Hello dear friends and readers, welcome one and all.
First of all, to all my Irish buddies and lasses (and of course any non-Irish compadres and senoritas who are still celebrating it because, well…..duh – drinking! Hooray!) – Happy St Patrick’s Day!
I’m really pleased to be part of something called “Blog Tour Monday” and I’m following like a dancing maniacal monkey in the magnificent footsteps of the following people:-
Jo Nicel – Traveller and writer (these posts all started with her I believe, tip of the hat to you Jo);
Dr Steve Hollyman – Novelist & musician;
Louise Swingler – Arachne Press author and Ilkley Fringe Festival performer;
Sarah Jasmon, author of ‘The Summer of Secrets’, to be published by Transworld next year;
Graeme Shimmin, author of ‘A Kill in the Morning’;
Writers David Hartley and Emma Yates-Badley and finally most recently of all;
Peter Cooper, author of “Inspector Bucket & The Beast and other Inspector Bucket Short Stories.
It was Peter who nominated me (the fiend, the swine, the son of a motherless goat! I’m kidding, thank you for highlighting this opportunity to me Peter, I am happy to rise to the challenge!)
Feel free to click on any of the names I just mentioned to go back to their original Blog Tour Monday posts and discover what makes each of these artists tick, along with what projects they are currently working on. As for me, I guess I had better get this party started then – tally ho!
What am I working on?
I think the question is not ‘what am I working on’ currently but what am I not working on and the answer would be everything! I’ve taken on too much! I’ve flaming bitten off more than I can bloody well chew! Oh, woe is me, help me, Lord, help meeeh, help m………Ahem. Sorry about that, got a little bit carried away there.
To give you an idea, current projects that are slowly coming to fruition are:-
1. An Anthology of Short Stories (Tea Break Tales) for my Writers’ Circle – we are currently getting the front and back cover developed, so this should hopefully be launched in a couple of weeks.
2. A Sci-Fi novel series called Naked Future. I am working with an editor to bring to life my adventures of a detective set in the future, who begins searching for a missing dog but ends up in all sorts of trouble. It will be episodic and involve much humour! The first episode has been written and I will be working on the second episode in April, with a view to releasing the first episode by June this year. Each episode will be around 30,000 words and will build to an exhilarating climax. I intend each ‘season’ of six episodes to be part of a trilogy too, so you are all in for a treat.
3. Another collection of Short Stories set in the Sci-Fi and Horror genres. Themes/plots/etc to be developed in the future, hopefully before hell freezes over.
4. Poetry – that pretty much speaks for itself – I’ve always got a collaboration going on with someone, or planning the next one or writing my own individual pieces. I’m planning some collections to be self published soon with a variety of people, all new material not currently on my blog with people both inside and outside the blogging world.
5. Music – I’ve got plans to work on a Country Rock album at some point in the near future. The lyrics were written by a friend of mine, it is just a case of making the music (is that all? I should have that ready by teatime then). I made two albums nearly ten years ago and have never lost the drive or passion to make more music. My favourite type of music is heavy rock, so I hope to come up with further concepts for albums in the future.
6. Podcast episodes – I edit episodes for a podcast talk show that I co-host with Michael Robertson, an author friend of mine (www.michaelrobertson.co.uk) – we try to release episodes every couple of weeks, depending on whether one of us has had a baby or not (he just had a baby girl recently, bless him. And her. Bless them I should say. OK. Just to clarify, I don’t have any babies though. But if you leave your name and number, I’m sure we can work something out over a bottle of wine, a couple of Ferrero Rocher and an episode of “Cake Boss”).
7. A potential TV series that is a spin on an apocalypse that does not take place. I won’t tell you the twist(s) until it’s finished but it should be dark and fiendishly funny!
8. A comedy/action/horror film script (because you can never have too much to do. And because I really love films and want to give something back to the film industry that has given me so much lucid joy over the years. Plus I’ve seen an awful lot of action movies that are ruddy terrible and it’s time I tried to do something to redress the balance).
9. Comic books! I want to write a comic book story! Like Marvel or Judge Dredd or Dilbert or Garfield or Snoopy *starts jumping up and down on the bed* I wanna I wanna I wanna! *Calm down David, here, have this chocolate eclair* “Mmmmm thanks!” Only problem is that despite being the son of an artist (check out my Dad’s website here at For Art’s Sake), I cannot draw for sh*t. Even my stick men look like they’ve been hit with the ugly stick. Call it my kryptonite I suppose. Maybe one day I will learn but it’s not currently a priority and I can always collaborate with artists in the future.
