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Hello there, trust me when I mentioned in my previous blog that after completing my first draft of the sequel to The Break I was going to have a break from writing before going back to it, I didn’t actually mean I would also be having another long break from blogging also!! Seriously I don’t know how some of these guys who I follow do it. Some post everyday, some can post twice a day, I know I blogged about time management but considering the crazy distractions over the last couple of months I have to admit no amount of time management can help you plan for spanners in the works. So from illness & home improvements to a fourth birthday celebration and a new born niece things have been a little mental.

However, I won’t lie mental has been a wicked distraction as it has only been in the last few days I have managed to break out that first draft. I love reading my first drafts I find it incredibly entertaining, so far I’m only a third of the way through and I’ve already decided to ditch the entire first chapter and decide to not kill off the person I’d killed off and kill someone else instead!!!

One of my favorite things to do when I’m ripping apart a first draft is invent a sound track, certain songs just put me in a certain mood for writing specific scenes. In fact I thought it would be an awesome idea to add to the Book’s with extra’s plan, for those of you who haven’t been around, many moons ago I asked why don’t books have have extra’s like DVD’s & Blu Rays So why not a sound track aswell, it would be so cool to realese the sequal of The Break with a sound track of music which lent to the inspiration of certain scences…. How Cool???? Maybe it’s just me!! Besides that just opens up a whole load of copyright issues which I could tell you right now I couldn’t aford to licence!!!

So we have a few new characters floating around in the Sequel, six in total to be precise, obviously characters that play a key role in the narrative not your average coffee shop owner!!!!!! As you know I was rather concerned previously about enjoying writing the new characters too much that I would gradually focus more on them than the ones that the story is actually about. I no longer have this worry, after now completing the first draft I found that the balance just comes naturally. I think it comes from knowing your material, especially since the sequel visits a completely fictional environment, as the place is unfamiliar and the reader can’t relate to it you find yourself using your characters more effectively than just telling the story so the challenge was never introducing new characters the challenge became introducing the new environment but by using the charcaters I was able to interpret that world from my own head through them to you!! I’m sure when you read it you’ll no what I mean!!! But don’t get your hopes up we’re a long way away from publishing still.

I’ve been thinking about the cover and as you know I keep going on about wanting to learn to draw and keep saying I was going to post something to show you. This is so not going to happen people!!! My drawing skills are reminisent of something I did in Primary school age 6!!!! So naturally I will be hiring a professional!!!
So on that note I’m off to do some more re-writes providing the sun doesn’t come out and I get distracted by the garden again!!! Just wanted to let you guys know I’m still alive!! and the sequel is still in the works!!!

Happy Father’s Day…. Fix My Roof Please!!!

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while… Again! even my Mother said to me today “You haven’t blogged for ages Kerry” in that disapproving “Mum Tone”, I mean she even put my name at the end of the sentence, I hate it when people use your name at the end of a sentence it always makes the tone seem much more serious and believe me I don’t often do serious!!! So as I’ve been told off by my mother here I am!!!!

I would firstly like to point out even though I’ve been some what quiet on the blogging front I have not been completely lazy! Shortly after my last post/Rant! We finally had notice on a completion date for the house. So in a few short days we move in to our new home, oh my gosh we’re going to be home owners, how grown up! I can definitely say goodbye to my crazy, spontaneous days now!!! Anyway we have been frantically packing up the last of our belongs which always sounds easier to do than actually doing it, the reason being I found all my original drafts for The Break, I’m talking even before I decided to write a complete first draft or write detailed character bios, I’m talking random pieces of paper from about three years ago when I would jot down three or four paragraphs and say to myself “That would make a good plot twist, I’ll keep that to one side so i can use it one day” and then I would obviously lose it down the side of the couch or in a book my mad scientist better half was reading because it was suddenly a great idea to use it as a book mark!!! Anyway I would then have to stop packing to make sure this time I did put it somewhere safe as it is so becoming part of my novel with extras idea. Then knowing we now have little time before we move out, I wanted to get to a pretty safe place in my current project, the sequel to The Break, so when I went back to it I wouldn’t be completely lost. So trust me I have been working!!

