Friday, June 10, 2011

I don't post things here any more. Most of my blogging is in my Live Journal (see In Search of a Title in the side bar for the most recent entries).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Bit Crowded

Um, no. Ideas from stories already written are not allowed to join the idea queue.

Idea queue?? Since when have I had an idea queue?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Then there was story

I had characters, two, and a setting, some vague conflict and a scratch of dialogue. But it was just a situation. No plot. No storyline.

Then I thought, what if I make Character2 the main character, and bang, there was the story.

Not complete, of course, but motives, central conflict and possible ending all fell into place. And that is what I need to start writing it.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Moving Forward

I was surprised at how easy it was to get back into WIP after nearly two weeks off.

On the downside, I am in the "middle of the book" bog. This is the bit where I go "Oh no, I have as much to do as what I've already done!"

Not even sure that is applicable here. I've added a lot of material in the rewrite that wasn't in the first draft and I don't think that is going to happen in the second half, so really, I'm past halfway.

I think part of the problem is this next bit is less structured. (These things happen) rather than (This happens) (Then this) (Then this).

But it is all there. I just have to flesh it out. Really.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fun with fiction

This weekend I get to make up some song lyrics. Fun. Not. Have no idea where to start either :|

"Riverman" seems to involve someone drowning or falling into a river.

"That's not 'Riverman', is it?" Matt asked.
Ash laughed. "A bit too prophetic?"
"I thought it might have been a suggestion on your part."
"That'd be more obvious."

"My Lady is a Laddy" is apparently for singing when you are drunk.

Ash did a repeat of the his chorus.
"Maybe we can offer you up as bait," Matt told him. "It's a ridiculous song anyway."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mythical Creatures

I'm making a list of mythical/supernatural creatures that have or can take human form, from Europe particularly British Isles.

This isn't as easy as I thought. There's the obvious ones of werewolves & vampires. Various little folk & big folk who wouldn't pass as human due to their size. Some individuals.

Angels & their ilk
Various water spirits (each uisge, selkies, nixes, undine etc - there are a lot of these)
Aos si/daoine sidhe

Now my brain is full up, but I'm sure there's more.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Naming names

I hate naming planets most of all.

Streets are fairly easy. Towns and cities are manageable, and there is also Gamebot to fall back on. Countries are getting harder, but again Gamebot is useful. Continents are tricky, but I can avoid usually avoid them. But planets? *shudder*

Sometimes, stopping and thinking it through helps. Other times it becomes harder.

So if I decide that for the purposes of this version of reality, the name will be given the first group to be associated with the planet. That is, the first settlers, or whoever sends them, or the company that buys up mining rights. So the task is reduced from "any combination of syllables" to limited groups e.g.

company names
mining products
existing cities or countries (New ------)

And that can actually be fun to play with.