Hello. I assume you’re here because you followed a link from Facebook or Twitter, or maybe you found me through a random Google search. Either way, you’ve presumably come to this page to find out a little about me.
I’m Christopher Mansell, and my goal in life is to become a writer. Well, a professional writer. Let’s face it, any idiot can type down some words in a document and call themselves a writer. I’d like to be good enough at the craft to get paid for it. I want to be a writer because I have things to say and stories to tell. I can’t draw, and my programming skills aren’t amazing, so comics and games are out the window. And frankly, I can’t afford to get into film. So I’m left with honing my craft with prose, poetry and script work.
So, why the blog? Well, the reasons are twofold. Firstly, it keeps me accountable. I’m quite lazy. If there’s one thing I’m better at than writing, it’s finding excuses not to write. This blog is here so I have a reason to sit down, open the word processor, and get some kind of writing done. Secondly, I have opinions. Opinions I want to share with the world, but find difficult to condense into a form small enough for Facebook or Twitter.
Going forward, I’ll be using this blog to mainly showcase my work and discuss my process. I’ll also occasionally do opinion pieces on media. What it’s not is a diary, because I can’t see why anyone would be interested in that. For more regular updates from me, you can find my Twitter feed here. Feel free to follow and shoot me a message of greeting.
My banner was created by my sister, Rachel, who can be found here.
Current writing project: Post-Apocalipstick (2012 NaNoWriMo winner)
A few short generations after a plague wiped out much of the world’s population, humanity is rebuilding. The decayed metropolis that was once New York City is a war zone ruled by gangs, none stronger than the November Army. To their ruthless leader, Joe November, women are nothing but a status symbol, a commodity to be enslaved and traded.
But Sherilyn, Lou-Lou, Lee, Mae and Genevieve have other ideas. And when these five women escape to chase their hopes of finding a better life in the west, they will travel across a plague ravaged America, risking their lives against militaristic bandits, sleazy criminals, and a warlord out for revenge in this punk rock take on the post-apocalypse.