Books I loved reading.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Ascot was boring and I finally worked out a plot.

Unusually, this year's Ascot was tedious. Not one drunken toff hurling chunks onto a police officer, nor an extremely expensive hat blowing into the track scant seconds before three tons of horses pounded it to junk. In fact nary a broken heel as someone stepped into a sewer grate - and I always love that one. Nothing in fact.

    I have, however worked out a plot-ette for my apocalypse novel. It's taken me over a week. Couldn't have zombies, natch. Spilt diseases, lost diseases, demons, demons with diseases, demons with attitude, and no irritating tectonic shifts to send us all into oblivion or naughty aliens to help finish us off. It required a lot of research, to find something that wasn't there, because I want to do something original.
    But finally I've found it and unless someone is already in the process of writing a novel with just my plot but has not yet released it then I'm safe.
    Now all I've go to do is write it.
    Don't go away; I'll be back in three months with the first draft.
That's not a clue; I just like the shot.
    And my boss is pleased. After the enormous truck hit his car a few weeks ago whilst I was in it minding my own business, the other company were not playing and just as we were talking court cases, they finally caved in and admitted full responsibility. Yahaay!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

I've got nothing against zombies but...

I spent half an hour on Amazon today. I've finally got a little time and just finished re-re-re-reading Stephen King's The Stand for the final time. So I thought I'd find another apocalypse book.
    I don't know what it is about the end of the world novels but I like reading them, and have read a lot but I'm getting a bit tired of zombies. There are plenty, a plethora you might say of end-of-the -world zombie books, and some of them are pretty good. A few were excellent. But I'd just like to read one without zombies, or the un-dead. Perhaps King has spoilt me, although even that was only great until approximately half way through when it became and remained maudlin and predictable. I  continued because I read every new book I buy at least six times. I know, a little sad.
    Thus it behooves me, I think, to write my own. Unless, that is, someone can offer me an alternative sans zombies. 
    This might make a decent cover, although a little obvious perhaps.
    Royal Ascot tomorrow - whoohoo!

    While the bosses are getting sqiffy maybe I can find a good end of the world novel, although the village of Ascot after the races is a good impersonation of it.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Great! I'm going to Royal Ascot.

It's beyond my pitiful writing skills to illustrate irony or sarcasm, so I'm not even going to try. Yet again I've got to go to Ascot next week. 
    Great, you say, you'll be sipping champers with the toffs and applauding as your horse gallops breezily across the line thereby adding to your already brimming wallet. Then you'll mingle with the toffs and gentry and amaze them with your wit and nonchalance as you casually pocket what for some could be a year's salary.
    No I won't. I'll be waiting in the car park with all the other schmucks, dying of thirst and trying not to laugh as the aforementioned toffs emerge, paralytically drunk and all attempting to climb into the wrong car; avoiding copious quantities of abuse, vomit and moans of despair or triumph.
    Can't wait. I love Royal Ascot.


    I shouldn't have painted this. Now I'm going to have to think up a story or even a whole novel to go with it.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

I feel a habit coming on.

This is a screen shot from my newest game.

It's great fun and all but it's beginning to feel like that last piece of software I got.
    Just as much fun but something that's going to keep me away from what I love doing the most; which is writing. I'll keep expanding the game over time but I'm not about to spend every penny I've got on new modules when writing doesn't cost me a penny and actually makes me money - from time to time.
    So it's back to Kongomato 4. Lets the mayhem commence.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Finally got round to it.

After years of thinking about it; even more years of planning, and still more of putting it off, I've finally got round to writing the computer game I've always wanted to do. No zombies yet and I can't get a proper screen shot so I took this with my camera. 
    I've only been able to do it now since I finally upgraded my new computer into something approaching functional. Can't wait, blood, guts and zombies. Or maybe not. I've been tinkering with a post apocalypse game. Are there zombies after the apocalypse?

Monday, 30 May 2016

A rare book review.

I recently had the pleasure of reading the newest in the Twin Bred series by Karen A Wyle.
    This new one is called Leaders and like the previous a rare read.

    It's not often that I read SF novels. The main reason is that I don't want to copy anyone, and unlike most of my own, full of wormholes and exploding - well everything, this novel is more sedate but no less interesting because of it. It's one of those superior novels that makes you want to keep reading, to keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Interbreeding with other races by starship voyagers is an unusual concept but Karen's style and skill makes it seem not only real but probable. Her construction of different races and cultures is effortless. All in all a terrific novel filled with myriad interwoven themes and sub plots. I would recommend it to everyone.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Do you know what really gets up my nose?

For all you non-limeys the above phrase means: have you any idea what makes me testy?
    I love being a writer; I love everything about it, but nearly half way through my non-writing year after beginning another novel, the fourth in my trilogy, and without so much as a by-your-leave, another idea for a completely new novel crops up and will not be silenced. I have to start it - just have to.

    I tried, for the first time ever, a speed painting. I've never had the courage before because on Youtube they all look so good at it.

    Well it's done and I know it's rubbish, but do you know what, I actually enjoyed it. Now if I can just wrestle those two new novels (in my supposed non-writing year) to one side I'll try another.