So today is obviously Father’s Day and as I blogged about Mother’s Day it seems appropriate to only do the same about dear old Dad. So it was round to my parents house for Sunday lunch. Now, let me tell you Sunday lunches at my parents house are Amazing my mother cooks the most amazingly huge roast dinner, trust me, you have one of my Mother’s Sunday Lunches you don’t need to eat again until the following Sunday. So off we trot (actually I drove) to Ma & Pa’s. Now my dad is pretty chilled out so there we find him chilling on the decking when we arrive wearing a new top my sister had brought him, now being Father’s Day it should be a about Dad right? Wrong, it’s all about getting Dad to fix your flat roof on the utility of you new house, so out come the pictures, dimensions, material recommendations, what we need to get, when he can come over and fix it, what other cool things can he do in the new house, so naturally the least I could offer to do was take little sis to work so he could have a couple of beers with dinner!!!!

So as you can see amongst all the excitement of packing & writing and begging my dad to sort out our DIY issues I haven’t had the time to blog which seems a little crazy when I recently blogged about figuring out how to manage my time!!! But I should warn you I have no choice but to go radio silent for a while after today as we have yet to activate any sort of broadband at the new house so we will be without the internet for a couple of weeks, unless you count my phone but I don’t know about you guys but I find blogging on a mobile device just isn’t the same. Although no internet is probably going to send me insane, oh well it gives me and the better half a chance to continue our on going Scrabble championship, I believe it current score is Author 16 – Mad Scientist 19 so I am trailing at the minute maybe I can change that over two weeks!!!

Finally A Proper Bank Holiday

At last a three day weekend I can enjoy but what to do? Obviously they’ll be writing involved there always is I decided in the end to continue with the idea that caused my writers block earlier in the week and just let it play out, still working through it but I decided it’s better to have something to work with than not at all.  It’s my Brother’s 30th so there’s going to be family things to do (Still want to keep his birthday present I got him!) and of course mine and my partners anniversary, we’ve been together for 7 years now, we keep saying we’re going to sort out a wedding put we keep doing other stuff instead like buying a house, publishing a book, getting promotion (that one’s not me!!!). Weddings are a pretty big deal though aren’t they, well to the guests, we’d be quite happy to elope to Paris and tie the knot in secret but I’m pretty sure we would then be shot the moment we stepped off the Euro Star! (And my mother would probably take the first shot!!!)

Anyway that’s a thought for another day right now I’m more concerned with making the most from this 3 day weekend. I believe a while ago I blogged that I would really love to work with an illustrator as I lack in the necessary artistic skills, maybe I’ll finally attempt something myself this weekend? There’s going to also have to be some serious video gaming going on I have a stack of games for the PS3 and the Wii where I’ve played the first level then ever had the time to go back and finish and with some more pretty awesome games coming out this summer I should really get a move on!!!

And of course time to get some reading done the only problem with that is, I have nothing to read and I’ve been so preoccupied of late I don’t even no what’s out at the minute, I should be ashamed. So I find myself blogging on a Friday night to ask you all, to bare in mind I have the attention span of a toddler but does anyone have any good recommendations???

