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Hello to anyone of you faithful followers that are still checking in on me every now and then, and thanks for being loyal to my online nattering. It has been a busy year for me in 2013 and unfortunately has led to a bit of a hiatus in regards to keeping the blog ticking along with posts and content etc. Well that is a slight understatement and I totally understand if you guys are starting to worry about my  dedication to the cause.

That being said again, i know I have said it before, but I have every intention of making my pet project come to fruition. The book is continuing to grow, all be it slowly, but just as equally as it is surely. Im also still conscious of my online presence and will endeavour to keep the blog chugging along.

Its not that I am one for excuses but I have had an exciting year. One that has encompassed car crashes, my marriage, disciplinary meetings (Im totally innocent),moving to a new apartment and a barrage of vile cases of man flu. Understandably this has impacted on the production of my opus and the maintenance of my blog.

This is of course a problem that many writers are faced with all too often, I just feel better when I at least explain myself. Call it a courtesy if you wish.

So I have at least reflected on what I could do to help me tackle the slippery tight rope of life and the least my interventions will do is make sure I at least get minute progress achieved on a more regular basis, compared to times gone past. The most prominent practices and advices that I have taken on have helped me a lot, they might not be ground breaking tips and tricks but I will share them anyhow.

1. Got myself two consultants to help me with decisions pertaining to my book and its direction. I have found that talking about your work with others or in my case trusted friends and people dear to me, can help you to clear you’re head and stay focussed. I have discussed ideas Im thinking of including etc and got good feed back and sometimes alternate opinions and ideas on my original thoughts. It can also be dangerous to do so, but thats why I said trusted. I would love to hear any opinions on this matter or method of beta testing your ideas.

2. Read more. This is something that everyone tells you to do and I hate to be cliche, but it is very helpful for all you first time writers like myself. It will boost your repertoire of skills in learning the different ways you can tackle writing an idea that you have. I have also personally taken to audio books. I find it easier to just pop it on while driving to work etc and can get through a book very quick this way. Its also good to see how well good writing sounds as opposed to just reading it in your own head. You can understand the flow of the prose. Try reading some of your own work aloud and see how easy it is to roll of the tongue, I have had to re-write sections of my book that just sounded awful to recite out aloud.

And that is it guys in a nut shell, keep writing and do not give up even if you are having a hiatus in your work flow, it happens to us all.   ^__^ . Stay tuned.

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Another great post found out in the blogverse, this one is from a blog that I follow myself and it has to do with a subject that I have discussed here on the bookofascension blog. That being the issue of violence and its use in your story! please check this post out and let me know what you think?

Hoover's Corner

While attending Chicon 7 I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussing violence in fantasy and how much was too much. Or if there was such a thing as too much.

The usual things you expect to be said on such a topic were said.

But I was surprised, genuinely surprised, no one seemed to really get it. I mean they kept saying things like “Violence is terrible and we don’t know why humans are so excited by it. It must say something fundamental about the human experience.”

I didn’t understand. I didn’t understand then and I don’t understand now. Violence is human. It’s who we are. It does define us. We can pretend otherwise, but the fact remains we are a violent species. All you have to do is open a history book of you don’t believe me. We respect and elevate and revere people like Gandhi, Dr…

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Hi there guys, I am back in the swing of things after having recently been through a lot of trials and tribulations recently that have unfortunately have affected not just me but the production of the book. A lot of drama has kept me from writing and concentrating on focusing on all sorts of projects that I wanted to finish. but the drama is over now and I can return back to normal.

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I have had the unfortunate task of having to mourn the loss of my father recently, and then two months ago I lost a long time friend and brother from another mother after he commit suicide. Shortly after that I ran into a spot of trouble at work and had to prove my innocence after a disgruntled car park attendent decided to tell malicious lies about how was supposed to have hit him with my car no less than 5 times…ridiculous I know!  (more…)

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I couldn’t have said it any better and I totally agree! ^__^

The Author Chronicles

Whether it be books or movies, questioning the leaps of faith that we in the audience are asked to make if we are to be convinced that the storyline is realistic is inevitable.  It is certainly one of the most popular discussions of any book or movie when people are debating if a certain scene could have really happened or not.

