Yet Another Cycling Forum

Off Topic => The Pub => Arts and Entertainment => Topic started by: Jock Stewart on August 04, 2016, 01:53:26 pm

Title: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jock Stewart on August 04, 2016, 01:53:26 pm
Mine is a female version of Kes set in 2016.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: asterix on August 04, 2016, 02:22:26 pm
An abridged modern take on War and Peace but without any Russians.  Well, hardly any Russians; IIRC there's about one.  And not much writing, really.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on August 04, 2016, 04:36:38 pm
I think the thread title would be "Which books are you currently not writing?" in my case.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 04, 2016, 09:57:07 pm
Gins wot I have drunk
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on August 05, 2016, 06:34:10 pm
Er.... serious answer. "A Longer War", a development of my short story "Dark Night of the Soul", starting in 1944, and "Sisters", another volume of the Sussex Border Stories which has its focus on Elaine Powell and her wife. About 60K and 80K words respectively so far.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jock Stewart on August 06, 2016, 11:19:02 am
Published?
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jakob W on August 06, 2016, 11:50:58 am
FCVO writing:* a history of gas turbine and jet engine research at Metropolitan-Vickers in Manchester.


*As in I've all the research material and and have finished various sections, but haven't looked at it for the best part of a year after the publishers went belly-up... Should probably see what the current situation there is.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on August 06, 2016, 05:51:16 pm
Published?
Mine? Ten so far. These two are nearly finished.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: ian on August 09, 2016, 07:57:27 pm
Final draft of my frankly awfully overlong SF magnum opus space opera thing that I wrote as a pub dare after a long gripe about multi-volume SF series. Really, just don't bet me stuff. No I mean it, it's like 900,000 words and two years of my life. For £10. And they changed the rules. Apparently I don't just have to write the thing, it has to be published (properly, not vanity or self-publishing), and only then I get my £10.

On the plus side, that's probably twice as much as most authors earn for a book.

I'm reading it now on my kindle and it's not that bad, but could stand to go on a substantial wordage diet. But hey, it's SF. I should probably try to do something with it (tbh, writing is a labour of love rather than a plan to make a living). If anyone knows a literary agent with a masochistic bent (OK, that's possibly all of them), let me know.

That out of the way, I'm working on on my far more enjoyable vampire book. Oh, I know it's hackneyed cliché pile up of a genre, but really, if you like undead sarcastic librarians, murderous angels, serial killers, the anti-christ, and, erm, the apocalypse coming to Croydon, you might like it. If you like Twilight, really you won't. Like I say, I write for fun rather than to expose my talents or make a living. Which is probably for the best. Plus it diverts me from writing crap on the internet.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Andrij on August 09, 2016, 08:42:55 pm
I was under the impression Mr Larrington had literary aspirations...
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Torslanda on August 14, 2016, 07:46:24 pm
I was under the impression Mr Larrington had literary aspirations...

We keep feeding him plot lines, too . . .
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 14, 2016, 08:01:46 pm
Final draft of my frankly awfully overlong SF magnum opus space opera thing that I wrote as a pub dare after a long gripe about multi-volume SF series. Really, just don't bet me stuff. No I mean it, it's like 900,000 words and two years of my life. For £10. And they changed the rules. Apparently I don't just have to write the thing, it has to be published (properly, not vanity or self-publishing), and only then I get my £10.

On the plus side, that's probably twice as much as most authors earn for a book.

I'm reading it now on my kindle and it's not that bad, but could stand to go on a substantial wordage diet. But hey, it's SF. I should probably try to do something with it (tbh, writing is a labour of love rather than a plan to make a living). If anyone knows a literary agent with a masochistic bent (OK, that's possibly all of them), let me know.

That out of the way, I'm working on on my far more enjoyable vampire book. Oh, I know it's hackneyed cliché pile up of a genre, but really, if you like undead sarcastic librarians, murderous angels, serial killers, the anti-christ, and, erm, the apocalypse coming to Croydon, you might like it. If you like Twilight, really you won't. Like I say, I write for fun rather than to expose my talents or make a living. Which is probably for the best. Plus it diverts me from writing crap on the internet.

