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Out for a walk, cold and inspirational

That’s for real. I was out for a walk just now, all bundled up (7C/44F) and a chilly wind, listening to a podcast. (The end of the world, with Josh Clark, I can recommend it.)

As I listened to that podcast (part 1), a few things in it struck me, as the talk was about aliens and the Fermi paradox. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve written and am still editing a new naturist science fiction story.

I can already tell you that this book has an open end, so there is space (pun intended, got it? Scifi? Space? 😉 ) for another book. And listening to this podcast handed me a few ideas on how to go about that next story.

Podcasts have proven to be valuable sources of ideas and twists to me so I’ll keep listening to them. I think I’d be mad to stop (as I learn so much from them too).

Here is the podcast, in case you’re interested

I think I’ll make this the last post on this blog for the year, so I’m going to wish all of you a wonderful step into the new year, even if that’s still some days from now.

Thank you, everyone, for reading my books and letting me know if you like them!

Paul

Fun bits of the unexpected kind

You may know (or not) that I’m working on the next Naked Crow book. Yes, that will be part 8 in the series. And before you run off to the book store: it’s not done yet.

I admit that I could have gotten it done by now, but then I would have been behind on More Unsworth Manor Nudes, and that would be a pity as well. So far I haven’t been able to follow up on the idea of simply quitting work and living off the proceeds of my book sales. (I’d manage to live on them for a few days at least though! 😉 )

As in book 7 (and 1 though 6), book 8 of Naked Crow will have a few Native American details. In this case there will be Paiute and Sioux influences.

Now, as usual, I want something special. Something that connects with either or perhaps even both those tribes. I found nothing for ‘both’ so that was out the window quickly. Sheer luck and a bit of good fortune combined, however, made that I ran into a lucky streak.

I’m fond of podcasts. Yesterday in the car, on the way home, I listened to a podcast that dealt with, indeed, something Paiute or Sioux. As you can see, I’m not spoilering things here. Suffice to say that this information on the podcast handed me something super solid to use in Naked Crow 8. I had already hunted down a few bits to use but this one is so good that I can toss all the research aside and go on with NC8.

On a separate note, I may have an idea for a third Unsworth book, which should or could be the conclusion of that storyline. Not sure about any of this yet, so

A story is finished. Except… it’s not…

plunge
The plunge

Looooong (yes, really, that long) ago I started writing a kind of mystery fantasy story. It’s basically finished and written now, apart from the observing eye of an editing person – still need to ask someone to take that plunge.

There is always something that needs to be changed or edited or improved. Even deleted. It’s good to have friends who are willing to do that. Someone who dares to point at something and says, “Gods, you did something majorly stupid there! Fix it!”

My little problem here is that there is something I need to fix in the story. There’s something I thought I’d bolt on to it later but as I was getting the toolkit out to do the bolting, I noticed this was the wrong spot for it.

This means I have to alter something in the story and I really don’t know where to do that.

The good thing is that all of you out there don’t know about this story so I can take my time fixing the thing. After that I will find someone to do the plunging (I guess that’s a plunger, right? 😉 ) and see if there is something basically not broken in the story.

Hey ho, and onwards!

Paul

Crows can be a lot of work. Naked crows doubly so.

A while ago I had to go back to the start of Naked Crow 7, as there were things that didn’t work out in the story. For that I discarded a lot of words and started writing again. Now I have to go back to chapter 2 and rip out some other bits and pieces.

Naked Crow book 1

Originally I was set on having a certain character appear in the book. On the rewrite this character left in chapter 11 and he refuses to come back.

This means I have to resolve the situation. That in turn means I’m going to remove the entire person from the story. He was a good help for Sheila after an accident (not something Sheila was in) but since he decided to move on before the story’s done, I need to give said person his freedom and come up with another way to get this all done.

On behalf of the entire crew of the Mighty Oaks I apologise for this problem, as it means the book will take even longer to be completed. It will be better for it though.

Just thought I’d update you about this.

 

A little something that might please some people

The Unsworth Manor NudesSince publishing The Unsworth Manor Nudes, I’ve been thinking about more historical fiction stories. This because the Unsworth Manor Nudes was very entertaining and rewarding to write.

