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