Archive for April, 2012

This was a short story I came up with ages ago.  It just sort of jumped into my brain; I think I’d been reading something about the Afghan War when it occured to me.  I can’t claim to have been a soldier, but I do drum as a hobby.  My hearing’s taken a bit of a hammering as a result, and I’ve always wondered about being a deaf drummer.  It IS possible- you’d feel the vibrations still.  

Anyway, I’ll stop jawing on.  I submited this to various sites- I’m not ready for the paid market yet.

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Just click on the link.  Enjoy!
The Five-Skin Thud

 

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Okay.  Pit Stop 189‘s been my baby and long writing project for almost five months now.  It’s been an on-and-off, start and finish project broken by other inspiration, work, and spending time with friends and family.

I do hope to do something with it someday- my goal is to start submitting it to publishers by the end of August 2012.

This is the second novel I’ve tried writing- the first was a co-op novel with a good friend of mine that never got past 60,000 words.  The incomplete manuscript still lies within the dark recesses of my hard drive.  I hope never to re0surrect it- the characters were good, but the plot was all over the place.

Pit Stop 189 is a post-apocalyptic novel set about twenty years into a broken and discordant future.  Civilization and government as we know it had crumbled or been swallowed up by nature.  The few survivors of the series of unknown disasters called the End Times isolate themselves in small farming communities and hamlets, trying to keep themselves fed and alive through their own farming skills, and trade if they can.  The only connection that many of these isolated communites along the highways have to the outside world is via the remaining roads of the End Times.

Technology is scarce (with the exception of guns, old vehicles and gas generators), lifespans are short, winter is harsh, and bands of raiders and bandits raid villages for their few crops and resources whenever possible.  The government’s last remaining vestige is a series of isolated, military strongholds known as the Provisional Government (P.G) that attempt to restore ‘proper government’ to these villages through bribery and violence.

The story is told from a variety of perspectives as a series of ‘campfire’ retellings of the past by the main character, an ambitious trucker named Everett trying to earn a living and a few meals any way he can.  The story is told as a series of short stories related by characters and setting, broken down and explained by a series of ‘flash-forwards’ to the retelling of the events at a truck stop by Everett- hence why the novel is called ‘Pit Stop 189.’

Pit Stop 189 was inspired by my travels and extensive childhood visits to Northern Ontario, and the culture and sights of this beautiful region of the world, as well as sights, sounds, and experiences around my hometown of Oakville.  Granted, my imagery throughout the manuscript requires work, but I’m only on the first draft.  It will be filled in as I continue on.

I’ve been working on the actual stories on and off for four months now.  There’s a lot more to it than this (I’ve got another two books, a short film/stage play, and several dozen short stories planned for this series), but I don’t want to spoil the surprise any more than I already have.  This has been the largest writing project I’ve ever undertaken in my life- I’m currently at roughly 85,000 words.  There is a LOT of editing to be done before this novel is ready.  It might be rejected completely, but damn, I’m going to give it a try.

If I mention ‘the novel’, I’m talking about Pit Stop 189.  

Slow Day

Posted: April 9, 2012 in All Things Typed
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Slow day.  Sloooooooooooooooooooooow day.  I’ve been pounding the keyboard for almost two hours, and barely 700 words have slipped by.  Perhaps it’s because of writing on a Monday (day off), perhaps it’s because of the current lack of munchies or lunch in the fridge, but seriously.  The Muse is making calls slower than molasses in January.

I stand corrected.  She’s making calls frequently, but she’s being so damn vague each time.  Perhaps it’s also because I’m listening to CanadaWrites at the same time.

Ah, well.  The novel’s coming slowly, but steadily.  I’m hoping to have the first draft (minus interludes) finished by April 26th, and I’m about 15,000-20,000 words away from completion.  Interludes will be finished by the end of May/early June, and I hope to have edited the manuscript and gotten preliminary feedback by the middle of summer (July/August sometime.)

At the same time, I’m also trying to cook up a screenplay for a short film set within the novel’s universe (the tentative title for the movie is “Bare Bones”), working on a series of four short stories for this blog and various other writing forums (“Ragtag”), and getting other work done.

Still, it’s a lazy Monday- I’m not expecting terribly much for now.