Almost ever day I buy a load of stuff I know I don't need or don't have to buy. This is usually something like a bottle of pepsi, or a snickers or something, occasionally it is a DVD that probably wasn't worth the money. It hasn't been anything huge like a car or small country yet, but I'm getting there. And sometimes I buy things which I think damn I'm pretty happy I got this, how were things before I got the item in question? and such examples of these is when I got Infernal Affairs or Battle Royale on DVD, or my art tablet (what the hell was I doing before I got that?) or when I figured wireless mice were the way of the future. After saying I will since I got my laptop, I finally got an external monitor, and I've only had it a short while and I only just figured out how to get separate wallpapers for each. However, now I realise how useful it actually is. I decided that large pictures were the way of the future, so I chucked up a massive canvas on photoshop, large brush and drew, with very good results. My drawings have never looked so smooth on computer. Hooray for technology,eh It will also do something that I've been trying to get done for ages; rewrite Last of the Heroes (the subject of the previous post) without painfully skip from window to window looking at bits of text, or going throug pages of printout to eventually lose them. Now one simple glance at the screen next to me shall save me time galore. .... Sent for a few information packs on publishing and agencies recently and am expecting them in the mail relatively soon. Checking out Neil Gaiman's American Gods Blog as it gives me a lot of detail on what happens from book being written to book being put on sale. Considerably more edits than I thought there would be, ages spent in airports and catching planes and such. It's a full-time job I suppose And now to leave the computer as I feel like my eyeballs have melted
There's a story, which came to me in 2005. It featured a lot of gods, a powerful wizard, some less powerful wizards and few wizards that were more powerful than the first one mentioned. The heroes of the story weren't wizards though and were perfectly ordinary. Althougb two of them had a magic power, and one was a "mage" (not to be confused with a wizard though, mind you) and then there was in fact a wizard in the team. But he wasn't a full wizard. Whoever was left over I'm fairly certain were ordinary human beings with no magical abilities whatsoever, but it's so hard to be sure in my head. Oh yes, I had a point. The story was formed slowly from doodle after doodle. The two main characters (the ones with the magical powers but aren't wizards. Try to follow) had been created in a half-delusional state whilst catching up with some Media Studies work and being made to sit in a tiny room with two of my friends watching the Matrix, the year before. They had ridiculous names (Gord Marann and Shara [last name forgotten]) but somehow they stuck. The main villain evolved, and then devolved and then disappeared for a while, but returned shortly after and nothing much had changed from when I had first created him. But aside from all that I created a story about the world possibly being destroyed if someone didn't stop the NINE TITANS, the great big evil elements, from returning and making a mess all over the place.There's a back story, see, where these nine elements are all siblings but they fight and the world goes all awry and then they eventually kill each other one way or another. It was a good story, at the time, and it is a good story now. But they are, in one way or another, completely different. The first story was one I set out to write cos I was bored and wanted to put this thought down somewhere, and then it evolved (but didn't devolve. not much anyway) and I finished it in 2006 sometime. But by that time, I thought that the first part of the story sucked because I couldn't write to save my life at the time, so I rewrote it, then I rewrote the second part and now I look at it and think damn, this needs some rewriting. I changed the title from something that looked ToA:LotBR (when abbreviated) to Onslaught of Darkbishop to Onslaught and now it's become Last of the Heroes. The second part is still called One Tin Soldier. I don't plan on changing that just yet. So will I ever be happy with this piece? Probably. I have thought of a few changes here and there to make the idea less like Lord of the Rings meets a weekly trip to Fantasy Cliches 101 and more like Something Original By Basil Baradaran. I'll get it right one day. Hopefully soon. I have an entire armoury of ideas (completely original, this time) I want to throw onto this world and it doesn't feel right starting the series with something other than this.