STALKER: Origins Krovosos

First draft is finished. 176 pages, ~42K words. Big surge of writing speed in November and big thanks to Baz Edwards.

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STALKER: Origins Krovosos

Worldsayer Update, July

The end is in sight. The book will be around 50,000 words on completion and I’m confident of finishing by November. Cover concept is defined and an artist will be required. Overall I’m moderately happy with the draft as it stands. I’m not going to rewrite it much except what the editing phase produces – and what my test readers feedback on.

Worldsayer Update, July

Worldsayer Update

WHEN FLOW JOINS SEAMLESSLY WITH DRAFT

Enjoyable moment whilst writing Worldsayer. Sometimes I get snippets, or flashes, of future moments in the story. In this case Larry Kray was ushered in to use some powered armor to take care of a problem for his boss. The actual draft caught up to that scene and wrote write into it. A great feeling to seamlessly join to something you wrote four weeks ago.

Kray, still wide-eyed, stepped into the powered armor. He had not realized how much he missed the rush of piloting a suit like this.

Big Horace smiled, a wry knowing grin. “I can see you missed having your own suit. Take it to town and sort out the mess. Make sure you kill that Slinger, Drachsam, and bring the boy to me.”

Kray nodded. “It’ll be child’s play in this.”

“I hope so. The last thing you want is to disappoint me again,” Big Horace threatened.

Kray licked his lips and closed the access panel. Inside, instruments and displays lit up – white, red, blue, yellow, gauges, reticles and sensor sweeps – while the life support systems cycled up with a soft whir.

Oh yes, it would be glorious, Kray thought.

Progress: 27,000 words.

 

Worldsayer Update

Edge Chronicles

I’d stumbled across the creators’ blog, http://www.weirdnewworlds.com/blog/ and immediately fell in love with the artwork. It evoked the illustrations from Warlock of Firetop Mountain, first of the Fighting Fantasy series, by the master Russ Nicholson. Whilst at the library I caught sight of the books and thought, “It may be a bit young for me but I will read it anyway.”

I’ve not regretted that decision. In fact I love the lack of angst in the younger fiction and the stronger moral imperatives of the protagonists. Adult fiction seems to get hung up on the shades of grey and suffering in lieu of unfulfilled base-desires. It is so refreshing to have characters you are following in the narrative who are actually nice – not just nice while it suits them.

Should I afford it I would love to commission Riddell for the artwork to Grimsparrow and Mungbean. He could absolutely nail the style I desire.

Edge Chronicles

Using OwnCloud for Writing

With the cloud becoming more prevalent as with the increase in data-surveillance it is no surprise people want more privacy and protection of their data. For me this is using a hosted service via OwnCloud to store my drafts and in-progress writing works. Clients are available for Windows, Linux, Android and iPhone. Using OwnCloud is like using Dropbox yet with the peace-of-mind that the data is hosted where you choose it to be and under your complete administration.

My writing workflow is to have a draft document of the work and a text file of the structure/plan. The latter is outline of the work and what sequence of events it contains, as well including details of names, ages, places, and other details that are important but easy for me to forget. Having it accessible over the cloud allows me to update the work whenever I feel like it. This convenience is a great boon, in my estimation, for any writer who also works a full-time job that is not writing their next work.

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Using OwnCloud for Writing

Uni Ball Insight 0.7mm Orange

A great rollerball with very nice smooth writing flow. Ink is legible on white, no mean feat for an orange inked pen, and it leaves a lovely line width. It contrasts well against a good black ink like the Smoothie 1.0mm from Bic. It is light without losing control and has an accurate feel. Like many pens it is better balanced with the cap posted and I found it much more preferable to write like this, yet without the posted cap it was still usable just a little more twitchy. I prefer heavier pens, though, so caveat emptor on that description.

The paper in the sample is a cheap diary from Aldi, cost $2, yet no bleed through. You can make out some lateral feathering from the paper grain in the high-res photo (click on it below) however I did not notice it before viewing the digital image.
Cons: cap leaves a gap between pen body and edge. No contours on the grip part of the barrel.
9/10 – overall a good budget pen.
$2.67 from Officeworks.

Uniball Insight Orange 0.7mm rollerball
Uniball Insight Orange 0.7mm rollerball
Uni Ball Insight 0.7mm Orange