Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Wordcount Wednesday

An update on writing projects:
Novel word count - 14,342
One story in redrafting stage thanks to some feedback
One story in the process of being transferred from notebook to Macbook. Still need to think of middle and ending.

Four stories awaiting response from editors.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Ink, Sweat and Tears

My poem Story of the Lost is now up on the site:

Story of the Lost

Please feel free pop over, have a read and leave a comment.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Coming Soon To An Internet Near You...

Great news, I have an acceptance. This time its for a poem and this one is really special to me as it took alot of time to find, cut and arrange this poem. 'Story of the Lost' is a poem made up of newspaper headlines and words from articles.
It should be appearing on the Ink, Sweat & Tears website soon.
Also charles is one of the fastest repliers I have heard from regarding submissions. Less than 24 hours.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Adventures in Fiction

Adventures in Fiction Website

I stumbled across "Adventures in Fiction" whilst flicking through the latest Mslexia and noticed they are offering an apprenticeship for a handful of winners. These writers are mentored for a year as the write and polish a novel in progress.
Fantastic - I wanted to apply. I would even started the editing so I could send off my required pages.
But the requires are that the novel most be nearly finished in first draft or completed.
I don't think 14,000 words counts as finished.
So I am going to hope that they are running this opportunity next year and have my 'novel in progress' at the right stage.
So that equals a sort of deadline doesn't it?
I was glad not to have deadlines crushed my creativity after finishing my MA but I think this will be a motivation more than anything else.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Overdoing the 'refresh' button until the computer crashes

I wish that some of my favourite authors would either have websites or even a blog. I think in this internet age these things are very valuable to an author. Its a good idea for several reasons: marketing - help advertise a new publication or book signing, networking with other writers, forming a closer relationship with the reader, practising writing styles. Also blogs are good from keeping up the writing habit. Reading author blogs have got me reading books that I would have previously not noticed.
I have become quite OCD about checking my emails over the past month. I'm still waiting from replies for my submissions. There are four currently outstanding and I could with knowing as I have stumbled across some new publications that I want to try. I have been checking my mail at work, at home and currently on my phone during the evenings as the Virgin-Media guy has come yet to do his wires trick. And thanks to a shooting pain whilst holding a mug full of hot water, my phone is being naughty after its little soak. I'm not being impatient. I am actually being good because I have sent the same stories to several magazines. I promise not to cry if its a rejection. I'm a big girl now.
And another thing, today I had to deal with a publisher who doesn't have email, doesn't have internet, doesn't have a computer. How can publishers survive with out email. Sometimes waiting for a query to arrive via snail mail can be too long!

Monday, 18 May 2009

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

I planned to read the play before I went to see ‘Waiting for Godot’ but ran out of time. (I’ve added it to my future reads). So I only knew that it was about two tramps waiting for a person named ‘Godot’

Ian Mckellan and Patrick Stewart starred in this performance. I had read an interview on the BBC website and then was watching one of the old-ish Star Trek films and thought it seemed quite right to go and see this play. They seemed the right double act to play Vladimir and Estragon.
The set was minimal with a tree and broken brickwork and floorboards, which I liked because it stops the mind from wandering away from the dialogue because the set has too much detail.
Class divide and how the rich have power over the lower classes was demonstrated by Pozzo's (that actor who dies in Four weddings and a funeral)hold over 'Lucky' with a rope tied around his servant's(Lucky) neck.
There is bleakness juxtaposed with the comedic. One moment the characters are considering hanging themselves and the next they are mocking Pozzo with dances and jokes.
Act one and Act two have the same events (but a day apart) with Pozzo arriving again as the men wait but this time he is blind and Lucky is dumb. Lines are also repeated between the characters. I took this as showing that life is repetitive.
They also consider the reliability of the apostles - which is the definitive version? We, the audience are also left questioning whether their versions of the events on both days is reliable and which of them is correct. the repetition of the story by the four gospels might allude to the repetitiveness of the action of the play.
Only one complaint - They could have done with either mic-ing up the actors or speaking louder for the people in the cheap seats at the back (like me!). I missed snatches of dialogue because (it sounded like from my height) they were mumbling.

Futher information
Guardian Review
Spark Notes

On the move, again.

Sorry for the lack of blog posts. Last week has been full of packing, moving, painting and unpacking. Its still not done. So the writing has been put on hold for a little while. But its definitely got me thinking about the next chapter and I can feel a new energy for writing brewing too!

But get back to the habit might be hard as I think I have either pulled a muscle in my left arm or its a trapped nerve. The curse of being left handed strikes again.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Dystopian Book List

In the last post I made my characters sound like they are in a chick-lit novel. They are not (not that I hate chick-lit but I'm writing something different) but more for the following genre:
(I wonder if you can guess from the reading/re-reading list)!
1984 - George Orwell
Brave New World - Adlous Huxley
Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood
Stone Gods - Jeanette Winterson
Jennifer Government - Max Barry
We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (The inspiration behind 1984)
The cleft - Doris Lessing
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K Dick
Island - Adlous Huxley
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
The children of Men - P.D. James

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Chapters and Titles

I finished chapter three last night. I have now decided that this won't be 'chapter three' anymore. I want to have two more narratives running through the novel and each of them will have their own chapter - so 'chapter three' is now 'chapter three c.'
One will be the voice of a foetus as it grows and develops in the womb. This will be written in short sentences, maybe even poetry but it will be a very short chapter, almost like an interlude.
The other narrative will be of a woman unable to have children and also runs a museum showing the past.
The narrative I am writing at the moment will be about a woman living in a city where cameras are watching your every move.
That's the plan for the moment.
This novel is still labelled as 'novel'. I did have a good one the other week but forgot to scribble it down as I thought I would remember.
I also need to start pulling together the parts I have written. Each chapter is currently in several files. So it would be good to actually see the chapters as a whole!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Writing up date

The first draft of the novel currently stands at 13,089. 
Plus I have written a short story. It needs some more work and a few more edits. 
There are some story submissions floating around in email boxes. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed. 

Three Days of Rain

Tomorrow I am escaping the countryside, travelling further than the county border and going to London. No body could ever get bored of the capital, there is too much to experience.

I'm going to see Three days of Rain by Richard Greenberg on its last day at the Apollo Theatre. One of the stars is James McAvoy who is in one of my favourite films, Starter for Ten.
I'm looking forward to it as I haven't been to the theatre since Christmas. And to make up for that, I'm going again in two weeks time to see Waiting for Godot.