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Monday, 31 December 2007

Chapters 3 & 4

I haven't got back into the groove yet, but I can feel it coming.

But in the mean time, here's chapters 3 & 4.

Thanks to Karen Clarke for the feedback last time, I'll be keeping it in mind when I get round to editing.

Chapter 3-
Google Docs (online viewer)
Word Document
PDF

Rich Text Format
Text

Chapter 4-
Google Docs (online viewer)
Word Document
PDF
Rich Text Format
Text

A little note- Google Documents isn't very good at keeping the formatting of the uploads. So it's spacing an positioning may be a little weird.

Anyway, I'll get back to it soon.

Cheers, and happy New Year,
Mike

Monday, 24 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

It's upon us again! The riots, the punchups... ah, Xmas shopping.

Luckily, I got mine done last week. But I still went to the supermarket yesterday- for just 6 minor items. Took me an hour to get out... Reminds me of that joke about two idiots starving after being locked in a Supermarket...

Ah well. Anyway, I'm going to continue Pulling The Strings come boxing day.

Hopefully.

I might be in that frame of mind by then.

Anywho- Merry Christmas!

Cheers,
Mike

Sunday, 9 December 2007

"Just remember-" "Remember what?" "I forget."

So forgot to post the first chapter. But here it is- I'm not really keen on posting the chapter as a blog post, so I'm linking to it instead.


Here's the first two chapters- remember they're going to suck on toast, but any criticisms are welcome. Even explosive packages in the post... though I'm not going to tell you my address.

Chapter 1
GoogleDocs- http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dczcm9vn_32hmrb2xds
.doc- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter1.doc
.rtf- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter1.rtf
.txt- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter1.txt
.pdf- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter1.pdf

NB- Don't bother trying to view my site. I'm only using it as storage for now, so you'll only get a page marker until I sort it out.

Chapter 2
GoogleDocs- http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dczcm9vn_33wkd4qtrq
.doc- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter2.doc
.rtf- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter2.rtf
.txt- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter2.txt
.pdf- http://michaelrbarlow.googlepages.com/Chapter2.pdf

I'll understand if you're traumatised by this drivel, but scratching at your eyes and denouncing your religion may be a little extreme...

If it's really bad, I'll send you a virtual cookie and a virtual full refund.

Cheers,
Mike

Thursday, 6 December 2007

"It's obsidian!" "Oh, I don't think it's that bad..."

Alright, I need an off switch... seriously.

I've taken a break from my NaNovel, because my mood hasn't been playing game. Instead I've returned to my other "projects" (do air quotes if you like... I think that word sounds a little too official considering I'm a bit-and-bob/here-and-there type of writer) to make sure they don't go stale.

I've also thought about what to do for next year.

And that's when the problems arose- I've got three ideas already. And have added 20+ characters to my ever-expanding pile in the process. Why do I do this? At this rate some of my characters will never see the light of day (when I say the character pile, which now stands at around 260, I mean the pile of at least partially developed characters which may do well as MCs in a story, not just a pile of random characters I thought of. That pile was locked away a long time ago).

Ah well... since I'm only writing for fun, without a desire for publication (at the moment), I suppose I shouldn't worry about it too much.

I'm going to keep working on these three ideas, see which one grabs me by the hair and slams my head into the keyboard. I imagine it'll be the one wearing the Mexican wrestling mask and telling the audience how he's going to pummel me.

Cheers,
Mike

P.S. I'll post the first chapter of my NaNovel tomorrow.

P.P.S. One of the ideas is a Dark Science Fiction Urban Fantasy Thriller Epic with a twist of lemon. I'm going to see how long I can get the genre, and if I can get it long enough to use as blurb. There's fun to be had here!

Person- "Oh, you're writing? What's you're book?"
Me- "It's a Romantic Dark Science-Fiction Urban-Fantasy Lovecraftian-Horror Autobiographical Anthropomorphic Cold-War Slash Thriller Epic. It's Anne of Green Gables/Ghost in the Shell fan-fiction, set in a neolithic Moscow."
Person- backs away slowly, whimpering over their mobile phone to the police.

It's just a good job I've never read Anne of Green Gables. I think writing something like that would probably make my eyes bleed. And get me arrested for literary terrorism.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

And now ladies and gentlemen, my imagination, for your viewing pleasure will- *SCHLORP* -implode? Wait, that's not in the script!

Well, true to my word, I'm continuing. Yesterday I started chapter 10! So, slowly but surely, I will finish this book. Even if it means strapping myself to a chair and soldering my pen to my left hand and being fed via drip. That may be a little extreme, come to think of it.

But, in the mean time, I'll be posting a link to each chapter I've done, probably starting sometime next week when I've sorted it out. So if anyone does fancy reading bits, I'll be happy to hear any comments, even ones filled with expletives.

The most irritating thing I've discovered, is that pretty much at 11:30pm on November 30th, the entirety of the plot remainder was revealed to me in an explosion of pictures in my head. This was rather painful, as internal explosions are not the most comfortable experience, but still rather relieving. And then I wanted to punch my imagination for not letting me know this earlier, as I really want to write now.

Damn it!

Ah well, now I've got to trawl the NaNoWriMo forums, scrapbooking posts that may come in handy.

Cheers,
Mike