NaNoWriMo, audiobooks and tons of writing

This month I’m attempting NaNoWrimo which is proving¬†very¬†difficult. I’m dangerously behind schedule. That means this blog is going to be short and sweet. I have been super busy, though, so here’s a sampler:


Evinden is now up to chapter 3! The story is already pretty exciting and super mysterious, so jump on board. Read here.


The A Day of Faces audiobook is also up to chapter 3. Listen here, or search for it on iTunes.


My How to Write Serialised Fiction guide is getting into the nitty gritty now. You can read it on Medium or on Wattpad.


Arms Race is finished! Plus poster #1

Arms Race is, at last, finished. I thought it was finished on Sunday evening, then made the mistake of showing it to Swiss filmmaker Marco Von Moos, who proceeded to point out a number of areas in the cut that could be considerably tightened.

Annoyingly, he was absolutely correct.

Thus followed a feverish re-edit on the Monday night, complete with re-grading and a complete resync and remix of the 5.1 sound. A lot of work, but worth every hour as it is now a much tighter, more entertaining short film.

There’s also now an official website over at and a Facebook page, so please do check them out and say hello. Here’s the first poster that I designed to help promote the film:

The premiere is November 13th (check the Facebook page for details) and the film will be released online shortly afterwards.


The Ravenskil Chronicles are back up and running after a slight summer hiatus brought on by holidays, moving house and working on other projects such as Arms Race. We had a very successful writers meeting on Sunday and I can’t wait to get started on my episode. It’ll be refreshing to get back to writing after working on the Arms Race edit and VFX for so long.

NaNoWriMo is also coming up, of course. I won’t be officially taking part this year as I’ve already got enough projects on the go, but I hope to attend some of the meetings nonetheless. If you’re a writer, or want to be a writer, do check it out.

More details on Arms Race will be revealed next week, plus I’ll be making a return to Potential Gamer with what will hopefully be an extensive article on why Minecraft is something truly special, even if you don’t like retro gaming.

The last 20k

Not found the time to blog either here or over at Potential Gamer for over a month; similarly the Spiffing Review has taken an unfortunate back seat. That’s what NaNoWriMo does to you.

It’s over now, of course, and I’m exceedingly pleased to have made the 50k word count within the time limit. not only is it a satisfying achievement in itself, but it also gives me some hope that I might be able to make some money out of this writing lark. To write a book in a couple of months is a good deal more productive than taking 5 years as with Evinden!

Though I hit the word count, the story itself is yet to be fully told. There’s about 20k still to go. Christmas is inevitably getting in the way, but I hope to have it done soon.

And so it begins…again

NaNoWriMo 2009 has begun. It being the annual, global challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, from start to finish. To do so means writing about 2000 words per day, which in theory should be entirely doable. On my first day yesterday I hit 1,792 which isn’t bad going – that’s above the recommended target for the first day of 1667.

My story started out as a pulpy, silly, fun riff on Transformers, but has since mutated into an Iron Giant/King Kong story which is actually a lot more engaging than I’d expect.

I do believe you can follow my progress, if you’re so inclined.

At the final count: 159,803 words & 471 pages

My claims of “first draft compete!” earlier this week were slightly premature. Since then I’ve done some additional fiddling and formatting and only NOW have a proper first draft.

Quite a respectable length, really – about 25,000 words short of Dune. Whether the quality is worth speaking about remains to be seen!

Two copies have been ordered from, which I will be passing to a couple of people for ther informed opinion.

Meanwhile, I’m off to Eurogamer next Saturday, down in London. Should be fun. The day after I begin another novel, because I’m slightly mad, and also because it’s NaNoWriMo month.

93,620 words

I’ve decided to make this blog entirely about my writing efforts, which currently are focused on Evinden. This should make everything far more purposeful, rather than every post drifting about aimlessly as they have for the last couple of years. I imagine it’ll also result in my posting for more regularly – which hopefully will in turn encourage me to keep writing the book with more regularity.

So, what’s the current status?

  • 93,620 words
  • 243 bookish pages
  • Current chapter title: Bridge over Green Water

I started writing with renewed vigour a week-or-two back. After the extreme distractions of the FXhome tutorial project, Prague and Christmas, at last I’m back ‘in the zone’. This is thanks largely to Chris Burdett, who pointed me in the direction of NaNoWriMo, a challenge I find most tempting. Of course, attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in November isn’t going to be possible if Evinden isn’t already finished, hence my determination to get a first draft by the end of February.

And, for once, I don’t think that target is unrealistic. I’m at a turning point in the story where the characters finally reach the place they’ve been travelling towards for the last 100 pages. Once they get there the pace cranks up considerably as the whole place prepares for war, with the story expanding from a small group of travellers to the movements of armies. It acts as a major pacing and tone shift and I’m quite excited about finally getting to it.

First, though, I need to rewrite the last few pages, which involved a nasty tentacled beastie attacking a major character. Having completed this action sequence I realised, rather late, that it would be far more effective if the creature was attacking one of the other primary characters. Typical!

49 days left.