Where can we download these tomes of wonder?
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Redlight on August 15, 2016, 12:37:34 pm
I'm about 60000 words in to my latest attempt.  Of course, that'll actually wind up as 30,000 once I've edited out the dross at the first re-write stage. I'm not giving the plot away except to say that it features bicycles, corporate malfeasance and incest - though not all at the same time, necessarily.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: ian on August 15, 2016, 02:36:28 pm
Final draft of my frankly awfully overlong SF magnum opus space opera thing that I wrote as a pub dare after a long gripe about multi-volume SF series. Really, just don't bet me stuff. No I mean it, it's like 900,000 words and two years of my life. For £10. And they changed the rules. Apparently I don't just have to write the thing, it has to be published (properly, not vanity or self-publishing), and only then I get my £10.

On the plus side, that's probably twice as much as most authors earn for a book.

I'm reading it now on my kindle and it's not that bad, but could stand to go on a substantial wordage diet. But hey, it's SF. I should probably try to do something with it (tbh, writing is a labour of love rather than a plan to make a living). If anyone knows a literary agent with a masochistic bent (OK, that's possibly all of them), let me know.

That out of the way, I'm working on on my far more enjoyable vampire book. Oh, I know it's hackneyed cliché pile up of a genre, but really, if you like undead sarcastic librarians, murderous angels, serial killers, the anti-christ, and, erm, the apocalypse coming to Croydon, you might like it. If you like Twilight, really you won't. Like I say, I write for fun rather than to expose my talents or make a living. Which is probably for the best. Plus it diverts me from writing crap on the internet.

Where can we download these tomes of wonder?

Nowhere at the moment because I've not decided what I want to do with it*. It genuinely needs the skills of a proper editor.

My vampire book is about to go through the final revision, admittedly mostly so I can moon over the heroine, the immortally sarcastic, and splendidly freckled Jess. My wife thinks it's unnatural that I spend my late evenings in front of a computer doing this rather than 'downloading porn like a normal bloke.'

*If anyone is that keen to read nearly a million words of pre-release SF claptrap you can have it provided you heartily promise to buy the vastly overpriced published version should it ever become available and also promise not to sue me for any mental distress reading it may cause.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jakob W on December 14, 2016, 10:23:44 am
Well, I now have a contract for a kids' illustrated history of aviation, so I should probably get on with the writing, especially as they want the manuscript by late February...
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 14, 2016, 11:15:16 am
Final draft of my frankly awfully overlong SF magnum opus space opera thing that I wrote as a pub dare after a long gripe about multi-volume SF series. Really, just don't bet me stuff. No I mean it, it's like 900,000 words and two years of my life. For £10. And they changed the rules. Apparently I don't just have to write the thing, it has to be published (properly, not vanity or self-publishing), and only then I get my £10.

On the plus side, that's probably twice as much as most authors earn for a book.

I'm reading it now on my kindle and it's not that bad, but could stand to go on a substantial wordage diet. But hey, it's SF. I should probably try to do something with it (tbh, writing is a labour of love rather than a plan to make a living). If anyone knows a literary agent with a masochistic bent (OK, that's possibly all of them), let me know.

That out of the way, I'm working on on my far more enjoyable vampire book. Oh, I know it's hackneyed cliché pile up of a genre, but really, if you like undead sarcastic librarians, murderous angels, serial killers, the anti-christ, and, erm, the apocalypse coming to Croydon, you might like it. If you like Twilight, really you won't. Like I say, I write for fun rather than to expose my talents or make a living. Which is probably for the best. Plus it diverts me from writing crap on the internet.

Where can we download these tomes of wonder?

Nowhere at the moment because I've not decided what I want to do with it*. It genuinely needs the skills of a proper editor.

My vampire book is about to go through the final revision, admittedly mostly so I can moon over the heroine, the immortally sarcastic, and splendidly freckled Jess. My wife thinks it's unnatural that I spend my late evenings in front of a computer doing this rather than 'downloading porn like a normal bloke.'

*If anyone is that keen to read nearly a million words of pre-release SF claptrap you can have it provided you heartily promise to buy the vastly overpriced published version should it ever become available and also promise not to sue me for any mental distress reading it may cause.

You are Peter F Hamilton AICMFP.  I can wait until you get your tenner though.

I'm still angry about how stupid the ending of one of his ridiculously lengthy trilogies was.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 14, 2016, 11:55:47 am
You are Peter F Hamilton AICMFP.  I can wait until you get your tenner though.

I'm still angry about how stupid the ending of one of his ridiculously lengthy trilogies was.

Oh, let me guess, was that the one where the (devilishly handsome) young hero flies off and finds the mysterious shiny (definitely not a McGuffin) neo-god and talks it into saving the universe?
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Legs on December 14, 2016, 12:08:38 pm
TBH I've just checked out the synopses of a few PFH books and they do sound like utter dross - what were you expecting?  But then I've got quite a low sci-fi threshold...
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 14, 2016, 01:13:31 pm
You are Peter F Hamilton AICMFP.  I can wait until you get your tenner though.

