July 6, 2017

Pantser or Plotter?

With my second book now nearly completed, I am starting to think about the way in which I write and if there is a way I can improve it for the next time. My current process is a little planning and then filling in the details by the seat of my pants a little latter on. Here are the steps I follow at the moment: 1) Come up with a story line and write it in a simple sentence, for example, from the Bloodwood Curse: Akuchi finds a special sword. 2) Map out a series of steps that need to happen to bring that story to life. I ask myself: Where do I want this to happen? How does he get the sword? Why is he where he is to find the sword? Why did he leave home? What would prevent him from […]
March 11, 2017

Stories real and bizzare

Stories have the potential to change the way in which we see the world. I came across a story in my news feed, Found here, that captured my imagination and was a pleasure to read.  The story tells of a beggar in England in the early 1800’s that told a fanciful story of a woman that said she was a foreigner from the Island of Javasu. Her story was found out but the her true story affected some of the listeners to the point that they helped her. It shows that while a made up story requires great details and lots of practice before they are told. Having the very best story is great but if you can’t keep the details straight people will see through it and call you on it. Things are a little different today with authors and the telling of their stories, […]
November 19, 2016

An Attitude of Gratitude.

Hi, Today is my birthday, so in the spirit of celebrating my birthday I would like to give back to the people that have been with me over the last year. But first let me take you on a journey. This time last year I was working as a teacher in Mt Isa Australia. I had been married to my lovely wife for about 11 months, and at this time last year she was preparing to go back to Uganda.  This is going to be the highlights of my journey for the past year, so buckle up and get ready to ride. Now my wife Petua hails from Uganda, and because of that when we had our wedding here in Australia her parent were not able to make the visit from Australia, the flight is about 27 hours with at least one stop. […]