All posts tagged: Writing

Aiming For The Stars

This weekend saw me hard at work on a new project that I’ve been working on for several years now. Inspired to give this one a second chance not as a TV series [which languished in development hell] nor as the book I’ve only half written, but as an online project—I’m building a website. What I hope will not be just any website. But an interactive writing project open to those dedicated enough to want to join in. There will be secret missions, assignment, spaceships and space stations, political intrigue, machinations, and corporate congloms hell bent on running everything in our lives. Sound familiar? Only what’s happening today will be happening in our future, almost 150 years from now, when we’ve finally established a presence in space. The Chinese and India having established bases on the moon, and planning on a full take-over on Mars. In a future where corporate war and take-overs are fought with smugglers and pirates, designer drugs, and designer humans. Does this sound like a project you would like to be …

SF TBR Pile

Today sees the start of both NaNoWriMo and SciFiMonth in which I have set myself the task of not only writing 50k words between November 1 – 30, but also reading as many speculative fiction titles as I can while writing a number of SF-related posts. Part of SciFiMonth are a set of prompts to aid in writing speculative-related posts, and today’s is what will be in our SF TBR pile. I narrowed mine down to five books, given everything else I’ll be doing and even then, I’m not sure I’ll finish reading all five novels. First up from the reading pile is Beth Cato’s fantasy novel, ROAR OF SKY, which I’m also reviewing for the Science Fiction Foundation (as you can see, I have committed myself to an insane month!) DETAILS Title: ROAR OF SKY Author: Beth Cato Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN: 9780062692252 Genre: Fantasy Release date: 23 October, 2018 Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the United Pacific. But using her …

Let’s Get Definitive

Following on from yesterday’s post on spelling and grammar, I thought to bore you senseless with the Indefinite Article, and Split Infinitives. And who doesn’t want to split their infinitive, right? Unlike the Definite Article The, A and AN refer to someone or something whose precise identity is not specified. And, although they are among the most common words in the English language, confusion still arises as to which should be used when. So here’s a reminder. A is used: (i) before all consonants: a woman, a tree, a rock. (ii) before an aspirated h: a horse, a hero, a humorist. (iii) before the letter u when sounded like ‘you’: a unit, a use, a union. (iv) before a diphthong eu: a European, a eulogy. (v) before words beginning with y: a year, a yellow balloon, a youth. AN is used: (i) before a vowel sound: an animal, an example, an umbrella. (ii) before a mute h: an hour, an honest woman, an historian. A split infinitive occurs when to is separated from the infinitive by …

Let’s Get Specific

NaNoWriMo is coming up on us fast and, for those of us out there who are considering taking the challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to share a few pointers with you all. Primers that you can refer to and or, if you feel so inclined, print out and keep at the ready as a reminder. Today I’m starting with spelling, grammar, and punctuation, things we easily miss and or forget. Spelling First rule of thumb, proofread your work by reading it out loud. Grammar • it’s = it is. • its = belonging to it, used exactly the same way as his or hers. • there = a location, as in: over there, there it is. • their = belonging to them, as in: their house, their car. • they’re = they are, as in: “They’re coming right at us!” • your = belonging to you, as in: your hat, your glove. • you’re = you are, as in “You’re starting to annoy me.” Punctuation • Terminal period and commas inside …

NaNoWriMo 2018

It’s that time of year again, and, as November fast approaches, and while many are absorbed in Halloween and Blogween Reads, a few of us that also write are planning for NaNoWriMo. For those of you unfamiliar with NaNo (as it’s affectionately known) it’s a month-long writing competition in which you challenge yourself to write 50k words in 30 days. I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo from the first year it started. That’s not to say I’ve finished each and every year with a completed manuscript. I haven’t. Maybe the first few times I entered, I was intent on achieving the magical 50k. But then I realised I could put NaNo to better use as a means of kick-starting new or languishing projects. The whole point is to make me focus on one story at a time, which is where I have trouble—as an endless ideas machine, I never stop scribbling down plots and scenarios. I have no problems starting a project, but I do have problems focusing on one project at a time, and on …