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A New Year and New Projects

I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, I don’t see the point. But what I am going to do is try and focus on two small projects while (once again) promising myself to try and read more. Especially as—every book blogger knows—our TBR piles never but ever shrink, rather they just continue to grown. Setting goals works for some, but given my health situation and trying to live a less stressful life (no reading or watching the news, thank you very much) I’m going to actually try focusing more on writing this year—hence the two projects. One is more short fiction to share here, on the blog, the other is a spin-off set of adventures I’ve been thinking about for a character I’ve been developing, and setting it in a universe I already have laid out (for another series). This adventure series will be set in space, and feature a 16 year old (going on 17) protagonist who currently lives on Europa. This will be something completely different for me, with this age range of …

Consulting the Stars

Sometime I think that everything I ever learnt about ‘how’ to write, I learnt from reading Ursula K. Le Guin novels [with humble apologies to my favourite English teacher, Mrs. Titherington]. Even now, I still find myself reaching for one of Le Guin’s works, not just for that spark of inspiration, but to remind myself on the ‘how’. How did she write this scene, capture that character, make it all work? And just to interject here, Le Guin also wrote some edifying articles and posts. One need only look here, “On Rules of Writing, or, Riffing on Rechy” to get a taste of her knowledge, wit, and insight. Certainly, you can’t do any worse than reading through her articles on writing, especially, and specifically, “What Makes A Story? “I define story as a narrative of events (external or psychological) which moves through time or implies the passage of time, and which involves change. I define plot as a form of story which uses action as its mode usually in the form of conflict, and which …