It occurred to me that an author has to have a good balance regarding this topic.  One of my favorite authors, Dan Brown, always seems to have a couple of scenes in every book that are so fantastic or amazing that it stretches the imagination.  And it works.  In my opinion, his books are mini-movies, and the pages practically turn themselves.  A fantastic scene that stretches the imagination is acceptable to me as long as it isn’t over done throughout the book. 

The same thing goes for movies, although…

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The sword and lazer podcast has just recently turned into a vidcast! What does that mean to you guys? Well if you are a geek like me or enjoy your fantasy and science fiction books and would like a cool web show to help you pick out what to read and check out next then the already popular podcast series has just recently got its own youtube channel and website than you can check out HERE. Its essentially a book club that brings you reviews and news on everything that is of a sword and sorcery or sci-fi flavour.

The first episode is up and available to watch and features a great interview with Author Scott Stigler. Its a great interview as he talks about his new book “Nocturnal” and showcases a trailer for the book to give you a tease as to what to expect when you read it. I thought the trailer was a good idea too, I might think about doing a trailer for “The Book of Ascension”, could be a great way of exposing your project to a wider audience!

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Still image from the Nocturnal Book trailer! by Scott Sigler

Scott stigler also has a website HERE. Theres all sorts of inspiration I got from these resources so please check them out if you are not already a fan of  the content they have to offer. Cant wait to see what comes next from the Sword and Lazer team also.

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The art of writing

 

Hey peeps! found another gem of an article on the web that I thought I should share for any of my fellow newbie writers out there looking for some advice or special tips on writing better. If you are like me and have a passion for story telling yet dont actually have much experience in writing professionally, whilst at the same time have thrown yourself into the daunting task of actually writing a book despite the aforementioned facts then please read this nifty article  right here! ^__^

I enjoy reading such things and I’m learning a lot from doing so, after all what better way to up your game by learning from people who are already literary black belts? In the foreseeable future I plan on using sites such as those that allow writers to put excerpts of their stuff online for people to critique but for now ill stick to my current training methods and work on putting excerpts here on the blog first!

What are the methods you guys use? Obviously reading more books helps but unconventional or strange methods of inspiration and style development do you use to help improve your game? I would love to know so please do share and comment below.

 

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Hello all and everyone, im just checking in, as im sure many of you who are at all bothered, have wondered what has happened to me and the “Book of Ascension” lately. I can assure you I am still here and alive and well and the project is going ahead still, its just that I have come across that stage in many a writers journey, where everything just seems to be happening too fast at the most inconvenient of times. So this is the reason why I have had to devote my attentions towards other areas of my hectic and busy life.

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Being a medical professional is very taxing, what with the 24 hour on call emergency rota, the duty to maintain my clinical competency with training and exams and bothersome assignments. Add to this other commitments like family, friends, my health and the little nitty gritty task of filling forms out for various personal administrative necessities like banking and other boring stuff…as you might well understand I have had to push the things I would like to do to the back of the line, and unfortunately keeping this blog fresh with content and writing my book for you guys to sample has been one of those things.

But like I always say its better to burn out than fade away! ^_^ and i promise I shall try harder to keep writing and finally put some of the book on the blog real soon, so please stay interested and stay patient. I haven’t completely stopped writing either, in between researching the inner complexities of informed consent and patient autonomy for my medical assignment I find my self day dreaming up scenarios or ideas for my story and its characters. When this happens I jot it down into my little brainstorm notebook to store away for me to come back to and hit the ground running when I start writing again.

I will try to stay fresh guys and I hope you understand.

Aiden ^_*

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