Tumbleweed

It has not escaped my attention that my blog has been a little neglected of late; if you look closely you can probably see some tumbleweed blowing about.  Apart from the fact that I kind of lost my writing mojo, there’s no real reason for it.  I didn’t even get a review out for the December issue of White Dwarf (which is something I might still do, as much for the sake of completeness as anything).

Now all the pre-crimbo juggling of stuff that needed doing, is done and all the Christmas excess is out of the way, I can put my back into re-establishing a routine and this blog is part of that.

I’m hoping to have a lot to write about, as I have a busy and hopefully exciting year ahead of me.  My schedule is quite jam packed.

I have several short stories on the go and I’d like to get them finished soon.  One of them was only started last week but there are, I think, three others that were started last year, so I need to finish them before I start anything else.

Next on the list.  I finished the first draft of my first book last year and realising how much work it was going to need to get it to anything approaching a finished state, I kicked it off into the long grass.  I realise this was an incredibly daft thing to do, as ignoring it for a while isn’t going to make it any easier to sort out when I pluck up the courage to revisit it.

So, I’m going to scoop up all the stuff I need for research and research the heck out of it until I’m capable of putting a bit meat on the bones of the world I’ve built.  At the moment, the story is all there, if a little jumbled but everything else is a bit sparse and needs quite a bit of work.

Speaking of work, things are looking up in that regard.  Commissions have picked up and I’m finally making some regular money from my commission painting.  I’m also looking into taking the plunge with an eBay store, as I’m in a decent enough position to maintain one now; so, fingers crossed in that regard.

Amidst all that I want to fit in some time to paint my own stuff and perhaps even play some games with the fruits of my labour.

I know things won’t go exactly as I want them to over the coming year but I’m hoping that I manage to stick pretty close to that big list of stuff and get some things done.

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Can’t Write, Busy Writing

The gap between my last blog and this one wasn’t meant to be this long; nor was this my intended writing material.  This blog was supposed to be a short story, a Warhammer 40,000 short story and it came about as a direct result of the daily prompt being recommended to me.

I was vaguely aware of the daily prompts, as my bro has written more than a few blogs and short stories based on them, but it wasn’t until he suggested I had a go at them that I ended up there.

The word was ‘Savage’ and I decided that I could build a cool little story around it.

I’m not sure of the exact date, but that must have been about two weeks ago.  I started writing what I intended to be a tight, focused story based around my 40K Ultramarine army and I suppose that’s where it went wrong.

Ultramarines and me go back a long way.  Way before Games Workshop built them up to be ‘Down with the kids’ and pretty much reviled by almost everybody else.  I first latched onto them when I was a nipper and got Space Crusade for Christmas* and they weren’t much different from most other Chapters then.  GW Space Marine love was a wee bit slanted towards Blood Angels, if anything.

Not only have I been sucking up as much Ultramarine background as possible over the years** but I’ve also spent a large portion of that time adding to the backstory of my army and building the characters up, tweaking it here and there, as particularly interesting victories, or defeats came along.

I should’ve known beforehand that the story wouldn’t be as short as I intended to be but I ploughed on regardless.  As a result, I’ve gone from something That I intended to get done in five hundred, to a thousand words, to a story that’s teetering on the edge of four thousand.

A side effect of this, is that it’s now large enough that it’s going to take longer to tidy up, as well as the extra time it took to write, so I’m going to have to shelve it for a smidge. Hopefully then, I can get back to it in a week or so.

* Easily in the top ten of most awesome Christmas presents ever.

**A good deal of it stomach churningly bad.