Jon's Author Diary - 083 - May 5, 2019
Release Date: 05/05/2019
Hello, welcome to my author newsletter for the week ending May 5, 2019.
I’ve had a very productive week. I managed to finish my first draft of The Hermit, episode nine of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I'm really pleased with how that went. I think it answers a few questions and raise more.
I also finished writing the new scenes for the third Black Death novel. This was fast-paced, with a lot of drama and action. I really enjoyed getting to write a redemption story. As with all my first drafts, it’s in no fit state to read, but the story is there, and I can no build on the bones to make it palatable for human consumption.
To get me in the right frame of mind of writing in a thriller style, I read Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons. The pacing and action was excellent, but the story was preposterous. There more fantastical things going on than in my Ravenglass Chronicles, and my series features magic blades, talking wyverns, sentient ships, and prescient dreams. That being said, it was a fun, quick read.
I’ve also been reading The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler—now this is more to my taste! I’ve been recommended this book several times by readers who said it reminds them of my fantasy stuff. I can see where the comparisons are in terms of the writing style and the minimal level of description. It’s primarily about the characters and story, and doesn’t get bogged down in too much world-building.
I watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones this week (I use the word ‘watch’ very loosely as I’m convinced most of this episode was filmed with the lens cap left on).
This was a tense episode with a lot to keep track of—most of all the deaths. Shit is really starting to hit the fan. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. I cannot wait to see where this goes!
If you haven't done so already, please do subscribe to the Sci-Fi Roundtable podcast. Last week we had a interview with Stephanie Barr, who is an author and rocket scientist. We talked about troubleshooting in space as well as cats and dragons, so that was a lot of fun.
Over the next month, we’ve got episodes about steampunk, genetically modified humans, and engineering after the apocalypse. So, please do check those out.
Until next time, cheerio.