The Kraken and the Clock Tower: Week Four

I have recently started writing a novel that is tentatively titled The Kraken and the Clock Tower. These posts will document that process, including a weekly word count check in, along with various thoughts and feelings along the way.

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It started out as Mad Max fan fiction…

Well, not quite. In a way, it all started with a conversation. I don’t have the chat log any more, but I was talking to a friend about Fury Road, the Mad Max reboot. Or is it a sequel? Either way, it’s a new Mad Max film, starring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. Not gonna lie to you folks, I’m really excited. I fucking love me some Mad Max.

But anyway, a friend and I were chatting away about Fury Road and, out of the blue, I said something along the lines of “Hey, can you imagine how much the internet would flip out if they cast a woman as Max?” There was some silence for a few seconds before I got a “What do you mean?”

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Post-Apocalipstick: Fun With Graphs!

Hello. As some of you may be aware, around a week ago I finished the first draft of the novel I’ve been hacking away at since last November, tentatively titled Post-Apocalipstick. I’m not due to start editing for a while yet. I want to let the manuscript sit for a while so I can come back to it with fresh eyes, and take some time to catch up on other pursuits like reading or playing The Last of Us (seriously, it’s great so far, totally sucked me in).

That said, I couldn’t resist popping back in to take a look at some things, most notably the structure of the thing. And since I’m a bit of a maths nerd as well as a writing geek, I couldn’t resist plugging some numbers in and mocking up a visual representation. Which I’m now going to share with you lucky people! YAY!

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What Does it Mean to be a Writer?

That’s quite a loaded question, isn’t it? It’s also a question I don’t have a definitive answer to, in case you’re someone who came looking for that. I don’t think anyone can answer it for anyone else; the best I can do here is tell you what it means to me and hope you take something from it, whether it’s enjoyment, inspiration, or something more useful.

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