Saturday, April 11, 2015

D2 - SN-1-3

From Thursday 2nd April  until Tuesday 7th April (was back on Wednesday 8th), I went off the grid.  Stayed in a hotel in Belfast and did that whole "tortured writer locked away in hotel room thing"

I got a lot done, got roughly 6K added to the scene with The Blood Rose in Zeros bar, about 2K added to a scene not shared.  Trimmed some words and, changed some scenes around. And more words than you could shake a really big stick at! :P

When I was in Belfast, I bought some more research books, some of which can be seen in above photo.  I did read a lot as well when I was away, which was good.  Though the reading was just research books/old journals.

All in all, Draft 2 is coming along well, the total is going up and going down, but that is the way of these things.  My 40 odd characters (not mentioning the 3 groups in the novel) are so intertwined, I thought that maybe an evidence board would be good idea (as mentioned in last update).  That didn't work out, because I would either need to write in tiny tiny TINY writing or cover the whole house in them, like a crazy detective trying to work something out.  Neither of which, is going to happen!

So back to the drawing board on that one! I really do need something on paper that will help, but so far nothing has jumped out at me and, of course my characters are no fucking help! *sighs*

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

H R Giger tribute (tattoo)

On Tuesday 7th April 2015, I got a new tattoo. A tribute to H R Giger, a portrait of the man himself.  Photo was taken by tattooist shortly after he had finished. Also shown is reference pic. Will do the usual thing, and update this blog post with healed pic when that time comes.

After roughly 6hrs and, sleeping through it. New shiney tattoo. H R Giger portrait, wraps around lower left leg. Done by Tommygunn in Belfast City Skinworks, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Reference pic:

My new tattoo... 

Goes without saying but am so fucking beyond happy with it! Can't stop grinning xD

Monday, March 30, 2015

Research Books

Since a lot of you are curious as to what research books I own, I thought I'd share pics of said books.  I do need to get more research books, but that will be after next payday.  Will probably do another blog post at random times in the future to share them as my collection of research books grow.  Not shown is my small zipped King James Version of the Holy Bible.

And just for fun, this is the current pile of books by my bed. Though this does change at random times.
 Some "light" reading...

Friday, March 27, 2015

the dance is over

Last night took drugs, heavy duty ones, and they knocked me out.  My migraine/post-migraine/migraine/post-migraine cycle that started on the 19th of March broke today. Still feel bit groggy but better, lots better than before. 

Now onto the dreams... I have lots of dreams to write in my journal, and inspiration from those dreams.  I think I'll take the bull by the horns and be brave and start writing them down soon.  Maybe tomorrow... 

Some of the dreams focused around the past of a lot of my characters.  Others focused on Snowflake's past, on his past "playtimes" and what he wants to do in future ones.  Zero was also present, as was Usher and Jarvis, dear sweet Jarvis... 

Also more the groups mentioned in the novel, the one mentioned already, one mentioned in passing and one not yet shared on blog.  Also something from Snowflake's past is starting to creep in, it is currently just being hinted at in Snowflake novel, whether it will be left hinted at or left to expand in novel 2 remains to be seen.  

As ever I just listen to my characters and let them tell me their story and hope that I'm doing it justice. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

dancing the dance (again)

A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous,
incharitable dog!

The above is from Shakespeare's The Tempest and I think it is suitable, considering how I feel.  From Thursday 19th March until this morning, I have been in a migraine attack/post-migraine/migraine attack/post-migraine etc cycle.   Nothing has been written, not even in my journal, which is unusual for me, but I just can't face writing down those dark disturbing dreams.  Those dark disturbing fucked-up dreams that come from the migraine monster.  They will be written down eventually.

Every so often I get a cycle of migraine attacks, it happens.  It's normal, yes there is that word again... "normal", some of you may be wondering why I write about my migraine attacks on my writing blog.  The two are linked.  The dark disturbing dreams that come from the migraines are the inspiration for my writing.  I like to think of it as turning a negative into a positive.

Friday, March 20, 2015

To calm the mind...

"Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night"

The above is from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  It seemed kind of fitting considering the past few days I've had.  Yesterday morning, I woke up with a migraine, after calling in sick to day job went back to bed.  Took some drugs to take edge off and got off to sleep.  Had those fucked-up disturbing dreams that I always do.  

This morning was the same, migraine headache is long gone, but still feel groggy and am still left reeling form those dreams...   Yesterday and today I played some of Diablo III, it helps to calm my mind.  Means I don't have to think, think about those dark disturbing dreams.

Dreams which I still have to put into my journal, but it usually does take me a day or two afterwards to write them in.  Learned a lot about Zero's past in those dreams and some of Snowflake's.  Some things in those dreams did make sense and have cleared up some concerns and issues I've been having.  While others, have just raised more questions.  Questions if I'm honest, I'm not entirely sure I want to know the answers.  

Stating the obvious nothing in regards to draft 2 of Snowflake novel has been done the past two days but in a way it has.  Those dark disturbing dreams relate to draft 2 of Snowflake novel and I think maybe novel 2, but am getting ahead of myself.

There is something else I want to add, but I can't... or maybe I won't?  Truth is, I don't know anymore!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

D2 - SN-1-2

Today's plans to start draft 2 of Snowflake novel went well.  Slow progress but good progress, I got one evidence board made.  For Snowflake himself, evidence is covered because it contains spoilers.  Though it will give you an idea of the madness that I have been carrying around in my head. I have one of these for every character in novel, in my head, even better (or worse), in my head, they often overlap.

I also did some writing with the fountain pen that I received.  Used the ink converter with the bottle of ink, and it writes so beautifully!