Review: The Chaos Walking Trilogy

The Chaos Walking Trilogy is a series written by Patrick Ness. It’d been on my TBR list for a while, but this past month I’ve finally got around to reading them.

Verdict: fantastic! It’s a beautiful series which explores questions around human nature and morality – secrets, truth, family, love, integrity, leadership, redemption, good and evil… It’s brilliant.

It’s not for the faint-hearted though – it has war, death and quite shocking brutality in it.

The trilogy is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. All except human women, that is. The two main characters are two adolescents, Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, who are forced to grapple with various emotional and physical conflicts as their world shifts and changes.

The first novel is narrated entirely by Todd, the second is told through the viewpoints of both Todd and Viola and the third book is narrated by Todd, Viola and a third character, The Return. Each of books 1 (The Knife of Never Letting Go) and 2 (The Ask and the Answer) end of cliffhangers. The trilogy is best seen as one story told in three parts, as the narrative runs at a cracking pace throughout. It is an emotional rollercoaster and so, so good. The way Ness develops the characters is very well done.

My only quibbles were that I found the cliffhangers kind of irritating – I think if I’d had to wait for the books to come out (instead of having borrowed all from the library at once), it would have been quite frustrating. Ending the first two books at their climax point and having their resolution be the first part of the next book is jarring. It works, but it’s not my favourite technique. Also, as the books are told via first-person narration, when Todd has the POV, be prepared to see a lot of spelling and grammar oddities. It was jarring during the first book, but by the last book I barely noticed it – it’s just what Todd knows.

See Patrick Ness’ website here for more books and a detailed description of the trilogy and go get your hands and eyes on the books!

A screenshot of the banner for Patrick Ness' site, reading: 'Patrick Ness, Twice Carnegie Medal Winner' to the left, the middle has images of the three Chaos Walking books and the right side says '10 Years of Chaos Walking'

And if you’ve read them, seek out the short stories – two prequels and a coda – that follow the trilogy. Wonderful world-building. Lovely! I’ll have to update my “Fandoms” post…. tbh, it’s well overdue for an update.

The life and works of A.A. Milne. A true cause to celebrate.

Late birthday wishes to A. A. Milne…
My 201st blog post – a reblog from Yolly about the man who wrote (among other things) about the goings-on of the inhabitants in One Hundred Acre Wood.

Well, This Is What I Think

18 January is Pooh Day, celebrating the birthday of A.A. Milne in 1882.


There is no doubt in my mind that Milne tapped into a deep understanding of the human condition with his Pooh stories.

Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. He served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, where he was injured on the battle of the Somme, and was a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II. Milne did not speak out much on the subject of religion, although he used religious terms to explain his decision, while remaining a pacifist, to join the Home Guard: “In fighting Hitler”, he wrote, “we are truly fighting the Devil, the Anti-Christ … Hitler was a crusader against God.”

When he was growing up, one of his teachers was H. G…

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REBLOGGED: Why All Fiction is Science Fiction

Great article – go and have a read. D. Paul Angel really hits the mark. As writers, it’s all under our control. So why not mess around with the ‘default’ setting, even a little bit?
The controls, for Lily’s universe, are set to ‘Earth-like planet’, ‘future’, ‘rebuilt post-apocalyptic world’…and that’s just the beginning.
P.S. I think I might be able to get the climax of Lily’s story done today. Yes!

Why ALL Fiction is Science Fiction

Why ALL Fiction is Science Fiction*

|| Imagine if you will a recording studio. There’s a control room with tables and banks of countless knobs, switches, and slides, used to control almost every sound produced in the sound booth. Here, soundproofed from external noise the musicians, actors, or foleys ply their audiotastic trade. Writing, at its truest core, is best imagined through this construct.

The sound booth is the world we create with our words. Every story starts with one, though the inside is more akin to the holodecks of Star Trek’s later series than to a conventional sound room. The walls, floor, and ceiling are all blank including the door to the Fourth Wall. Where you, as the writer sits. Before you though is the most complicated control board ever devised. Just think about all the variables that go into this now blank world!

