WIP Edition 1: 16 May


The first of my bi-weekly check-ins where I share my work-in-progress. I will try to keep this on-topic but I have a feeling I will digress with all the other stuff that’s going on in life.

My Main WIP – The Gift

Started off as a short story (3800 words) earlier this year but felt like it needed more explanation. I have written about 1000 new words on this and structured out the majority of the rest of the story. It’s in novelette territory in terms of length now (planned) so we will see where this goes.

It’s a speculative science fiction piece with elements of mysticism.

In Other Stories

As I familiarise myself more with Scrivener 3, I migrated about a dozen of my other works-in-progress into the software suite. Some of these are what you could call ‘finished’ but I know they need serious editing, reworking, extending, cutting, and all the usual things you do to old pieces you bring out of hibernation. Some are just fledgeling ideas and a couple are being worked on more seriously though are longer pieces in at least novella or even novel territory. We’ll have to see where they lead! It’s a mix of fantasy and science fiction mostly.

I started getting more active on Scribophile also to connect with other writers, provide and get feedback on works, and not procrastinate! And I finally got underway with my B-School training.


I finished Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring this week on audio format (review here).

I also completed my study of Save The Cat (review here) and have generous notes which will help me write better screenplays. Always a good thing. You can read my thoughts on the different benefits of audiobooks vs the written word vs studying a book here (called How to take in more information from an audiobook, but I get into the discussion in the post).

I have started reading The Savior’s Champion on audio format. Still in fantasy territory and interesting to compare the modern style with the grandfather of the genre.

Daily Life

The pandemic trundles on in the UK and there has been a relaxation of some of the restrictions. One of my restaurants is serving takeaway but the other three remain closed. I made 2 posts on my Restaurant Blog this week: UK Restaurants & The Three-Stage Lockdown Release Plan, and The Post-COVID Restaurant. So, we can add some non-fiction writing to the word count I guess.

I also launched the online wine shop for my restaurant, having completed the photography myself last week.

I have been asked to film a short video clip for Help 4 Hospitality also, so I am scripting this as I write. Hope to have it wrapped this weekend. If you want to buy wines to help the restaurant business, you can order online. Restaurants receive a donation from Help 4 Hospitality when you use their unique code. Ours is H4H027, though your local establishment can also be looked up on the website above (if they are participating).

I also finished reading (audio again) What it Takes to be Free by Darius Foroux.

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    About 40 years ago, I discovered role-playing and Dungeons and Dragons in one of the after school clubs. It revealed a universe that allowed me to flex my storytelling muscles and enjoy a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and feed the escapist dreamer inside.

    Over time, I played (and story-led - marked with *) many systems including Call of Cthulhu*, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons*, Middle Earth, In Nomine*, Bushido, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chill, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Gammaworld, Hawkmoon, Stormbringer, Immortals*, Marvel Super Heroes, Paranoia, RuneQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade*, and a couple of systems my own devising (Medieval* and Parody*).

    I explored live-action role-playing – eventually running my own club and creating my own LARP systems (Fools Gold and Dream Conquest) – and usually found myself in script-writing or game-master duty, writing over 500 individual live adventures over the period (usually weekly), many linked into the world events of the fantasy land we created. I also volunteered for Curious Pastimes and Lorien Trust at their main LARP events (special effects at the Ritual Circle), and did a little script work, cameos and improv for Curious Pastimes. I was also the South East's Editor (UK) for the LARP magazine The Adventurer. The biggest event I ran was a 10-month modern-day "murder mystery" LARP set around parts of Kent where characters were "always-on" and could get updates and interactions at any time outside of scheduled events. That was in the 1990s.

    I was also the artistic director for English Heritage for their live Halloween Horrors events at Fort Amherst in Kent from 1998-1999.

    Now, I write as the mood takes me with occasional competitions and challenges, and this year (2020) I will be taking on #NaNoWriMo.

    Here's to the future!