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First Draft done

Posted Thursday into Writing by John Birmingham

Just put the last full stop in place and compiled the Scrivener file of Paris. 48 250 words. I'll give the Word doc a read thru this arvo and tomorrow, and send it out to Beta.

Publication in late September, I reckon, depending on the pro-edit.

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jl ducks in to say...

Posted Thursday
Always gives a feeling of accomplishment when you get to that stage. Well done, sir, take a micro break. Looking forward to reading your latest effort, revisited all of the AoT books recently so that I'm up to par.

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Peter Bradley puts forth...

Posted Thursday
Just a tad excited by this....just a tad.

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Marzuk mumbles...

Posted Friday
So excited, this can't come soon enough. Will make the wait till the new AoT stuff next year a but more bearable

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien mumbles...

Posted Friday
This just made my day! I will make myself one of those website countdowns that calculate it down to a second until arrival...

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted Yesterday
Choice bro!

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she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday
I can feel an epic *squeeee* coming on

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NBlob would have you know...

Posted 11 hours ago
I'm going to need an infographic and some reading time to catch up before spoilopalooza

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And a great cheer went up

Posted Wednesday by John Birmingham

From the epilogue to Stalin's Hammer: Paris.

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Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted Wednesday
Oh boy.

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insomniac puts forth...

Posted Wednesday
Well he would say that, wouldn't he.
but I digress ... woohoo

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robW is gonna tell you...

Posted Wednesday
Whomever, JB. Not whoever. I seriously aspire to be your copy editor, JB, but equally seriously I am writing software for the Amundsen-Scott Antarctic South Pole Station. If I don't deploy down there to install the software in October then I will be buried with other software projects (for counting penguins, counting edges of snow flakes, counting icebergs and measuring the occasional Doppler effect or wild-assed fantasy sterile neutrino). If I do deploy I will be seriously bored while rotating at the axis of the earth like a flea perched on the spindle of a record player. If that's the case, I shall let you know of my availability. While I won't be able to drag my Oxford English Dictionary with me, I can certainly access it online. ...just say'n...

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Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted Yesterday
I concur!

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Sparty puts forth...

Posted Wednesday
of course, Ivanov was behind the whole things, Maria O'Brien used al Nouri as the cutoff man trying to off load the real Maltese Falcon (made of 100% unobtaniium) for Slim Jim, which Kolhammer will invest to fund Hilary Clinton's election campaign in 1992, so he can have an aircraft carrier to go back in time to...... OK maybe its best I wait fro Birmos version..

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she_jedi reckons...

Posted Wednesday
*fistpump* YES!!!

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jl swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Wednesday
Epilogue written, book to follow. Sweet.

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted Thursday
Huzzah, twofold huzzah.

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ntwinter puts forth...

Posted Thursday
"Oh yeah!", he posted whilst grinning like a Cheshire cat.

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted Thursday
I believe the appropriate response here is "thank you"

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien ducks in to say...

Posted Friday
Close out with "The Beginning" and there you have it.

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BALLS.71 F**k you Kitty, we're gonna spend the night outside

Posted Tuesday into Sport by beeso

With Beeso off chasing his kids round northern NSW, guest host Adam returns to get things laughably wrong about sport (worth listening just for the olympic basketball prediction), why we suck at Test Cricket not here, olympians behaving badly and a cost benefit analysis of every gold medal.

Have a listen here or search for The Balls Podcast with Beeso and Dr Yobbo in your fine podcast player of choice.

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Paris progress

Posted Monday into Writing by John Birmingham

Just passed 40K of a planned 45K final word count. Unless I am suddenly siezed of a madness that demands I add a couple of last minute chapters, I should have this bad boy ready for beta in a couple of days. I'll probably send it out at the end of the week. I'll need a day or so to go through the compiled manuscript and do a light edit.

I could push on today. I got plenty left in the tank. But I've adopted the practice of finishing up when I hit my word goal for the day, even if I finish early. It's one of a couple of tweaks I've made to my work flow and it's helped a lot. I'm writing more consistently over the course of the week by not thashing myself every day.

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted Monday
Huzzah!

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insomniac asserts...

Posted Monday
Out of interest, how many words are in one of the original trilogy books? ebooks make it hard to get a sense of the relative heft you get with a dead tree book.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted Monday
They ran to 160K. When I do the long form AoT booklet in 1942 and 1955 next year, I'll shoot for 110K, which was the length of the Dave novels.

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Tuesday
I adopted the idea of a word budget from "how to be a writer" and I love it. I hit the word budget before lunch last Friday and was floating on air for the rest of the day, ended up almost doubling it which made up for only just making it in the previous week.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted Tuesday
There is no finer feeling than being in surplus by lunch time.

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Monday
That'l do bunnies. That'l do.

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Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Monday
Looking forward to seeing it.

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DaveC would have you know...

Posted Monday
I'm preparing my steepled fingers, and well loved catch-cry.

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Dave W asserts...

Posted Monday
Saw your Digital Preservation talk thingy on the Nat Library website today. Very interesting.

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jl asserts...

Posted Monday
Sweet, beta reading! If I'm not on the list, pretty please put me in there, sir.

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Chirurgean puts forth...

