Friday, September 22, 2006

The 1st Moon Crater Fiction Decisions Poll!



# "I feel like a quote out of context, Withholding the rest, so I can be for you what you want to see" # - Ben Folds

Announcing the 1st Moon Crater Fiction Decisions Poll!

I'd like you to help me shape the appearance and characteristics of the two main characters in my story. This isn't me just being a lazy writer - I'd like to involve readers as much in the writing process as possible, (my website http://www.findthemissingreel.com/ is just one way I've already sought some feedback on my writing) but added to this is the fact that despite working on the story of Moon Crater for a good few years, plotting key moments and creating dialogue for a variety of characters, the central duo who drive the story forward are still faceless silhouettes to me.

I only realised this whilst travelling across Canada on a sleeper train last month (it's weird what comes into your head at 3am after being kept awake by every bump and rattle on an old railway track!) But these two "shadow puppets" aren't absolute strangers to me by any means.

They are actually like best friends to me now. I know how they'd react in certain situations, whether they'd laugh at a particular joke, even which films they'd buy a cinema ticket for, but I just haven't ever devoted much time to deciding what they physically look like...


Monday, September 18, 2006

Good things come to those who wait...

# "Good authors too who once knew better words now only use four letter words, writing prose, anything Goes" # - Cole Porter


Just before I post the biggie of the week on this blog which I pointed to at the beginning of last week - the vote for what the main characters of Moon Crater will look like, I just want to share some news about some prizes I finally received last week in the post from winning 3rd place in a writing competition in 2005.
(See this post from me a few months ago for the lowdown on the competition:
http://cgallan.blogspot.com/2006/06/razor-perceptions-that-cut-just-little.html
and on this link you can actually read my 3rd place story if you scroll down to the "winners" section: http://www.theraider.net/features/contests/fanfiction.php - Indiana Jones & The Quest Of The White Knight)...


Friday, September 15, 2006

# "We're rockin' the suburbs! Around the block just one more time...!" # - Ben Folds

I was going to do a long self-congratulatory blog to round off the week this afternoon over some prizes which I've finally received from a writing competition I placed in a while ago, but I'll save that for some other time, because I've had a humbling experience for ten short minutes today which I just have to share with you all...

I don't think I've ever said on the blog what my "day job" is but when I'm not trying to be a children's writer, I'm a Broadcast Subtitler, working for a media company, helping create captions for the hearing impaired. If you live in the UK and ever switch on your digital subtitles or page 888 on teletext/ceefax, that's the stuff I currently do for a living...


Monday, September 11, 2006

# "And so it goes, and so it goes, and you're the only one who knows..." # - Billy Joel


Well, I'm back, friends. It's been about a month-and-a-half since I posted my last blog entry here, advertising myself and my writing to the anticipated masses who would come flooding to read my scribbles after my official website was set up. And how did it all go? Well, the flood was more like a small trickle, according to Google Analytics, but hopefully I've caught a few more eager readers in my net of intrigue that surrounds "The Missing Reel"...