July Camp

 

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Yes, I am planning to take part and thought I had my idea sorted until today when I had a bit of a wobble.

I was settled to write a science fiction story but I’ve read an article in this month’s Writing Magazine about making criminal characters enticing and likeable so the reader will root for them. This got me thinking about the two thieves characters I like to write sometimes. I have spoken about them before on this blog because I used them for my July 2013 Camp novel. After today, I was really tempted to either rewrite or continue with that story.

I am now thinking that maybe I should put the crime story aside completely to work on later. The reason I am taking that route is because I have looked at previous projects and realised I have been a bit adventurous (for me) in the stories I have tried to write. The reason I wrote them was because they were interesting to me despite outside of my comfort zone. I definitely have learnt a lot from doing it and whilst I haven’t been totally successful with them, I have enjoyed writing them.

As mentioned in other posts, I have had problems with writing, partly out of writers block, as of late since the last session. I just haven’t had a clue what to write. I have had the science fiction idea, revolving around robotics engineers, for a couple of weeks and it’s based on a really old fan fiction about Robot Wars (called Battlebots in the USA). The idea excites me and I want to write it in a new form, especially as I feel I have improved as a writer and matured as a person to really write it. I was a kid writing about adults.

I know a partial issue with it is lack of planning due to not even knowing exactly what’s going to happen in it in its new form and setting. A lack of knowledge of the genre does not help because I am not a big sci-fi reader or watcher aside from Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory and some Marvel and DC films and TV shows. I do however follow tech and science news because I have an interested so that may help. I have some idea of what’s going to happen from doing some character planning already and from looking at what I had previously written for some idea of the plot but still, there is this big hole in the story I feel from just not knowing what’s going on.

The story feels right though and I feel I need to pursue it to whatever end next month during Camp.

Are you taking part this session? Has anyone else had a wobble on their story idea? Are you fully planned or like me, probably know just enough to at least start? Feel free to comment.

Life Takes Charge

Sorry for not posting much lately! I am not ignoring this blog or abandoning it. Life has got in the away once more. My job search has had to take a priority as well as a few other personal issues, not through my own personal choice, and it has meant certain things have had to suffer, such as this blog and my own personal writing. I am trying to re-address that balance but it may take a little time. I am determined though that NaNoWriMo will not suffer; that it will generate blog posts and, in turn, get this blog active again.

Just because I haven’t been posting does not mean I have run dry on article ideas. I have toyed with the idea of writing a post on the use of schools as settings and plot devices in books, why they are such a common setting at least and why there is not actually that much in the way of having colleges or universities as setting in books or even any focus on teachers as main characters. At least, in my experience, I have not actually come across any book with these elements. Film and TV, yes. Books, no. If you have any insights on any of these issues, I would love to hear from you.

My job search may yet generate blog posts as well as I am contemplating becoming a freelance writer and becoming self-employed. Again, if anyone can offer any help on this front in any shape or form, I would be grateful as it is a scary prospect for me but I think it would suit me to the ground. It is still very early days and life may yet decide that my path leads elsewhere but it is something to at least being having a think about.

I am trying to read where I can too but, as you might have guessed, that has taken a hit too. I recently managed to finally get my hands on the latest Benedict Jacka book, Hidden, so will be trying to read that as fast as I can so I can get a review up here as soon as possible. I am also re-reading Steven Harper’s Writing the Paranormal Novel, partly for help as I edit and rewrite a novel but also to try to get me back in the writing frame of mind so I can get more writing done than I have done.

So sorry again, I am not abandoning the blog and I am aiming to get this blog more active. Thank you guys!

The Flash First Look Trailer and Arrow Interview

DC Comics have released a first look trailer to advertise their new Flash series. Due to be shown on CW, along with Arrow, the trailer shows The Flash racing to catch an arrow that the Arrow has fired. Take a look at it here:

DC has also posted an interview with Arrow star, Stephen Amell, to celebrate the season finale of series 2 Arrow and the fact that it has been picked up for a third series. Check it out at DC Comics’s website. The company also seems to be determined to take control of television with the announcement of Batman prequel TV series, Gotham. Head on over to this blog post to watch the trailer and to find out more.

New trailer for Gotham TV Series

DC and Fox Broadcasting have released an extended trailer for  a prequel TV series for Batman.

Gotham takes place some years before the Batman franchise, revealing the origin stories of Bruce Wayne, James “Jim” Gordon, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Catwoman and many, many more. Gotham City is a corrupt city on a knife-edge and the series follows the rise of a young police officer through the ranks. Have a look at the trailer here:

DC also has successful series Arrow, following Oliver Queen as the Green Arrow defending Starling City, which has been picked up for a third season by CW (find out more at http://www.greenarrowtv.com/arrow-renewed-for-season-3/16404) along with spin-off series, The Flash.

Food and Detectives in Crime Fiction

Thanks to someone who I follow on Tumblr (I am so sorry! I can’t remember who!),  I’ve just been listening to an episode of the Food Programme from BBC Radio 4 on the BBC’s iPlayer for radio.

The episode is called Feeding the Detective, looking at how food is now playing a large part in modern crime fiction, going right back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. For any BBC Sherlock fans, the episode features a very short interview with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who reveal that the detective develops a hankering for chips in the first episode of the next series!

It is fascinating and certainly opened my eyes (or should that be ears?) to how food can be used to shape characters and stories, not just in crime fiction but all types of fiction.

You can listen to the episode here. Due to this being on the BBC iPlayer, I do not know if it is available outside of the UK and I cannot tell you how long it will stay on so listen to it ASAP if you are able to!