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What I read this Week – Review of “Bloodline”

This is a review of Bloodline, a book by Katie Thornton-K ( I was provided with a free ebook copy to read in order to review this.

First thing: maps. I can already tell there’s been thought put into the world-building of this novel, because the first couple of pages are full of maps showing things. From the beginning, it gives a mystery, using a prologue to set the scene and give hints as to what is at stake. Good descriptions of characters, including dress, type of voice, etc. I like the use of different points-of-view (POVs). Also, it is set in some sort of pretend-mediaeval times, with “Clans” and kingdoms and some sort of magic involved. Just the sort of thing I like.

As the title – Bloodline – indicates, this is very much a story about the actions of the past being carried down through the years to affect the present; the ties of family and friendship; the choice of wrong and right; fixing past mistakes.

Check it out, it’s a great read.

Fandoms, or I’m A Fan Of….

To counteract my sad rant of last Monday: today, let’s talk fandoms. (Meaning, potential spoilers.) Biggish post, because it’s one of those things I like talking about – what can I say, I’m a geek.

To put it simply: I. Have. Loads.
See, I love reading books and have since I was a small thing. Relatively recently, I’ve got into some movie/ t.v. ones too, though as I’ve said I’m a bit fussier about those.

I love stories that have a lot of world-building – they make me feel like I’m just another character within the story, watching thins unfold. I like imagining the visuals of things myself, hence the preference for books – also, words are just easier for me to deal with than films/ t.v. shows (the FEELS!).

I’ve mentioned previously on here about my idea that “whatever came first” is canon and everything else are adaptations. If you want to score marks with me, the adaptation ought to be as true as possible to the canon, unless clearly stated otherwise (Even following Chuck’s ideas on canon). 🙂

What I love about my fandoms is that they can be applied to real-world issues. They deepen the understanding of the books/ movies – their themes and such – and in some cases, in fandoms within the fandoms, allow the expression of certain things that the original series/ etc. could not openly name. More on that sort of thing in a different post, as it deserves its own full one.
That being said, due to the ways in which some themes are explored (not that /^\ – different fandoms), I have to remind myself sometimes – They. Are. Fiction. How seriously it’s taken is up to the person, with clues given about authorial motive with the text (whether that be on screen or through words).

Now, to the actual fandoms themselves. Hmm. Looking at them and making myself write a little bit about why I like them, I’m beginning to see a pattern. It seems that while I’ll enjoy most types of fiction, if I’m given things about space (-travel, colonisation, aliens, etc.), futuristic imaginings (good or bad – including central global government etc.), fantasy (dragons and/or elves and/or other mythical creatures), royalty of some sort, magic, mediaeval fantasy, or historical fiction, then I really enjoy them. Also, throw a murder mystery with good character-development on the T.V. and you’ll draw me in.
I could go on and on about many of these, but I’ll limit myself to a list and mini paragraph. Some of these you mightn’t recognise, though many I think you will; check them out and see if they interest you.

In no particular order…

Harry Potter: This was one of my earliest fandoms. I still have fond memories of reading the books with a friend in school lunchtimes in upper primary, on a certain bench outside the old hall…. The whole “love conquers all” – even in secret – and “choices over abilities”  – the idea that the people we are as teenagers, with our stupid decisions etc., do not necessarily have to be our adult selves (I’m talking about more than Snape here) – messages are real kickers. The characters – all of them – are real, too, with flaws and good points; a good point to remember once you’ve realised it. Not to mention how vast the Potterverse is – world-building for the win! Especially since so much stuff keeps getting revealed all the time. On Pottermore and with all other tests and things, I’m a Hufflepuff (though with a liberal dash of Ravenclaw, some Gryffindor and a bit of Slytherin). My wand is hornbeam and unicorn hair, 10 & 3/4 inches (21.8cm) and surprisingly swishy. I love the idea that it’s a whole secret world that exists literally alongside our own.  My favourite characters include Hermione, Ginny and Tonks.

