Just to let everyone know that I’ll be appearing on the Geocaching Show, GeoGearHeads, this Thursday Night (Friday Morning in the UK) to talk about the software tool, GSAK. Chris and Darryl always do incredible shows so if you can tune in live, please do so. If not, you should be able to watch afterwards via YouTube. More details on the episode and local broadcast information can be found
+Adrian Faulkner returns to talk with +Chris Umphenour and +Darryl Wattenberg about GSAK and how #Geocachers can make the most of the popular tool. Hit the “Q&A” button in the upper right corner of the trailer to add a comment or question to be used in the show. Or email us at GeoGearHeads@CacheAManiacs.com(audio files are preferred so we can hear them in your own voice) or call our voicemail line at 206-350-3647.
So I realise things have been a little quiet on the blog the last couple of weeks. As twitter followers might be aware, I’ve been busy with moving to Wiltshire after buying a house in the county. I’d not planned to buy for another year or two but I found a great property at a bargain price that I fell in love with.
It needs a bit of cosmetic work but has a ridiculous number of rooms (especially as it is just a normal house). But the real star is at the bottom of the huge garden. I think calling it a shed, den or an outbuilding is slightly understating it, so I’ve nicknamed it the batcave. In a year or two, when I can afford all the work it needs doing to it, it will be my office. In the meantime, I’ve got the office set up temporarily in another room.
However, after taking all my stuff out of storage, I’ve still got a mountain of work to do to make the house habitable – or at least if I want the use of my living room back!
New Article at Fantasy-Faction on Aeon Timeline
So, this month over at Fantasy-Faction I take a look at another piece of writing software in the form of Aeon Timeline. For those of you who struggle to keep track of which characters are where when, this can be a Godsend!
September. How the hell did it get to be September already?
With the advent of fall comes the knowledge that the year is running out. We’re now two thirds of the way through and I reckon I’m about half a book behind my schedule of four books this year.
Which is not bad, but gives me the worry that I might get to the end of this year and have just one finished book to show for it.
So like a lot of writers it seems, September is knuckle down and write month. If I can get this Thieving King draft done by end of September (and I’ve got a feeling that this is going to be a BIG book), Thunder of Crows could be my NaNo novel and then Refugee could be edited in October… or something.
Gah! I’ve gone from quietly confident to quietly panicking. Who stole the summer?
To help me I’ve declared a public word war on the incredibly talented CE Murphy. Like me, she is behind schedule and looking to have a busy September. We’re keeping it simple, most words over the month wins, although it’s less about ‘winning’ and more about ‘getting stuff done’. Feel free to join in at #SeptemberWordWar
Managed to get over 3000 words of Maureen fighting Vargs (i.e. Wargs / Worgs) done as a warm up yesterday so whilst I don’t expect to win it’s given me the impetus to start cranking up the productivity. I’m especially pleased as swapping between the 1st person present POV of Black as Knight and the 3rd person limited past of Thieving King has proved difficult before now.
Anyone would think that Thieving King has a potential release date!
Comic Book Outsiders At Nine Worlds
While I was at Nine Worlds I got chance to sit down with Scott & Steve as they were recording their latest Comic Book Outsiders podcast discussing the event and in particular the podcast programming stream.
Be Sure to check it out!
New Geocaching Article At GPSTracklog
This month over at GPSTracklog I’m taking a look at how you can create a Pocket Query along a route, handy for those who are planning a long power trail or want to cache whilst travelling. It’s quite a complicated process but hopefully this will make it a lot easier for some of you. Be sure to check it out!
If truth be told, I’m still feeling a little shellshocked from Worldcon. Usually I come back from events eager to push my writing harder but after a double weekend of Nine Worlds and Worldcon I instead find myself feeling like I still need to decompress. As a result, I’ve got very little actual writing done.
It always bothers me, and especially so when I have so much work to do, when I get behind on writing. I’ve tried to go a little easy on myself. House buying radiates stress in the background and I keep reminding myself that some time, hopefully soon, I’ll be moved with dedicated writing space. Then the word count will mount like the bodies in a George R R Martin novel!
Coming off the tablets for the duration of the events gave me some problems with the leg, so combined with out of hours on-call work from the day job there’s been no geocaching this weekend. It looks like it’s stopped bleeding finally which is good because it kept sticking to my bandages, causing me to reopen the wound every night when I came to remove them.
The net result is a bank holiday weekend where I’ve not done much.
That would usually feel like a wasted opportunity but instead I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve found, especially this year, that writing is eating into my reading time and I’ve made a conscious effort to claw some of that time back.
It’s hard to write about something like Worldcon. The multi-day, 10,000 plus attendee event seemed like it lasted a pleasant lifetime for people who were there and we’ve all emerged a little shell-shocked.
In many ways, it was no different to other conventions where the usual suspects meet up, go to panels, drink beer and swap gossip… but on a Galactus world-eating scale. However, I think the thing I’ll take away from Worldcon was how intimate it felt.
At the start of this year I set myself a huge challenge – to write four novels in 2014. A few friends said I was crazy but as I replied I have good processes now and even if I ended up with just one completed novel it would be better than nothing. As long as I didn’t let quality slip, anything more was just a bonus.
Eight months in, and I’m really happy with the progress. I’ve written about a quarter of a million words so far (some good, some not so good) and already completed one novel with everything else progressing along nicely. I’ve lost a few weeks due to house buying but hope to try and claw that back in the last third of the year.