Happy October! And if you’re thinking about Christmas already, then stop! Too early (although, try telling that to the supermarkets).
So, what’s been going on? Well, believe it or not, it’s not all about books. Is it? In fact, I have many strings to my bow. I can also cook meat. And just to prove it, here’s a picture of a brisket I cooked in September.
It took nine hours to smoke, but it was worth every minute! Tasty. And next month I’m going to brew a triple strength IPA. Varied.
So, if you want to learn more about my extra-literary activities, then come and join my newsletter.
Anyway, what’s in this month’s news blog? Here’s what:
- The adventures of Beagle the … architect
- The “To-Do” list
- Blogging highlights (last month & next)
So on with the news!
The Adventures of Beagle the … Architect
What on Earth (or more specifically what on l’Unna) am I talking about? Well, I thought I’d take a moment to introduce you to a character who lives outside the pages (whether “e-pages” or otherwise) of the books I write. His name is Beagle (yes like the dog), and he is an architect.
Well actually, he’s a bit of a failed architect to be honest. Not the kind of chap that makes a mother cry with pride. Embarrassment maybe.
But to be fair to him, he is now trying to do something with his existence. He has decided to start journeying around Mandari Society (and beyond hopefully – to the deepest places of l’Unna), and he is recording his adventures in a ‘blot’ – that’s a blog to you and me. You will see them pop up on this blog stream once a month – or alternatively, you can find links to them here.
Now, originally he claimed his intentions were purely out of interest, and perhaps for some prize money, but nowadays – I’m not so sure. In his latest blot, he hints at something darker going on. What has the scamp been up to?
Hopefully you can join Beagle on his adventures, and we’ll find out what he’s been up to together! It’s also a great way to get to know the World of Ku – so I hope to see you there.
And in the meantime, this is what Beagle’s been up to this year:
The To-Do List…
As ever, I don’t want to be constrained by a to-do list. But even despite that, I still pull one together (idiotic, eh?) But there is a certain satisfaction with ticking stuff off, isn’t there? Anyway, here’s where I got to with last month’s list:
Read the old version of Delfin’s story and start planning The Dark Side of the Stone;done! Investigate deep POV and gap analyse Mandestroy;done (or maybe 90% of the way there…) Writing experience blog: my thoughts on deep POV;done!
- Book review blogs:
Genesis; Sullen Falls;Bridgbreaker; and The Departed;mostly done… Beagle will immerse himself in Mallis;done! and Finish reading The Way of Shadows!done!
Not bad progress, I reckon. Mostly I want to spend the next few months getting back into writing, and I’ve started to do some really good setup in that regard. Of particular interest have been my forays into Deep POV and the application of deep POV techniques to Mandestroy. Suffice to say that even the heavily edited and published version of Mandestroy has now been heavily filtered once more! But more importantly, this study will almost certainly make me a better writer – hurrah! Look out for future writing experience blogs or join my newsletter for more information.
And the other really interesting thing I was up to this month was early prep for my next book – The Dark Side of the Stone. I read an old manuscript this month which effectively forms ‘research notes’ for this new novel, and that was great fun for two reasons:
- I could see how far my writing has come along (quite a long way!)
- And despite this, there were some really nice nuggets in there, and it was great fun unearthing these lost treasures!
I’ll start to get some more stuff up on the website about DSotS soon, so keep an eye out. Suffice to say (and without promises), I’m hoping for a c. 6 month turnaround on this (don’t hold me to that!)
Blogging Highlights (last month & next)
And to close up, here’s a list of last month’s blogging highlights:
- Book review of Genesis: the battle within – a deep sci-fi novel with some very cool tech in it!
- Book review of Sullen Falls – an excellent if rather graphic horror novel.
- Book review of the Departed – an interesting YA take on the ‘missing’ concept.
- Do I need deep POV? Well, do I?
- Beagle’s Blot #9: Mallis – Beagle runs into trouble, but fortunately, he also gets a bit of luck.
And next month you can expect:
- Book review of the Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks – brilliant.
- Book review of Bridgebreakers by Joshua Cook – the second part of the Echo Worlds series that I was fortunate enough to beta read.
- Book review of Project: Perception, also by Joshua Cook – an interesting take on a tech-based post apocalyptic number.
- Beagle gets an interview with the Lady Grey.
- How many points of view? A look back at FU and application to some of the POV criteria I have recently come across.
And that’s it for me this month! As ever, thanks for reading, and do please get in touch if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you.
And happy October with all that brings (mainly Halloween I think.)