8 Things That Make Apocalypse Weird Cool

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There’s only about 60 hours to get on board the Apocalypse Weird Indiegogo crowd funding campaign so here’s 7 reasons why I think you should take a look at it. 1) It’s the first of its kind. This is, as far as I know, the first time so many traditionally published and indie authors have joined forces to create such a far reaching and ambitious shared world. 2) Where else can you find books that feature zombies, Terminators, terrors from the outer dark, mad scientists, solar pulses, hurricanes, Hoodoo Mafia, psychotic scientists, killer polar bears, blood cults, more zombies, killer viruses, mutant children, and ALIENS!? (Not all at once, obviously although that could be fun…) 3) Where else can you read about the forces of evil wreacking havoc in and on Nashville, Ellesmere Island, Chicago, Orlando, Disneyworld, Houston and most of the rest of Texas, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, the Mississippi Delta, ancient Sephervaim, Assyria and Babylon, Ohio, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Roanoke Island (Croatoan!), Detroit, Atlanta, Manhattan, Long Island, Phoenix, St Louis, The International Space Station, Ireland, Nepal and more, including London, England (that one’s mine)? 4) Where else can you read diverse, interconnected books by people like these guys:   5) It’s just … Read More

Building the Apocalypse – 13 April 2015

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Sunday marked the 652nd day of my unbroken writing streak. Meaning, I’d written some sort of fiction every day for 652 days in a row (and counting). During that time, I’ve written a total of 485,205 words. 150,728 words of that was either revisions (94,334), Rewrites (35,293) or outlines (21,101). The remaining 333,513 words were first draft writing. A fair amount of that will have been deleted but I’ve still got a significant chunk of completed material. The daily and weekly charts are getting a bit too big to be useful now, but here’s the monthly breakdown (bearing in mind the first and last months are not full months). My best full month was 33,637 words while the worst was 14,784. My best week was earlier this year when I hit 12,997 words. My worst weekly total was a feeble 1,608 words although low weeks tend to happen when I’m revising so that’s a bit misleading. These are the projects I’ve worked on during that time (in chronological order). The Ghost Smuggler (Novel Rewrite) 12 Things you Need to Know About Merfolk (Short Story) Finished Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet (Novel) The Princess (Short Story) Finished* The Mirror (Short Story) Finished* Lifeboat (Short Story) Finished* The Bone Boy … Read More

Altered Perceptions is Live

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The IndieGoGo project I mentioned on Saturday is now live (now called Altered Perceptions). Here’s the video explaining a little about the project.   There’s some great rewards including dinner with Brandon Sanderson and his wife – Check it out. [Altered Perceptions is Live by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 21st April 2014]

New Anthology – Altered Perspectives

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Dan Wells (author of I am Not a Serial Killer and other splendid books) has announced a new anthology to raise funds to help his brother, Robison Wells (also an accomplished author) with his battle against mental illness. The anthology – Altered Perspectives – will contain a collection of stories, deleted chapters, alternate endings and other “bonus” material from a whole bunch of great authors, plus essays and comments from each of them about mental illness. The list of authors involved in this is pretty impressive: Ally Condie, the forewordDan Wells, the introductionAnnette Lyon, An unpublished chapter from her retelling of the Finnish fairy tale, THE KALEVALAAprilynne Pike, TBABrandon Mull, Deleted scenes from BEYONDERS 2Brandon Sanderson, five completely rewritten chapters from THE WAY OF KINGS, where Kaladin makes the opposite choice of what he makes in the published novelBree Despain, an alternate ending to THE LOST SAINT, and an alternate beginning to THE SHADOW PRINCEBrodi Ashton, the first chapter from her YA novel about an unwilling alien fighter who has to rescue the boy she lovesClaudia Gray, a deleted scene from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOUDan Wells, the original John Cleaver free-write that inspired I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLERErin Bowman, a deleted scene from TAKENHoward Tayler, a creative non-fiction … Read More