A book finished in a day.

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Finally got back to reading yesterday. The book I have read and already finished is The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick. It is the story of a man called Pat Peoples. Who was recently let out of a mental institute. The reader and Pat start to piece together the events that had taken place during his absence from the real world. Towards the end you do learn of why he was put there. The story is told in first person, and is done in a SG where you can really feel that Pat is damaged.

I’m trying to give as little away as possible. It is a really quick read which leave’s you depressed as there is yet to be a sequel. I would recommend anyone to pick this up as soon as they can.

Team Up

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Just wanted to let you all know of a new side project/blog I’m part of:http://coupleofgamers1.wordpress.com/ all my gaming reviews on the future will be posted there.

2 Years Today

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Logged in to WordPress today and had a little notification that I have been blogging for two years on WordPress.

Over the past two years I have been trying to find a subject to blog about, that I consistently write about. And as you can see I have kinda succeeded in that area, except I keep forgetting to blog!

From this day forward I will try to blog more regularly and it will be mostly be about gaming and the odd review on Apps that I use.

I was going to do a summary of the past posts, but that will be in future post.

The problem with batteries…

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Doing my daily commute is normally filled with either 3Ds games or texting people. However today my 3DS ran out of juice. Plus it’s Friday so everyone else is busy making plans. 

So I went browsing on the net and found some articles on what to do on a commute. This is what they came up with:

  • Listen to music. 
  • Play games. 
  • Read.
  • Write. 
  • Start a business.
  • Blog.

The problem with most of them is that they all require a bit of preparation before a commute and sadly I’m already on my three hour commute. So that really only leaves blogging, which is fine. 

So for the past week and maybe a half I’ve been doing a little experiment with my smartphone. I’ve deleted all social apps except one which allows me to receive picture messaging. I’ve also deleted all online accounts from my phone including email. The aim is to make it as distraction free as possible. The only problem I’ve found with this is that when you need a distraction your limited to the Internet. Which isn’t actually that bad as many websites have better Web apps than phone apps such as Facebook and Twitter. They load a lot faster and less prone to bugs and normally get updates sooner than mobile apps. 

It has also left me with just under 16GB of storage for photos. Which is great considering my phone has such a great camera. 

I would advise anyone with a smartphone to try it for at least a week to see how they find it. You may not like it, you may love it. And for those in the middle ground, you may delete the apps that have Web apps either to save space or because it is a better experience. 


Lack of Time

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Due to lack of time, energy and personal events, my book has been put on hold.

I’m possibly considering scrapping the text all together and using the outline for NanoWrimo 2013. If all goes well, I will use outlines in the future and have at least the trilogy completed by the end of 2014. That’s only if I focus on just writing first drafts. If I start editing, then it may not be until 2015/2016 that it may become completed. Wow this is strange in talking in years time instead of weeks/months.

I think in the future, I may even include dialogue from my characters to build them up with personality.

There is more personality in a plank of wood than in Ken.

– Miranda
As you can see Miranda is a cow. And seems like she and Ken have had another argument.

Okay, so there is my weekly update, hopefully sometime in the future I will say “Yay I have finished a book,” the likelihood is very unlikely though.

Brendan, signing out.

New Idea!

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Yesterday, on the way to work I was thinking about my novel, The Last Simicaí, when a new idea came to me. It would change the book a bit, but it would enable me to release at least another two books in the same timeline, which was exciting. The first book is quite impersonal and the battles fought will be mostly external. But the second and third book will be focusing on the characters’ relationships with each other. The fact that it tackles relationships is both an exciting and scary prospect.

Progress (Or lack of…)

The first novel is slowly shaping up, I have a rough idea for the next twenty chapters. But for the actual ending I have no idea. The main character will have to be developed more in the second draft and so will all the conversations and possibly any fights. Also one particular location is getting an overhaul. The ranger camp currently has two large tents surrounded by a archery range to the south and woods all the way around. The problem with this is that moving two large tents around (Large as in the size of a town hall) would be very difficult. Instead I’m just going to have various tents and the tavern will be as mobile as possible which will add a bit more realism.

The Biggest Change

So here we are, finally the change I have made which will affect the novel greatly and all sequels is the main character’s species. Originally he was going to be half man, half monkey. But after getting so far in the book, it became irrelevant so I will be removing it from the novel completely. The main character will be an average human, albeit having to do many battles and being extremely lucky. Since the species has been removed, the actual world will be named Simicaí. At some point I will draw a map of the land. I’m hoping to have the first book’s first draft completed by November. As in November I will participate in Nanowrimo with the second book in the series. Hopefully for once I will complete my target goal, so far this year I have been catastrophically behind.

Well see you all in the next post.

Camp is over, my story isn’t

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So Camp Nano finally ended, did I meet my target? Nope, am I letting the story gather digital dust in my laptop’s hard drive? Nope.

I may have not hit the target, but this time I am finishing the story.

Look forward to some posts on my progress

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