Inspiration around every corner

It’s amazing what things you find locally that offer so much inspiration to ones writing. I say this because, yesterday I went to my local town called Wells in my homeland of Somerset (UK – not to be confused with Somerset, US). And there was something that I had never been to before, a place called ‘Bishop’s Palace’. Now, for those of you who are familiar with the film ‘Hot Fuzz’, almost all of that was filmed in Wells. ‘Bishop’s Palace’ is a large and very tranquil palace set in the middle of the smallest city in the UK, with a rather large moat around it. Within the palace are several sets of gardens and the most beautiful stone work and masonry I’ve seen since I went to China and Mongolia.  The actual buildings are made with the local limestone, and the upkeep of them has made the walls look immaculate! The windows too! It was just a very, very nice place to have a cuppa (a very English thing to do to my non-UK followers). I only saw the outside of the palace, unfortunately, but still, it got me thinking that I need to describe places like this in my book, and more of them.

Thinking the other day, whilst reading ‘Game of Thrones’, my world is pretty sparse and simple, with boring words for places, and not many of them. In addition to this, there needs to be more families. You can see how much editing I’ll need to do once the first draft is finished! And all of this thinking from going to a place I’ve never been before! It’s funny how things come into your head when you go to places you’ve never been before, and realise how you can intertwine thoughts and ideas into making a broader more intricate picture!

So, my suggestion to those that struggle with inspiration, go to a local town or village or city, and wonder around, don’t take a map (or maybe do, might end up somewhere dodgy), and just look around and see what you find, it may surprise you! On that note, followers will be happy to hear that my ‘Writer’s Block/Bonk’ has gone, with thanks to the little trip yesterday, and continuing my progress with ‘Game of Thrones’.

I need not be worried!

Photo credit to: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2730882

Withal Smyth – the Advisor, Captain, and a lifelong friend

Withal Smyth, a Captain of the Praevalidus Guard, is a illustrious, loyal, trustworthy, and witty friend and advisor of Isaac Fermata, and one of the most disciplined students ever to have graduated from the Tower of Imperium. Streaky black hair, chiselled face, dark emerald piercing eyes, sharp nose, and built stature, he’s quite the looker around the city and Stronghold. The two of them grew up together in the city, and built a friendship that would last a lifetime. His commitment and devotion to Praevalidus, the Fermatas, and the Imperium is unquestionable, although, quite so often, he can be found at the local brothel, against Praevalidus Guard regulations, having a bit of chill out time. Through a lifetime of training and seeing battles, his skill and experience in war and combat is legendary and indisputable! Definitely someone to have by your side. His welcoming and laid-back, yet stern, attitude, makes him an approachable character, whatever situation or position you’re in. Raised by his parents, along with four other siblings, he decided from a young age that he wanted to join the Imperium. His mother was an advisor to Isaac’s father, his father, a blacksmith in the Forgemaster’s Tower.

I’m back home for the summer, and things are looking up for the best!

Like the post title says, I am back for the summer, and yes, things are looking for it to be a fantastic break, and no just for writing ‘Right of Legions’. As a quick rundown as to why things are looking up, here are some reasons, 1. got home yesterday, had a job interview today, and start work on the 5th June! Fabulous! 2. I have now finished 2nd Year of Uni, with a great exam! Brilliant! 3. I now have more time to write the book! Epic! 4. I’m home and cycling here is so much better than Southampton! Awesome! 5. I am now starting my dissertation and am so excited to get writing and process data! Huuurrrraaaahhhh!

So, yeah, things are looking to be absolutely fantastic for a great summer break! Stick around for more WordPress posts in coming weeks! 😀

Also, check the link for the competition giveaway. I’m at 50 followers now, lets get to 100 by end of July!

https://rightoflegions.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/giveaway-get-your-hands-on-some-unique-goodies-with-a-design-of-your-choice/

 

Hitting 50 followers! Thank you!

So a couple days ago, I hit 50 followers on my page, and all I can say is a massive thank you to all of you! Your support is profound and very very appreciated! I’m very happy to have all of you on board with this project, and to follow means you’re interested in its progress, which is a really awesome and lovely touch! So thank you so much!

In response to the awful terror attack last night, my thoughts are with all those affected. Let us come together and be stronger, and rise above those that do harm to our families, friends, and society.

My thoughts and sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones.

My recent absence from wordpress and writing…a hiatus

So some people may have noted my recent absence on wordpress, this is partly because I’m revising for my exam (singular) and it’s coming up to the zenith of the cycle season, plus, I’ve been planning my dissertation, which I’ve been focusing my efforts on and prioritise. This has meant I haven’t done much writing recently, which I feel very bad for, so I’ll try and get back on it after next Wednesday when I have officially finished 2nd year! Whoop!

At the moment, in terms of book progress, we’re still in Integer, with lots of revealing stuff going on, which is relatively fun to write, but mind wracking since I need to make sure everything is coherent! I do miss writing fight scenes at the moment, so maybe should hurry up and get to some!

Anyway, here’s to another reminder of the competition giveaway!

