What’s Up Wednesday #3


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, check out the blogs each week, get to know some of the others taking part, and spread some writerly love!

Here’s the link to my 1st one of these from June, & 2nd one from July.

What I’m Reading
It’s been a massive month for writing, and I haven’t finished any of the books I had on the trot last time! (though I did read [and write reviews for] Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig and Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore). I did however start on a heap of new books, including…

Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree, by S.A. Hunt, a beautifully written steampunky urban fantasy. It’s a slow boil with a big prologue, but once you’re past it, there be awesomeness. OH THE FEELS.

What I’m Writing
I’ve recently finished two short stories set in my main WIP’s extended universe, each focussing on a different female character. One shows (space ninja) Yumiko’s origin story, the other shows (space pirate) Kioni’s response to the afterlife, and her weird job interview…

Other than that, I’m still working on 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.

The plot in a (much smaller than the last nutshell) nutshell:

Space Pirates. Mixed Ship En Flambe. NEEEEOWwwwwng BLAM! Dragons. Sexy Chauffeurs. Cunning ambassadors. Cunning dinner dates. High speed EXCITEMENT heritage tram rides. Magical sheep fisticuffs. Rolls Royce Robot transformers in british racing green. Bespoke suits all round. Joining the theeaatre. Cheeky drinks. Robo-parrot toilet escapes. A galleon full of Pig Pirates. Creative hacking. Chickens VS Dragons, Round one, FIGHT! Heady contemplation of right or wrong…

And that’s just the first half.

I’m still re-writing the second re-write now, and (kind of) on track to release in October.

What Inspires Me
Twitter. I never got what that thing was all about until I started thinking seriously about my writing. Now I’m following some of my writing heroes and *and this is the awesome part* I’m frequently having (rather limited) TWO WAY FREAKING INTERACTION WITH THEM.

Mind. Blown. How much can I learn this way? There seems to be so much information being fed into my brain-cave…

What Else I’m Up To
I’m heading to ‘Murica! Just for work, and just for a week, but I’m excited to be heading to San Diego and Chicago at the end of September. I’m really looking forward to Kuma’s Corner in Chicago (all of their burgers are named after Heavy Metal bands. I think I’ll have a SLAYER burger), and there’s supposed to be a neat craft beer place called Stone in San Diego downtown. Pondering maybe seeing Hemmingway’s house in Chicago. Any other suggestions?

That’s all for this time round. Looking forward to checking out everyone else’s What’s Up posts!

Best regards,


About D.R.Sylvester

A Clinical Research Associate by day (google it), writer by night, D.R.Sylvester lives in Sydney, Australia with his patissiere wife and Siberian Wolf. His interests include travel, music (predominantly Metal), reading, & archery.
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7 Responses to What’s Up Wednesday #3

  1. gpeynon says:

    Wow. That’s query-letter-worthy synopsis if ever I saw one. Gonna go and rewrite mine right now, SWWWOOOOOShhhhhh…

  2. Miss Cole says:

    Twitter is awesome, isn’t it? And such a great place to find writerly people ^_^

    Your writing sounds very exciting. Best of luck with everything.

    Have a great week!

  3. Hmmm, I don’t know about Twitter. . . Facebook and WordPress seem to be more than enough for me in combo with the literary critique site, lol. I thought about starting one up for my job search will I will be undertaking soon! Most of my favorite authors are like in their 70s or dead, so I’m guessing they don’t have a Twitter XD Although it wouldn’t hurt to look 🙂

    • I didn’t see the point either, but I figured if wordpress would automatically reblog my posts there then I might as well look into it. Then the old adage really sunk in: “facebook is where you talk to the people you went to school with. Twitter is where you interact with the people you WISH you’d gone to school with.”
      Also figure that people have short attention spans, so an impressive 140 characters is better than a giant blog post.
      Get on there, and let me know. I’ll add you! ;p

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