If you are all wondering why my own posts are few and far between lately, the answer is simple – I’m busy with the last couple of chapters of my current science fiction WIP – The Guardian! So in the meantime you will have to be content with reposts from other people like my good friend Derek Haines for instance. Hopefully you are all benefiting from Derek’s considerable knowledge on the subject of publishing and other writerly things.
Well I’d better get back to it. I have now passed twenty-three thousand words, and I’m currently working on the fortieth A4 page. What with my highly demanding female muse pictured above, aka she who must be obeyed, and the ancient one pictured below, at the moment I’m only allowed a few paltry minutes per day here on my blog. More later when both of them are not looking over my shoulder. Whoops I hear them close by, which means I’ve got to go.
Thoth, My Other Muse
PS – Which one demands the most. Here’s a hint – one of them is an absolute pussy cat.
The significance of the burning eyes on the cover will only become apparent once you read the novella
I’ve finally reached another important milestone during the writing of my latest science fiction work in progress – The Guardian. It seems to have taken me simply forever to reach this point. But at long last I have finally passed the magic twenty-thousand word barrier after endless rewrites, the way I far prefer to go about writing these days, over any other method you care to name. Why? Because it is how I ensure that no inexplicable turns in the storyline have occurred. Or maybe something was glossed over, (the latter thanks to Bob Van Laerhoven, who kindly pointing out a couple of missing pieces of information to me the other day, after I had asked him to read through what I have written so far) as well as eliminating any punctuation and spellign errors. Damn! There’s one for a start. 😉
Now for the last few thousand words, which like the rest of the story, I’ll constantly be rewriting as I go. Not for the first time has the story dictated where it wants to go next. This time I need to split the characters up into two man teams, which means that the enigmatic guardian would appear to have a tactical advantage over them as it is thoroughly familiar with it’s own home territory, meaning that it instinctively knows every nook and cranny, hiding place and ambush point, unlike my characters. Although I have to say in their defence that they are learning. Maybe it will be triumphant. Maybe they will. Either way I’m really going to need to be on top of my game as I now intend writing the rest of the story from each team’s particular point of view, while at the same time continuing to write it from an overall perspective. A literary challenge definitely not for the faint hearted, if there ever was one. Meanwhile I’ll continue on in the same vein until this particular novella is as error free and near word perfect as I can possibly make it for all of you.