Since this afternoon, after a little on-line chat with my writing fellow Ted Bun (twitter link), the idea for a follow-up story to the book has been born. It will not cover the same era, which for now is all I want to tell about it.

Hindenburg disaster

Hindeburg going up in flames. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Since about a week I also found another interesting way into a story, which will take place on the other side of the Atlantic. Yes, you pinpointed it: the United States. Also about this project I’m not going to say more at this point. There’s just the plan, the idea and a few links to information on-line. This one really needs a lot of research. For now that’s all I have on it, and if things don’t work out, the entire project will go up in dust like the Hindenburg. Oh, wait, that went up in flames. I don’t want to take it that far.

Don’t fear, though. At this moment it looks as if both stories will come to life. It will take a while because there’s this annoying little thing called job I have to deal with on a nearly daily basis (some of you will recognise that).

I’ll leave it at this. I hope you all are having a great Sunday, mother’s day and sunny day!

 

Naked Crow 7 and a surprise

Naked Crow 7. What about it?

Over at MeWe someone asked when Naked Crow 7 would come out. I had to disappoint him.

The kind person in question responded to my cheerful outburst that I had added over 900 words to the story that day, which sounds like a lot. Considering that an average Naked Crow story consists of around 70,000 words, 900 words isn’t much, but it adds a nice amount, certainly.

There was a problem with this story. With all my best intentions I started writing, adding some sub-stories to it. After some 25,000 words I discovered that the start of one of the sub-lines in the story wasn’t touched any more. It had nothing to add to the story, so I had to go back and rip that out. Which meant there was a hole in the story that I had to fill up. In order to do so I had to rip out more bits and pieces.

In the end 18,000 words remained, setting me back quite a bit. Yes, I slaughtered some 7,000 words. And they need to be added in order to get the story up to where it was before I started the massacre. But the book will be better for it!

So what’s the surprise?

No, it’s not Naked Crow 8 yet, sorry. 😉

Instead I’m working on two more stories. One is a science fiction-ish book about Henry and Hannah who get thrown into a strange situation. I already know what the cover of this book will look like, which is remarkable. Usually I know this by the time I reach the last chapter.

Nude Beach

Yes, the new sci-fi has to do with a nude beach…

The other book is about Emma Nelson who starts off as a cook in a university kitchen. Her life undergoes an odd change when something happens. I have the ‘something’ written but I feel I have to change that. A lot. Plenty of options have already come up for that. This story is an urban fantasy, which means that fantasy and real world will mix.

Hmm, in that light, the book about Henry and Hannah will be an urban science fiction. Gosh… I had to look that up and it turns out that more people came up with that. Have a look at goodreads. Of course those aren’t naturist urban science fiction books! 😀

Well, I hope you like this update on what I’m doing at the moment. I’ll try and keep in touch a bit more frequently.

Coming week I’ll be off for a while, on a short trip to the Canary Islands, for some sunshine and relaxing. My work situation is somewhat unstable at the moment so I need to get away from it all. It will also help me figure out a few story-related things, I’m convinced.

Stay well. Stay nude.

This crazy little thing called writing

Writing versus love. This is where Queen and I don’t go in the same direction. Their crazy little thing’s called love, mine’s called writing.

In a galaxy far, far away I started writing Naked Crow 7. I knew what it would be about, figured out some of the extra story-lines and set off towards the distant planet of Arrakis, because the spice must flow. Anyone familiar with the Dune-books by Frank Herbert knows what I am talking about.

Unfortunately, by the time I got to chapter 11 I began having some doubts. Was this spice or just some cheap cinnamon knock-off?

Dune SandwormAfter writing some more, it became more and more clear to me that the basic idea of Naked Crow 7 was good, but that something was off. It was as if C3P0 and R2D2 had travelled to the Dune world and were fighting Sand Worms, instead of the  Fremen of Arrakis handling that job (as depicted here to your and my right).

Come in chapter 12 of Naked Crow 7. The feeling of “nope” had taken on the size of an actual Sand Worm by now, so I decided to trace back through the story, locate which wormhole (no, not a Sand Worm Hole!) had opened and from where that was leaking oddities and inconsistencies. As I went back further I got other ideas for the story. Better ideas. Ideas that… well… more or less made is clear that everything I’d written before the third paragraph in the first chapter was still okay…

WasteSo this is where the other bits of text ended.

In the bucket.

