T’was The Second Day After Christmas

Two days late, but Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. I haven’t given up on this little thing, I’ve just not had a huge amount of time to write up anything for here. I finished my final school exams a little while ago so I now have a lot of time I can do things with. I’m trying my best to power through the last bit of Wyvern Diary. I’m not going to even try and make an estimate for how much time I think I have left before it’s done, because I’ve made those promises before and I’ve been absolutely lousy about keeping them.

The most difficult part of the current writing chunk I’m busy with is character interaction. I always doubt whether my characters are a) likable and b) interesting, so I’ve been doing rewrites for a while now. The other thing I’ve been focusing on is worldbuilding and localising things. Every single Capetonian speaking English exclusively is slightly unrealistic, even for a work of science-fiction, so I’m putting my knowledge of Xhosa and Afrikaans to the test. In an effort to avoid clumsy translation conventions and pitfalls, all foreign language lines are written as is, with a comment by the narrator that should give a reader unfamiliar with the language an idea of what’s being said.

In a couple of days, I’ll be searching for test readers. If anyone is interested in reading the first half of Wyvern Diary and giving feedback, stay on the lookout for my next post. Until then, thanks for reading and have a nice day.

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Rested and Recuperated

Alright, exams are done for now and I’m back on vacation. Work on Wyvern Diary is going well and if I keep up my current work rate, I should be done with the raw manuscript in two to three weeks. After that, I plan on talking to some local publishers here in SA and hopefully get Wyvern Diary traditionally published. Until then, it’s hard work and trying to finish the last lap of this race. I’ll be getting back to usually scheduled blogging shortly.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

Progress Report

I’m really excited to announce that Ira Draconis: Blackout has been completed. As it stands, it’s 30000 words of short story goodness being sorted through by my editor. If all goes well, the release could be at the end of January. The distribution to the various retailers may take a bit longer, but expect the book very soon. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Setback #1

I’ve decided to show the audience more of what I’m all about with Blackout. I’m including twice the amount of short stories in it now, with a wider variety of tones and themes.

Because of this and because of my editor’s erratic schedule, the release of Blackout is being pushed to February/March next year. That does, however, give beta readers more time to read and more time to refine the product. 
Thanks for reading and enjoy your day.

Ira Draconis: Blackout

I’ve got a bad habit of making promises for cool things and then never following up, but this time I’ve come good. I’ve got 4 and a half short stories for my upcoming anthology Ira Draconis: Blackout, ready for peer review. The anthology itself will detail the world of Ira Draconis and, hopefully, create some sort of audience for Wyvern Diary next year.

The short stories range from 1500-3000 words as of the current state of writing, though some of the later ones may be a touch longer. If you would like to help me by reading and giving feedback on these, I’d be really grateful. Send an email to s.k.wonza@gmail.com if you’re interested in reading some work-in-progress short stories.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day.

Twofold Progress Announcement

Wyvern Diary is going well; I’m around a third of the way in and Steve is looking less like a prick than before. Mission accomplished.

On a different note, I’m also starting work on a supplementary anthology of short stories detailing the events and circumstances right after the catastrophic Blackmatter Event. Current storyline ideas include:

Chaos at Nigeria’s impact point
Mutagen outbreak at a military facility
First awakening of telekinesis
The beginning phases of ubiquitous civilian weaponry and ever present warfare

The story, under the working title of The Blackout War, will attempt to give a global picture, so if you have any suggestions on location and subject matter, please contribute.

I look forward to your contribution and I hope you have a good day.