To Kill Off Or Not To Kill Off????????

I know, I didn’t Blog at the weekend, I apologise but if it helps I had a really constructive weekend, personally and writing wise!!! We’ve now pretty much got everything we need for the house apart from a completion date, why do these things take forever when you’re desperate to move in WHY???

So I managed to get six chapters written of my current project which is pretty amazing for me in a short space of time clearly this time management malarkey is paying off! My issue now is, I know there’s always something!!! Anyway I’m toying with the idea of killing off a major character. In the “pro” corner I have Justified this by telling myself that it suits the narrative, it works well and seems to be a natural progression of the story, I mean really how many times can somebody survive these random near death experiences??? However in the “Con” corner I have, I would be heart broken to see this character leave (Completely selfish reasons!!!). Anyway it got me thinking about other books I’ve read where the author killed of a key character and although very sad it still worked out fine, let’s take The Harry Potter series JK Rowling killed off loads (Still think the most devastating was Dobby)and it worked well as part of the story, Suzanne Collins did it in the Hunger Games, actually I guess if you made it in too the Games you were always pretty much doomed but I’m talking about the significant one in book three (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it and are waiting for the movies!!), Tolkien killed off Boromir, I guess you’re getting the general picture now, my point was it works, when you kill off a significant person my question is, actually I have two, one is how can you justify it to yourself and two how can you justify it to your readers? I guess if I really wanted to I could find a way to save this character but what if that’s the wrong move?

Maybe I should do both and the reader can decide like a choose your own adventure book, do you remember those? Turn to page 156 if ?????? Dies to continue the story or turn  to page 256 if ????? lives to continue the story!!! Books should be like DVD’s we should figure our a way for them to come with special features. You could market it as a box set it could include a copy of the original story, a copy of the story with an alternative ending, extra pages that were cut, character bios, concept art, hey I’m really getting in to this idea, I’d buy something like that!!!

I don’t know, maybe the sun has gone to my head today, what do you guys think???

Expect the Unexpected

That’s right folks, it’s all about expecting the unexpected, for instance I never expected that the woman pulling out of selling her house we were going to buy would lead to finding another within four days for a better price in the same area, nor did I expect to randomly bump in to a good friend of mine coming out of a supermarket who I haven’t since for three years nor did I ever expect in a million years that I would be sat here typing away telling you guys that I have a book out on the 19th April 2012 entitled The Break, it’s a little Sci-fi/Fantasy projet I’ve been working on for a couple of years basically it was the product of my Geek personality, whom until now has remained in the comfort of my own home, with my Star Wars/Lord Of The Rings/Harry Potter/Star Trek/Stargate/Superman/X-men/Spiderman & Batman memorabillia!!! Infact I’m so geeky the other half as given me a designated Geek Room in our new home!!!

So we have a date, we have a house! all we need now is some good imported Beer and a good bottle of champagne with some amazing food cooked by the chef of the house and we’re all set to go!!

So although this post is probably the shortest I’ve ever posted!! I just thought you should all know to pencil in the 19th April 2012 and come back here for details on how and where to purchase!

Now I can relax!

As previously discussed (See Blog “Day Of Rest“) Sunday’s are supposed to be for Chilling Out as are Bank Holiday’s (See Blog “Aren’t Bank Holiday’s Meant To Be Relaxing??“), so after all the excitment I finally get my lay in and Chill Out day, Happy Easter!

A day of good food, good drink!, good DVD’s and good video games, currently we’ve decided to reply Harry Potter Lego Years 5-7, LOVE it!! And this is all because of the madness of Good Friday, where I do belived we must have covered aroud 100 miles in total from one end of county to the other viewing houses but I’m happy to say I think we have  winner but having learnt from previous experience in the house buying adventure we will not be getting our hopes up!! Instead I will be focusing on the release of The Break and narrowing down a final date, at the moment it’s looking like either the 19th or the 26th of April so if you still have no idea what I’ve been chatting about for the last three months I suggest you start reading the back catalogue!!! Or head over to www.thebreakbooksite.com where you can read the first chapter or you can watch the trailer on YouTube!!

I’m kind of thankful it’s been a little crazy with the House Hunting and my Day Job because it’s managed to keep my mind occupied long enough to not go insane with the wait. I don’t know how these professionals do it, unless if you’re a professional author, you’re already use to the waiting and there’s probably no excitement left any longer. I hope not, I’d like to think if I ever went pro (Which I will still try to do read The Secret’s Out) then every book will be just as exciting and as much of an adventure as the first, unless of course people start burning your work in the streets!!!!!!!

Well just wanted to wish you all Happy Easter and continue to watch this space because we’re gonna have a real book out real soon!!!

Book Merchandise… Now there’s an odd concept!

Well I did it, I created a Book trailer and I still haven’t decided if the world will ever see it!! Now as a piece of tacky, retro looking, throw away experiment it’s pretty cool if you like that sort of thing!!! The images were pretty easy, it was finding the right piece of music that was the trick and I have spent endless hours listening to the most random Royalty Free tracks I’ve ever heard in my life!! But it’s all been rather good fun!! But it got me thinking about other Book promotions and I started contemplating the world of merchandise not that I’m thinking about going down that route I just mean in general and how, unless a book has been made in to a movie you don’t see any merchandise for really good books. Why is that? I’ve personally got Harry Potter merchandise coming out my ears, I also have some really cool Lord of the Rings Merchandise but these products weren’t around until someone decided to transfer them from page to screen (were they?) I mean you never see groovy little action figures for latest John Grisham or Chess Sets for the new Jeffrey Deaver, a video game based on the new James Herbert Why not? OK so maybe not the action figures and chess sets for certain authors but there are other merchandising products that would be more suitable and obviously it would depend on the books narrative. We have to be subjected to cheesy book trailers and even huge advertisements on the side of Buses why not Merchandise? Maybe it’s because it would be a little too geeky and if we were seen in public with an Alex Cross embossed brief case on the bus we’d get beaten up?! But just thought I’d ask before I start designing T-Shirts and Flip Flops (Just Kidding!!!!)

So anyway, let me know if you want to see the trailer if there’s enough demand I may subject myself to the inevitable humiliation, which to be fair I’m kind of used to by now!!! Oh and in case you didn’t know the whole of the first Chapter is up on The Break Book Site if you fancied a read?!

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.