Simpsons Sensory

Some good friends of mine have just opened up their own online business, Simpsons Sensory & Emotional Relief, selling a number of products that provide help and relief for children with various autism spectrum disorders. There’s some fantastic products and ideas that have been developing lots of great feedback since they’ve started. If you’re reading this and might be interested, go check them out and support.

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February 27, 2015

Tough

Did I mention work was tough lately. It’s taken all the energy out of me, which means less writing and less updates. Mentally exhausting. Certainly no fun.

I wrote a nice little passage for Viridian just then, but I’m still along way behind where I’d like to be.

I was talking about writer’s block and writing on another one of my online haunts, and wrote this little explanation that perhaps give some insight into my writing process:

It’s worth pointing out that my ‘style’ isn’t free writing. I just don’t plot the story chapter by chapter before I start. A story idea for me is a beginning and an end (or really, a climax). I’ll write down scene ideas along the way. When I’m writing a scene, I’ll know what I want to happen in the scene and where I want to go for the next scene. Writing the scene then becomes:
Transition in -> Scene event -> Transition out to next scene.

It’s that transition out where I most often block, specifically, the moment the scene moves from event to transition out. That’s normally where I work myself into a hole.

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February 25, 2015

Now in paperback

Feathers Fall is now available in paperback through createspace. And with that, it’ll show up on Amazon shortly as well after it goes through the usual process.

Feathers Fall @ Createspace

February 11, 2015

Four Floors

So I had some inspiration in the shower the other day, in much the same way that Feathers Fall came to me. It was enough to bang out a first chapter that is thoroughly entertaining.
Working title Four Floors. Strangely similar Feathers Fall. What is it about showers and alliteration?

February 6, 2015

Stress

Work. Real work. The stuff that actually pays. Not something I talk a lot about. But lets talk it for a second.

Work is stressful. Hard? Perhaps not. Challenging? People are challenging. My work demands that I sit politely while people try their best to tear my ideas apart. And I’m ok with that. For the most part. But it wears you down. Essentially, work requires that I’m “ahead of the curve”, so being challenged isn’t about telling others that they’re wrong, or finding out that I’m wrong. It boils down to slowing down to teach others and bring them up to speed. To pull them ahead of the curve. I swear though, some people seem to want to be behind.

Flex, roll, adapt. If you want to work in IT, you need to always be ready to do so, even at the 11th hour.

In more positive news, this feedback for Feathers Fall made me smile – because deep down, it told me I’d nailed the story:

Ok so you got me… I cried. Not just a few tears, mind you, but outright sobs. I found myself so emotionally attached to the characters!
Beautifully written, Ben. Thankyou for writing this story. X

That feels good.

January 28, 2015

Steampunk

So I just dropped $350 on a steampunkish styled costume. Well, arguably it’s straight Victorian era. But hey. Close enough.

Also, I just dropped $350 on a costume. Ouch :S

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January 26, 2015

Reviews

I’m on the hunt for reviewers. It’s time to try and get these stories in front of more people.

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January 21, 2015

Major Book Haul

Every year, Lifeline do a bookfest where they offload all their donated books for cheap in a massive exhibition hall.

This year, I got quite the haul.

books

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January 17, 2015

More Covers

So I dropped for another cover. It’s probably a little early to be doing so for Viridian, it’s definitely putting the cart before the horse, but it gives me some drive to keep working on the manuscript and get this sequel happening. Straight back to the same artist who did the cover for Crimson, as that was the perfect piece and she does amazing work.

Things aren’t ready for any reveal just yet, but any authors would do well to check out Daniela’s covers at SelfPubBookCovers.com

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January 9, 2015

Free Promo

Waiting for midnight to tick over at Amazon to kick of my first free promotional sale for Feathers Fall. Silly America and your multiple midnights. Hurry up already!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RO533IA

January 3, 2015