10. I’d love to write the plot to a videogame one day soon too. Or six. But one thing at a time eh, David? You prolific maniac, you.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I try to channel humour into my writing as much as possible. This is what I feel gives my writing its own unique edge. My use of poetic licence and how I infuse it into my prose also tends to be another angle that I work hard on. If anything, I hope that my work differs because of my passion and commitment to entertain you all, 24/7.
Why do I write what I do?
Creativity is a disease and writing happens to be one part of the cure. I am driven to create art that inspires other people and entertains them in ways that are as original as I can possibly make them. You have to love what you do and I really do love writing in many different genres, shapes and forms. I want to conquer them all and I write what I do because I am driven by purpose and love of the medium in all of its glorious embodiments. Why limit yourself to one thing if you know in your heart that you have the drive and potential to do more? The only limits that you set in life are the ones that you impose on yourself and you should constantly be striving to surpass them (Bruce Lee said that last bit, the rest is all me, baby).
How does my writing process work?
A lot of the time I just jump right in and build a structure around myself. This tends to work pretty well for me when constructing Flash Fiction pieces, or poetry or Short Stories. However, I have realised that you need to be a lot more disciplined and structured when looking at longer pieces, like scripts, novellas and full length novels. I do enjoy editing and polishing things to perfection but sometimes you have to know when to walk away and publish something because you can’t make it any better than it already is. Do not be a perfectionist, simply make something to the best level that you possibly can at the time and then move on to the next project. Don’t be too precious about your work, let it stand on its own merits. Each completed piece of work will become a benchmark, a guiding light for you to admire, aspire to and improve upon for the next time. Start the process often and always see it through to the end. If I give you one piece of advice, it’s always finish what you start and why my blog says “I’ve started so I’ll finish.”
Nominations for the next Blog Tour Monday
Next week, I would like to victimise……I mean pass this Blog Tour Monday baton on to two very talented, charming ladies.
Firstly, allow me to present Mrs Hasty Words, who is a legendary poet and the whole reason that I collaborate with other poets to this very day. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude and she is once of the nicest, friendly people I have had the fortune to work with. Her blog is stuffed to the gills with amazing poetry and she has already been collating some of these wonderful pieces into exquisite collections.
Her blog is at “Hasty Words – Turning Tears & Laughter Into Words”.
Secondly, I am keen to nominate my very good friend (and editor) RJ Blain, who happens to have books she has written in the Fantasy genre. I’m working with RJ on Naked Future and I believe that the whole reason that it has a future is because of her wisdom and guidance. If you yourself are considering writing in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre, I would without hesitation recommend her services, she is both very friendly and gives you a terrific amount of detail to work with. She is a real professional and I cannot praise her enough.
Her website and blog can be found at “On Writing – Adventures In The Writing World”.
Thank you for reading and for indulging me here for Blog Tour Monday.
Don’t forget to check out Hasty Words and RJ Blain for next Monday 24th March and until then, as one of my heroes Neil Gaiman mentions constantly, keep making good art! Don’t let anything hold your creativity back, just go for it, you’ve got nothing to lose and much love to be gained!
If you are still reading this far and would like to get to know more clever, indie authors then check out some of the links below:-
Pouring My Art Out – A very funny blogger with some Sci-Fi books amusingly titled “The Otherwhere Chronicles”, suitable for fans of Red Dwarf and Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy.
Edward Hotspur – A stream of consciousness blogger who writes in a very fun and distinctive style – his books can be found here.
Author Chris Hill and his superbly dark comic debut novel Song Of The Sea God.
Author H.E. Ellis – (we might be cousins, hence why she is so cool) – check out the first in her novel series here.
