In the Dim, Distant Past

Before Guide took in its present form, it was different. Very different. It also had other covers. They’re unlikely to see the light of day, except here:

In the Dim and Distant Past… Façades

Façades cover to Guide
Façades cover

This was the full wrap around image – for a POD version.
4678 x 2979 pixels
118 pixels / cm, about 300 / inch

Here’s another


It’s October but still Mild

Confluence of Musbury Brook with Ogden Water
Confluence of Musbury Brook with Ogden Water (28/09/14)
Ogden Water - end of the gunnel
Ogden Water – at the end of the gunnel (05/10/14)
East, to the Irwell
East, to the River Irwell  (07/10/14)
Streisand readies for the attack
Cat attack (13/10/14)
On the train to Portbury
On the train to Portbury (18/10/14)
Late Bloomer (19/10/14)
Back in time for a Late Bloomer (19/10/14)

How do you Write?

I was pondering a couple of new contracts – work is never shy of giving you stuff to think about – and placing them in my head. There were still plenty of pieces to pick up from my recent book promotion; most importantly, I’d rushed a couple of days writing on the P’Nong. I needed to go back and tidy things up. This is so it’s not in a total mess when I come to it, cold – which could easily be years down the line.

The question in my mind is partly, what state do you leave your stuff in, and partly, what program do you entrust your writing to? My short stories go on Novel Writer – an old product that shows its DOS roots. Novels can go on Novel Writer, but I’ve tended to use a free tool called yWriter5.

Why? The full answer is too complicated to go into here, but in essence, its word usage count swings the argument. Just.

How does it work?

A story is also known as a project – it includes Project notes, Characters, Items and Locations and Chapters. Each chapter is in turn are broken into scenes. Scenes have multiple settings. Because I’m like that, here’s some screen shots.

Chapter5-Scene1 from yWriter5
Characters from yWriter5
Items from yWriter5
Locations from yWriter5
Scene-Detail from yWriter5

Is it an endorsement? In a sense it’s still on trial for me.

Who uses yWriter5?

Experiences with other software?

Watch out – thoughts on self promotion!

Yesterday was the last day of my first Kindle promotion. It’s also the day I helped put up Halloween decorations. Of the two, the latter gave more pleasure. It’s not that the former isn’t of value – if you don’t do the work, no-one reads your stuff and you get no feedback.
Let’s get a couple of things straight. The reward for writing can be more than money. Your stuff can be more than a makeover of last year’s fad. Write it right and you open up your thinking to readers, show them different points of view.

Kitten - subsequently named Barbara Streisand (My preference was Napoleon)
Kitten – subsequently named Barbara Streisand (never mind I preferred Napoleon)

We are all strangers, looking across the river of life at others. Seeing difference, seeing something new and maybe interesting. Why a river? Because life builds a unique perspective for each of us. Along the way, we meet, make friends, lose friends, drifting from one set of circumstances to another. Sure, we go for the group think and embrace (or reject) social norms; but underneath, we are born strangers and often as not, die alone.
When you connect with someone, you share. They tell you enough that you see the world through their eyes. What you see is usually different.
If it isn’t you’re in trouble; like as not you’re…

a Replicant… on the run.

Watch out – a Blade Runner

is coming 

Writers inhabit a rarefied atmosphere. They share their visions with others through the power of words. In creating a world they open up an entire universe. The author breathes life into his characters, each with a different take on that world. The act of creation interests me. Selling that vision – like a C19th barrow boy hawking his wares to passers-by – seems crass. But that’s how things are.

Pitching blurb isn’t the moral high ground; I want normality. This means returning to my take on Andre Norton and Phil Dick – The P’Nong – and cranking out the words. And later, weighing up what to do next on other WIP’s.


Science Fiction
· Joe and the Xenophids 4k
· The Adventures of Matter Grabba 5k
· Lucky 21k
· The P’Nong 13k

· Brant, a Fantasy 22k
· A Sending 6k

· The Central Sea 9k

· Alibi 8k
· Without Question 7k
· Harjazes 9k
That’s a lot of loose ends. They’re actually enticements; developed to a state where a publisher can take a view. What view? That’s a publisher’s prerogative. ¹

¹ I’m an accountant; I do big number analysis and market segmentation for a living. I really do get the business angle.

New Worlds

A transdimensional interaction between the mighty pen of Michael Moorcock and the numismatic perceptual envelope: New Worlds, written as a publishing metaphor for the unpredictability of business dancing.

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New Worlds
…Originally started life as a fanzine: Novae Terrae. It became New Worlds in 1939 when John Carnell became editor and converted to professional publication in 1946. John, who also edited Science Fantasy as well as New Writings in Science Fiction. continued editing New Worlds until 1963. These publications helped kick-start the careers of writers such as Damien Broderick, Brian W Aldiss, James White, J.G. Ballard and Michael Moorcock.
The latter succeeded John Carnell as New Worlds editor and his letter to John set out his position: that science fiction needed: Editors who are willing to take a risk on a story and run it even though this may bring criticism on their heads. In his opinion, New Worlds should seek to

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