An emotional crunch

As I finished, or thought I was finishing, Chapter 5 of Biome NE47: Prequel, I looked back over the 50k words laid down so far, and thought, this is all very pedantic, a set of semi-intriguing strands to pull together, but . . . . . . . Where’s the drama? Or, rather, where’s the… Continue reading An emotional crunch

Chapter 4 and beyond

I can feel the doldrums coming. Halfway through Biome NE47, I felt overwhelmed by despair: this story would never resolve itself. As Margaret Atwood mentioned in a recent Guardian Book Club, novel writing is a kind of hacking through. It’s a necessary chore. Now just at the halfway point of Prequel, with all the components… Continue reading Chapter 4 and beyond

Audio refinements

With the clever cuboid acoustic foam covering, over my Blue Yeti microphone, the ambient background noise is dramatically reduced, and the popshield seems to eliminate plosives as well! A little tidier than my sello-taped flyswatter, I think. Placement of an iPad at eye-level, with the laptop running the Garageband recording software, means that I can… Continue reading Audio refinements

With Ch. 3 done, where …

Where is this Prequel going? Well, I’ve been following the characters as they’ve developed their own narrative (I didn’t believe this, when I read novelists describing how the characters go where they wish, but there’s much truth in that sense, I now think). Of course, characters and story all derive from the author’s imagination, but… Continue reading With Ch. 3 done, where …

Recording refinements

A challenge, identified by a recording expert in the family, is on track to being rectified: with my mouth only a couple inches from the Blue Yeti microphone, the iPad positioned at eye level above that, I can read softly and intimately, while keeping my sound levels within tolerance, as GarageBand records the narrative. We’re… Continue reading Recording refinements

Chapter 2, sorted

As time marches on, so the words mount up, as long as I’m conscientious. I think I’ve finished the second chapter of Prequel, which means, in my working formula, that I’ve consolidated Act I, and now the fictional community of Biome NE47 must get to work to sort things out during Act II. Soon, perhaps… Continue reading Chapter 2, sorted

Serialisation . . .

I wouldn’t dream of placing my efforts anywhere near Charles Dickens, of course, but I’m thinking that my approach to this Prequel is reminiscent of the serialised writing popularised in high Victorian times by the great man. Having finished the first chapter, and well on my way through the second, I’ve not really plotted the… Continue reading Serialisation . . .

The strategy …

Okay, I’ll come clean from the start: I love writing, but this blog is a dual-purpose enterprise. It’s a marketing tool, designed to elicit interest in the main event, the novel Biome NE47 It’s an exploratory device, helping me to understand the odyssey through the publishing maze Therefore, wait a minute, there’s a third purpose:… Continue reading The strategy …

Recording studio . . .

I don’t know if this will be the place where I record the entire Prequel to Biome NE47, or not, but this is where I’ve just finished ‘Take 2’ of the first scene, for publishing to the Portfolio page. It’s rather primitive! I’ve arranged some insulation material around a fire guard that sits rather neatly… Continue reading Recording studio . . .

Honing technique …

How fluffed the earnest peacock’s tail How fluffed the earnest peacock’s tail compels inamoratas with eyes that dazzle to prevail on target hens that matter. He’s not unlike the  crocodile, whose scales the muddy Nile break, who grins, as fish swim in its smile,  behind its fearsome teeth gate. As well,  the hippopotamus, basking in… Continue reading Honing technique …