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So I finally finished "Kraken" and I have to say that it was the hardest thing I have ever written. I've never done anything in 1st person before so enjoyed the challenge of that. It is also, in no way, the book that I started writing. It, in all honesty, was originally inspired by the likes of Tomb Raider Video Games and was supposed to be a long epic journey kind of book, with the hero sailing off into the night with a beer or something. But I just wrote, every day, and treated it sort of like a Diary. I made sure to never look over it until it was finished so it evolved and changed all of the time. I usually write to plan, but thought this might be something new, and I really liked it. The book, quite accidentally, charted my transition from one career into another, my marriage and some other life events were painted in there in the strangest possible ways I could never have possibly imagined at the start. A lot of me is in there. A lot of heart and soul went into and I never meant for that to happen. I'll give that kind of writing a break for a while, but I will definitely use the strategy again next time I need a bit of inspiration.
So this has been my first year on writing in the Indie scene. I'd just like to thank everyone who downloaded a copy of either of my first three books, and for some kind words too. I will be continuing to write into 2015 and am quite happy to see where the spirit takes me with it. I write for pleasure first and everything else second. So I'm just going to see where it goes and write whatever turns out to be close at heart. All the best everyone and best of luck and success to every author on Smash.
I'm planning my next title at the moment but, despite wanting something more relaxing after "Kraken", I think this is going to be bigger, hopefully better, and certainly harder to do. The working title is "Raven Blade", and all I'll say for now is expect more macabre horror, Gothic chills and psychological intrigue.
Instead of working on that over the holidays, I decided to give my first love "Reggie" one more polish. It was the first thing I'd ever written for a published market, and as all authors know, nothing is ever finished. I always felt it needed another look over to clean up some of the clumsy grammar and silly typing mistakes you simply lose the ability to spot after so many read-through's. I also looked to solve some daft continuity errors and other such things. You live and learn in writing I suppose as you do in all other walks of life. So there is "Reggie" in the best form I can present it at this time, still flawed I have no doubt, but a testament to a true labor of love, and the start of a beautiful new life of writing for me, one I hope will continue for many years.
on April 17, 2014 :
The character development is wonderful in this story. I love the main characters, and the minor ones that pop up add that human element that a lot of end-of-world stories seem to forget. There are some facts that need to be checked, or at least embellished, but nothing that took away from enjoying this apocalyptic tale. There were a few issues with grammar/spelling, and some continuity issues, in terms of saying one thing but then saying another, but again, the story kept me reading despite any small (and completely fixable) errors. There is just the right amount of action (in other words, PLENTY!). An enjoyable read, for sure.
(review of free book)