Happy Birthday, Mr. Serial Killer

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Today marks the third anniversary of the publication of the first book in my Serial Killer Z series, Infection. Admittedly, that’s a little bit misleading because the first Serial Killer Z book published was Serial Killer Z back in October of 2018. Which makes October the official birthday of the series as a whole. But today is a birthday so that’s good enough. So, Happy Book Birthday, Infection. Try not to kill everyone at your party. Serial Killer Z is series I enjoy writing and there will be more books but if you’d like to try out the first book for free you can get it by joining my mailing list. [Happy Birthday, Mr. Serial Killer by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 3rd February 2021]

January Writing Update

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After my less than productive 2020 I’ve decided to focus on getting the first three books in a new series out by the end of the year. Regular readers (or anyone who clicked that link) will know that I said I had early drafts of the first two books in my supernatural crime series done. It turns out I was wrong. The first book was a bit of a strange length and the second book had a lot of holes that needed fixing up. After a couple of weeks of teeth gnashing I came to the conclusion that I could solve both problems by combining the two books into one. The plan quickly turned into cannibalizing the first book to create a new opening for the second and filling in the remaining holes with something new. Which means I’m back to having an unfinished first draft of the first book. But it’s a much better first book so I’m happy. Overall word count for the month was 33,082 which is a good start towards my goal of 365,000 words for the year and the most productive January I’ve had since I started tracking my writing in 2012. Which means it’s … Read More

Film Friday – Rubato by ESMA

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Directed by Félix Ferrand, Florian Magnin, Jordan Mercredi, Corentin Provost, Marjolaine Robin. Created during the third and last year at ESMA Montpellier, in France. You check out the film’s Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/rubato.esma [Film Friday – Rubato by ESMA by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 29 January 2021]

Film Friday – Rebooted

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A little stop motion magic for your Friday. And the behind the scenes to go with it. [Film Friday – Rebooted by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 8 January 2021]

New Year, New Series

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2020 was not a productive year. I released a grand total of zero new books which as an indie author is not a good way to build a career. Amazon’s algorithms are ruthless and although I did sell some books the lack of new releases really hurt me. My writing productivity took a hit as well. I did crank out 175, 204 words but that’s a long way from my original goal of 366,000. I managed to finish the first drafts of a couple of new books and some short stories. Not spectacular but better than nothing. The chaos of 2020 was no doubt part of the problem but I’m very fortunate that I work for a company that is handling the pandemic very well and I can work from home pretty comfortably. On that note, I also changed jobs – moving from a technical role at a company I’d worked at for 15 years to a Narrative Designer role at a smaller but very well known and well respected developer whose games I’ve admired for a long time. My new role is a combination of narrative and game design. It’s a perfect fit for me and I’m really enjoying … Read More

“In space we’re here a million miles away”

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I saw Spike Jonze’s Her way back in January while I was visiting L.A. and it really stuck with me. It’s a quiet, tragic movie and Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic. I rediscovered the this track from the movie last week and I’ve played it dozens of time since then. [“In space we’re here a million miles away” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 7 October 2020]