The Captain’s Blog: Episode 4

It’s Friday! And that means it’s new episode day. No one noticed that we missed a week, right? Good, moving on…

This week it’s Episode 4, and things are getting weirder on board The Chimera as Tori and Jared find that Jared’s missing ship isn’t the strangest mystery facing them. As usual it’s nice and short – intended to be approx. 5 minutes running time if it were a real webisode.

Episode 4: Cargo

Next time it’s Episode 5. Bet you can’t wait ;).


The Captain’s Blog: Episode 3

Sorry, slightly late, but here is Episode 3. It occurs to me that I don’t have any copyright info on this website for my writing. I should really put something official sounding together, maybe use on of those nice tabs at the top of the page. But for now, here’s the gist: don’t steal my stuff, and if you want to share my stuff give me credit for it 😛

Episode 3: Roomies

Episode 4 ‘Cargo’ is due on Friday, but you all know what I’m like by now.


2014 Challenge – March: The Captain’s Blog

Sorry this is late! It was ready on Friday but we had an emergency sci-fi convention* in Pwllheli, the land of no internet or 3G signal.

There are a couple blog posts from the original diary challenge that led up to this. It started off in challenge w/c 21st March, which was one of four brain storming weeks I had to prepare for Script Frenzy that year. I toyed around with four different ideas but this was by far my favourite and was of course the one I wrote in April. The following week I posted the premise I came up with. And now, I give you episode 1.
A few notes. This is written as a working script (mostly), meaning it includes camera directions. In real life the director would decide on those so they wouldn’t be on a normal script, but since no one is filming this I thought it was nice to put them in to help visualise the shots. If you are not familiar with scripts then apologies if it is tricky to read. If you are familiar with scripts then apologies for the horrid formatting mistakes I have probably made! On the plus side each episode is very short and should only take a couple of minutes to read :). Hope you like it!

The Captain’s Blog – Episode 1: Alone

Coming soon…Episode 2: The Visitor


*Our attending was an emergency, the sci-fi convention was planned over a year before hand :P.

Camp NaNoWriMo


Yup, signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo! Before anyone says I’m crazy, let me assure you I have not signed up for another 50,000 word monster first draft to lie unfinished and unedited on the hard drive for years. I have signed up to complete another 30,000 words of ‘Homunculus’, my 2012 NaNo tale of androids and psions in the far-future encompassing large amounts of material from the DD303 course books (it was my final year of uni, my head was kind of in that zone). I’m hoping that this will take me to ‘the end’ and I can move it to the edit pile. Since I’m going to be concentrating on that for the next month I had hoped to get two short stories finished this month for my other challenge. I typed up two different stories from The Diary and spent a lot of time thinking before finally admitting that neither of them where right. These were the original challenges:
Point of View Character Tag:
1 scene written from 2 different PoVs:

They were both fun writing challenges, and I invite anyone to have a go at them for themselves :). But in the end I just had scenes, not a complete story, and I’d be happy to share them but it’s more of a writing group thing (any of the Lancs & Cumbria Wrimos fancy taking on the challenge?). So, I’m giving you something else over the next couple of months. Probably my favourite piece from the whole of the diary challenge – my 2011 script frenzy script ‘The Captain’s Blog’. This was planned to be a ten-episode web series, so super short episodes of about 5 minutes each. It was also the last Script Frenzy, so a fitting thing to share in April when the challenge used to run :(. I could just publish an episode a month and get to the end of the year very easily, but that seems like a bit of a cheat, so this month I will give you episode 1 and I’ll try and update once a week. That should get me through to the end of May and give me enough time to finish my novel before starting another short story editing job. So check in on Friday for Episode 1: Alone.

Right, where was I up to in that novel now…

2014 Challenge – February: Animal Rights

Sorry it’s a day late, but here is my February short story. This was done for the animal themed week of the diary challenge. The prompt was from Saturday 14th May “Flash Fiction: Write a short story which features an animal as one of the main characters.”

This piece was inspired by various ‘talking animal’ films/cartoons, particularly Nickelodeon’s Barnyard. FYI, the movie was not great, but the spin-off series had a certain surreal charm that I found appealing :).

Thanks once again to beta reader/editor/test subject Markie, and here is the story: Animal Rights


New year, new challenge

Another January 1st, another chance to set random targets and challenges that may or may not get done, but setting them is at least a start, right? Last year I never got round to doing a January blog post so 2014 is already one up on 2013 :).

So what shall I do this year? One thing is set already. In October I’m starting my MSc, which I will be doing along side working and being mummy to a young family so will have very little time left for my usual pursuits like writing and my eternal quest to progress from ‘novice’ to ‘intermediate’ in my artistic skills. Hence I’m going to have to cram as much of that stuff in between now and September as possible!

I have a lot of things I’d like to do during the year, but at our traditional New Years gathering last night I asked Markie if he thought I should do another blogable challenge like the epic (and actually still ongoing) diary challenge of 2011. He suggested I post some of my writing on my blog. Well, challenge accepted, Markie. I will post a minimum of one piece of writing a month to be published on the 28th day. It could be short stories, scripts, or maybe even the start of a novel. I’m not sure yet, but I shall be delving back into my writing diary and seeing what gems are in there that can be polished up for public display.

I will be doing other stuff that I may blog about along the way, but consider this to be The 2014 Challenge so please pop back on the 28th and feel free to hunt me down on Facebook or Twitter for a good telling off if there is nothing here!

Hope everyone has a fab 2014, and let me know if you’re doing any challenges of your own!