Creating Worlds

James’s Writing Journey: Part 2

So … I’ve decided to write an epic fantasy trilogy.  Brilliant.  Now, where do I start?  I know – I’ll build the world into which my ‘story’ will fit.  I’ve done enough imagining to get on with it.  How hard can it be?

So naïve.

I fancied myself as a bit of a Tolkien, conjuring pretty looking languages and a social system necessary at the core of my world.  Geography was important too, and I had a great time drawing some maps (see below) and a few pictures (a James Hockley original heading the page!)Ahan - Book 1 [Parts 1 to 3]  I even started thinking about ‘writing’ the Book of Rha – effectively the Mandari equivalent of the Bible.  In hindsight, that was a little optimistic.

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Book Review: Hidden

Dragonlands Book One by Megg Jensen

This is a very interesting novel – thanks Megg.

I am reading a lot of self-published works at the moment as I gear up for my own foray into the world of indie authoring.  This popped up as a highly rated proposition in the epic fantasy kindle store, and I couldn’t refuse the draw.  So that’s how I found the book. Simple really.

Book_CoverAnd with a title like ‘Dragonlands’, I had a rather clear idea as to what the theme of the book was going to be.  It turns out that I was very wrong, which was extremely refreshing.

The more I think about writing (and in fact the more I think about any form of story-telling medium), I wonder whether the best tales are woven from rather isolated situations.  This is certainly true of some rather great comedy (Red Dwarf for example puts four ‘beings’ alone in deep space), and great examples from literature include 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Even Lord of the Rings can be considered isolationist through the eyes of a hobbit in a big bad world.

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We have lift off!

Finally, the wait is over…

… for me at least.  I can’t imagine this has been playing on too many other people’s minds.  But that’s not the point.  I’ve managed to build my author platform, and more than that, design my own website!  This is big news.

When I decided to build an author platform back in December, I found Tim Grahl’s excellent piece on building an author platform in only one hour hugely inspiring.  One and a half months later, I still think Tim’s advice was very useful, though I challenge anyone to actually do it in an hour!  Think “Jamie’s 15 minute meals”.  Nonetheless, regardless of what I think, the opinion of others is invaluable, so tell me what you think of the website by leaving a comment below or contacting me.

But who are you?

What’s that I hear you ask?  Let’s hear a little bit more about who yPeoplePowerou are and what you’re offering?  Fair request.  Well, I am James Hockley, a UK based (aspiring) fantasy author who’s just joined the self-publishing revolution.  You can read a lot more about me here, but ultimately, I wanted to find a way to share my work, and after lots of internet research, decided to take the plunge into the world of author websites!

And what is it you’re writing?

Well, I write what I like to read, and generally, that is fantasy of rather epic proportions – think of the usual suspects: George RR Martin; Mark Lawrence; Pat Rothfuss; Scott Lynch.  My first project is a long time in the making (as you can see from my first blog on my writing adventure) and it is an epic fantasy series titled the Age of Ku.  I aim to release the first book, Fear’s Union, later in the year (think December rather than March) which is very exciting.  This is the blurb:

Fear’s Union follows three protagonists with three separate conundrums: responsibility or freedom; love or lust; fear or existence.  They are companions, close, but set against a backdrop of impending disaster – after all, dusk is coming – they are driven fatally apart.  Can they overcome their challenges and help avert the impending disaster?  Or will they succumb to the forces upon them?

But that’s a long time away, so I also intend to release a prequel novella titled Mandestroy in the first half of this year.  The intention is to make this freely available at online book stores as soon as its ready.  Now that I’ve stopped faffing with the website, maybe I can get on with it!

And in the meantime?

There’s also plenty of material on this here website to whet the appetite.  Cop a load of this:

  • A free short story titled Dusk is Coming is available by signing up for the monthly newsletter (which itself will also provide loads more information on what I’m up to);
  • Sample chapters from both Fear’s Union and Mandestroy are available on the linked pages;
  • And other great material is available on the resources page, including: character interviews; Beagle’s adventures in the World of Ku; and coming soon, some maps!  More material will appear over time, and I will send out alerts via twitter if you want to be notified.

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Writing Inspiration

James’s Writing Journey: Part 1

LOTR1So, where did it all start?  Well, to be honest, it’s quite easy to pinpoint.  The 15th December 2001; the date I watched Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring for the first time.

Now, the date is a bit of a guess to be honest (I don’t have diary records going back that far.  In fact, I don’t have diary records at all!) but for the purposes of this blog, it makes a point – it was quite a long time ago.  So what is that in numbers?

  • 14 years have passed;
  • 737 weeks have passed; or
  • 5,160 days have passed!

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Beagle’s Blot One | Callij

The boot and my arse connected in perfect harmony, and my trajectory was thus rather spectacular.  Such is my sense of bodily self-control that it was my face that contacted the cobbles first.  Damn and bugger.

I was literally spitting curses.

“You professional hooligan!  You should never have been left out of your mother’s womb!  Let alone whatever pit you were scraped from.”

He started after me, so I took the only reasonable course of action.  I ran.  After all, he was much bigger than I was. Continue reading Beagle’s Blot One | Callij