91 pages of writing gone poof.

But not to worry: they will be replaced by 91 (and more) pages that do work.

Sometimes it happens that a bit of text is scrapped. Sometimes it’s a big bit. Like this. But I would rather rewrite the whole shebang than present you with an inferior story that’s not even consistent everywhere.

 

More science fiction in the works. Happy new year!

Hi everyone,

Let’s hope this new year brings good things.

Good things I have cooking.

 Of course there’s Mirror Earth 3. That book is making things difficult for me but that’s okay. For me anyway. I’m sorry you have to wait for it for so long. At the moment I have 210 pages written so there is some progress.

Then there’s Naked Crow 7. That one gave me a headache for quite a while. I knew a few basic things that I wanted to have in that story but tying it all together into something comprehensible and interesting was an entirely different thing. It’s slowly coming off the ground now, though, which is a good thing.

ufo

And then there’s a surprising, strange thing. I started writing a new science fiction. I had no plan to make that naturist based but somehow it morphed into that. It’s fascinating to see that happen, let me tell you. The strangeness doesn’t end there: as I had the initial idea for the story I started writing it on my phone. A day later I found out that the book “50 shades of grey” was written on a phone as well so I took up the challenge. I am writing this entire story on my phone. So far I’m 11 chapters in and it looks promising! This story is entirely different from the Mirror Earth books or from Nude in Space. It’s something that might happen in the present. Something peculiar is that I already have a fair idea what the cover of the book will look like, which is quite new for me. Usually I start worrying about that when a story’s mostly finished. Oh – before you think it’s about UFOs… close but no cigar. Yet. And this image won’t be the cover. 😉

I really hope I can get at least two of those books ready and published for you all in 2018.

Let’s see what comes out of those good intentions. I wish all of you a great new year with lots of nude opportunities!

Paul

 

Sometimes things just keel over. Losing touch with a story.

What do you mean ‘things keel over’?

Exactly that. Last month I participated in “Nanowrimo” (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth). A mad race against yourself to write a novel in a month. I love challenges like that. Note that I didn’t write a naturist novel, my alter ego (ehem) writes more mainstream fantasy and science fiction.

Mirror Earth

In doing so (I almost wrote 300 pages) I lost track of where I was going in the chapter I was writing for Mirror Earth 3. Sarah (you’ll need to know Mirror Earth and Mirror Earth 2 to know who Sarah is) was going to do something. When I got back to the scene after November I stared at the words and my mind went ‘all righty then… what were you going to do here?’

This means that I still dislike my mind because I have no answer for it.

The scene was well over one page already but no matter how long I looked at it, read it, thought about it… nothing popped up. Well bugger, as they say in England. I trashed the scene, read back to where things were still making sense and sat down to compose a completely new twist to the chapter.

It’s not the first time.

falling into a pitI’ve had this happen before because I’ve done Nanowrimo more than once. That doesn’t mean I’m getting used to it. Each time I promise myself to be more careful and to take better notes on where I’m going with a scene, and each time I fall into the same pit.

You’d think I’d have learnt after 7 years, right? Well, wrong. Next time though. I’m sure.  I think. 😀

The good thing about happenings like this is that the new scene usually is better than the one that I discarded. So far it looks like it. I threw out 400 words and I have regenerated 300 fresh ones yesterday. Words that make someone freak out (in chapter 31) over…. oh, wait, I shouldn’t divulge that.

I’ll get back to Mirror Earth 3 today. And to Naked Crow 7, another story I lost touch with, but that hasn’t grown large yet. I can pick that up again after browsing the last few chapters. I just need to figure out who got shot there, and how many people. (Yes, there is some actual shooting of people happening in Naked Crow 7. Trust me. I’ve made / will make it happen.)

A positive comment on the Unsworth Manor Nudes


Yesterday someone said:

Finished your book this afternoon. Enjoyable read. I found it quite interesting being an historical novel based on your research and facts. I think what I enjoyed most though was the evolution of the “proper English Aristocratic ideals” meld with their developing naturism. I think one excerpt said it all…“Nancy’s knees trembled as she took the first few steps but then steeled herself. If she was going to do this it would be in proper style. She was British…”. I loved the whole British/Naturists aspect. Was really fun.

I’m always proud to know that people appreciate my work.

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