What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. If you’d like to join us, check out the blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love!
What I’m Reading
Echoes by Therin Knite. So far, flipping amazing. It’s my favourite mix of good characters (an overly and overtly intelligent intelligence agent, breaking the rules of rookie-hood by overacheiving, and making his senior colleagues look comparatively rubbish), compelling world building (a post-post-apocalypse where humanity has more fancy technology than you can poke a designer cosmetic modification at), and intriguing plot (who is that hottie with the sunglasses and the umbrella, and what’s the deal with the giant firebreathing dragon that’s selectively torching suburban addresses, right under the nose of this world’s FBI equivalent?). Counting it as a lucky find for me.
What I’m Writing
Last Resort, which I’m planning as the first in a series of Urban Fantasy / Sci-fi tales following the adventures of Captain Roger, Space Pirate.
This first story sees our hero maroon his crew on an asteroid and set out for a vacation. He wasn’t going to stand for their attempted mutiny just because the price on his head had skyrocketed, and half the Royal Navy was out looking for him.
His plans go awry when he hits a quarantine blockade while coming into orbit of his intended holiday destination, New Canton. He breaks through only to shipwreck on the colony’s outer dome, and has to abandon ship. He sets off for the resort on foot.
His troubles don’t end there: the quarantine is for a dragon infestation, so of course he meets the dragon on day one. It wants to eat his tour guide (can’t deny, the monster has taste), who for her part is just struggling to pay the rent, but really dreams of joining the Theatre Company and getting out of dodge in The Review. What about the Navy Commodore? Coming after him. The Meiji Ambassador? She’s blackmailed him for a ticket on his (wrecked) ship, intended destination: the Qing empire, who enjoy boiling smugglers alive in hot wax. The dragon hunter? He’s Roger’s old nemesis. The colony’s old lady Governor? She’s up to something, and Roger figures heavily in her schemes. And he only wanted a drink and a deckchair by the pool…
This time Captain Roger might as well start thinking about doing what’s right, because clearly, easy isn’t even on the cards.
Just re-writing the second draft now, planning to release in October before my child is born and I have a lot more on my plate…
What Inspires Me
In my writing I’m really being inspired by Jim Butcher & Joe Abercrombie. Jim writes stupendously action-packed urban-fantasy, where our hero Harry Dresden battles the nastier magical denizens that (allegedly) live hidden among the citizens of present-day Chicago.
Joe writes utterly compelling and realistic characters in a fantasy setting. He somehow manages to pick you up and drop you right into the shoes of Logan Ninefingers, a psychopathic barbarian warrior, and through everything he does you still end up rooting for him to win.
In the universe in general? I’m inspired by scientists, the ones I work with and ones I’ve never met. I’m especially inspired by space exploration, and dream of the day when humans can live out in the solar system, maybe on Mars, or in the Asteroid Belt between there & Jupiter. I’ve started following blogs about space, and I want to start reading more NASA news. Space launch live-feeds + beer sounds good.
What Else I’m Up To
Specifically? I’m going on my baby-moon with my wife soon. Cairns. Tropics and stuff. Beer in the pool. Booia.
More generally? Archery, walking my Wolf, drawing and inking the cover-art, seeing concerts (Metal), eating delicious things made by my wife, weight lifting, preparing the house for my daughter’s anticipated landing date, & lots and lots of work for… work.