Monthly Archives: October 2012

NaNoWriMo nearly here – time to Vocab Load …

So, at the time of writing this there’s about 4 and a half hours (UK time) to go before this year’s NaNoWriMo starts. And about half an hour to go for our US cousins – can you write in a Hurricane-induced blackout? I’ll be Vocab Loading (that’s similar to Carb Loading for marathon runners) and stretching out my cerebral muscle(s). I’ve re-worked the blocking for Tiberius Bound and am ready and raring to go.

For some reason I’m hearing Eye of the Tiger.  Not running-related but it gets the endorphins going all the same.

Good luck to all the NaNoWriMo’s. Let’s be careful out there.


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Tiberius Found latest

The latest chapter – six – of Tiberius Found has now been posted up on Wattpad. Roll up, roll up – get your weekly fix of TF here

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The best Bond?

Maybe. I’d give Skyfall  8.5/10.

And it only loses the 1.5 because I thought it was a little laboured at a few points particularly about 10 minutes in, which is odd considering it was written by Bond stalwarts Neil Purvis & Robert Wade, along with John Logan. No Paul Haggis this time, so I’m wondering what happened there …

The opening was all that you’d expect; Big, bold and … well, Bond, and probably had a budget similar to many regular 90-minute features. Daniel Craig was spot on as 007 – no shock there – as was everyone else involved, especially the cameo roles. He gave a fantastic performance that was littered with as much self-doubt as brash confidence, and gave the character a new vulnerable side. But Bond is only as good as his enemy, and Javier Bardem gave what is perhaps the scariest portrayal of a Bond villain – certainly the campest, in a uber-creepy way. The ‘nod’ to ex-villain Jaws was a disturbingly unnerving piece of special effects.

Dame Judi’s M featured heavily in the storyline and she carried it off with her usual aplomb. The ending,despite being a touch telegraphed, was handled with care and integrity.

Overall, I would have preferred to have seen a little less ‘talking’ which would have kept the pace up to what a Bond film should be. And with Criag signed up to do two more films it looks like the franchise is safe for another few years.

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It’s like training for a marathon

OK, maybe not exactly like training for a marathon, but getting ready for this year’s NaNoWriMo is all about pacing and timing. It’s no good getting 100% match-fit a week before the event and equally bad reaching a peak half-way through.

From everything I’ve read about the 30 day challenge I’ve learned one thing: It’s all about stamina, having the staying power to keep ploughing through the peaks and troughs. And I’m sure there will be plenty of troughs.The peaks won’t be a problem, and let’s face it; they never are, but the lows are always difficult to navigate.

This day in a week’s time will be day 1, and by now I should have reached a word count minimum of 1,667. I’ll be aiming for a count of anywhere between 1,750-2,000, which would give me a few days grace at the end of the month. So to help me attain the stamina and staying power I’m working hard to block out the storyline, the turning points, the main action seqeunces. If I know them then I (hopefully) will be able to keep the momentum going.

We’ll see.

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Tiberius Found – chapter 5 is now live

The latest chapter – Five- of Tiberius Found is now up on Wattpad. Get your TF fix here.

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October 21, 2012 · 3:30 pm

Promotional postcards

The promotional postcards for Tiberius Found that I ordered from Vistaprint (with an expected delivery date of the 25th) arrived two days ago, and they are brilliant. One hundred cards – with the full-colour book cover image one one side and blurb with two QR codes (one for the novel on Kindle and the other for Kobo) on the reverse – came to just over £30. Which included delivery that came a week earlier than expected.

The postcards are one of the aides I’m planning to help me promote the novel during my time at the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook organised Self-publishing in the Digital Age one day conference on the 3rd November.

There are many tools at a writer’s disposal in the field of self-promotion and maybe the postcard is a bit clunky, the fact that it’s tactile and has the QR codes on can make it a very useful asset. We’ll see but so far it’s looking good.

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October 19, 2012 · 11:22 pm

Tiberius Found … on Wattpad

I’ve been uploading a chapter of Tiberius Found onto Wattpad each week for the last few and today sees Chapter 4 go up.

Go here to read the latest installment.

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