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by tparchie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Go for the novel? Or stick with the short story?
Replies: 13
Views: 943

Re: Go for the novel? Or stick with the short story?

Initially I wrote my first draft in 3½ months. It was 60k words. Eventually I expanded it by rewriting and restructuring. As it stands it's a collection of peripheral stories that centre on a main character whose line of work takes him through the reason behind the collapse of civilisation. It coul...
by tparchie
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 16
Views: 1177

Re: Why Do You Write?

Do you want to crank out a living, or art? The answer to this has to be personal. I know a guy (we all know a guy) who cranked out a novel a month. You can't go back and make them better because the treadmill of life pulls you on. he's hired an editor so, in a sense, that's one answer to the questio...
by tparchie
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Where do you get your inspiration?
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: Where do you get your inspiration?

This is different for everyone. Observation of the writing groups I've been to suggests that many depend on a prompt. Professional authors have themes they work to - this I guess will tie into their respective book deals. A prompt seems artificial and forced to me. Themes aren't hard, there are thou...
by tparchie
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 187
Views: 61811

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Sci-Fi books I have enjoyed (fantasy another time) Hothouse by Brian W Aldiss - a delightful take on flora / fauna gone evolution/ecologically crazy Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K Dick - Dick on top form Glimmung, the Kalends and the original gig guy Ceramic pot healer Joe Fernwright. What more cou...
by tparchie
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Did New Wave Science Fiction deliver?
Replies: 0
Views: 495

Did New Wave Science Fiction deliver?

Did New Wave Science Fiction deliver? Hindsight's a wonderful thing - you get to be judge, jury and executioner. In the mid 1960s New Worlds Magazine was the premier British SF journal. It was circulated in WH Smith and was a valuable window into the genre. Michael Moorcock then became editor. Moorc...
by tparchie
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Short story collections
Replies: 23
Views: 9993

Re: Short story collections

I've upwards of 150 short story collections. Over the years I do revisit them. I was always struck by how an author could produce a great collection and then come up with an absolute stinker. Some of the best include: The Green Hills of Earth (Robert Heinlein - from his Future History) Neutron Star ...
by tparchie
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2470
Views: 456788

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi I live in Accrington UK. For the geographically minded, this places me slap-bang in the middle of one of the oldest football rivalries - Burnley and Blackburn...that's soccer to the many Across-the-Pondanians :-). I started writing in 2009 and I've written four novels as well as 50+ short stories...

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