Monthly Archives: December 2013

Passed my driving test

On Friday the 13th I passed my driving test which is great and means I can drive my car alone now and don’t have to  be relying on anyone else to be with me when I get in the car.  

I have ordered a proof copy of the first draft of my horror novel and should get it near the end of the month.  I will read it and see what is missing before beginning a second and third draft in probably March 2014.  I have arranged for book cover designers to begin work on it in Summer 2014 for the September release date.

While I did this I started on a serial killer novel that I hope to bang out in the same time the horror novel took me.  I am trying these new types of stories for a change and I have to say I am quite enjoying it.  The words spill out much more quickly than trying to write literary stories and the pace of the book feels much faster as a result.  I think when this one is done I will go back to a long novel I have planned since earlier this year and get started on that.

Only a few weeks to  the wedding now.  I sorted my suit out the other day and now all we have to do it the seating plan and agreeing on a first song as we don’t have a song!

Still reading ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ which is still very good but my progress is so slow at the moment with so little time to read it.   

Writing update

I have finished my horror novel that I started for Nanowrimo and it comes in at 63,782 words after first draft and a read through.  I was very happy with how this story progressed in my head as I wrote it and I wrote this in a different way than I  normally do.  This time I wrote all the key scenes I could think of first and then filled in the gaps, this led to many new ideas coming to me each time I wrote and the word counts per day were excellent.  I think I am going to leave this alone for a while and come back to it for more drafts later on.  As it is a horror novel I probably won’t publish it until September 2014 and do some marketing in the run up to Halloween.

Aisling had her hen night at the weekend in Cork and she had a great time.  Her voice was gone on Sunday and she was so happy with the amount of effort her sister and her sisters girlfriend went to in organising it.  

Thomas Pynchon is going great and I am really liking ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ though I am not getting the time to read it in chunks large enough that I would like.  Still a long way to go in the book and with time as it is it might be Christmas before I finish it

I think I am going to get started on one of two projects now while I let the novel settle in but I have to decide which one.  I’ll keep you posted.

Harrison was a little off going to bed last night but he did sleep in the end and only woke for moment about 5 this morning but a quick pat in the head and rub of his cheek was all that was needed to get him back asleep.

Catchup Post

I have been away for so long from the site but I hope to be able to get back into a little now to keep it fresher.  

First off the Wedding news.  Only 5 or 6 weeks to go now and am really looking forward to it.  We are just in the process of getting our RSVPs back for final numbers but it looks like most people can make it which is great.  Not much else to do now apart from get myself and the best man suits for the day and then paying the last chink of the whole thing off.  Really looking forward to the day itself as the venue is such a great place and it should be a great day.

I was on my Stag weekend this last few days in Kilkenny, it was the usual madness of just drinking all day and night for a couple of days.  I was dressed in a zebra pattern onesie with the lead and chain around my neck for the Saturday which seemed to elicit a lot of jealousy in the local women.  As always Kilkenny was hospitable and a fun place to be, every second doorway is a pub so you just cant go wrong.

Writing wise (as this site is supposed to be about) things have been going ok.  I finished the first draft of the novella about Dublin that I mentioned a while ago but I have left it to one side and will work on it again in a few months and release it next year some time on Amazon.

I spent November doing Nanowrimo and successfully wrote 54,000 words of a horror novel in that month which I was very happy with.  The story is based on an old Dublin Myth from the late 18th Century and I have to say I have enjoyed writing a horror story a lot.  I hope to write another 20-30,000 words of this and then have it fully ready to  be released in the run up to Halloween next year but I’ll just have to play it by ear.  Crowbar Junction has been put on the back burner for a while as I know there are some things I want to change but am not sure how at the moment.    

Readingwise I have dipped into Thomas Pynchon for the first time and am about 80 pages into ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ and am liking it so far but it is a tough enough read and there is a long way to go.  ‘The Wild Palms’ by William Faulkner was good but not as good as the others of his I have read.  I also read ‘Star of the Sea’ by Joseph O’ Connor which I really enjoyed and I would recommend this to anyone.  I have also listened to Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ on audio book and I found this to excellent and very good for anyone who is interested in writing fiction.

Just a final update on Harrison and I will leave the site for today; he is getting more beautiful everyday.

It wont be so long to my next post, I promise!