Star Trek: I’m a relatively recent convert, though of course I’d known about it peripherally for a while. I know most about TOS and Reboot and I’m looking to learn more. I love it, for the themes etc. that it shows: world peace, futuristic medicine, space travel, aliens (telepathy!) etc.; and the exploration of other theme(s) that were, for the times (1960s), rather radical on T.V. As I understand it, this includes everything from the first-inter-racial kiss on T.V., to suggesting that humans etc. “don’t need God”, to other, more controversial interpreted subtexts (e.g. the main romantic arc of the series potentially being between two male leads – ship ahoy!).

Chronicles of Narnia: Not one of my biggest fandoms, but I still enjoy it. It is a lovely exploration about consequences and kids discovering they can be the heroes of their own destinies. In my opinion though you have to view it with the right frame of mind – parts of the overall real-world themes can be a bit puritan and preachy otherwise (at least for me). See, a big drawcard for me in the beginning was the four kids – two boys, two girls – of the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe onwards. I thought I identified with Susan the most; she was the older sister and all that after all. Then, by the seventh book, she basically turns away from God (Aslan) because of sex and materialism and things. Don’t get me wrong, I like the world that was created; the messages are good; and the elements of Biblical scenes are interesting. There are just a few minor quibbles.

The Hunger Games: I was late to the party on this one. I read it and loved it and have also watched the films. I think it was a brilliant idea to give Katniss a little sister who she wanted to protect and such – it’s one of the things that hooked me in immediately. The whole idea of her being an unwilling “girl on fire” also got me. I could really see myself as Katniss. Of course, the themes of fighting against inequality and such hooked me further. The…ruthlessness of certain deaths was shocking. So much death! But I’m particularly talking about the second-to-last one. I hated Ms. Collins for doing that, but loved her for realising it had to occur. The love triangle was okay, but not really important to the overall arc of Katniss discovering her own strength. Team Katniss all the way.

Middle Earth (or The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (LotR), etc.): <– I know there’s more books than just those, but so far those are the ones I’ve read. I do need to read more though. Tolkien does a very good job of exploring so many themes, like loyalty, sacrifice, family, duty and so on. They’re intense stories, with bittersweet endings and so much backstory around them. I mean, talk about world-building. It’s a different world, but so like our own at least in some regards. Many things about it have relevance today. I love hobbits – elves are nice and all, but I prefer the “hungry folk”.

Star Wars: This was a reasonably early fandom of mine, too. I love the idea of the Force and such; of course the space travel/ aliens/ galactic government elements are also a hit. It’s interesting to look into the meanings of the Code and such. Also, there’s a lot of fun in there. Perhaps it’s because I grew up with all of them instead of just the Original Trilogy, but I actually like the Prequels. I was not at first particularly happy with Disney for cutting all details of Expanded Universe (that is, things beyond the films) to shreds though I’ve adjusted somewhat. Many were interesting in providing potential further exploration of things, even if some of the EU stuff for post-RotJ got a bit repetitive with a fixation of killing off characters. I – and many other fans – are warily waiting for this December. Will it work or won’t it? (*: see later posts for further expansion on this…right now, it is working!)

Doctor Who: I know most about the New ones, that is, from 2005 onwards. I haven’t caught up on much of the old stuff yet, unfortunately. The themes and such are really powerful…the whole overall story-arc of the Doctor being who he is and all. I love the detail that is invested in the characters and how each Doctor is different. The 50th Anniversary Special was Fantastic. It will be interesting to see what they do with what was discovered then, when they finally get around to searching. Allons-y!

Stargate Atlantis: Um. I discovered this relatively recently on a friend’s recommendation. I’ve watched some episodes and enjoyed them – I need to watch more. The team dynamics are interesting, they have several females in lead roles (score!!) who are pretty damn ‘badass’, the villains are creepily well-characterised…..Again, the space travel and central Earth government are hooks too.

Sherlock: When I found out about this, I was intrigued. The idea of transplanting the world of 221B Baker St into the 21st Century was a good one. I think it works. It’s a little sad how well it fits, really, in terms of backstory and such. The episodes are so long and detailed! I love the character development, too.