It Comes In Three’s

Yes I know I go from Not Blogging Mid Week last week to Blogging on a Monday this week this is because I’ve had the most hideous Monday for a very very long time. So firstly it starts off there’s no internet connection (AGAIN) so I can’t check my bank or urgently transfer the money I need to. Then the Wife takes out her toe on the stone fireplace and I have to say it was pretty gruesome she’d somehow managed to wrench the nail of her second toe all the way back to where it joins on to her foot and smash in the one next to that and then I go to get in the car to go to work only to discover some inconsiderate, disgustingly destructive excuse for a human being has completely taken out my passenger side wing mirror, it’s not even like it was forceively bashed so it was bent back, I mean completely taken out, it doesn’t even exist anymore, it’s like someone apparated it away (OK so I know the act of apparating only exists in Harry Potter but still if it was real that’s what it was like), the only sign I ever had a wing mirror on that side of my car was the lone blue piece of plastic laying on the road, fifty feet away (How’d it get over there?). So I have to put in a crazy panicky call to my Boss explaining I’m going to be late as I need to take Fred (That’s my car!) to a Garage to hope and pray it can get repaired pretty sharpish as it’s MOT is in a week and a half and I can’t afford it to fail let alone randomly payout for parts I didn’t know I was going to need because some idiot is BLIND or either can’t see a huge car sat there or alternatively he/she saw perfectly well and it was intentional. Anyway I think my poor manager now thinks I’m mental (if she doesn’t already!), good job she didn’t witness the reaction that occurred when I discovered this little incident, I think there would’ve been Police and men in white coats involved But she’s pretty awesome and has let me take the day as holiday. Which I think in my ranting I foolishly said I shouldn’t need the whole day!! Ha ha ha ha, how wrong I was. Why is it when you need something specific nobody has what you’re looking for yet someone you spoke to three weeks ago got the same thing sorted in a matter of hours?? Call it Sods Law, call it fate, call it what the hell you like because whatever it is, it doesn’t like me much, I drove to six different garages that I knew of, they all said they couldn’t help out, they either don’t do wing mirrors, they don’t stock the part, they don’t do my make, they only do exhausts you name it there was an excuse. So having become paranoid I was about to be stopped by Police and fined for driving around in a maimed car I head home to try my good old friend Google completely forgetting THERE’S NO INTERNET, so I have to surf on my phone. Now my phone is four years old now and its internet capabilities are limited at best so naturally I see no sense in having an internet bolt on with my package. Twenty One garages Googled later, I never want to see my phone bill next month, I’m going to get the other half to check my E-mails when I know it’s due so I don’t have to look. Anyway finally the best I could do was eventually find somewhere that can supply me with the part but not until tomorrow, I’m so desperate right now I’m taking that option (Watch this space for the adventures of me trying to fit it tomorrow!!) and that’s only because my neighbour gave me the card of the dude he uses to get parts. Which was a very nice random act of kindness as I’m pretty sure he hates us!! But then, his wife is stood the other side of the fence “That’s what you get for parking on the road” She screeches, DO YOU THINK! Obviously didn’t say this but the degree of self control that went in to not throwing the lonely left over piece of blue plastic at her head was so exhausting all I want to do now is curl up and go to sleep. Also, probably would’ve been highly inappropriate as her husband was incredibly helpful, Maybe it’s just her that doesn’t like us, She does remind me a little of Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter, only a bit more toad like. So It’s now three O’clock, the next bus that would get me in to town is in ten minutes and the bus stop is just over a mile away so I would never make that one, the next one now isn’t until ten to four which will get me to town about quarter past four and I’d get to work for twenty five past four only to finish at five which clearly is a waste of time so I’ve had to waste a whole days worth of Annual Leave because of some thoughtless, selfish, inconsiderate IDIOT. So to calm myself I will be indulging in Beer and Takeaway this evening.

A Starting Point

So being new to all this Blogging business, I thought I would start by blogging about Blogging, which I’m certain is incredibly original for a Blogger virgin (yeah right!).

I’m informed by very reliable, professional sources that Blogging is a useful tool to get ‘wanna be Authors’ ‘Out There’. I’m going to take a leap and assume that ‘There’ is the WHOLE world, which is quite intimidating to be fair!!

But then there’s the conundrum of appropriate subject matter, Should this be an 18 rated Blog or a PG??

Either way this concept fascinates me, I’m not a technophobe by any means I’m all for technology but to me this is just an extension of how we started off at school, we’d commandeer  a spare exercise book whilst the teacher wasn’t looking the day he or she was handing out brand new ones on the first day of term and we’d each take it in turns to take it home and write something over night, passing it to the next person in the group the next day, what we had by the end of the term was the most amazing book of gossip and confessions money just couldn’t buy and then low and behold some smart ass went viral with it and made tones of dosh.

Yo Mr Zuckerberg, me and my friends were Facebooking before you were born, just with the mighty pen and stolen paper!

But seriously, I’m sure the book of truth, now 20 years old would hold little interest for my readers but what would? What do you want to read about? I checked out a few Blogs to try and get a feel of what’s out there and actually discovered something about myself, I’m so Nosey, honestly, (a fact I already knew of course!) but obsessively nosey! The really weird thing was I didn’t really care what these complete strangers did with their day but found myself compelled to keep reading. After I managed to drag myself away I wondered why we (human beings) find other peoples lives more fascinating than our own.

My normal working day consists of, sitting down at my desk and working solidly till I leave, but during that 8 hours when I’m well into auto pilot mode, I’m thinking about other peoples lives, I wonder what other people do for a living, if they have a living, what those people who don’t work get up to in there spare time, I even start thinking about fictional peoples lives, I wonder if James Bond goes on holiday or if Clark Kent is kicking back with a Scotch on the rocks with his ear plugs in and finally when I get bored of that I start completely inventing fictional people and build a fictional life for them and it’s at that point that the moment I get home I start to type and it doesn’t bother me that this fictional person, with there fictional life in a fictional world I’ve created is completely taking over my own reality because this world of fiction is limitless and I’ve come to the conclusion that’s why other peoples lives fascinate me so much because no matter how interesting or mundane other peoples little anecdotes may seem, they’re transferable, adaptable, working, limitless sources of inspiration. Inspiration I crave to create my own fictional world and what do I do with this fictional world? I turn it in to a story and how successful that ends up being will depend up on you guys.

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