Asteroid Blues – giving me the runaround

So, I’m trying to write this first story, and I’ve come to a grinding halt, but it’s not for lack of ideas. the bastard thing keeps reforming as I watch. Is it a romance, is it a Heinlein-esque pulp space story? Is it, as it keeps trying to be, something not out of place in fabulous and very pulpy Heavy Metal magazine, complete with tits, guns and very rusty machinery in space?

All I know is, I want robots, a conspiracy involving a pleasure droid, and a payoff involving love denied and being abandoned on a dusty planetoid. Now all I need to do is focus on that, and I can come to the end of the story.

It’s nearly Christmas now, and what I want to do is read. But if I don’t write this very soon, I think I’m going to burst. Very unpleasant. Perhaps writing a story a week was a bit optimistic. I’m thinking more, every month – or two – until my third eye gets used to the daylight. Yeah, it’s a third eye that lets us see these stories, although I think it’s more like a sort of perfect balancing act between the two warring sides of the brain. If it clicks, both are happy, one side working on the art and characters, the other making sure the story actually makes a pleasing sense and that all your punctuation is in the right place.

So, not at work now for quite a few days. Surely that’s a push right there?

Writing, now, off to Asteroid K-DIC I go.

Asteroid Blues – giving me the runaround

Beginnings, again.

Welcome to my blog. Here I hope to share and shamelessly publicise my writing work, which has ranged from being published in the Hampshire Chronicle (2005-2007), interviewing actors (Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman) and being published regularly in newsletters such as ‘Newsflash’ based around Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds TV show, where I do bi-monthly episode reviews, and features.

I also have professional book and story writing projects in the works. I’ve been really kickstarted by NanoWriMo, which is a challenge to complete 50,000 words of a story for your own personal satisfaction, I managed to do this in 2007 and I am very happy to find I completed it much earlier in the month this year. The 50,000 words from 2011 are a bit garbled and definitely not ready for public appraisal, but I think it has enormous potential and the sheer impetus created by writing more of it every day for the Nano stat counter gave me a real boost. It also ironed out a few ideas that means it will fit into a longer series I’m working on.

Basically, I want to have at least one book done by the middle of next year, although I am aiming for something sooner than that. The NanoWriMo entry will be written up again after Christmas. By then a few more things in the background (like earning rent money, fun things like that) will have also come to a more regular flow.

My other project is to write 10,000 word stories inspired by the titles of all the Cowboy Bebop episodes. Because that seems as good a jumping-off point as any. The first one, Asteroid Blues, is nearing completion. I’m feeling a healthy amount of energy and expansion around me at the moment. There is a lot of potential in the air and I feel very positive about writing being something I can focus on and build upon. Writing is enormous fun, after all, but it’s scary how fast it can slip down the priority list.

To counter this, I’ve ditched the LoveFilm subscription and we no longer have live television in the house, finding that the Playstation 3 gives us access to more than enough viewing material (most of it ignorable). I learned a valuable lesson over the last six years – if you ever want to read or write again, burn your Sky subscription. Oh, and read like crazy. Stephen King’s absolutely right about this. Having time to do it helps, and at the moment I really have that, and I need to take much more advantage of it.

So, with all this free time and new drive to create and enjoy myself, I will be updating this blog and its sister site, the Haunted Eyeball, as often as I can with reviews, tidbits and ideas. The Eyeball is mainly for venting about pop culture in general, starting with my intention to finish reading 100 books this year, with the deadline of 31st December 2011 looming up ahead.

Thanks for reading, and I wish everyone good luck with their Christmas shopping. I now have to go and rob a bank to pay for Christmas. Good bye and see you soon.

Beginnings, again.