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Project Wilt Update & Game of Thrones re-read

It’s been another promising weekend on the Project Wilt front! Which came as a huge surprise to me as the rest of this week was something of a disaster. I had four chapters to revise, and was trying to chip away at them slowly over my lunch hours at work, but by the time Friday rolled around I hadn’t even got as far as finishing the first one.


What I had this weekend was another mad Saturday night triumph. That’s obviously ‘The Zone’ for me when it comes to writing. And it’s taken me this long to find out! My son goes to bed around 8pm, and if I lock myself in the office, crank up the iTunes and keep the tea coming I can write through ’til 2am and get infinitely more done than I can in a week of scrappy 30 minutes runs here and there. This is probably completely obvious, and I’ve no idea why it’s taken me so long to settle into a routine. I got there in the end though. Next working week I’m going to spend any spare time I can find just planning and outlining, and I’ll save Saturday night for the real grind. I’m very fortunate not to have any sort of life, so keeping to this schedule isn’t going to be a problem. If I’m not at work, playing with my son, or asleep, I’m writing. Plus it helps that Sunday is the only day of the week I don’t need to be up at 6am. Win!

Reading-wise, I think I’ve gorged enough on YA fiction for now. It was a good thing to do, I’ve learnt a lot about all the traits I want to avoid, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some series, and unpleasantly narked by others, and while I’m still a bit concerned about being pigeon-holed, I think I genuinely do have enough up my sleeve to pull this one off the beaten track. My concern though is that people are going to hear a keyword and automatically assume they know exactly where I’m going, so I’m working hard at keeping that word as low key as possible initially.

So, with YA off the menu for me for now, and with my excitement factor ramping off the scale as the new Game of Thrones season approaches, I’ve decided to dive into a re-read of ASOIAF. A massive undertaking I know! But I want to distance myself from the style of novel I’m writing as much as I can, and immerse myself in some of the most incredible plotting, world building and characterisation I can find. As well as indulge my massive adoration for the series. So it’s pretty much a case of 3 birds,1 stone. Hurrah!


I’d even go almost as far as 4 birds, when taking into consideration the frustration I’ve been feeling this week in terms of advance reviews on certain sites, as a re-read of a series of this vintage and magnitude will keep me off the radar for awhile, and out of an area where I’ve begun to feel uncomfortable. The only downside of course is that the books take a good while to get through, and reviews will be sparse for a bit. But then it’s a case of quality, not quantity of course 😉 I’m picking up a few Independent requests in the meantime, so there will still be the odd bit of new stuff dotted in here and there, just not from the Big Boys.

And so, I’m away to my bed with A Game of Thrones, and I’ll be fighting off the fast approaching arrival of Monday for as long as I can keep my eyes open.


Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Writing


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Lest you all think I’ve lost the plot

I sort of feel the need to explain that heavily mixed in with my usual style of read there are going to be some relatively out of place reviews coming up over the next month or so. Thanks to the nature of a writing project that currently has me excited near beyond belief, I need to cram in some YA-Vamp research as fast as possible, and if I’m reading them and mulling them over then I might as well fling out some thoughts on here as well. So, case you think I’ve lost it completely, I haven’t! I’m still me. I still love epic, and edgy, I’ve not gone emo. I’m just…working on something! (honest)

vampire romanceSo, my apologies in advance for the influx of upcoming Vampness, but stay with me, if you will, and we’ll celebrate with some George RR Martin and Gene Wolfe when it’s all over 🙂

Meantime, if you have any recommendations for out-of-the-ordinary examples of YA vamp fiction, please, give me a shout. Also, if you’re a fan of that sort of thing, and you’re interested in being a beta reader this summer for something a little different, please also shout up, would love to hear from you.

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized


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