (What was Abnett trying to say with Triumff? 'It's fun') Or I may have to put 'I like to write, with a subtext of please buy my next book'

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Where to go...

So I'm checking through my story (or 'book' as I was just getting used to calling it, until someone pointed out that I should probably use 'manuscript') and I reach a flashback chapter.  As it's entirely flashback in nature, it could - theoretically - go anywhere in the book.

And herein lies the problem.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Chapter 1, Paragraph 1...

So apparently all writers have to have a blog these days.

Correction, all writers have to have a regularly updated blog these days. Apparently readers like to know what their favourite authors are up to. I suppose if there's some kind of semi-personal connection, there's a slightly better chance of the author selling a few more copies of his latest book.

Sounds reasonable.

I'm thinking I'll keep the entries reasonably short.  That way readers won't get bored half way through an update, and it shouldn't take too much time away from 'proper' writing.

I'll also make a good stab at making it 'interesting'.

Wish me luck.