I'm still angry about how stupid the ending of one of his ridiculously lengthy trilogies was.

Oh, let me guess, was that the one where the (devilishly handsome) young hero flies off and finds the mysterious shiny (definitely not a McGuffin) neo-god and talks it into saving the universe?

Yeah that, about 5,000 pages later.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jakob W on December 14, 2016, 01:45:00 pm
The Greg Mendel books were pretty good, as was _Reality Dysfunction _*; I think it was just that the latter was so successful PFH decided massive potboilers were the way o go, and of course he became too big to edit...

*or at least some cracking set-pieces IIRC; it has been 15 years or more since I read it.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: ian on December 14, 2016, 06:52:46 pm
I pick up PFH books in a knowledge that I'm effectively planning to circumnavigate the world on a pogo stick and end my epic journal in Slough with a celebratory pint of Fosters. But I do it. There was some godawful crime one which comprised a million pages of some boring copper-of-the-future simulating a crime scene. A bit more each time. One million pages. The sci-fi stuff isn't quite that painful. But yes, this was my muse for writing a sci-fi epic, though I topped out at the 750k word mark. Credit to the man, it's harder than it looks. Anyway, I managed to squeeze inscrutable aliens, redheads (always), more aliens, and a lot of shit blowing up, some completely made-up physics (the best kind), robots, sex robots, redheads (robot and non-robot), and a suitably vague ending that suggests either that there's more to come, or that it was supposed to be that way because I'm annoyingly cryptic. I write the endings first. Everything else is figuring out how to get there.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: tiermat on December 14, 2016, 07:26:49 pm
Most deffo not writing but (at the moment), in homage to Mark Radcliffe, "Diary of an IT Nobody"
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jock Stewart on December 16, 2016, 10:40:59 am
I've given up on a female version of Kes. Decided to write a gothic 19 century tale of a suave drunken psychotic Scottish gamekeeper/laird who makes the local poor beauty pregnant. It all ends in murder, a skewered love triangle, and gritty sadness for all concerned.

No humour, just black irony.

Depending on the quality of the writing to lift it above being a cliche.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Jock Stewart on December 16, 2016, 10:43:13 am
Published?
Mine? Ten so far. These two are nearly finished.

Blimey. That's cool.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on December 16, 2016, 09:54:30 pm
I'm writing tonight as I have been off and on since 1997 when I started with what I thought would be a light-hearted antidote to writing an epic fantasy novel.  I still haven't written that epic fantasy novel but i have written a lot around it, and I'm running out of excuses to get going on the centrepiece.  Then, when I eventually retire I might get round to the hard task of editing them (when I no longer have to wordsmith professional reports and proposals) and see if I can get them published.  If not, will still enjoy reading them, as the stories have been so long in gestation that they have been bound up with my life.

Unfortunately I put that DVD of Ritchie Blackmore's return to rock on and I've been mostly watching that, so very few words have actually been etched onto the flash drive.  But as I have returned to the gambler and the spy from the first tale back in 97 the words will soon start to flow.  And there will be plenty of time over Christmas to get going.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on February 27, 2017, 10:27:37 pm
Well, Kindle have now delivered a workable but slightly clunky dead tree format, and I spent a couple of hours formatting one of my books, 'Cider Without Roses', which was interesting to write as the narrator is a Norman woman who speaks very good English but delivers it in a notably French way. One thing I enjoyed was translating the swearing literally from the original French.

It has an additional short SF/horror tale which opens "There was a group of children on the street, playing with a dog. As I watched, one of them started to eat it from the tail end."

https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-A.-A.-Calvert/e/B00E9GBM6C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1488224734&sr=8-1
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on July 17, 2017, 05:20:09 pm
Just finished uploading the manuscript and publishing the latest novel, a bit of a departure for me as it is about a man and written from his point of view. It is very largely set in and around the city of York and features Acaster Malbis.

The title is "A Longer War" by S.A.A. Calvert, and it should make its way through their publishing system in two to three days.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on October 18, 2017, 06:20:36 pm
And again, the book I was writing in parallel is in the publishing pipeline. It is one of the Sussex Border Stories, with the title 'Sisters'. It is a mixture of lesbian romance/relationship story and crime novel. The lead character is a police officer presented with a series of violent assaults to clear up, assaults that are getting steadily worse. A lot of stones are turned over, and sundry vermin revealed.