“I know I said a few posts back that I’ll be doing a giveaway at 100 followers, but that might not be for a very long time, and have got myself excited to make some cool stuff (t-shirts). So, as a way to speed things up, I’m posting this to try and encourage people to follow my progress, as it means a lot, AND, would like to think I offer some sort of inspiration!

So, if you’re interested in having a chance of getting a t-shirt, hit the follow button (as I’m only offering this to the first 100 followers), then, I will post a series of questions of which you have to answer. First person to get them right, gets the t-shirt!

PLUS! You get to choose your t-shirt design, as I have a great many things to offer! So defo worth it, since they’re bespoke and not mass produced!

Get on it people!”

Someone help! I’ve hit a mind bonk!

I’ve had these before, but today, it’s pretty bad. My head, for once, feels heavy and overused. How on earth did this happen? Well, it’s exam season, assignments have been finalised and submitted, I’ve been busy with cycling, and I’m at a scene where I have to really think about the story. I do anyway, but this is intricate, like the bottom of Jenga, f*ck up the bottom, and it all comes crashing down. Plus, there’s a lot of explaining to do and I want write about the scenery and stuff, but the cavalcade is in the middle of plains. So that’s a bit boring. Anyway, my head hurts and I’m stopping for the day. I only wrote four pages! This is slow progress!

100 Days of Watercolor: Artist Soo Nathan Aims to Conquer a New Medium

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With watercolor, “you have to place a little more trust in the medium itself,” writes Soo Nathan, but that doesn’t always come easy for the artist, writer, and designer from India. For months, Soo neglected her blog, and as it gathered dust, she realized she needed to get back into the habit. “There’s something a bit escapist about art,” she writes. “I had left these sanctuaries forgotten for too long.” With her 100 Day Project, Soo dives back in and takes on watercolor. Here are some of her daily creations.


Day 27: Orphan Black?s Sarah Manning

Orphan Black is my favorite TV show. It is, in my opinion, one of the smartest and most nuanced televisions series ever made, dealing with complex issues like the moral and ethical implications of human cloning, along with family, personal identity, and the lines between science, religion, and their effects on…

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GIVEAWAY – RE-POST

I know I said a few posts back that I’ll be doing a giveaway at 100 followers, but that might not be for a very long time, and have got myself excited to make some cool stuff (t-shirts). So, as a way to speed things up, I’m posting this to try and encourage people to follow my progress, as it means a lot, AND, would like to think I offer some sort of inspiration!

So, if you’re interested in having a chance of getting a t-shirt, hit the follow button (as I’m only offering this to the first 100 followers), then, I will post a series of questions of which you have to answer. First person to get them right, gets the t-shirt!

PLUS! You get to choose your t-shirt design, as I have a great many things to offer! So defo worth it, since they’re bespoke and not mass produced!

Get on it people!

The bonk (a cyclist term) but for writers

I’m write in assuming that fellow writers who will read this, experience something called ‘the bonk’ or ‘the wall’. For runners who are writers, or vice versa, or cyclists who are writers, or vice versa, will know what I’m talking about. It’s something that happens that you’ve exhausted all your energy, and can’t go on (runners, for you, the wall you can break through, but for cyclists, the bonk is…well think of the worst pain you’ve had, convert it to muscular that runs throughout your legs, and on a completely empty stomach, and you still have 6 miles left to ride…up a hill, without water, or food, or money to buy stuff…yeah, horrible!) For writers, the bonk is something that (should be given a different term) is where you’re writing and BANG, no more ideas surrounding that scene. This happened a couple of times in the last chapter I wrote. So, what do you do, move on to the next chapter with a fresh set of ideas and new scene. It’s a frustrating thing, because you may be well into writing, getting into the zone, finish a sentence, then realise that there’s nothing left in that brain of yours, except emptiness and the need for a cuppa. Then you look back over what you’ve written, only two pages…BUGGER! Oh well, time for a break and a cuppa and a biscuit…fixes pretty much everything!

One last note: competition! First 100 followers of this blog are automatically entered into a ‘Right of Legions’ competition giveaway and get to choose a RoL design of your choice! All you have to do is click follow, and then when I hit that tonne, the questions to those loyal followers will be released!

GET ON IT PEOPLE!

GIVEAWAY! GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME UNIQUE GOODIES WITH A DESIGN OF YOUR CHOICE!

I know I said a few posts back that I’ll be doing a giveaway at 100 followers, but that might not be for a very long time, and have got myself excited to make some cool stuff (t-shirts). So, as a way to speed things up, I’m posting this to try and encourage people to follow my progress, as it means a lot, AND, would like to think I offer some sort of inspiration!

So, if you’re interested in having a chance of getting a t-shirt, hit the follow button (as I’m only offering this to the first 100 followers), then, I will post a series of questions of which you have to answer. First person to get them right, gets the t-shirt!

PLUS! You get to choose your t-shirt design, as I have a great many things to offer! So defo worth it, since they’re bespoke and not mass produced!

Get on it people!