His Dark Materials: Trilogy of books by Philip Pullman. I enjoyed this series for its daemons and such. The idea of the different worlds was also interesting to explore. It’s actually quite a fascinating read about the motivations and such of different people, in a foreign-but-sort-of-familiar world. There are a lot of what-if type ideas which either come off as really good, or weird, depending on whether you read the clues correctly.

“Book” Trilogy (Book of Lies, Master of the Books, Book from Baden Dark): James Moloney is an Australian author who has written a bunch of books for young adults/ teenagers. What I call the “Book” Trilogy is a three-book series of his that focuses on the young protagonist Marcel, who has magical powers, with his friends and family – “Nicola”, “Fergus”, Bea and others. Together they must figure out their place in the kingdom and protect it in various ways, while figuring out themselves, too.

Tortall (the Beka Cooper Trilogy, the Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, the Protector of the Small Quartet and the Trickster Duo, plus others yet-to-be-published): A highly detailed world created by Tamora Pierce, with a series of girl/woman protagonists ranging in age from about ten years old to about eighteen. Many of the stories follow these protagonists as they grow up, with all that entails: making their own choices and learning to live in the world they inhabit in their own ways – from Beka to Alanna to Daine to Kel to Aly and their women “side” characters. Another magic and mediaeval fantasy series. It’s diversely cast, with many ethnicities. There are also examples (both overt and discreet, depending on the target age of readers) of homo- and heterosexual relationships, in both main and side characters – a side character of one series is even transgender.

Emelan (the Circle of Magic Quartet, the Circle Opens Quartet and the Circle Reforged Trilogy as well as others yet-to-be published): Tamora Pierce’s second world has similar overtones to the first, but instead of being based around a castle & kingdom, it is based around a “Temple” of Magic – though still has a royal element. Each book of both quartets focuses on a different young mage, through a large interconnected storyline where Sandry, Daja, Tris(ana) and Briar each have two turns at being the protagonist. The trilogy isn’t structured in quite the same way, but it still fits. In both series, animals are characters – whether they’re able to talk or not, yay. As above, ethnicities and sexualities are diversely cast.

Rangers Apprentice (12 books – The Ruins of Gorlan, The Burning Bridge, The Icebound Land, Oakleaf Bearers, Sorcerer of the North, The Siege of Mackindaw, Erak’s Ransom, The Kings of Clonmel, Halt’s Peril, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, The Lost Stories, The Royal Ranger): Another Australian author, John Flanagan, wrote this series, originally as incentive to get his son reading, I believe. The stories focus on the male protagonist, Will, and his journey from being a foundling boy of the keep to a Ranger in his own right, eventually teaching his own apprentice. Again, it’s royalty and mediaeval fiction. No magic this time though. Unless of course you count the skills needed to be a Ranger, such as good intelligence, cunning, honesty, being able to slip around unnoticed, and things that come with lots and lots of practice – like being able to draw and shoot arrows from a bow or fight with small swords. An interest in horses helps, too.

Rowan of Rin series (Rowan of Rin, Rowan and the Travellers, Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal, Rowan and the Zebak, Rowan of the Bukshah): A set of five books about a boy, Rowan, who has grown up in the village of Rin. There, being strong and fit and confident are prize attributes – unfortunately, this makes Rowan an oddity, because he’s small for his age, shy and scared of everything. But in the spring of his eleventh year, things begin to change… I really liked these books when I first read them in primary school. I strongly empathised with Rowan, because I would not have fit into Rin of the first book either. The character development of all characters over the series – not just Rowan – is well done. The people of the books are farmers, traders and fishers. Also, there is a slight touch of fantasy – dragons and sea monsters and other such things. Emily Rodda is the author – another Australian, who uses this pen-name for children’s fiction and her real name, Jennifer Rowe, for adult fiction.

