Old Watercolour

Found this on my page at SFF Chronicles. Scanned it years ago and put it up there, lost the original painting along the way. Must date from 2008-ish. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I like to sketch/scribble my way into a novel. Helps find the mood. Check out SFF Chronicles. Great forum. And […]

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Historical Novel? No Fear!

The idea of writing a historical novel absolutely terrifies me. Hats off to anyone who does. I love history but the trouble is the people in history insist on leaving piles of written evidence around and, before you know it, you’re researching beeswax candle-making in late 17th century Cleethorpes just so you can write your […]

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Writers against themselves

There’s a weird Fight Club side to writing novels, I’m finding. If I can’t think of the right word I leave a mark and move on because I don’t want to slow myself down as I’m banging fresh story out. However, I do this in full knowledge a future Jim months from now will stumble […]

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Katana and Science Fiction

You never see/read any cyberpunk futures where people have cutlasses. Which is weird because in practice they’re the same thing as katana: a one-sided shortish sword mainly intended for slashing with. Or, it’s just been suggested to me, an Indian tulwar. Which, like a cutlass, has better hand protection than a katana. A near-future full […]

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Roll The Dice

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. otherwise, don’t even start.   if you’re going to try, go all the way. this could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.   go all the way. it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. it could mean freezing on […]

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Writing Is A Longboat

The world is plump with writing similes but I don’t suppose another will harm. Anyway, this one I find useful. Writing–writing with serious intent–is a longboat. Or a trireme if your fancy leans classical, or a dromon or a galleass. The main thing to picture here is a ship with both oar and sail. Inspiration […]

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