Resources for Writers

Another week another blog entry, but some of you with an overabundance of education may have noticed proceedings have moved to a Tuesday! As much as the blog worked on this day my Thursdays now consist of being at college. After taking one look at my first assignment, inside I screamed ‘OH GOD OH GOD WHY DID I DECIDE TO DO THIS?’

Thinking that maybe I have far surpassed my academic capabilities should I have just cut my losses and settled after finishing the last course?

Hell to the NO!

Us humans are never happy. Ok that’s a statement in its own right but to finish that statement, Us humans are never happy unless we are challenged. This new course I am taking on is going to test me to the absolute limit, in terms of knowledge and capability. But it’s will also test me in ways where I will have to prioritise between writing and studying. Two fronts which I am currently active in and both with the same outcome.

To see a better Lee!

 

Using this page a resource

My following of this page is a gradual and rather slow happening. But that’s ok Rome wasn’t built in a day and I am still finding out what all this blogging is about. I want other aspiring writers to visit this page in search of some learning, from stuff that I have done.

Nothing satisfies me more than to see writers who share the same boat as me to do well and succeed at their endeavours. I’ve never been one to growl at others who write, that’s particularly childish in my eyes. Nor have I ever criticised anyone’s writing on any level, I know what goes into creating something, peoples creations are delicate.

One particular resource that many want to be published authors use is: The writers and artists yearbook.

A writing standard in ways, published by Bloomsbury. Each year they print listings of ‘approved’ (to them) publishers and agencies. There are many experience articles and advice columns. Overall a decent read for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in writing. You can read a more comprehensive review in my Resource for writers section.

 

What am I doing now?
Right now I am taking a break, playing GTA and watching Netflix/eating cake. Recently I edited my book Clark Thorn and the Warrior project for the 3rd or 4th time. Soon I shall be going in for a 5th edit as well as starting another agent hunting campaign.

So do check out my new section, share the blog and ask people to follow via email. That’s all for this week, Peace out y’all!

Decision Time, To self Publish or not, that is the Question?

I’m back, fresh from a week in the hot sun and ready, well sort of. To take on the world of self publishing!!!

But first!

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Scotland didn’t go independent!

I try to stay out of politics, mainly because I swear too much (so fu** off). But I have to say that I am immensely proud that the people of Scotland voted to stay within the UK.

And you know what, they deserved to decide that through a democratic medium. We all criticize our governments but there are many places in this world where that sort of thing is decided through the medium of war and violence. To me it was the finest display of democracy and thanks Scotland.

I have had the pleasure of working and seeing such a wonderful country with a population of a naturally mad and funny people, the type of people that make Britain great! I hope many places on this globe take a look and note how independence can be decided and that is through the peaceful mode of democracy!

Decision Time!

I did say at the close of my last series of blogs that I would come to a decision when I return. But what exactly does that decision involve? (yes I am drawing this out, literally)

Do I self publish my first novel, Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project?

During my holiday I took some time to think, I walked along the sandy beach taking in doses of ultra violet rays.

My position right now is represented below (excuse my wonderful Paintbrush skills)

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Copyright Amateur Hour

As you can see once the self pub path has been taken there is no return. But I have a plan!

On my ever continuing journey towards self-publishing why don’t I continue to try and acquire an agent whilst doing so? (This is represented by the engineering drawing  below*)

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*No British rail I am not available for your already brilliant design team

So that’s where I am now. In the next month I will be implementing another edit of my book and then a new search for representation will happen! This will involve putting together a top notch Synopsis and covering letter which I will share with you good people.

No matter what the goal is it will always be the same and that is to get my novel published and read by the world!

I think either way there is a leap of faith that I need to take, it’s time to stop hiding behind a decision I am somewhat afraid to make and go for it!!! (pause for applause)

I hope you enjoyed this short but to the point blog, that is the aim for me this series. Write something worth reading that doesn’t drag on! A few minutes in the Hall of information is all you need.

Until next time, I’ll be seeing you, please share, comment and like, have a nice day/evening/morning/afternoon

 

 

Episode 7 : Winter is Coming (Season 1 Finale)

For those who have been here since the start, our journey of series 1 is coming to close. The Hall of information is going on holiday next week so I thought this would be appropriate to end the pilot series of this blog.

But has the Hall been commissioned for a second series?

My answer to that is yes yes oh yay! The following I have received has been enough for me to put efforts into continuing this campaign with publication of my book firmly in sight. There will come a transition phase during the second series where my blog post’s will become more frequent. I quite like the idea of Thursdays, the weekend is in sight and people are in much better moods. But my initial thoughts would be to release content on a Monday also!

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Game of Thrones Review 

By way of making this blog popular, I review popular things (that’s probably the most valuable lessons I can give to someone thinking of doing a blog. Reference popular stuff, it makes it more appealing)

So for my birthday I was given series 1 and 2 of the popular George R R Martin television adaptation Game of Thrones. Having been a citizen of the internet since this show’s arrival I was no stranger to it’s perception. In fact I was led to believe that the whole cast would be killed off on an episodic basis. That’s the exaggeration of the trolls for ya. But I was impressed to say that wasn’t the truth.

We are thrown into a world of castles, kingdoms, trial by combat and successors to an iron throne. There isn’t nearly enough words for me to describe this rich and immersive world of characters that is somewhat brief in my opinion (I will say tits, tits everywhere). I understand the book is immensely complex and translation to TV requires attention spans to be kept on their toes. To me the series seemed rather slow from the get go although there were plenty of moments that shocked and intrigued me. There just wasn’t enough for me to sink my teeth into. I love TV shows, the time spent with characters and their stories developing over episodes is something I very much appreciate.

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Although I haven’t a bad word to say about Game of Thrones, the first series felt more like a chore than an enjoyment to me. I have been told, that the series following and beyond is well worth the investment of time.  But surely the first series should also have such moments.

There are some great characters among the brilliant cast and I am somewhat looking forward to see where the story goes in series 2. The sets, costume and action are of a superb level of quality and if this was my book being adapted then I would be beyond proud.

Overall I liked series 1 and I give it 8 Joffrey’s out of 10

 

This isn’t actually Joffery but a rather good lookeylikey, for bonus points can you name who that actually is and what classic TV show she is from? Use the comments section!

Introductions Part 7 (Ok this is wearing thin now)

By the end of May 2013 I felt as if I was ready to send my manuscript out to potential agents and publishers. Having given the book a half-hearted edit. I drew together a list of 50+ contacts and fired off the emails.

In this time I had began to draft book 2!

I received very little response from anyone regarding my book, and the responses I did receive were blanket emails.

What was I doing wrong? After some research I changed my cover letter, put together a synopsis and tried again. By September of that year I had finished drafting Book 2 and decided to take a closer look at book 1.  I had received contact from a literary agent and editor who showed some level of interest but it didn’t feel right to me.

The winter of 2013 consisted of me restructuring Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project, I added 10,000 words and split the 12 chapters. The four hour sessions were back and I worked immensely hard to bring my book up to an immaculate standard.

The new edit was complete and again I would approach publishers and agents.

Again to no avail.

I went through the motions in terms of disappointment, anger and all the other negative stuff, wondering why nobody was interested. My perception of the literary industry was becoming apparent. A closed door society where everyone behind that door will fob off and cop out any way possible. Why not, they are doing this for a living they have to be that way.

(Introductions part 10) Rember a few episodes back, well here it is again. I sent off my manuscript for an appraisal and that’s where I am today!

July of 2014 I decided that I would pursue the route of self-publishing

What am I doing right now

Having recently received my manuscript assessment I went to work in implementing changes and put it in line with the issues pointed out. It took me less than 10 days (of mostly 4 hour’s an evening) to finish and now I am currently taking a break.

Decision Time

I would most like to leave the close of this series on some level of cliff hanger and that is what I will do, when I return for series two I will have an answer on whether or not Clark Thorn will be self-published.

Thank you all for reading Lee’s Hall of information, please share, follow, sign up and tell the world! Series Two will begin on Thursday the 25th of September!

 

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Episode 6 AMERICA F*** YEAH!!!

As I stumble my way through learning how to blog, it is apparent to me that last week’s entry was a revelation! Using the word press statistics thingy it has told me that my largest audience last week was in fact USA. Thank you from across the pond! But I must also send thanks to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the 2 views I had from Italy.

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The country with the most views gets their flag displayed

 

A big thanks to all of you, facebook groupies or booksie members and anyone in between, cheers guys!!

I did tweet the link to Joss Whedon but seemingly to no avail. Maybe someday he could direct the film adaptation of Clark Thorn.

Before we continue! Above you can see a new page has been added next to Contact. This is my current plan, check back as it will get updated as progress is made.

Shameless Plug of something non-book related

As some of you may know, I partake in amateur dramatics. Now the club I belong to is a community run effort that relies solely on ticket sales to stay afloat. Our resident media/publicity officer Matt Streuli has discovered a nifty website that can help promote our efforts. It’s called Thunderclap and the idea is, sign up via facebook/twitter and when the allocation has been met this site will post a status via your page advertising the cause. Upon signing up the site will calculate how many people are reached and add it to the list. Cool right? This is something that I could use when my book launch is imminent.

If you would like to support community run amateur drama then please sign up to the cause, whatever corner of the web you are in, it will help. They need 100 sign ups!

Below is what the set up looks like, click on it to visit the page

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I’ve stopped drafting my 3rd book

Every now and then I get utterly depressed with things, (not been officially diagnosed with depression) what I mean is that I lose faith in everything I do. There are a number of reasons for this, mainly it’s because I am the leader of this campaign and there is no figure above me (writing wise) to put their arm around me and tell me it’s gonna be ok. Or it’s because the soccer team I follow are crap. (although they did win the at the past weekend)

That’s life, we all get burned out and we all loose faith. It came to a point where I had planned most of what I had written so far (book 3) and then inspiration grinded to a halt. So I stopped, mothballed book three and went back home to book 1. By that I mean there was some re working to do on Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project. That’s what I’m doing now, editing to me is so much more fun than drafting. You get to deal with text that’s already had it’s foundation laid, sort of like word maintenance.

Oddly enough my faith in everything was restored when I was at work. In my attempt of looking like I know how to do sciency things I somehow miraculously managed to fix something. Let me set the scene a little here: The chips were down, the experiment was gonna come to a complete stand still, options were diminishing in front of our eyes, something had to be done. What ever I tried didn’t work, hometime was in sight but that wouldn’t come to fruition until this dilemma was sorted. Lee steps up, does something and its fixed! The crowd roar as the ball hits the back of the net! In life the little victories must be appreciated.

 

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Introductions Part 6 (there is quite possibly an end in sight)

So 2013 rolled around and I was full steam ahead into writing. The first 3 chapters I put together previously were having a serious re work and I began to look for a platform to release some material. Luckily a good friend of mine (Rob Chambers) was using a website known as booksie.com to put some writing out there. So it was decided when I had enough decent material I would release Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project via booksie, chapter by chapter on a kind of weekly basis.

At the same time I created a Facebook page and my online presence had officially started. By the end of January, the initial draft of my novel had debuted online!

Exciting times for me but I did come across some difficulty, you see the first 3 chapters were written some time ago, I was a different person then, this stuff was on another frequency, but eventually I blasted through chapter 3 and forward. I will simply say the reason I got through this frequency problem is because I spent so much time writing, every week day I would be writing for 4+ hours. But for the first time I was enjoying it!

A few months passed and chapters 5,6,7 and 8 were constructed. I was on a roll and I could see exactly how and when my first book would end!

By May of 2013 I had finished drafting my first novel and at 65,000 words I was ecstatic with what I had achieved.

 

 

Next week : The final episode of Lee’s Hall of information (this series), a feature length offering concluding the introductions, whats next and a Game of Thrones Review 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 5 (you can’t take the sky from me)

Hot dang it’s Thursday again (or whatever day you are reading this on) so time for another blog entry.

Buckets of Ice

So finally the world has gone public with the fact that they actually wash. Ok that’s not particularly true but at the weekend I was nominated by my good friend George Black to take up the Ice bucket challenge. These challenges are spreading like wildfire. Every day since my nomination I am seeing people I know take up the challenge, but exactly is it for?

Well the ALS association is an American non-profit organization that raises money for research and patient services related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or in the UK motor neurone disorder. Now they had this idea of setting up this challenge and what a fine piece of marketing. There isn’t a citizen of the internet that doesn’t know what an ice bucket challenge is and it’s constantly spreading.

  ALS                                           ICE BUCKET

It’s good to see so many people giving to charity and not just to the ALS association but other organisations too. You can see my ice bucket challenge right here

Introductions Part 5 (yes this is still going, but there is an end in sight, I hope)

So the first 3 chapters of ‘warrior project’ remained on a USB memory stick gathering dust. In that time I had moved house and changed jobs, in fact my whole world had changed after 2011 and writing to me became an afterthought.

Although the characters I had created never stopped talking in my head (maybe I need to be diagnosed with something) my life had moved away from writing, that was until winter of 2012.

If you remember the original concept of Jack Thorn, a guy seemingly talented at fighting robots. At the time (I was 12) my favourite TV program was Buffy the Vampire slayer, in which Jack is loosely based on. What inspired me the most was the story that unfolded in this program, the characterisation and above all what they stood for. Joss Whedon was the creator/writer/director of Buffy and master of character driven stories so in the winter of 2012 I was inspired by his work again.

You can’t take the sky from me. 

Yes I am talking about a rather short-lived title named Firefly (available on Netflix). This 14 episode space western adventure had inspired me to take hold of this USB stick and plug it into my old windows xp piece of sh**.

But why you ask? Because the one thing that inspires me to write above all is good story telling. It entices and feeds the imagination and fills my brain full of impossible ideas.

Having looked at the material on that USB stick, I had that ‘moment’.  A moment all writers have with a story and I said to myself,

“This story is good enough to be published, and by golly that’s what I’ll do” (or something like that, who even says by golly these days)

The story actually held up, so why didn’t I carry it on? So that was when I made the decision to bring ‘warrior project’ out of the shadows and into the light. I purchased a laptop and began work, quickly the title changed to Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project and I began to look for a platform to release my material online. The journey had just began……

I need more followers!!!

I have made the point before of saying, I’m not gonna do well at this alone. The Hall of information needs your help, yes you! Don’t turn around, I’m talking to you! Come back, please. Sign up to the mailing list, the link is to the right >

Lee need’s you to Tweet, Facebook, email, network and share to the world wide interweb about this page and our cause. So when launch day comes we have a chance of making a real stab of glorious success at some level. I want you all to be a part of this and if we shout loud enough more people will join. To good people who have blogs and pages of your own, let me know and I’ll happily check them out, there are many ways of contacting me.

 

 

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On an unrelated note, last year I made an attempt of writing some fan fiction and crossing it over with the world I had creared. Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Clark Thorn Crossover Project was born, have a read by clicking on the picture above.

 

 

 

 

Episode 4

It’s the fourth episode and I still have stuff to write about!

Introductions Part 10

Whoa I hear you say. What happened to the introductions between? Well I’m doing that clever thing like in TV or film when they flash forward into the future for a brief time. (I’m not actually sure if there will be 10 instalments of introductions but it sounds like a round figure to jump ahead to)

So in March of this year, I had reached frustration city in terms of sending my manuscript out to various agents and publishers seemingly to no avail. At this point I just wanted to know if or where I was going wrong, and if my book has what it takes to stand shoulder to shoulder with others.

After some googling I came across the oxford editors. They were offering a service that appraises a manuscript and involves a report at the end. Finally I have received most of that report (I wont go into the amount of chasing I had to do for it and quite honestly I wouldn’t do it again).

My whole angle was to actually have someone honestly look at my manuscript without it just being cast off into the many slush piles. It involved a fee and hopefully that would entice someone to be obligated to actually have a read.

The initial part of the report came through and here are the highlights in the form of quotations:

“I think the idea of this book is ingenious and it has a great deal of potential. However, the first few pages of any book are so important and here I think that you put all the points, but it is rather flat the way you have presented it, so it is like reading an article and not the sort of start that pulls readers into a book”

As much as this starts off complimentary I agree with the points.

“Probably the most important moment of the entire book, in terms of hooking readers, agents and publishers is that first sentence.”

Again I agree and my opening sentence could in fact be better.

To interpret the rest of the report it is apparent that the opening chapter does need some work in order to really grasp the reader. Not work as in rip it up and start again but a series of minor changes and additions to get the opening looking great. That goes for the whole book, there are some instances where I am telling the reader something when I should be showing them.

This is what I have been waiting for since March and now I have been given some decent constructive advice. From here the plan can be instigated. Phase 1 of the Warrior Project Publishing plan has been activated.

  1. Receive manuscript assessment      (I am more proud of the fact that I discovered there is a button to allow crossing words out, technology these days. I’ve been waiting to use that since I started this blog)

Back to the main plotline

Introductions Part 4 (where were we)

After much thinking I decided to start from the very beginning of my story. On my brothers laptop I began writing a title called ‘Untitled Warrior Project’. At this point it that was it in terms of a title and over many autumn evenings I pecked away, putting together the foundations for what would be my ‘first’ book. I had previously attempted to write a Clark Thorn story (a few years back on the xp piece of sh**) so from that initial idea I built the basics.

I struggled throughout this time, adapting to the horrible process that I still don’t like and that is the initial draft. (I do it in hour sessions now (controlling my addiction) To me drafting just feels like whatever thoughts one has is literally sucked out onto page, and that is what one element of what writing is to me. Translation of thought from brain to page.

My run in drafting this ‘warrior project’ ended just as quickly as it started leaving me with writers block at chapter 3.

To be continued….

 

A video

This week a good friend of mine Matt Streuli released a video in tribute to his late mother Janet Ann Streuli. As much as his journey and story is a sad one it also pays homage to the legacy left behind and how it helps him to this day. I share the same hobby with him, that being amateur drama, something I have grown to love and almost need in life. For a few hours a week we get to be what we want to be, whether that is the dashing hero or dastardly villain and perhaps anything in between. It’s a release and stress reliever at times. For whatever is going on in our lives there is always a place where we can be us or someone else. Check out his video here

 

A final note about a prestigious valuable item of memorabilia or sale on ebay, check it out, you wont be disappointed. Click here

 

Episode 3

Lee’s Hall of information is back , this time its personal….. (well every week is)

The Trouble with social media (the blue kind)

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Is Facebook the biggest superpower dictator of the internet?

That is the question I ask because many people who have a page related to a hobby/businesses/get rich quick scheme or any other campaign seem to care so much about numbers. Internet citizens can quickly become obsessed by getting that extra like or share.

But the reason I say dictator because Facebook host these pages in their territory and to me it seems they can do what they like. Buried deep within the small print of having a page is some very vague things called rules. But they only flex their muscles when these ‘rules’ have been broken. Example, I once shared the link of my book so much I wasn’t allowed to comment or post for a certain amount of time (fair enough as I was spamming but it does show they are watching, constantly)

Facebook handle business the way they want but in some instances that isn’t fair at all. If you have a page then you can directly relate to this. Have you ever made a post to loyal liker’s only to be told it reached a handful of people? My page currently sits a 116 likes and I know many of these people as mutual friends. They check their Facebook enough times a day to see my post (that’s if Facebook chooses to display is) My findings of recent is that FB prefer posts that don’t direct traffic away from their own site. (and of course want you to pay, but who likes those sidebar ads anyway?)

Another Example: When I released the pilot of this blog Facebook believed that the link I posted on my page reached 29 people. That was 31st of July.

Now looking at the figures word press told me (the kind website that hosts this blog) They informed me that I had 42 views.

The numbers conflict, but you have to allow a tolerance because not all people of Facebook who see the post will click on the link and read my blog. But still it gives a suspicious insight as to what Facebook are doing to control things. I don’t like it but where else can I go (well here instead, sign up to get email notifications and then you won’t even need Facebook to fail to tell you when the next issue is out)

(And please people stop taking photos of every meal and putting them up on nuisancegram, you are filling the internet up with junk, stop it )

So why am I talking about this? Well when my second blog arrived I only advertised it once on my FB page.

I was then informed that it reached 397 people! But the difference between the two releases is that the second blog was shared by people.

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Is that all it takes to reach hundreds of people? Have I rediscovered the oxygen of internet success, and that is to go viral. There must be other people out there who feel the same pain as me.

Don’t get me started with twitter, I get 4 to 5 new followers a week and I don’t even think most of them are real!!

Introductions part 3 (yes that time again where I loosely talk about my writing history and try to put in at least one thing that’s kind of humorous, not to be mistaken with the healthy snack humus)

The summer of 2006 arrived and by June I had finished the initial draft of Jack Thorn. I will never forget that moment of typing ‘The End’ followed by ‘Jack Thorn will return’ and that was in fact only the beginning of my literary journey. (and the windows XP piece of sh** had much life left)

A few years passed in which I attempted and failed to complete writing of the second Jack Thorn book. But in that time back stories were quickly developing. Outside of the now occasional writing sessions I spent many hours reading and grew into a huge Michael Crichton fan. His books merged real science ideas with fiction and a writing style that truly immersed me into his novels.

Only once before had I been truly immersed and that was by Arthur Conan Doyle’s lost world ( I was ten or eleven at that time)

So that was the defining moment for me, that being the realisation as to why I wanted to write. That being to write something that would immerse people into a world I created.

Back then I stood looking up at the mountains that I would still be climbing today, only then I hadn’t really started that journey.

2010 rolled around and I was 21. That was the year I would finally decide to go back fully into writing, but not pick up where I left off. But start again from a new beginning, that being Clark Thorn.

To be continued (yet again)
An obituary

Much of the entertainment world is currently in mourning.

I felt compelled to write a tribute about Robin Williams, not to use his tragic death to get more reads but to simply acknowledge a man who to me was truly magic. In every role I watched he portrayed the parts with such realism and imagination.

My memories of Robin date back to great films such as Hook, Jumanji, Jack and Mrs Doubtfire. To me they were pinnacle films of my childhood. But the greatest quality he had to me was his appeal to all ages. Into my adult years I discovered his stand up appearances but still appreciate his parts in films for younger audiences.

What compelled and hit me the most was the amount of tributes pouring out from every corner of the social media networks. From video game meme pages to pro wrestling news pages, everyone paid tribute to a man who entertained, inspired and brought them laughter. That tells me that he meant so much to so many.

Thank you Robin Williams, Peter Pan, Mrs Doubtfire, Alan Parrish , Jack Powell, John Keating, Popeye, Mork and the many other characters you brought to life.

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1951 – 2014 Rest in Peace

 

 

 

Episode 2

That difficult second episode where most viewers return to give it another chance to see if it’s any good

It’s been a week and I am back quicker than you can binge watch orange is the new black on Netflix. If you were able to withstand my constant spamming about the pilot blog then bloody good for you, and thank you.

To be perfectly honest I had no idea what type of reception I would get and all I can say is YEAH! We got through to a number of people. (I say we because this isn’t just a solo effort from me but all of you) Thus I would like to extend the biggest of thank you’s and a hello to those who have taken the time to read what I have to offer (some of you even signed up to receive email updates). I’ve now got followers from many corners of the internet and I salute you all. Whether you saw the link via social media, recommended by a friend or even by me. All of you good people are starting to build the base for what will be something extraordinary.

(An additional thanks to those who have come from Booksie.com, the place where many of my writings started out)

Last week’s ‘feature length’ offering brushed over some of the topics I will be covering here so I will waste no time in continuing from where I left off.

Introductions Part 2

So a couple of years passed and the windows 98 piece of sh** computer was now literally in pieces. (I will note that my writing had been since printed off via a Lexmark z13, also a piece of sh**)

That is the best way to dispose of any computer, smash it up and break the sledgehammer handle in the process (that actually happened). My efforts to pen Jack Thorn continued via a Tesco value notepad (very humble beginnings). Eventually I would go on to finish the first draft at the age of 15. I decided that I would rather not do school anymore and spend valuable GCSE (final exams) study time writing.

Looking back I don’t have a single regret of choosing to do that. As always, I used my ‘cross that bridge when I get to it attitude’. Leaving me in a history exam reading one particular question and saying ‘well fu**’. Then proceeding to blag on about Bob Dylan being somewhat the only contributor to the American 60’s peace/student movement.

Final grade D (not bad if you tell me but I can’t imagine what the person grading that exam thought)

(But if you are currently in school don’t do what I did, do as I say and that is stay in school, get as many qualifications as you can and stay as long as you can to free ride it at least into your mid-twenties) (That’s my contribution to the youth of today)

School came and went leaving me behind in a sense as I didn’t fancy sixth form and their policy was stay on or leave. I left, but in all that time I spent looking for a job, I continued writing and converted Jack Thorn onto a windows xp slightly less piece of sh**.

To be continued….

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The humble beginnings of Jack Thorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market research (of sorts)

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So as I edge closer to deciding that I will self-publish my first book, I asked my good Facebook followers about preferences between printed books and e-books.

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And this is what some of my good followers responded with:

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So the response was kind of mixed,  my initial decision come September will be to self publish via kindle or other e-book platform and also a print on demand service which provides the reader with a book they can hold.

I’m 25 (as of Monday the 4th)

As I scratch around desperately in search of the years, I say out loud ‘Where have they gone?’. The last two paragraphs of introductions part 2 were nearly 10 damn years ago. I may be paranoid but I sometimes go deep into thought about time and how it’s slipping away. I mean 2030 is closer to than the mid 90’s (feeling old yet?) If you remember the emergence of the spice girls you certainly will.

What makes you feel old? (don’t say my age) Let me know via the comments.

Some Photoshop fun

So recently my good friend Matthew Streuli has decided to have some fun with Photoshop and my face. With the use of Facebook there have been a few more artists who have popped up trying to emulate and sometimes better Matthew’s work. Below is the best of what I can only call Lee Facing. The newest social media sensation. Do you dare to have a go? Post to my Facebook page and let’s see who can put my face on stuff. That is why it’s called FACEbook right?

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The original picture (myself left and Matthew right)

 

Then it turned into this

Then it turned into this

And then chaos ensued

 

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As you can see I have mad paintbrush skills, by hacking these pictures together it has made a collage of sorts.

That wraps up another week an episode of Lee’s Hall of information. Check back next week, same bat blog, same bat time (roughly)

Pilot

It’s that moment, much like when you watch the first ever episode of a TV show you come to love years later.

Where it all begins, a wild eye medical intern called JD passes through the walls of a daunting hospital known as sacred heart. Or that moment a cartoon layabout and accidental time traveller meets a well-known robot bending unit, unaware he has just stepped into a suicide booth.. Yes I am referencing TV pop culture because apparently it’s appealing. I pity the fool who doesn’t use pop culture to entertain, ok I’ll stop now.

Many of us have those favourite shows we watch over the years but never see the pilot. We will have that eureka moment when we realise why something is the way it is. That is of course if you are lucky enough to be around for the first episode. For you this is that moment. The few people who are reading this on release date I salute you!

This ladies and gentlemen is my pilot blog and welcome all of you. Much to my dismay it won’t be paraded in front of television networks and selected for an autumn slot on E4. But it will be exposed to the people that matter the most to me and that is you. Thank you for taking the time to look at this member of the general internet public.

Welcome to the Hall of information.

Side note: Having read a self-help book recently it did advise coming up with a pun type name for one’s blog, I hope you like it.

Condescending paragraph about your surroundings:

As you can see I have constructed this page via word press who have kindly provided setting a template with colours and all that jazz. At the top of the page you can see some categories, they can all be clicked on and take you away from this (thank god, some of you are thinking.) To the right is a Facebook thingy and below that, a sign up doohickey to receive email updates of when the next instalments of this blog comes out. I will leave it up to you to decide if you would like that service (do it for me). It will make the blog seem more popular to newcomers. Finally there is some kind of twitter feed. Anyway that’s enough of the surroundings.

Introductions Part 1

Most of you will know who I am to some degree, having been spammed by me over the last few years but in case you are a viral reader (not the diseased kind) let me introduce myself.

Lee Hall is my name and I am an amateur author. Having just recently changed my pen name slightly to L A Hall, this is because there is already someone famous out there called Lee Hall. He wrote billy Elliot and that is far as I will possibly advertise him. Back on to the subject matter, I have been writing since the age of 12. Mainly focusing the genre of science fiction.

I remember that rainy Sunday afternoon spent on an old windows 98 pieceofs**t (although windows 8 isn’t much better) and pecking away at a keyboard. Hence my first character and creation was born. Jack Thorn was the name and the story. Simple at first, about a guy seemingly talented in fighting robots.

That was the whole premise of what would snowball over ten years later into the Thorn legacy. I originally envisioned 3 Jack Thorn books but quickly the back story expanded so much it became 6. Hence Clark Thorn was introduced (Father of Jack). Are you still with me? Yes complicated I know but if I pull it off and it’s successful this will be short of what I class as a small miracle.
So, what is this blog about?

My journey towards publication of Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project. The various musings, trials and tribulations of an unpublished author trying to get his name on the bookshelves. Each week he will update the world trying to earn their following/pity.

The end
No this isn’t the end or is it Monty python in which this title was inspired by. But I really don’t want to bore you all with a long winded story about how I wrote a story. Story in a story we all know what many film fans will yell next! Incep…… We get it. So a little more of the history next time and even a picture or something.

Of recent I have decided that I will travel along the route of self-publishing. Now a lot of you will think last resort. I think the opposite, I see an opportunity here to build something from the ground up. That is why this blog has been created. A platform of access to my readership, a chance for me to convince you that I am a competent writer. Because I know fighting criminal robots isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but the material here might be.

Upon my many drives to and from work I have eureka moments or things that I think are clever (tractors on the road are not). My latest one is the following concept.

I can write a book but it is up to YOU to decide whether or not it is a success.

Therefore I need to connect with people on a basis such as this to gain a following and when launch day comes my posse will be there for me. That would be to buy my book, but that’s only if you like it.

So why? I hear you ask? What makes me want to read your book?

  1. You don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Or 2. (my preferred answer) Have you ever purchased a book or a music album that you were proud of discovering yourself?

Not in the sense of ‘gathering a crew of 20 strong men and sailing into the unknown’ type of discovering. I mean perhaps you read a book you really liked then you wanted it to do well. You backed it because you liked it. Then it hit mainstream audiences and you smugly say, ‘I discovered that before it was cool’, you proceed to put your hipster glasses on and sail off into the wind. (yes there are two sailing references in this paragraph) That’s the type of loyal followers I am looking for (not sailors, well If you are, alright if you must). People who helped towards something meaningful. People like me who are just normal, but there efforts towards something are extraordinary, much like Clark Thorn (clever that). Something that started out small but became a big deal.

If I’m gonna get published I may as well try to aim high. Yes, ladies and gentlemen that what this effort is all about. The only way I’m gonna get there is with help from my contacts. It could be you!!! (absolutely no relation to the lottery adverts, if you see a large hand pointing at you from the sky then run in an orderly fashion)(UK joke only I think)

Come launch day I would like a decent group of people to help me put a dent into amazon and help put my book on the map.

But if you don’t fancy what I have to offer you are still welcome here. It won’t just be about my first book and the trials of getting it published. This is a fun informative read for anyone to enjoy or try to enjoy anyway, ok just tolerate. Easy reading we could say with a slight edge of humour.

And that was it. Thank you for reading, do tell your friends, share it on FB but pleaaaaase actually say something about it instead of just sharing. Importantly and above all tell me what you think, this blog is for the reader and that is you!!
The actual end.

(and remember this is the pilot, so you the audience member can decide what worked and what didn’t, was it too long? The power is in your hands to tell me)
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