Deltora Quest (1 – seven books; 2 – trilogy and 3 – quartet, as well as a few accompaniments): Another Emily Rodda collection of series. She really does fantasy well. Again, this is a series involving dragons and other mythical-type creatures, as well as different races of beings: dread gnomes, ralad-people, humans. It is set in a kingdom – the Kingdom of Deltora. The first series had a T.V. series done in anime-style, but that was definitely adaptation more than following true canon all the way.

Rondo Trilogy (Key to RondoWizard of RondoBattle for Rondo): Another Emily Rodda series. This one centres around a boy and girl, cousins, who accidentally discover the music box and key each respectively inherited from a great-aunt are not as simple as they appear. If you like the idea of worlds existing inside other worlds, along with a dash of fantasy and magic, family and friendship and choices, check this one out.

Divergent series: I recently read this series. It was interesting – I enjoy these sorts of books that explore themes of good/ evil and choice/ chance by choosing different desirable characteristics. I would be Divergent, but tending more towards Amity, some Abnegation, then Candor, before Erudite and finally Dauntless. I especially like how the series takes pains to establish that each characteristic has a bad value attached and that no one faction is necessarily therefore better than the other, as much as they’d like to think they are. The deaths – even the final one – feel right to me. I never thought I’d see the day in which I was (SPOILER) defending a main protagonist death, but the way things were set up throughout all books, it felt believeable. Especially since I’ve read a piece by the author herself, explaining how she “chooses” the deaths that occur. Though some of the other parts did feel a little off.

Fault in Our Stars: Sniff. I’ve read the book and loved it. It’s so terribly bittersweet; and real-seeming, with dark humour. Great characterisations. Okay? Okay.

Call the Midwife (T.V. series based on three memoirs): I watched this series right from the beginning. I like historical fiction stuff. It’s even better when it’s based off truth, like the three memoirs Jennifer Worth (nee Lee) wrote about her time in the East End, which I’ve read. The T.V. series sanitised things a bit sometimes for the sake of the happy ending and slipped in a few extra overall story-arcs, but that doesn’t matter. After all, it’s T.V.

Moorehawke Trilogy: Celine Kiernan, an Irish author, has written (among other books) this gripping trilogy of political intrigue in royal courts, duty, bonds of family (blood and otherwise), pursuit of truth, clashing cultures and ideologies, a touch of magic and other such things. Celine writes these with such a deft hand, balancing everything very well. The main protagonist of this first-person narrative is a girl on the cusp of seventeen.

Disney: Well, what can I say? It’s a guilty pleasure. I grew up on Mary Poppins, the Sound of Music, 101 Dalmations, and occasionally the various Princess stories. I know these days that people find plenty of things wrong with the princess stories. But for me, I can still know the pitfalls and such while enjoying some of them. My favourite princess is Belle. I suppose I’ll check out some of the more recent animated ones at some point. It should be interesting to see how the various live-action remakes coming up work out.

Roald Dahl books like Matilda, etc.: Classics. Roald Dahl’s sense of humour does not easily grow old.

Books by Jackie French like A Waltz for Matilda, etc.: Jackie French, yet another Australian author, who does a lot of historical fiction and other things for various ages (and some non-fiction too). A lot of her historical fiction – particularly the Australian history she specialises in – involves girl protagonists, creating their own destinies as best they can within the times. A strong story-telling voice, with good characterisation skills, helps this.

Saddle Club series: My first fandom, I think even before Harry Potter. It’s a series written by American author Bonnie Bryant (a.k.a. B. B. Hiller), about three girls – Stevie, Carol and Lisa. For a while, thanks to these girls, the books and the T.V. show that sprang from them, I was completely, utterly, hopelessly crazy about everything to do with horses.

Warriors: Series by Erin Hunter. It has four series so far – I’ve read three of them. The books follow several groups of feral cats. These cats live in clans, with territory and such, staying clear of the noisy Two-Legs and their monsters (motor vehicles), disdainful of the kittypets (pet cats) that live in their dens (houses). They have their own mythology and laws. The books’ main protagonist changes with each series (except maybe the fourth), going down three generations. It’s interesting and highly detailed.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries: A very local t.v. show, now in its third series. It’s the 1950s. Doctor Lucien Blake is the police surgeon for Ballarat police station, performing autopsies, treating any of those in the cells for injury, and such. His sense of justice and curiosity mean that he invariably ends up “helping” solve murder crimes. Even if the head officer doesn’t want his help. It’s a layered story – each series and episode more is revealed about the various characters.

