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Too Many Ideas, Not Enough Time

There are days I wish that I didn’t have to sleep.  Like everyday.

The problem is that I never seem to get enough writing done; between the everyday rigmarole of living, poor work ethic and sleeping I just seem to run out of time.  Those extra few hours I could use if I didn’t have to use them to sleep would be so handy.

I’d love to be one of those prolific writers who can whip out a novel in three weeks.  I know I have it in me, I just seem to lack the willpower to do it.

As it is I’m only slowly getting through the current projects on my plate without even starting the new ones I’d like to do.  There is Novella Three of Braeden Wolf, as well as the ongoing short story serial The Blood Games, plus the novels/novellas/short stories of my real ego (yes, Ash Stirling is a nom de plume – wasn’t that obvious?)  And then I also want to get started on the Vikings on Mars idea, plus hack out a sci-fi soap opera style series, inspired as I have been by playing Mass Effect recently.

I really need to sit down, knuckle down and just write, ignoring everything.  Like twitter, email, forums, youtube, etc and so on.

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A Misread Tweet Sparks a Story Idea

So there i was half paying attention to twitter when I misread a tweet.

@geekwithsoul posted; Viking Found Organics on Mars, Experiment Confirms http://bit.ly/eXUZ8H < I wish Carl Sagan could've known this 😦

I misread it as Vikings Found Organics on Mars at first and this wild idea for a story jumped at me, of Lars Skullcrusher, Inga Larsdottir, Magnus Magnussen, Sven the Red and Hammar the Hammer tooling around in space in a magic Longship given to them by Thor – named Thor's Hammer of course – battling Martians from Mars.

I am so going to have to write that now.


Progress Report

Just a short update on how things are proceeding – I’m planning to do these semi-regular as much so I can keep track of progress as to let everyone else know what is going on.

There are three main areas I am working on;

Braeden Wolf Book Three

The third book, which I have given the title of Damnation Down Below for the time being, is coming along well. Even though the first rough draft is only have done, I’ve started the rewrite and am already 8K into it. The aim is for a 40K novella, so that is 20% of the way there.

The Blood Games

The recently started Blood Games serial has had the first short written, and rough outlines for the second and third shorts written as well. I hope to start on the first draft of the second short later this week – they aren’t very long initially so they can be written fairly fast.

Marketing
Here is where I am not making much progress – marketing. I’m responsible for getting the word out mostly. I can’t just sit back and expect books to sell themselves. Even though I kick around on twitter and facebook a bit, I really need to start making an effort to search out other places, such as websites and forums, to try and drum up some interest.


And So It Begins

Welcome to the first entry of this blog. Yes, I know it hardly the wittiest of first lines but I’m currently just moving in, so ignore all the construction still going on around the place.

This blog will be the home base of my attempts at writing, mostly along the lines of paranormal cyberpunk – think of the dystopia of Bladerunner, the cyberpunk technology and worlds of William Gibson and the paranormal worlds of vampires and ghosts and magic blended all together, with a dollops of whatever else comes to mind thrown in for good measure.

Examples should be up fairly soon, both here and elsewhere, just as soon as they are ready.

Enjoy your stay.