07 November 2022

Getting closer

Maybe three chapters to go? Am aiming toward a first draft toward the end of November, and then beta readers, editors, etc. So end of year is possible (but never guaranteed!).

Also started a side project today which I'll write on and off to take mental breaks. 'Firsts' was a side project that sat on the back burner for a couple of years, until I suddenly decided to finish it. This one (working title 'Three Lives') is a system apocalypse heavily based on the Chinese webnovels I've been reading about holographic games. It'll remind people a little of 'The Starfighter Invitation', but is more traditional to the sub-genre than TSI. One of those stories I write purely because I want to read another in the style, but can't find anything that suits me. Don't expect to see it for years.
First sentence: Dying wasn't fun, but being reborn managed to be worse.

08 August 2022

Auto-art

Checking in to say still here, still working on Four Kings!

After coming across a few videos of people using AI art generators, I couldn't resist running some of my book titles through the prompts to see what I got.  I used https://creator.nightcafe.studio/ 

Here's the results!  Comment if you can guess which book titles they are!  [Or hover over the picture for the image name!]

Champion of the Rose

Stained Glass Monsters

And All the Stars

Lab Rat One

The Pyramids of London (used the Steampunk style for this one)

The Silence of Medair (picked fantasy style, got Thomas Kinkaid)

The Singularity Game

I'd not be likely to use any of these as a cover, but some of them are very interesting!

21 April 2022

Status update and gardening

Just checking in to let you know I'm about halfway through "Seconds" (now probably called "Four Kings"). Will be out this year, I expect, though a very odd book it's shaping up to be. Kind of a musing on different types of caring. And, possibly, a sign that I played a little too much My Time at Portia and similar games.

In the meantime, here's a photolog of the only gardening project I've managed to complete in the last year.

Dead Tree

No Tree
Trusty Sledgehammer = No concrete

Railway Sleepers, Manure, Sand and Dirt

Pretties

Water it and wait


Bee Refuelling Station

The teen years


Young Adults

Big and tall


Not tall at all

Passing Californians (unfortunately drowned in two straight months of rain)

Mid-sized, profusely flowering variety


I now have a completely different set of plants in there (foxglove, violas, dianthus and poppies) since the only perenniel was the Californian Poppies and they (like my hardenbergias and a couple of other Australian natives) couldn't take the megajillion litres of water that fell on them over the opening months of the year.


Getting closer

Maybe three chapters to go? Am aiming toward a first draft toward the end of November, and then beta readers, editors, etc. So end of year i...