The Earth’s Children (The land of Painted CavesThe Shelters of Stone, The Plains of PassageThe Mammoth Hunters, The Valley of HorsesThe Clan of the Cave Bear: Series of books by Jean M. Auel, who recreates a believeable fantasy about life thousands of years ago, when neanderthals and humans still co-existed, sort of. A rich narrative that doesn’t shy away from conflict.

To Kill A Mockingbird: by Harper Lee. I first read this book in Year 10 and loved it. It’s the sort of book that gave me chills and made me just a little teary. I’m nervous about the “sequel”.

Twelve Angry Men: by Reginald Rose. I studied this in Year 12. I loved it. It’s a really good examination of why some people make the choices they do…

New Tricks: A long-running (finished 2015) T.V. show about a group of mostly retired British coppers from UCOS, the “Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad”. It’s British and they’re solving old crimes, whatever those might be. The good thing about long-running shows like this one is that they allow for so much character development. We really get to know the characters.

Vera: The show centres around Vera Stanhope, the irascible DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) of “Northumberland & City Police”. She is a driven woman, haunted by her own demons and a bit uncomfortable with emotions, but has a good heart which (despite sometimes appearing otherwise) cares about her cases and her colleagues. The character development is very good. The plots are also well-written. It’s on the Australian ABC right now – apparently we’re about four series’ behind ITV in the UK. I quite enjoy watching it, even if it’s a bit hard to get my mind to switch off afterwards and go to sleep. The premise is based on a series of books of the same name by Ann Cleeves. I’ll certainly be looking them up!

a long way to a small angry planet: by Becky Chambers. An interesting story which apparently is getting a sequel soon, score! It’s a very character-driven sci-fi/futuristic novel that ticked many of the boxes for me. Including its treatment of diversity as a normal thing, something to be noticed and accepted as is. It’s a very character-driven, emotional plot. It’s about finding family and one’s place in the world.

I’ll keep updating this as time goes on.

Hmm. I see that I have quite a few Australian authors, naturally, as well as British and American; a mix of male and female authors (not to mention protagonists). Interesting. Something to think about, I guess.

Flash Fiction Friday – Courthouse Edition

I want more. Great story. Loved the way the characters were “drawn”, and the twist at the end.

Angela Cavanaugh

As I sit and type, I am on a computer in the courthouse, waiting to find out if I’m going to be called as a juror or not.  It’s pretty great that they provide computers, otherwise, I’d be bored out of my mind.


Aaron took his seat along side the defendant as the trial was called to order.  He straightened his tie and tried to ignore the fact that his client was one hundred percent guilty.  

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Finally, a bit about my Writing

I’ve always wanted to be an author – a real, published one.

I started talking quite young. When I was still a toddler, I’m told I used to make up stories and tell them to myself in my cot, when I should have been sleeping. My parents tried to get record of this, but the recording device failed.

That tradition of telling stories to myself has continued, even to this day. It’s how I daydream, a lot of the time. In primary school, I got into a habit of telling these stories using other authors’ stories that I liked. (I didn’t know until a few years ago that this was called “fanfiction”.) Again, a lot hasn’t been written down – it’s mostly all in my head, with a few exceptions.

Also during this time, I wrote little snippets of “original fiction” story ideas down. I used an old book to write down story titles as they came into my head; and used a few old notebook/ diary things to write down paragraphs or pages of words about this or that.

I didn’t usually get beyond a few pages before being distracted by another idea, although there were a few stories completed using a software program called, “Storybook Weaver”. Then, on a fateful day in year six (? I think), I wrote two A5 pages worth of words of a story. I left it for a while, as I often do. When I was clearing out the space under my bed a few months later, I found it, and became interested again.

