January 29, 2018

World Building 1

Let’s start at the beginning, with world building. Now, for those that just read, it might get a little tedious but for those that love to write, come along on a journey. When writing, we need to know just a few things; Plot, Person, and Place. World building falls under the place. The type of story you write will be heavily influenced by the setting you place it in. However, the setting doesn’t limit the story you tell. For instance, Star Wars and Star Treck, both take place in space but one is fantasy and the other is science fiction. Remember, you can tell any story you want in any setting you want. Choosing a place where you set your story is the foundation of your story. A setting in space will have different needs to consider when writing than on a planet. […]
April 13, 2017

Sparking Imagination Again

I remain quite impressed by the artist Lisana Gabriella‎ especially her work in the Science Fiction genre. This weeks images, featured to the left, depicts a cyborg woman sitting on her bed surrounded by computers and guns. Apart from being strikingly beautiful this woman has, like before raised many questions. As I mentioned in an earlier post, here, questions can lead the imagination down some incredible paths. The discussion around this particular picture mentioned the obligatory amazement at the artists work and skill. A few dared to talk about the fact that she had a collection of guns not just on the wall but on the bed with her. What struck me was that she was connected to either the computer or the gun by two wires that came out of her lower arm. Both her arms and seem to be mechanical in nature however at the joining of skin to machine it seems rather smooth, […]
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, […]
February 18, 2017

Changing plans, a story on Editing

Every single writer that I have spoken to, does not speak about the editing process with any sort of relish. They all enjoy the writing process and the creating process but none I have spoken to have said that they enjoy the editing process. All writers know that the editing process is important. For me I would say that editing is about 70% of the production process. All writers know that we need editors and the editing process. I would be a bad author if I just published the first draft of my book and said it was complete. Everyone who would read my work would send me hate filled messages about having to wade through sticky sentences, poor grammar and even worse punctuation – that is just the things I am willing to tell you about. While creating ‘The Bloodwood Curse’, I […]