My Future #FridayReads Inspired By… @Joe_Hill

This week I moved onto the last in Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey series, 3001. It’s a better read than 2061, the weakest entry in the series. It has its moments, but at times Clarke is just going through the motions. However with 3001 it’s like he’s back on form, writing a real honest-to-god sequel to 2001.

I’ve been writing Far From Home 3: Hero and am now over half way through. Well on track for an October release.

Following on from Joe Hill’s list of his Top 50 Books, I’m now curious to read Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, the first in the Aubrey/Maturin series. It runs to about 20 books all told. I actually fancy reading something a little different, and this could do the trick I think. Though of course I have the rest of my reading list to get through before the end of the year…

I’ve been listening to AC/DC Live, which I’ve discovered is THE perfect soundtrack to writing action scenes.

So there we go. Short and sweet I’m afraid. I’ll let you know how I get on with Master and Commander. And if I get hooked on a 20+ series of books, I only have Joe Hill to blame. I’ll be sure to tell my wife that when I push for more book space…

My #FridayReads etc For This Week

Still reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Great book. Big book. Long fucking book. But like I said… Great.

I published Tutti Frutti this week. I had mountains of help and support from my editor Laurie Laliberte, and author Bernard Schaffer. I’m also thankful to David K. Hulegaard, who offered some thoughts on the ending. I rewrote it slightly following his comments, and I think it’s much stronger and has a bigger emotional impact.

So to those 3, and the reviewers who were kind enough to read it and offer essential feedback prior to launch: THANKS!

This week I started the first in the Far From Home series. It will eventually stretch out to about 12 books. I plan on doing 1 per month, at about 100-120 pages a piece. They’ll be put up on the Kindle store for 99c each.

It follows the story of a ship, the Defiant, that ends up in another Galaxy. There is no hope of getting back home. So they must fend for themselves in a truly alien environment and find their footing. It will be a mix of high-tech adventure and action with human drama and humour. Fans of Star Trek and Star Wars will certainly spot influences, but I’m really looking toward Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica as inspiration.

I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, and Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway.

I’ve been watching The Dark Knight on blu-ray, and Hell’s Kitchen USA. I think Gordon Ramsay is even more theatrically evil this season. “The scallops are fucking RAW!!!”

So that’s it for this week. Hopefully I’ll be done with Far From Home #1 next week. Then I can drive Laurie nuts with it!

#FridayReads etc

This week I’ve been reading The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, on and off. I like it.

I’ve been watching 24 Season 2. Still. The episode where George told his son he was dying of plutonium poisoning choked me up. I need to get a move on with it. If I remember correctly, I enjoyed Season 3 the most when I watched 24 all those years ago.

I’ve been listening to a bit of Tom Jones. That’s not unusual is it? Boom boom.

I’ve been #amwriting Adolf Hitler Must Die and plotting out my latest collaboration with David Hulegaard and Brendan Swogger. We’re each writing a short story about the fictional Cliffview Sanitarium. I’ve got something decidedly unique for my story that I think people will like.

Apart from that, nothing to report really. Snakeoilcure.com are going to be running Kalar the Apprentice. More info on that when I’ve got it. The Stars My Redemption is FREE today, so be sure to grab a copy.