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After getting a kind soul to read through the first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2013 story, I started doing the first wave of edits. It took me a few tries to realize that there were two issues I hadn’t thought of at first.

First, the tone and level of complexity. If you’ve read Over-Exposure you’ll know what I mean. I have to keep an eye out whenever I write something science-related, and this is no exception. I’m trying to lighten the tone and add more casual sections, higher on the personality and lower on the scientific analysis.

Second, the format. It mostly consists of conversation transcripts and notes, which works fine as a novella. But as I edit, I have to choose whether I simplify these to make them easier to read (I’ve been trying different transcribing methods to see which works best)… Or I go the other way. I add more types of ‘files’, embrace that ‘electronic lab notebook’ feel, and go digital. That way I can add photos, change the text color, and just generally play around with the presentation.
There are obvious downfalls to this method. Even if I have a novella version alongside the digital one, I probably wouldn’t want to sell it on Amazon, especially if it didn’t display well on a Kindle. The digital version would probably have to be free, so all the more reason not to charge for the novella version. That said, being part of Tea-Powered Games, I’m always aware that making something digital is an option, and while it might not be what I initially had in mind, it might be even more useful to me because of that, and will hopefully be a new experience for my readers.

Would you be interested in reading a digitally enhanced novella?

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in News

 

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Excerpt 3

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Mia Zejrel is already communicating with her partner, David. Quote from their telepathic conversation:

‘Don’t let it get you down, Mia.’

‘I’m not.’

‘Good. It’s not worth listening to them.’

‘I know. But it is true that I spend so much time talking to you…’

‘Come on. You do the work that you have to do. Most of the time, when we talk it’s because you’re doing something mindless, like following a protocol for an experiment you’ve done ten times already, putting together a presentation for your group, or just counting cells.’

‘I suppose.’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Excerpts

 

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Excerpt 2

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Around 8:40, Iljean and two others are driven to the embassy. While the recording equipment is being set up, Iljean walks around the embassy, noting any possible exits. At each, he looks into the future, by what appears to be approximately twenty seconds. Ten minutes later he returns to his colleagues, who are just finishing their audio visual checks. He retrieves a small, folding chair and a paper cup of coffee, sits down, closes his eyes, and starts looking into the future. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Excerpts

 

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Excerpt

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Having spilled tea all over the carpet, Jacob apologized profusely while Irisia used the nearby napkins to soak up excess tea. Alister, after assuring his friend that he didn’t mind, prepared himself for the jump. Jacob, however, noticed what he was about to do. This shows that he has either jumped in front of him before, or heard of Alister’s mental preparation. While I cannot tell what Alitser is feeling, the look on Jacob’s face as he realized what was about to happen was very telling. While Jacob might not mind the jumps in theory, he might be having issues with the idea that what he just did might be changed, and he would not know once it had happened. Quote from after the jump:

[Ray] ‘Be careful with that cup, Jacob.’

[Jacob] ‘Oh, thanks.’

A few seconds of silence.

[Irisia] ‘Did you jump to stop him from knocking over the cup?’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Excerpts

 

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National Novel Writing Month

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I mentioned a few months back that I was working on a fantasy novel/la, which would be my next independent project. After debating whether I would have the time or not, I decided to take the plunge and sign up to write 50K words of it in a month, over at the National Novel Writing Month website. If there are any other writers out there taking part, I’d love to share the experience! My username is Flom, so feel free to add me and we can strive for the 50K together.

While I’m usually not entirely comfortable publishing things if I haven’t reread them at least twenty times, the ‘just do it’ mentality I’ve been trying to get into means I might post some excerpts, which large signs saying ‘Warning! First Draft!’

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in News

 

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Introducing Tea-Powered Games

For the past few months, I’ve been keeping busy with a couple of different writing projects. I published A Sincere Attempt at Writing Tales of Moran in May, wrote a few short stories, and then stuck to flash fiction on a weekly basis. I would love to have more than 200 words per week for you, but at the moment I have two writing projects going on that are demanding more of my attention.

The first is a fantasy novel/la that I’ve been planning for the past two months or so. I’m still in the ‘iron out characters, setting and plot’ stage, so there’s still a lot of work to be done. All I can say at the moment is that the goal is a story (novel or novella depending on how long it ends up being) with multiple main characters, and a fantasy world that contains magic, but has many similarities to our present-day world – no medieval fantasy here. Although if you happen to be in the mood for some right now, feel free to go on a diversion and come back in a bit.

The second and most important reason is that Destina (from Turn Based Living) and I have formed our own games company, Tea-Powered Games (website to come in the near future). Yes, I had no small hand in choosing the name. And I am a bit obsessed with tea. Anyway, as a budding writer and game designer, we’re aiming for games with a strong link between narrative and mechanics, and aiming to have our first major game released within 18 months. Now that we have an artist and a programmer on board, we will be working on this full-time (or in my case, since I have an unrelated full-time job for another few months, I will spend every moment I’m not working or writing the novel/la on this).

Not that this is an excuse for not posting more on my blog, but hopefully the idea of a relatable fantasy story and a story heavy game (dialogue is the main mechanic!) will be something to look forward to. I might also try posting a few excerpts from the fantasy novel/la to tide you over, but with big disclaimers that everything is likely to change dramatically for the final version.

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by every now and again, and hope you enjoy your stay!

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in News

 

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Tales of Moran Preview

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Here is a short preview, for those of you waiting for A Sincere Attempt at Writing Tales of Moran to be published. Hope you enjoy it!

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Why not write about Moran? Really, the question should have been, why haven’t I written about it before now? What some consider the most prestigious place to live in the whole of our little world just happens to be the place where I have spent the past forty-two and a half years (forty-two and a third, if you discount visits to estranged family members). People tell tales of the times when they stepped foot on its beautifully paved streets, meandering about the town center, their eyes caught by beautiful sculptures and delicate silver jewellery. They praise even the small street vendors selling warm, spiced wine in the winters and refreshing juices in the summer.

Indeed, why not write about Moran? Simple – I hate it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Excerpts

 

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