'Sisters', by S.A.A. Calvert.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on October 19, 2017, 03:45:05 pm
It's up.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076KB1C8H/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508424244&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=susters+sussex+border
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on October 19, 2017, 11:04:54 pm
Bloody hell...just seen a comment from USAnia from a couple of months ago, on 'A Longer War'. Gobsmacked!

"Read this book to meet this good man. And along the way, enjoy a wonderful tale masterfully written.

It took me fifteen hours and a quarter of a box of tissues to read this novel. This is the story of an exceptionally good man. The story was so moving it frequently reduced me to sobbing. Not in sadness but in joy. In another novel, one of Calvert's characters exhorts 'be excellent to one another'. And the protagonist of this novel lives this paradigm to the maximum of his ability.

I have read all (I think) of Calvert's prior work. It is very good. This novel is so far beyond good as to beggar my vocabulary in attempting to describe it. Let me just say this: There is a saying that what can be imagined can be achieved. Calvert has imagined a truly good human being. Let us all strive to achieve her vision. Even if we fall short, the result will be glorious"
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: T42 on October 20, 2017, 08:45:20 am
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on April 07, 2018, 05:18:33 am
...and another one published, a police story:

The Job. It's also listed under 'Sussex Border Stories' on Amazon, and I have taken the liberty of dedicating it to three people OTP.

It is set around Cardiff and Barry.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Graeme on April 09, 2018, 07:20:29 pm
...and another one published, a police story:

The Job. It's also listed under 'Sussex Border Stories' on Amazon, and I have taken the liberty of dedicating it to three people OTP.

It is set around Cardiff and Barry.

Is it scary?
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on April 09, 2018, 07:28:10 pm
...and another one published, a police story:

The Job. It's also listed under 'Sussex Border Stories' on Amazon, and I have taken the liberty of dedicating it to three people OTP.

It is set around Cardiff and Barry.

Is it scary?
My books get scary in places, as they are real world stuff, or as real as I can make them.  What I concentrate on is the power of love, friendship, family in the broad sense. Both the Dun Run and PBP  make appearances in the set... as well as the FNRttC
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Graeme on April 09, 2018, 08:54:39 pm
...and another one published, a police story:

The Job. It's also listed under 'Sussex Border Stories' on Amazon, and I have taken the liberty of dedicating it to three people OTP.

It is set around Cardiff and Barry.

Is it scary?
My books get scary in places, as they are real world stuff, or as real as I can make them.  What I concentrate on is the power of love, friendship, family in the broad sense. Both the Dun Run and PBP  make appearances in the set... as well as the FNRttC

Currently reading The Longer War.  O:-)
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on April 10, 2018, 12:48:48 pm
Have a box of tissues ready. Let me know what you think?

No. Not a box of tissues for that reason, you filthy lot.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Graeme on April 10, 2018, 04:44:14 pm
Have a box of tissues ready. Let me know what you think?

No. Not a box of tissues for that reason, you filthy lot.

 ???

/Innocence
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on April 10, 2018, 07:12:02 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on February 13, 2019, 09:51:22 pm
Just had a spooky moment. I will place it in a spoiler box for anyone that might want to read the book. Suffice it to say that I picked a crime for my characters to investigate, and selected a location for it to occur in. It is not a common crime. The Beeb have just reported on exactly that crime taking place in EXACTLY the spot I selected.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Redlight on February 14, 2019, 02:57:48 pm
Life imitates art?

(Actually, I hope that not true as I have just finished a story set in a POW camp near Carlisle at the end of a very bloody British civil war.)
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on March 12, 2019, 07:01:36 pm
,,,and again. I have one book which starts with some pretty dire sexual abuse in a secure 'home', and one of the worst culprits, Charlie Cooper, appears in a couple of later books. I had a very, VERY clear image of his appearance.

THIS is how I saw him.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-47258310
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on May 31, 2019, 07:17:01 pm
That is done, then. Latest book, my 14th, some 179.5K words, is "in review" with Amazon. It is called "Dancing to a New Beat" and follows on from "The Job".

It is a police procedural-cum-romance-cum-Stuff. There is a lot less cycling in this one, but it does include a little bit of climbing, frozz yog, CAIK and BEER.

Should be up on sale in a couple of days, unless they play silly sods with the copyright checks again.
Title: Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
Post by: Steph on July 06, 2019, 07:25:55 pm
Out and selling... and I just can't leave things alone.

Four chapters into writing No. 15.