Two houses

I’m having a lot of fun trying to work Romeo & Juliet into a short story for the competition. 1st, it’s just bloody great, and I’m trying to use some of the language and poeticism where I can. 2nd it’s a joy to draw inspiration from a pre-existing text, because writing flows more freely and elements of the story seem so universally understood and identifiable with, that I think they actually could work – set amongst the characters living on the world in The Aegis Saga, Eris!

I’m setting up the Montagues and Capulets as the humans and the Arantians (a race of beings with the ability to  direct and control the pervasive magic on Eris). I’m hoping to write Chapter 2 of the short story today – because that deadline of the end of the month is getting closer by the day ; )

I’m biting my nails a bit over whether I’m going to get ‘Venom beneath the skin’ finished in time!

Rumble in the jungle

Darn – I’d planned to spend today writing the linear option for my interactive novel ‘Blood‘.

Instead I just wrote 6,500 words putting some more ‘magic’ storyline options into one of the apprenticeships  the reader’s character can end up going through.

I feel epic, yet also a bit punch-drunk, maybe because I missed my target for the day so completely!

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The ‘Writer’s Toolbox’ and the ‘Reader’s Resource’

I’m pulling all the references, artwork and external guidance on the website into two resources that you’ll find on the sidebar.

As I read and benefit from everything that the amazing authors and writers out there in the great wide world are doing, I’d like to keep these gems available here for you and me.

I plan to expand the Writer’s Toolbox and Reader Resource in leaps and bounds as I progress my own writing, publishing and self-promotion. Check them out and tell me what you’d find useful. Otherwise, enjoy!

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Tips for self-promotion

I expect many of those visiting the site these days are fellow aspiring interactive fiction writers or choicescript authors.

That’s why I’ve created a page for self-promotion related content so other people can benefit from the bits and pieces I pick up along the way. Click here

  • The page will contain a list of links to interactive fiction website forums and normal fiction forums where you might want to think about maintaining a presence.
  • A link to pinterest images which are useful posting ammo to keep people entertained on when you post about your story or work in progress.
  • A source of articles about your website, including optimising traffic, providing a better user experience and making the most of your content.
  • And some more general sources and opportunities for free and cheap promotion.

I’ll be using all this myself for reference but perhaps some of you will find it useful.

 

 

Short Story!

Nature-Intervention-fireAlright!

I have my sketch outline for the Short Story Competition!

The competition theme is poisonous intent – and it’s taken me a while to engage with the idea and really understand what I want from it.

– IT WILL BE SET IN THE WORLD OF ERIS

– IT WILL BE CONNECTED TO BOOK 2 OF THE AEGIS SAGA!

but. . . spoilers ; )

wish me luck everyone

– this is going to be tough. And I hope some of you will be so good as to beta-test it later this month. :grin:

 

Barking

Between writing ‘The Aegis Saga – Blood’ I went to the beach in Scotland with Tanya and the dogs.

Charles Parkes about to start running with our two dogs on a scottish beach

The beach is one of our favourite places and we like to run about together

Charles Parkes running with two Staffordshire bull terriers on a Scottish beach

Charles Parkes running with our two dogs on a scottish beach

Charles Parkes running with our two dogs on a scottish beach

Well, some of us. (Tanya is more dignified)

Connecting the dots

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited about finding and exploring all the different interactive fiction sites out there. Some are pretty new, easy to follow and well designed, like Choice of Games, and some of them have been around since the good old days of Zork (you should not be worried if you do not get this reference!)

Anyway I’ve linked a load of them here at the bottom of the sidebar as I try to get ‘The Aegis Saga – Blood’s demo out to fellow minded interactive fiction fans.

Have fun! A lot of Choice of Games and Hosted Games authors have stories and profiles on these forums : )