Saturday, 29 June 2013

What Really Bugs Me

Some confusion of words and phrases can really bug me. I could understand it from people whose first language is not English. But when you get someone who was educated in English writing "Would of" instead of "would have" or "would've", that really gets on my nerves. Another is confusing "than" with "then". I heard a journalist, whose job it is to write reports in English for a newspaper, say something like "more then" instead of "more than" on the TV3 show Midday, the other day. It irritated me so much that I was going to email the show the following day to complain. What makes it all the more irritating is that the woman in question is very intelligent and explains topical and current affairs issues very well when she's on the show. Thankfully she (the journalist) wasn't on the following day, so I was not reminded of the irritation and never thought to email. I don't care if people think I'm being overly pedantic about the issue. I won't let people get away with it if I can help it. I have a photo to illustrate some commonly confused words & phrases. Unfortunately the difference between "apostrophe v e" and "of" is not in there.
That's my little rant over... for now!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Foreman Case Update

I did a complete overhaul of The Foreman Case, following the feedback I got on authonomy, and it seems to have worked. I got better feedback this time. It has been read by a couple of people but I have put a few more tweaks here and there. I haven't put the tweaks online yet. I'm fairly happy with it now, but I suppose I always feel I could do more with it. I have also had some inspiration for a spin off. I expect the spin off to be a better attempt at a novel as a result of the experience gained in the past few months.
But I went for a job interview yesterday. So that means I might not have the same amount of time to put into new material.
We'll see how things pan out.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Trying Out the Android Update

I'm trying out the latest update of the blogger app for android. I have had no major issues since the last update and gave it 5 stars on my google play review. Normally google products that are good like that, can be disappointing or have an annoying feature on the next upgrade. So hopefully that won't be the case with this, normally excellent, app. I notice you have to type the content on a separate screen from the title and labels screen - an unnecessary change - but I wouldn't drop a star if that's the only change. The 'view blog' is in the options menu now, instead of the home screen. Again, not a deal breaker. I'll publish this now and see what happens.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Rework or Complete Overhaul

I got feedback from Authonomy members about The Foreman Case. One guy said he was thrown by my writing style at first. He said it read like a film script. This was good, I thought, because I adapted it from my film script. He said my style was different. This was good. If all novels had the same feel things would get boring quickly. He didn't seem to have the courage to give a full critique though, because he wanted to wait and see what others thought before rating.That's not a bad thing. His intentions were in the right place.
The next bit of feedback was the critique I had been waiting for. A talented writer, whose work is very funny (albeit a different genre to mine), told me what was wrong and made suggestions as to how to fix it. I knew I took a gamble writing it the way I did but I got lazy about reworking at first after all the work I put into it before putting it online. Thankfully the guy told me that he could tell I put a lot of work into it. So that encouraged me to rework the novel to make it more appealing to the reader.
In order to make the changes needed, I'm not going to edit and rework the first draft. That would be too untidy. I'm going to rewrite the whole thing in a more appealing style and change the layout of the sequence of events in some places. The story will be the very same, just told in a different and less complex way. So the second draft shouldn't take as long as the first and will, hopefully, be easier for the reader to get drawn into.
Most of the first draft is still on the site, bar the first and last chapters, which I've taken down so as not to spoil important plot points and the ending for the reader. So it can still be mostly read in its first draft. But it will have a complete overhaul by the time I'm finished the second draft.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Looking to Get a Cover Done

So The Foreman Case is up on the authonomy website now. Go check it out. I don't to links on my blog so just google "authonomy" and search for "The Foreman Case" on the site. You don't need to register to read novels there.
I had a generic picture of a gun, such as the one in the photo, as my book cover. But I wasn't happy with it so I took it down and replaced it with one of the templates on the site.
I'd like to know if anyone can do a book cover for me that I can upload to the site. I had an idea of a gun with a silencer being pointed in a slightly open door. But maybe people could read the manuscript, or the plot synopsis on the website, and give me other ideas. Possibly do a drawing of what they think would be more appropriate. Any assistance would be appreciated and I would give credit where it's due by name dropping on the site if your picture becomes my cover.