Nope, definitely not an escort mission

Here’s an excerpt from tonight’s labours. There’s no spoilers. Enjoy! 🙂

During their last adventure the two of them discovered a sorcerer locked in one of the cells of the villain’s castle. He’d been tortured to the point of insanity, and was restrained and gagged. They released him, he thanked them profusely for freeing him, and then promptly dashed upstairs and cut a swathe of revenge through the castle, powerful magics tearing through anyone or anything which stood in his path.


With the walls collapsing to rocks and dust around the madman, Caroline and Rhona ran for the main gate, fighting through the courtyard and stealing some horses. They made it far enough to clear the blast radius of a huge magical explosion. When they looked back, all they could see were the ruins of the bottom of the castle.


“That was a strange ending,” Rhona said, recalling the experience, “but I like being surprised by what other characters do. And I love seeing your expression when they don’t do as you expected.”


“Of course you do.”

Progress report, December

I’m very nearly done with Part 4 of No Way Home. Actually, I’m up to 1600 words or so and I might have to begin Part 5 with the one little thing that I haven’t written into Part 4 yet. It’s not a big deal, in fact the start of a new part is a good place to do a scene change.

The reason for this is that well, I tend to have three or four parts per chapter, and a rough average of 1500 words per part. It is by no means a hard and fast rule, but it’s nice to have some sort of a guideline to stick to.

Also, I normally have a scene break (and the appropriate spacing) at the start of each part. What this means is that when the story parts are rolled into chapters, I don’t have to manually add scene breaks, because they’re already there.

The part that I wrote tonight has Caroline being introspective. It’s good to get inside a character’s head and work some things out. And it fits very well.

And I managed to finish that despite having Transformers 2 distracting me for a few hours. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a little preview of Part 4:

Erica rejoined Caroline in the cockpit a couple of minutes later, her uniform jacket still unfastened.

“In a hurry to get back to work?” Caroline asked.

“I was thinking of catching a meal, actually.” Erica raked a hand through her hair and took the co-pilot’s seat again. “And then maybe a half hour of rest.”

“You and me both.”

The shuttle ceased forward motion as they finally reached the Orion. Caroline frowned. “That’s odd. The bay doors aren’t opening.”

“I can see that,” Erica remarked dryly, looking ahead of them.

Not the introspective part, because that is all kinds of spoilery.

Assuming that I either finish up Part 4 or make a start on Part 5, I can put this part in the buffer and post the fifth part of The Maw of Despair. I haven’t actually looked at the calendar to see how often I’ve added new stuff, but it seems that it’s becoming regular, which can only be good for those hoping for more story.


End of November update

I’m doing better.  A couple of nights ago I worked on the fifth part of The Maw of Despair (that’s Part 4 of The Rescue).  Damn near finished it in one sitting.

Still haven’t finished the challenge I set for myself.  Who knew that it would be so difficult to find a place to use the word ‘snapped’ in a story?  I suppose that as long as I’m writing, that’s the main thing.

What with feeling tired all the time, there hasn’t been a lot of writing going on.  Still, I need to make time for it, like I did on Thursday there.  Every now and then I need to close down the browser, shut down my e-mail, and just work.  I can do it if I put my mind to it.

I need to work on an outline for The Maw of Despair, as well.  I’m not doing too badly by winging it, it would be nice to have an outline to prompt me when I get stuck.

Also, in case you missed it, I posted Part 3 of No Way Home, here and on Wattpad.

Here’s hoping you have a great December, folks! 🙂

No Way Home

So I finished up No Way Home Part 2. It’s a bit shorter than expected, at just under 1000 words.  Have a read of it if you like!

I haven’t actually finished up the challenge that I set myself.  Still got to find a way to work the word ‘snapped’ into the next part.  I don’t think it’ll be a problem, though.

Progress is progress

So today’s gone reasonably well.  I got some writing done.  What’s more, I got it done as today’s challenge over at the Erotic Writer’s Group.  It puts me at 261 words for the month. 🙂

Also, as I mentioned on Twitter earlier, I gave my mum a copy of Servant of the Siphen today.  She finished it quite quickly and seems interested to see where it goes.  Well, that’s a load of pressure off my mind. 🙂

So I’ve been thinking.  Would any of you like a copy of the story in the ePUB format, for ease of reading, and to also check that the formatting works on a variety of devices?  If so, send me a tweet or something and I’ll direct message you a link.

Of outlines and minimaps

So earlier tonight I made a new page to contain my outline for No Way Home.  This functions much like a minimap in Minecraft, helps me to see where I’m going, what’s ahead, without getting into much of the fine detail.

If at some point I need to zoom in and break up the bullet points into smaller points, then I can do that easily.

Um, of course you guys can only see Part 1, which is already posted, so it doesn’t matter about spoilers unless you haven’t read it.  Parts 2 to 4 are hidden away.  I’m getting to be good at that.  Hiding things away, I mean.

Anyway, with eleven days left in the month, I’m going to alternate between writing and outlining, and hopefully that will kick off some serious progress.  It would have been good to do that last month, but I guess this is a learning experience, right?

So, wish me luck, and stuff. 🙂

When will more stories be posted on Wattpad?

I’ve decided to give No Way Home a shot on Wattpad tonight, just need to put together a cover for it.

Servant of the Siphen will be posted when it’s finished.  So after part 13 or 14 if I need one more part to round it off.

Pegasus and The Maw of Despair are already there and I’ll make new parts available whenever they’re done.

Part 13 of Servant of the Siphen

I’ve updated Part 13 on the site now.  It isn’t finished yet, but you can see it taking form. 🙂

Since yesterday I’ve been a bit more motivated to write.  I think that having a supportive talk with someone in person has made a big difference!

I’m going to need a beta or two to read Servant of the Siphen when it’s done.  So, volunteers would be nice.

I think it will be an enjoyable read with the last part added and the other minor changes.  There will be a cliffhanger, at least until the next part of the story is finished.  I’m not even sure what the title will be, but I think I’ll need to think of one.


Martin March 14, 7:30 GMT+0000

So it’s been a while since I made a proper post.

I’ve been dealing with my depression.  I’ve started a new medication which seems to be working a bit better than the old one.

Still planning to do an A-Z of blog posts next month.  Should be exciting!

I’m also definitely going to start on this new chapter that I’ve been procrastinating over/researching.