STALKER: Origins Krovosos

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


STALKER: Origins Krovosos

Worldsayer Update


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

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.

Using OwnCloud for Writing

Just a Man

I’m not a great man.
Just a man.
Of flaws and shortcomings.
With little wisdom.
Or wit in any measure.
I’m just a man.
Working with a set.
Of limited tools.
And a sliver of an idea.
How to use them.
I’m not a great man.
Just a man.
Limping through the trenches.
Of a violent world.
Attempting to cope.
With the damages of youth.
The conditioning of culture.
Paying protection money.
To the hand on the sword.
That pretends to be my friend.
I’m not a great man.
Just a man.
With barely working eyes.
A mind muddled and fried.
Addled and punch drunk.
From the jabs and hooks.
Fired from my fellow slaves.
On the free range tax farm.
I try to learn.
From greater men than I.
Men that have used their tools.
With less limited skill.
To build them into better men.
Whose voices show.
The fences of the farm.
I’m just a man.
Yearning for great freedom.
Trembling under the weight.
Of his own damages.

Just a Man

It only took 17 years: Bounty for the Taking

A little under 17 years ago I started a novel. It was going to be a novella, just a mid-length tale, of a fantasy adventure action type. Now I’ve finally finished and I’m putting it up here for anyone to read.

If you download the PDF to read please give me some constructive feedback about the story.

(The free download has been pulled as it goes into second-pass editing.)

It only took 17 years: Bounty for the Taking