Five Things I Learned Last Week

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After a brief laziness inspired hiatus, here’s five things I learned last week. Make of them what you will. There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control (via The Washington Post) – If that’s not the hook for a science fiction novel, I don’t know what is. Dawn of the Planet of the Geckos anyone? Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant and David Wright have launched Sterling & Stone – Inspired by HBO and similar companies, the NSFW overlords of The Self-Publishing Podcast and ultra-prolific authors have created an umbrella ‘studio’ for their various genre imprints. Self-publishing is so easy even a four year old can do it – Okay his dad helped with the technical bits but the story was written and illustrated by him and that’s what’s important. It’s a cracking tale as well, with a nice twist. Well worth 99 of your hard earned cents. You can generate your own Lovecraftian writing prompt from here – There’s a bunch of these but I like this one the best. Rock legend, Midge Ure, is playing the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver in September – You can get your tickets here. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on … Read More

An Innsmouth Valentine’s

Philip HarrisChatter, WritingLeave a Comment

I took the day off from work on Thursday. Not because I wanted to prepare an epic Valentine’s Day surprise for my wife but to go to the dentist. Thankfully, it doesn’t take an entire day to go to the dentist (unless you’re really behind with your flossing) and my appointment was early which left me the rest of the day to write – and write I did. I’ve been hitting my head against the outline for the rewrite of The Ghost Smuggler for a few weeks now and I’ve got it to the point where I’m almost ready to start writing again but with a whole day of free time available to dedicate to writing I wanted to actually write rather than just think about writing. It was time to call Ethel the Muse and hit the ideas folder. I’ve had an idea for a Lovecraftian story sitting around for a couple of years but for some reason that particular idea really grabbed hold of me on Wednesday evening and by the morning I’d fleshed out the story and was really excited about writing it. I’ve been pretty pleased with how the seven point story structure and outlining has been working … Read More