April is Here. Wait, What?

It’s been almost three months since my last blog post.

In that time, I haven’t got a huge amount of writing done, certainly not as much as I hoped I would. But that’s okay. I’ve been tired and getting no further forwards as to why I’m so tired, but it has started to ease since about mid-March or so.

I have in fact managed to write quite a bit of the first part of the Caroline and Vanessa story, and outline some of the second part. I’m feeling quite positive about it!

I’ve also managed to set things up for when I decide to start releasing books on the Play Store. Yes, after some consideration about the sort of story I’m writing, and the kind of devices that my audience is likely to be using to read it, I’ve decided that my main platform should be the Play Store.

Why? Because it’s present on practically all Android devices. I’m not saying that everyone necessarily looks in there for new books to read. Hell, I haven’t even bought one damn book from there myself. But since it’s already there, users don’t have to install anything else in order to read a book. So that’s a point in its favour.

I’m not expecting that my first release will be a bestseller, by any means. I can’t really justify spending exhorbitant sums of money on marketing, so I’m going to be rolling the dice and hoping that it will enjoy a little bit of popularity in its finished and polished form.

Speaking of first releases, I’m now leaning towards releasing the story in chronological order. That would probably mean Caroline and Vanessa would be the first up. And I think that may work well for me – it will be a shorter story, it’ll introduce the main character, and of course if it isn’t well received then it need not impact the other stories in the series.

I really need to come up with a better title for Caroline and Vanessa’s story. I mean, it’s desciptive for me, but not so much for the reader.

How about these?

  • Hologram of a Linguist
  • Deceiving the Linguist
  • Love, Lies and a Hologram

The first is really a description of an important item in the story which will be created when Vanessa asks Caroline to pose for a holographic portrait with a twist. The second describes what happens when Amber is introduced into the story. The third is sort of a mixture of the other two but is accurate all the same.

I’m not sure what sort of a cover image I would use for the story. I have a few ideas, but I think it’s too early to get started on it.

So, I’ve got a lot to be getting on with, but I basically wanted to touch base and say hi, I’m still alive, I haven’t vanished into a black hole, and so on. And also, what would you like to see here, anwyay? 🙂

A New Year: Onwards!

It’s a new year and I think I’m rested enough after the holidays to get back to some writing.

There’s something that I forgot about when I decided to finish off things that I’d started writing. I need to spend a little bit of time starting on new parts as well. Sometimes that first line can be the toughest, so if it’s already done then that alleviates the whole blank page anxiety. 🙂

My special thanks go out to Google who made typing this post a pain in the ass. Have you ever tried writing tags using an on-screen keyboard? It’s drilling through to the symbols page to type the angled brackets that takes forever. Not to mention, I wouldn’t even need to be doing that if their browser supported the visual editor. Ah well. All the more reason to try out a different browser.

Hope you’re all having a productive start to the year. 🙂

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Martin December 23, 5:22 UTC

The newest version of the Jetpack plugin seems to have a mobile theme, so I’ve enabled that here on the site. Hope it works for you. 🙂

Also, I’ve decided that the next story to work on is Pegasus. It makes sense, it’s been a while since it saw an update.

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Martin December 21, 0:32 UTC

Just posted the fifth part of the Maw of Despair. Enjoy!

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Martin December 20, 8:22 UTC

So Wattpad has broken their embedding feature. I’ve sent them a Tweet about it, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Basically it means that the story page shows up inside the box which would usually have the neat embedded widget. Might as well just link you there instead. 🙁

Evie’s Job

Hi guys. Tonight, I wrote a review of Evie’s Job (by Tess Mackenzie) over on The Site Which Must Not Be Named. It was promptly rejected.

So here you go. Comment if you like, share it if you like. More importantly, if you’re swayed by my opinions, why not go and read it for yourself? 🙂

Let me preface this by saying that I did get a 100% off coupon for the book from the author a while back. I’m an honest sort of guy, so I feel like I should tell you that so you can decide for yourself whether my review is biased.

The dialogue is at times short, as others have mentioned. I like it. It’s quite natural-sounding and though it may not be what you’re used to, the length of an average speech is far more believable than say, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, where Richard goes on for paragraphs without anyone butting in. Sorry, Mr. Goodkind, no offence but he does go on for quite a bit!

The emotional conflict between the characters (since this is a character driven story) seems plausible as well.

Meredith is quite the character in her own right – although she seems at times to be the villain of the piece, and is at odds with Evie, she simply wants what’s best for Natalie,

There are a few scenes where Evie and Natalie seem to go around and around an issue and again. Though this might not be your usual cup of tea, it strikes me as the normal thing when people argue, voices are raised and what you’re saying just doesn’t seem to sink in until they really want to listen.

The character development is quite solid for Natalie and Evie. Towards the end of the book you’ll be rooting for them as a couple and as lawyers. There is a sting in the tale, if you’ll pardon the word play, but you can rest assured that they are still together in the end.

Natalie is quite introspective, so if you like that sort of thing in stories, then you should enjoy it.

I do wish that Meredith had moved on and found someone else, but that’s really beyond the scope of the book. Please petition the author to write ‘After Natalie.’ No, I’m kidding. Tess doesn’t really do sequels!

The format is actually quite helpful. Each chapter is numbered and is followed by the viewpoint. It’s not strictly necessary, but it is helpful to indicate to the reader that we’re now seeing things from Evie’s point of view.

A little bit of criticism about the formatting, and this is mainly because of the Smashwords conversion process. There’s no paragraph spacing. In a print book, that’s fine, because new paragraphs are indented. But in an e-reader some white space between paragraphs is always helpful. Also, each chapter should start on a new page. I’m not going to fault the author for that, though! If it bugs you, take it up with Smashwords.

I think it’s a bit pedantic to criticise typos. Pick any book of some length these days, flip to a random page and likely as not you will find typos. What you could do instead is just let the author know and these things can be fixed, at least in the electronic version.

In summary, I really liked this story. It has romance, sex scenes which aren’t cringe-worthy (and not too many of them) and a bit of genuine humour. I think I could stand to read it again, or something else in the same vein! I give it five stars, and I’m quite picky about the sort of books that get into my hall of fame.

Perhaps you’re still unsure. If you want to try the story before you buy it, then you can. Look it up on Wattpad.

While some would consider offering a book on another site to read freely to be a bonehead manoeuvre, I like to think that there are honest customers out there who will like what they see and buy it for the convenience of being able to read it offline (which doesn’t always work with Wattpad, sorry to say). So perhaps in this way, the author will gain readers who are genuinely interested in her works.

 

 

Evie’s Job on Smashwords (or your favourite book store).

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Martin December 19, 4:21 UTC

Um, no. After a reviewing of the Twenty Fifteen CSS file I decided ‘Hell no’ and reverted to my current theme.

It doesn’t really lend itself to being modded in the way that I would have liked. Shame on you, WordPress. 😛

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Martin December 19, 3:41 UTC

I may be switching over to the Twenty Fifteen theme for the site. It does not have a page menu at the top though, from what I can see of the preview, so I’d need to provide one for you if I did that!

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Martin December 19, 2:28 UTC

Hmm, okay. I looked at the publish date for my writing on the site this year and nope, posting new story parts on a semi-regular schedule would definitely be a new thing, haha.  Still, as long as I stay positive and carry it forward into next year, that’s the main thing!