It has been a long 2014 and an even bigger roller-coaster than previous years, but that is a blog for another time and with less than 36 hours left to run in this year lets take a look at my year in blogging. You can view my 2014 year here – My 2014 Year In Blogging – there are some surprises ahead especially my Top Five posts for 2014.
Bill Watterson – A Cartoonist Advice from Zen Comics
Isn’t this what we all want out of our life, that golden moment of finding satisfaction of just being? This excellent comic that I discovered at the start of the week is a journey I would life to take and in many ways trying to make for myself. When I first encountered this strip I thought it was from the most excellent Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), certainly it is his words. I found out the art was from Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils which is an amazing website of comic strips based off life quotes, stories and poems.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing with my voice, with my genre just to and see what I feel comfortable writing. Why have I been doing this?
I wanted to see if I could write something different and tell a tale in a totally different style than I normally write. By trade I’m a Graphic Designer, now working as a Web Designer, who spent ten years as feature writer for Games Workshop’s White Dwarf magazine and website, and I wrote articles from exploration, how to’s and advertorial. So I kind came to writing fiction in a roundabout way.
My first two full length novels have been gritty urban fantasy action adventures that have a paranormal element and pull no punches. The Tether Saga is a grim tale of the eternal fight between good and evil, and a girl called Sarah who is caught up in the middle of it. Now the first novel is almost a pure action thriller that started out very Stephen King, and ended very James Patterson with smash bang, knock down finale. The second book started to explain a little more about the world that Sarah had found herself in, it also allowed me to build the characters and add a little black humor to the story.
I’m now on a break from The Tether Saga, and don’t plan to dip back into that world until August. In the meantime I tried something a little different, so I started to write Legends of an Englishman, a bawdy comedy drama about the misadventures of an Englishman. This is told in a first person perspective, and actually is harder to write than I thought. Trying to find that right mix of awkwardness and drama, while telling the story is a struggle.