Over the next few years, from years seven to nine of high school, I wrote like mad in the little pink book, taking it everywhere with me. In between classes, I wrote. On fundraiser days at school, I wrote. At home, I wrote.
In Year Nine, I was forced to switch to a computer when the notebook ran out of pages. For the next year and a half (ish), I ate lunch with my friends outside the library, then dashed in armed with the pink book and my trusty USB. Every lunchtime I could, I’d write. And write. And write.

In the meantime, I also found time to write out another story, a little novella based on a particularly vivid dream. As well as do other things. In the early stages, with the pink book, I supplemented the writing by acting out scenes with Lego. This explains why the original ideas for several characters look the way they do, as well as how I managed to realise there was more than one book’s worth of potential here.

Finally, it was done. The first draft (or second), anyway. Then I began editing. But not exactly enough. By the end of Year Eleven, I was beginning to realise that the book (and potential series that was unfolding in my minds’ eye) needed work. Lots of it. A lot of the writing was dated. Concepts were there, but I hadn’t given them enough detail, and the overall story was a bit too simplistic and fanfiction-like. Groan!

But of course, Year Twelve loomed. (Eep!) As a promise to my parents, I put aside all writing “distractions” for a year. After that was over (and there’s a whole other blog post about things there!) I had to juggle starting uni with my new plans for the story. I tried to do more research this time, but still plunged headlong into things when I got the chance. The book is getting a makeover; I’m rewriting it from scratch. But when I started doing that properly last year, had I really sorted everything out? NO.

So back to the drawing board I went. I’m a planster in terms of story writing – I can write scenes as they come to me out of the blue, but I need a good plan first. If I’m not happy with the plan, it slows me down. Now, I think I’ve finally got a plan I can be happy with. So it’s off to work I go. 🙂

My time to write has been – over the past year – on the train from my hometown to Melbourne (and vice versa), where i go for uni. An hour plus vline journey, where you just have to sit there, is quite productive I’ve found. Then I use the metro to catch up on reading.

Right now, my story is looking maybe four-ish books long. A trilogy, plus a fourth (and maybe fifth) book. The trilogy is quite planned. The other(s) are ideas right now, but given they’re last I have a buffer. Yes, I write chronologically. I can’t help it – things have to be linear that way. Even if I do go back and make the timeline wibbly-wobbly now and again.

The title of the series is, potentially, The Lily Chronicles. It has some futuristic, sci-fi type elements, and maybe a touch of fantasy – though right now I’m not sure how much. It also is a bit of a political….I’m not sure if “thriller” is the right word? Ah well. A bit of terror/ war stuff too, but much less than its simplistic beginnings did. It focuses mainly on a young woman, and her companions. Their choices, and things.

(I think this is one of my longest original posts. I suppose I like telling my story.)

The Neverending Edit – and I’ve STARTED again

The Neverending Edit.

A good article as usual. But more importantly: I’ve restarted the planning! Woo! I’ll do more tomorrow. I got an idea to unstick me last week, but due to Christmas haven’t been able to act on it until today, when I sat myself down for a few hours in front of the laptop. I still need to do more tomorrow, but hopefully things will start flowing better now, and I’ll be able to get back to actual writing (my fingers are itchy!)

More later.

Excuses, excuses

Me in a nutshell, I think. And yep, working on curing it… sometime today hopefully.

Accidentally Inspired

Sometimes I blarg about what’s going on in my life, sometimes I find a topic somewhere that I like, and oftentimes on Saturdays I take the topic from Linda G Hill’s site for a stream-of-consciousness post that I type without second-guessing myself.

Today’s topic honestly feels as if guest author Leigh Michaels slithered in through my earhole, squeezed the spongy matter of my brain, and slurped up the juicy bits of raw fear that came dripping out. Her prompt is the word “excuse,” and boy oh boy have I been making excuses lately.

The novel has slid right away from me over the past two weeks. I finally navigated the minefield of rewriting a particularly troublesome scene, and, flush with success, allowed myself to miss a couple of editing sessions owing to… well… a slew of excuses. I was really busy at work (I was). I was mentally tapped after…

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