Thursday, May 21, 2015

H R Giger's Samurai (tattoo)

Today (21 May 2015),  I got a new tattoo. Back of lower right leg. This completes my lower right leg. I got my tattooist to take a pic for me.

H R Giger's Samurai, this piece is also The Hermit in the Giger tarot.

Done by Tommygunn, Belfast City Skinworks, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Reference pic:

Fresh tattoo pic, you can see how he merged it with the other tattoos. 

Safe to say am beyond happy with it!

Monday, May 18, 2015

D2 - SN-1-4

Time for another update post...

Regards to draft 2, progress has taken an unexpected turn. The journal that I had received from a friend to write draft 2 in, is lying by the wayside. This is due to a certain MC of mine. To say that Snowflake has been (is) a royal pain in the arse would be putting it mildly.

I have decided to take a break from Snowflake (I wish!). So instead will be taking a break from writing.  I will still write in my jounal, I've been doing that so long now, it's habit.

The weekend that just passed, I did nothing in regards to draft 2 of Snowflake novel.  Instead I got some heavy gaming time done and, some crafting.

I need my head showered, away from what is now 45+ characters and 5 (yes, FIVE!) groups.  I need to get a control of things and, to do that successfully, a break is needed.

Snowflake et al, don't seem to bothered about me taking a break.  Tough if they did!  Though of course, Snowflake will still be around. As will no doubt some of my other characters.

Until further notice draft 2 is on hold. Which probably isn't a bad thing. I didn't take a break between finishing draft 1 and starting draft 2. You could say that this is that break.

-R.B. McConnell

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.
Edit 25 April, 2015: Healed pics of H R Giger portrait which wraps around my lower left leg.

Done by Tommygunn in Belfast City Skinworks, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Reference pic:

Healed pics

Am still beyond happy with it and love it more now it's healed.

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.