Forging ahead with fictional endeavours: ~ Write a life on a page and hurry not to its grave; abhor not the coming age, for eternal is the next page. ~ Read what you will, I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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Next Stop: The End; In Review

This blog was born in December of 2013. As I gave my theme a long awaited overhaul I realised a review of my blog was long overdue. In my first post ‘Resolutions, backgrounds and pursing the tantalising.‘ I outlined the purpose for the creation and upkeep of ‘Next Stop: The End’. As I glance back at this post I realized how far I had come in some areas, and how I had fallen woefully short in others.

The original aim of this blog was tri-fold – 1) To get over the crippling anxiety I had in letting others read my work, 2) To get the point where I could complete a novel length project, and 3) improve my writing skills. In the first area I believe I have been quite successful, otherwise I would not been able to keep an active blog; whether I had the free time or not. In the third area I also believe I have been successful to a degree, while there is room for improvement I feel that my skills have improved quite a bit. Now area two  is the crux of the issue.  I have completed various articles of flash fiction and poetry. Yet I still have not completed a novel. Worse, my ongoing series have gone long neglected since February last year (Jason and the Darwin Awards, Sweet Brain Damage, And you call youself a…).  This absence, while caused by external factors, has crippled my progress and the growth of my site. It also conflicts with the very posting goal I laid out in my about page ‘Ventures in creativity: all you need to know.’  One would think that 1 post a week would be easy to stick too…

Over all, my goals for this blog remain the same, but in light of my review I am going to add one more: To keep my minimum posting level even if I’m busy with life related problems.  Besides, there’s no way the next year can possible be as busy as 2014 was for me so someone please slap me if I miss a week.

Now, on with the literature!


No Tall Tales Today

ImageThis blog started as a personal push to force myself to a) write regularly and b) improve my writing skills.  Thus far I think it has been successful in both aspects.  Today, however, I am forcing myself to take a break.  I’m just not feeling particularly creative at the moment.  I have been struggling with this for the past few days, and I’ve not necessarily been happy with what I’ve produced interim.  After some careless worrying I came to the conclusion that I was forcing myself to hard to be creative at a time when I’ve already been pushing my limits (not my creative limits, but my physical ones.)  So instead of a story I offer you all a virtual Anzac bikkie.  Yummo. ^_^


<Ignore whining here>  So half of Oxfordshire is under water and cold rain is still coming down.  I have a interview tomorrow in Didcot… Didcot!!!  So I have to drag my arse out to the middle of English nowhere via severely delayed public transport and Hope I get a job out of it.  I’ve been subjected to antibiotics and constant colds that make the winter some much more bearable.  <whiny rant over>  Misery guts moment over.   Sorry about that.

In Progress: Our Story so far Take 2

I had intended this to be place up on the 12.  This was put on hold for actual works of fiction.  As far I am concerned actual prose installments trumps articles discussing prose progress.

I am ask myself ‘What has been my progress this week?’

Well, I struggle to answer this because I have not worked on the titles I mentioned in my last report with the exception of  ‘Freedom’.  Instead I have produced a few articles of what I dare to call poetry and new pieces of original fiction that have no relationship to any of my current projects.  I have also begun to piece together a scene on one of my older projects, an adventure based work who’s working title is ‘traveler’.  (There is not specific meaning in this name; it’s just a coded message to myself regarding the game I had in mind when I started writing it.)

I felt, originally, that once I pick a project I should stick with it until it’s down. I quickly discovered how futile that it.  It is impossible to write a story that you are currently uninspired to write.  And usually I get inspiration for single scenes but often none for others; let alone inspiration for how to tie scenes together.  Usually the point where I either find a way to give myself inspiration or work on an piece i have inspiration for and see if it has a knock-on effect.

This, of course, lead me to experimentation in methods to give myself inspiration for certain projects.   Still, let’s get on with the show shall we?


In progress: Our story so far!

Now, the central goal for this blog is for me to challenge myself to write.  For today’s post, however, I am not publishing a short story or a poem – I’m submitting a progress report. ^_^ Very Professional, neh?  Like I’m reporting to an editor!

(So writing has put me into a horrible chipper, excited mood today 😉 )

This weeks projects include –

Child of the rushes – The supernatural story of Til, a young settler traveling in a wagon convoy who finds a baby wrapped in river weeds in a nest of rushes.  Til quickly adopts the abandoned child as her own but the lives of family and friends are put in danger as the settlers try and leave the river with the child.

Freedom –  A trip into the not so distant future.  Our characters live in the 22nd century where overpopulation and debt culture have to the re-introduction of slavery.  Payce and his sister survive by just making ends meet until their lives are thrown into turmoil when Payce chances across someone from his past – in a slave gang.

And my newest (as of today): I wanna be! – Susie summer starts her summer holiday at the beach with her friends.  Her friends joke about a local legend of a witch above the local gift store who grants wishes.  Susie finds herself in front of the witch making a wish to be a mermaid, but there is a price, and a condition.

Progress report:

Child in the Rushes:  I started writing this one as a submission for the 1/1/14 but somehow the length got away from me.  And then I wound up distracted by ‘Bring me a souvenir’, which I did actually submit for 1/1/14.  This occurred because the complexity and length of ‘Child in the rushes’ got away from me.  While it’s still not long enough to be considered a novella, it is now roughly 9 short chapters – 5 of which are scripted now.  As I was scripting I began to feel that some of my characterizations weren’t working between scenes so I’m already considering re-scripting some of what I have.  I’m no longer sure when this fic will be ready for posting.  At this point I think it may be at least a two parter.

Freedom –  My original intention for this fic is for it to be ready for the 8th.  I have a solid idea of what I want to do in terms of plot progress – to the point where I have actually written my opening scenes and an epilogue.  However, I feel that this one will be a two parter as well.  I also feel the need to flesh out what i have more.  That said, I am really enjoying the sci-fi action feel I get form this one.

I wanna be –  This one started as a 5-minute plot challenge today.  As it is the plot I outlined in the 5 minute frame is really only enough for a chapter 1.  It really has the feel of young adult fiction.  As a result the words are flowing with a simplicity that is refreshing for someone who is never happy with her work.  I also considering this as an extra submission for the week. Of course if one of the others isn’t ready for even a partial submission then this may be this weeks submission.

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