And finally finally finally (no, really!) there is a Daily Prompt about remaining steadfast and dedicated to what you do, no mtter what gets in your way, which mirrors my own philosophies – we’ll have some of that chaps and if you want to read other blog posts on this particular theme, take a little looksy belowski:-
1. 1930 – Rolls Royce Phantom II | The Bliss of Reality
2. Sunlight on the plant | Crazy Art
3. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Basically Beyond Basic
4. Telenovela Style | Mila’s Misadventures
5. Setting | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
6. Spiked AA 🙂 | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
7. lone deer (steadfast) | photo potpourri
8. Reel On You ! | Life Confusions
9. Eric’s Aria (Part 2) | The Jittery Goat
10. DP Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Sabethville
11. ‘What doesn’t kill you…’ | Rima Hassan
12. Care to Dare | Rima Hassan
13. Never surrender | Sue’s Trifles
14. 400 Pound Burden | Rima Hassan
15. Stubborn is as Stubborn Does | Musings | WANGSGARD
16. Headstrong | Active Army Wife
17. Night at the Pier | Greg Urbano
18. On Homophobia | AS I PLEASE
19. of scary monsters and nice spites | Anawnimiss
20. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender- Differentiating Between Resilience and Stubbroness | Journeyman
21. The Trial, Not For the Weak of Faint of Heart: Part 1 | jlaneb
22. No surrender on Mental Illness awareness/tolerance | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
23. There are just some things I like done or doing a certain way. The right way. | thoughtsofrkh
24. Stubborn as a Mule! | meanderedwanderings
25. Pardon me for everything I’m about to say | Attempted Human Relations and Self
26. Welcome to the jungle | The verbal hedge
27. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | My Extraordinary Everyday Life
28. How Are You Toward Health Goals, Easy Going Or Stubborn? | Because It Calms My Nerves:
29. The Conundrum | Each Feather, A Freedom
30. Java, Joe, Carbon Remover, Plasma | Exploratorius
31. Tweet, Tweet, Twitterfiction | My Little Avalon
32. Steadfast in my integrity: I am my mother’s daughter « psychologistmimi
33. How Do I Get My Son To Go To School | A mom’s blog
34. I am not bossy, I AM the boss | IvyMosquito
35. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Finding Life
36. Stubborn Love | peacefulblessedstar
37. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Life is great
38. Stubborn Dutch | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
39. Minutely Infinite | Stubborn, Yes.
40. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
41. daily prompt: steadfast | hereisandrea
42. too stubborn | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
43. A Letter to my Brother | The Magic Black Book
44. Who Was that Masked Mule Anyway? | Green Embers
45. Stubborn or steadfast? No Surrender | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
46. Stubborn Or Easy Going
47. Daily Post: Never Surrender | melissuhhsmiles
48. I’LL BE BACK | SERENDIPITY
49. never surrender | klstar2000
50. Never Surrender | Knowledge Addiction
51. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender, 11.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
52. Staying Stubborn | snapshotsofawanderingheart
53. Because I’m a Survivor
54. “Never Surrender” | Relax
55. Daily Prompt Response: Never Surrender | Confessions of a Monogrammed Runner
56. Stubborn, determined, or stupid? | Parents Are People Too
57. The Stubborn Mule and the Easy-Going Duck | Fun with Depression
58. DP: Never Surrender – Leaving Mina (Hajj Diary Extract) | aliabbasali
59. Beliefs or Ideas? Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
60. Writer’s Block: Get Stubborn! | Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink
61. Police horse, close up (Daily Prompt: “Never Surrender, Show us Steadfast”) | Photo0pal Photography
62. Am I stubborn? | Asianchemnerd
63. “Surrender” | Cosmic Heroism
64. Insurrection | vic briggs
65. Stubborn or delusional? | Emotional Fitness
66. The Camino Plan | Digging In…And Letting Go
67. NOTE TO SELF & DEMONIC WINDBAG IN MY HEAD | hastywords
68. Stubborn or Stupid? Ask me in a few years. | Trucker Turning Write
69. Don’t Give Up the Ship! Daily Post | Destino
70. Product in Review: The Car In Front | My Play Nook
71. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | My Other Blog
72. This has nothing to do with anything. | thelowestedge
73. Never Surrender! | Random & Real
74. Life Worth Living | Wiley’s Wisdom
75. Daily Prompt: Stubborn | Lady K’s Lounge
76. Wishy Washy?…. | Cass’s Useless Opinions
77. DP: Stubborn as a Ram | Scorched Ice
78. Daily Post: Steadfast Fence | Light Words
79. Steadfast | The Land Slide Photography
80. Christianity | Undergoing a wrtten operation
81. Mellow Yellow Fellow | djgarcia94
82. Principles: Stand like a Rock | Edward Cares
83. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Get coached to speak from your heart!
84. ohh i am stubborn like helll…. | ensuing light…
85. I Am High Class Trailer Trash | Late Bloomer Liz
86. Speaking Up for Yourself | . . . Furthest Sense
87. A Mule’s Prayer | Sisters of Christ
88. Daily Prompt: Hard Headed | Cabernet In The Dark
89. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender « Mama Bear Musings
90. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Kept moments
91. Daily Prompt: Being Stubborn! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
92. Musings: A Steadfast Love… | Mirth and Motivation
93. Daily Prompt: Steadfast | Occasional Stuff
94. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
95. Steadfast | The Nameless One
96. Being (the Annoying) Mrs. Right | Losing It
97. Why You Should Never Surrender Your Convictions | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
98. Daily Prompt: Never Surrender | adorablyobnoxious
99. Who’s Giving Up? | because i am