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*swings in through forum window* Hi, I'm Mike.

I've browsed various articles here for a while and thought that, since I've heard good things about the forum, I'd sign up and drop by.

I'm a scifi novelist by trade so far (DARK RUN is out everywhere, DARK SKY is out in the UK and coming out in the US in July, DARK DEEDS is coming out in October, and I've just started freelancing for Black Library) but I'm now working on an epic, low-magic fantasy series, because why not?

Apart from that I work for a homelessness charity, play guitar and sing in a punk band, and DJ wherever anyone will tolerate me.

Nice to meet you all :)

March 05, 2017, 12:18:26 PM
Re: *swings in through forum window* *hums the Jaws theme*
March 05, 2017, 01:03:08 PM
Re: Being overly ambitious with writing
So, I know I personally have this issue with my writing, where my ideas are larger than what I'm able to do. So even if I finished it feels crammed and compacted, however smaller ideas don't excite me in the same way.

Anyone else have this problem, and what do you do about it?

I had that problem for ages. I had these *ideas* for an epic fantasy, but I couldn't make it come together.

I got around it by writing something else.

Several other things, in fact. First a dystopian future thing, which was the first novel I ever actually finished, then a few urban fantasy novels when I was trying to break out with those (it didn't work, because no-one wants urban fantasy any more, apparently), and then more recently my scifi novels. Oh, and then a YA portal fantasy involving faeries last year.

After all of that (so eight novel-length manuscripts in total) I now feel that my writing's matured enough that I can at least sort of do justice to the big sweeps I always had in my head from like twenty years ago. So in my case, it was time and practice and writing other smaller, tighter, more self-contained things in the meantime until I felt ready to tackle it. I suspect that otherwise I'd still be sitting here now, staring at a fantasy manuscript that had been ported from dying computer to dying computer and had never really gotten off the ground.

March 14, 2017, 01:06:47 PM
Re: Adventures in Writing I've just thrown a scifi/horror short story at Nightmare Mag on the last day of their open submissions window. Apart from that I'm waiting for feedback on my short story to Black Library (largely reworked from the first draft, as I now have a new editor who decided that she didn't want Space Marines as the protagonists, which suits me just fine) and waiting to see whether my agent and I are going to get any joy on the epic fantasy we've just pitched to a publisher...
March 14, 2017, 01:10:09 PM
Re: Where Are You? Nottingham, UK. *fires arrows at everyone*
March 14, 2017, 01:14:35 PM
Re: Most creatures have a predator adapted to prey on them... BREAKING: Scientists reveal that Andrewsarchus was just Andy Serkis with a time machine and a mo-cap suit.
March 25, 2017, 07:52:52 PM
Re: All my characters are dead and i didn't mean to kill them. I think it's very important to show at least sometimes, especially in fantasy where (usually) people end up going on journeys or quests or marching to war or whatever, and (almost always) there's never a Tesco Express around when you need to pick up a sandwich. It reminds the reader that this is a different, less-convenient world, with trials quite separate to a band of mutated ru'faka with their horrendous hooked weapons (or, y'know, whatever).

I'm also up for the occasional description (or at least acknowledgement) of pissing and/or shitting, but only if used sparingly and appropriately. And preferably not for humour. It makes the characters feel more relatable, because while I have never faced down an insane god armed only with half a silver talisman and a broken knife, I *do* need the toilet of a morning.

March 25, 2017, 08:11:03 PM
Re: Hello! Hello Wol! I'm also new here, happy to meet you. I'm also also British, but I'm neither Northern nor in America (I possibly am a bit posh though, or at least middle-class).
March 31, 2017, 11:01:31 PM
Since I can't see a thread for this... HEAR ME! No, quite literally.

When I'm not writing fiction (or working the day job) I'm also in a band. So if you have any interest in what punk music largely written by a 35 year-old English bloke who also writes SFF sounds like... wonder no more as I present Interplanetary Trash Talk, a band with a stupid name that plays songs with silly titles about serious subjects.

(it's a link to the Bandcamp site where the album's on sale, but you can listen to it without buying - three times, I think, should you really want to)

March 31, 2017, 11:15:06 PM
Re: Looking for a new space opera ...I have a space opera series? And I share an agent with Jamie Sawyer who wrote The Lazarus War?

I'm aware this is probably just shameless self-shilling, but it is a space opera, and there aren't aliens or 'space magic', and it genuinely does sound like you might like it based on what you've said.

(sorry, I'm not sure if this is against the rules or not)

April 02, 2017, 09:37:09 PM