I’m dipping my pen into writing fantasy, a side move from my speculative fiction novel, The Seed of the Violet Tree: a science fiction mystery. But, how to start world building? This blog is the result of a piece of desktop research I undertook between November and December 2020. I’m no expert obviously, but below … Continue reading Three Approaches to World Building
Research: Building a Fantasy/Alternative World
My current work in progress is a speculative fiction novel about a twinned Earth, which took an alternative religious path to our own. What are the essential ingredients that made up the best fantasy world? Asking this question on several platforms and will blog my findings at a later date. Thanks everyone!
Covid-19: Become More
It came in the arms of the one that I love,In a kiss to a child’s grazed knee.It blew in the wind of the breeze in springAnd stole you away from me. It came on the lips of a church in prayer,In the hug of a grandad’s love.It sat on the bench on which we … Continue reading Covid-19: Become More
Writer’s Block and the Post Office
A friend gave me details for a competition. It was for new writers published in 2019. The winner's book is purchased in bulk by certain UK public libraries. That sounded perfect for me because my first novel was published in paperback this year. The submission date was the following day, so a fast turnaround was … Continue reading Writer’s Block and the Post Office
How Dare They!
Be warned: your characters will start making their own relationships with your friends and family. When I published my book: The Seed of the Violet Tree: A Science Fiction Mystery, I expected, of course, that readers would bring their own perspectives to it. They would utilise their personal histories, experiences and insights to reach unique … Continue reading How Dare They!
On: Big Data
Faceless I went over to Tom’s to offer support, he’s going through a divorce. The TV, running in the background, was distracting but he didn’t have any streamed music, his credits had run out. So we chatted about his divorce to a backdrop of Eastenders. After a few moments Faceless let himself in with the … Continue reading On: Big Data
Collective Consciousness: Fact or Fiction?
I'm blogging about how I'm reinventing myself, from a retired nurse into a contemporary sci-fi writer. More about me here. Today's blog is the fourth and last in the series. There are two parts. PART ONE follows my progress through the literary world. PART TWO discusses the concept of collective consciousness, one of the … Continue reading Collective Consciousness: Fact or Fiction?
A Novelist’s View on the Ethics and Governance Surrounding Artificial Superintelligence
I'm blogging about how and why I'm reinventing myself, from a retired nurse, into a contemporary sci-fi writer. More about me here. Today's blog is the third in the series and is in two parts. PART ONE provides an update on my progress through the literary world. PART TWO discusses the ethics surrounding the development … Continue reading A Novelist’s View on the Ethics and Governance Surrounding Artificial Superintelligence
The Tipping Point and a Sinister Turn of Events
The second of a series of blogs, in which I discuss Why I Felt Compelled to Write My Novel, The Seed of the Violet Tree: A Science Fiction Mystery [Amazon UK Amazon.com. Amazon AU ]. The introduction to this series of blogs can be found here Whilst conducting background research for my novel I revisited a … Continue reading The Tipping Point and a Sinister Turn of Events
Why I Felt Compelled to Write My Novel: ‘The Seed of the Violet Tree: A Science Fiction Mystery’
Introduction This is the first of a series of blogs, exploring the emerging debate on Artificial Superintelligence (ASI). Whilst researching my novel, 'The Seed of the Violet Tree', [Amazon UK Amazon.com Amazon AU], I had time to read, explore and contemplate the possibilities and risks superintelligence presents to humanity. My interest began after reading Nick Bostrom’s, … Continue reading Why I Felt Compelled to Write My Novel: ‘The Seed of the Violet Tree: A Science Fiction Mystery’