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**The Seer**
John Black is not your average teenager. Having just experienced his 16th birthday, his world is turned upside down when he realizes that our universe is actually made up of two independent realities and that he is the prophesied savior of both of them. As the new leader in the battle of good and evil, he must discover in himself the strength and friendships required to ensure that the world as he knows it continues to exist.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The end is nigh

Finally I can see the end coming that bit closer. I finished another chapter and I am now starting to wrap up the loose ends in the book before I sign it off as "finished". Its funny but as I race towards the end I am starting to feel strangely nostalgic. It has been such as marathon of experiences not only for me as writer, but for my characters in this novel. Often I would find myself in the midst of an adventure not knowing entirely where the plot was going to lead me next only to be surprised myself with how the tangled web would unfold before me. And now its nearly all over. 
And the work of editing and re-editing will have to begin.
Well...maybe first I will have a strong cup of coffee. You should never have to think too hard without it.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

When are you good enough?

I am wondering at what point do you consider yourself good enough to comment on someone else's work? I have been reading a piece that was offered for critique in a writers blog and I am tempted to offer some advice, but I am holding back. Who am I to offer writing advice barely being a writer myself? 

At what point do you become adequate enough to critique someones writing I wonder?

Is it once you have finally been published that you can say - well I have been published so now I can officially comment on someones work? If that theory stands then everyone who has self-published is really taking self liberties in critiquing because they didn't really earn the right but rather published the right themselves surely? But there are others who specialize in critiquing who have never published themselves, so how does that work? Should you really only ever comment if you have some kind of degree in these matters?

Confusion confusion... 
As always your thoughts appreciated :)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Motivation - you fickle fiend

Ah yes... the computer sits there awaiting visitation but everything else seems suddenly infinitely more interesting. You remember you have washing to do. The kids rooms are a mess. That thing you meant to buy on the shopping list rears its ugly head and reminds you to go out and buy it. You should really wash the car and clean the garage...And then you realize it.... you have bitten by the bug... the "can't be bothered" bug.
Its a nefarious little monster. Sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Jumps into your coffee cup and sucks your inspiration dry. 
That was I am afraid the cause of my "poor attendance" this last weekend. If I was a school teacher I would have given myself a F. But then, sometimes I think life likes to let you be a little slack. Gives you chances to be a little blatantly and obviously naughty. Its like a chocolate bar that your not supposed to eat but  you sneak anyway. It tastes soooo good at the time, but then adds five pounds to your hips. You know you will pay for it later, but at the time it just seems worth it.
And so today I am paying for my indulgences as I get back into my writing. Midway through the fight scenes its hard to conjure up the same enthusiasm that I had last week now I have had the time off. But perhaps that's why we need some time off occasionally. So we are a little less intense.
Or maybe its just to take time to enjoy the chocolates of life.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A few changes have been made!

Hi everyone! Well firstly you may have noticed the obvious - the story has been taken down! After careful consideration and advice from other writers I have been advised to take down the first two chapters and hold you all in suspense with the rest of the story... Oh no! I hear you all cry! But what happens and how can we possibly have any say now in the writing?
Well... your just going to have to blog your complaints. If I get enough of them I might reconsider. Otherwise I will keep this instead as a writers blog of how I am going and give you hints of whats ahead and then let you know when the book is ready to be released. Don't worry! I promise not to spoil the ending for you- nobody likes an ruined ending!!
So to give you a heads up on what you would see in Chapter three?? There is danger afoot in Otherlands, with John getting captured by the Ghoul and being given the death penalty.....
Does he get out? Well for that my friends you would need to get the book.....


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Meeting others

Was very excited last night to have my first "contact" with another kiwi writer. Its wonderful to be meeting such interesting people and see what they are doing. I think it helps with the creative process to know that your not on your own out there plonking away at a keyboard mindlessly. 
I've also enjoyed watching the counter slowly climb as people tune in to see the blog. Although in fairness it does tend to make my imagination run a little rampant  about who they could be. You should be able to get a photo/screenshot of them or something! I probably know a heap of them anyway so it would just be nice to know what they were up to whilst reading ... smiling? Doing the OMG what was she thinking face? 
Anyway I digress and your probably more interested in the book than my mindless ramblings! So I shall disappear again. Next is the end of Chapter 1 and then onto the beginning of Chapter 2. Hope your enjoying the ride so far. Not a lot of comments yet though team??? I'm not sure if that's a good sign or a bad one?!?

Monday, 1 October 2012

Sci-fi Fact or or a Fantasy fiction?

I have been contemplating today the realms of sci-fi and fantasy and how this affects my plot.
Wikipedia says sci-fi is:

Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technologyspace travelparallel universesaliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas".[1]

 Now I would  deem Otherlands as being a parallel universe and I certainly write about both worlds as being set in this time period or potentially in the future.
But then fantasy is:

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plottheme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genre of science fiction by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific themes, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two, both of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

My Otherlands is a "magical" place. But the concepts are both "magical" and scientific depending which way you look at the coin. They are also theological if you want to look at that slant. But is it scientific enough to be Sci-fi??? Decisions. Decisions. 

Your thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated.