Friday, December 09, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Ten

It's been an awful long time coming and it's a short one. I expect this will read a little more disjointed than any of the other chapters, simply because it was written in little bites as and when I could find the time. Hopefully the next one will be written a little more quickly.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Nine

Definitely the most difficult chapter yet- took four false starts to get it going and progress was hampered by events in the real world. I had intended this chapter to be quite different but it just didn't work out that way. A new set of characters do turn up though so that should all a little interest to events. At least one major character was due to make an exit here but he, or she, got a reprieve- for now.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Eight

This is another one that's a tad on the short side- and it may be a little disjointed as it was written in little chunks here and there due to the real world getting in the way. Some day I'll get round to reading over these parts and prettying them up a little.

I was going to write some more but the story's about to take a slightly different direction so I thought it was best to cut it off here rather than have it spill over any more. Think of this chapter as the end of part one of the story. If it goes according to plan that is- this story has a habit of taking me places I hadn't intended on going to!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Seven

This one pretty much came in one go, a frenzy of writing. The situation in the story is growing more and more dangerous as the characters find themselves in a world filled with zombies.

I'm hoping that the pace is getting a little faster and the excitement levels are high. That's what I'm aiming for anyway!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Six

Dawn has just broken on the first day of the zombie world.

This is a little shorter than I'd intended, and the pace has slowed somewhat, but I felt it was best to stop it where I did. Hopefully, you'll agree with that too when you read it!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Dawning of the Dead- Chapter Five

The pace of the zombie infection is beginning to speed up more and more as the dawn approaches.

I'm not quite so happy with this chapter as the others so far- I had intended to make it a little longer, but it was turning into a bit of a struggle. Hopefully a fresh start with part 6 will sort this little blip out.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Four

The zombie activity begins to step up a pace as the night moves towards the dawn.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Three

Things are starting to get a little more interesting now :)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter Two

Chapter Two - Awakenings- is now up. The zombie contagion is beginning to spread.

I've just finished writing it and am posting it straight away. Hopefully there aren't too many errors.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Dawning of the Dead Chapter One

A zombie tale in a similar vein to Dawn of the Dead- the beginning of a global zombie outbreak. I'm going to post this one as I write it- as it stands I have no real idea of where I'm going to take it or what's going to happen.

Feedback appreciated as this is still a work in progress.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Walking Dead Part One

Nothing whatsoever to do with the comic book of the same name, Walking Dead is one of those little fragments of a story which I just can't seem to turn into anything longer. I did start a second chapter but it wouldn't work. Perhaps some day I'll have another crack at it. Perhaps I just need to be in the right mood.

It's in kind of screenplay style because I find it much easier to get started if I can begin a story with "Exterior. Night." rather than "It was a dark and stormy night." Usually after a few paragraph it'll mutate into prose but it's a very useful method of simpy jumping right into the story without any headaches.

Friday, October 14, 2005


As you may have noticed the links to my stories here are currently down- I'm in the process of swapping over to a new ISP and so it'll be a day or two before this site is operational.

In the process of getting the place sorted out I'll hopefully post some new material- it's been a long time since I last did an update.

UPDATE- I've fixed the links.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Cavewoman Retold - Prologue

This started life as a writing exercise, re-telling the origin story of the comic character Cavewoman. I give it my usual action-twist and also included the girl's mother in the tale- that wasn't actually meant to happen but the story seemed to be writing itself at that point. It's also a good example of how you can get some good material by using writing exercises- from this starting point, I kept going on my own tale.

From this prologue jump off I began writing my own "town back in time" story but it was significantly different from the Budd Root tale and the more I wrote the less inclined I was to actually include a Cavewoman character in it. I had my own militaristic story going on and a lead character I was growing to like. Even now, about 60 pages into my tale, I'm not sure whether I should include a Cavewoman character (Cave-family in my case) or just keep the characters I have.

To read the original Cavewoman story by Budd Root, your best bet is to go to Amryl Entertainment where you'll find a complete list of the Cavewoman comics. Be warned though, Cavewoman is a busty lass and the artwork gets more than a bit racy. It's definitely a comic for adults-only.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The War - Chapter One

I wrote this one ages ago and had all but forgotten about it until I started this blog and was looking for bits and pieces to post. The idea came about after I'd been reading a fair bit of survival fiction and wanted to do some of my own. The end of the world was done pretty well in Jerry Ahern's Survivalist series but times have certainly moved on some since then. I also wanted to focus less on the horrors of a nuclear war in which the chances of survival would be pretty slim and more on the chaos of society collapsing. For a great example of this go and read Halffast's Lights Out. It's a fantastic work that in my opinion has set the bar for survival fiction writers pretty high.

The War is very much a vague notion at the moment but I will just say that the situation will change fairly drastically in coming chapters. I hadn't actually planned on writing more of this right now but my Other Half insists on reading more, and writing it- and posting it- will be a pretty effective test of my writing skills. If you want to see more do let me know because I'll be posting a variety of stuff soon and whatever turns out to be most popular will get the most focus.

One other note- the date and city are blanked out deliberately. The year might turn out to be slightly significant so I wanted to give myself a little leeway. The city is not mentioned because it's fiction and I'm making the area up as I go!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Writing Exercise 06

This first piece is nothing more than a quick and simple writing exercise. The brief was simple- pick a picture and write a story based on it.

The image is of the character the Baroness from the GI Joe range of toys/cartoon. The Cobra badguys were particular favourites of mine when I was a kid, with the silver-headed Destro was my all time favourite figure. Anyway, that's where the story came from and, as with almost all the writing exercises I've done, it was kept short and to the point. These pieces are good practice when you couldn't otherwise write and there's always the possibility that the piece can come to life and develop into a fully fledged story. I kind of like to leave this one as a fragment, let the reader imagine what else is going on.


This page is designed purely to showcase some works of fiction written by my good self. The major theme of these pieces is old-school adventure, but also expect to see some horror (I have a thing for zombies) and perhaps the occasional bit of science fiction, depending on my mood.

I haven't quite made my mind up yet as to what I'm going to post but I have one or two things in mind. Please feel free to comment on the works - I'd appreciate the feedback. Hopefully, it'll not be long before the first works start to get posted.

Thanks for reading.