Posted Tuesday
Good news. Will you be using an iPad friendly collaboration app so I can lie on the couch and type in comments to my heart's content? Dropbox Papers (in Beta)? An article on your worflow in writing books would make interesting reading

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted Thursday
the sacred words "So, bring it on!" spring to mind :)

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Star Trek Beyond

Posted August 19 into Movies by John Birmingham

I did manage to catch this one for my birthday. Took the fam. We all liked it. I'd post a review but, you know, writing books.

I'm not sure why it hasn't done as well as the others. I though it was better than the Wrath of Khan remake.

Now, back to writing books.

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Sparty puts forth...

Posted August 19
Into Khan did well cause people liked the first one. Ironically the better film (Beyond) is reaping the ill feeling the second generated. Could really see Simon Peggs influence -although constrained by the blockbuster template. My main criticism would be that Kirk again won through the power of his fists -in the series he would have lost the fight but won the war something like "So Idris Elba, you think you've won? but ...on EARTH we have a little EMOTION we call LOVE, Now turn off the mad computer / genisis device / guardian of forever and lets go home and kiss"

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Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted August 20
I thought it was doing better. I had a rare moment when watching the film. They actually impressed me with the design of Yorktown Base. That hasn't happened to me in a very long time.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted August 20
My thinking too, I liked it more than .....into darkness. It seemed a call back to Trek's optimistic vision. Even a fan of the 'we are stronger together over text. Laughed out loud at the 'seems so ...episodic" comment from Kirk.

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Sudragon ducks in to say...

Posted Sunday
Nice use of classical music.

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Mark Clarkson would have you know...

Posted Monday
Saw this a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Yorktown Base was spectacular to the point that I suffered from a bit of motion sickness i when they returned there to battle Idra's cronies(sorry cant rememeber the names. Simon Pegg's influence was there with some well placed humor

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Writing update.

Posted August 17 into Writing by John Birmingham

Yes, it's been very quiet around here hasn't it. That's because I am a deep in a massive structural re-engineering of Paris. The e-book, not the city. It was something I kept putting off and putting off, trying to convince myself I didn't have to do.
But I did.
So please forgive my tardiness in not keeping things regularly updated here. There is a reason. I want this book to be really good. With this last episode of the Stalin's Hammer sequence, I want to restart the entire series, both the original 1940s-based narrative arc, and the new one I'm setting up for the 1950s.
I feel a little bit like I did that time I had to shut down the Burger in its original form at journalspace. I just needed to concentrate on AoT and nothing else. I haven't done that this time, and I will resist doing it, but I will also maintain my focus on the manuscript alone for at least another two weeks.

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dweeze has opinions thus...

Posted August 17
I, for one, say "GO FOR IT, SON". Do what ya gotta do to make the bestest book. We all got lives we can get on with while you are massaging the beast.

GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted August 19
He said 'massaging the beast' !!!

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Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted August 17
All good - the finished product will be the confirmation of the correctness of this decision

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17
Do what you need to. I'm happy to wait.

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Gutz reckons...

Posted August 17
No worries Guvnor, wot them other blokes said. I think i heard this from somewhere? "with great power comes great responsibility"... So get to scribbling your words down and we shall amuse ourselves around here. Anyone got a bag of marbles? I seem to have lost mine.

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted August 17
I come for the blog. But I stay for the books. Or some shit like that

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KreepyKrawly swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17
Don't worry about us, we'll just sit in the corner waiting for the jewels of your intellect to arrive... ß-Þ (Cracks whip)

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted August 17
FK Me I nearly bought a ticket north for SAR for you ya muppet! JUST gibe me the fkn keys will ya and ALL WILL BE SPANKY FKN OKAY DOKAY!.....HONEST!

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DaveC is gonna tell you...

Posted August 17
The question isn't why you had a pause from the blog to write a book on this occasion - but rather - how the fk do you you maintain the blog while writing all those other books, the rest of the time? My multi-tasking abilities are so poor I need to pause Netflix while I scratch my nuts.

Peter in the Bleachers swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17
I'm with Dave C. keep at it JB, we the minions will wait.

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David S. swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17
Damn, I was so hoping you meant the city. It could use a good restructure you know, what with all those silly arrondissements, and the bridges; don't get me started about those darn bridges! Anyway your book, if it needs a good restructure then that's what you must do, so good luck with that.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted August 17
Paris (the city) is fine, except for all those fucking French people of course. They bring the tone down.

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SZF has opinions thus...

Posted August 17
I just figured you wuz watching the 'Lympics. My bad.

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Posted Sunday
At least it's not Pokemon Go, like some other famous authors lately.

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she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17
I figured if you go quiet for a bit it's for a good writing related reason, so keep on with the "some of you will die, but that's a risk I'm willing to take" discussions you're no doubt having with your characters. We can wait.

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Dirk swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17
What they said ... Looking forward to it though :D

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jl puts forth...

Posted August 18
All good things are worth the wait. I know when I'm writing I go into a semi-fugue state and it's hard to take a shower or walk the dog, let alone maintain a blog, etc. I am amazed by what you do. BTW, picked up "How to be a Writer" while re-reading "Designated Targets" for the millionth time. I am learning from a master, JB.

jl asserts...

Posted August 18
Finished "How to Be a Writer". Brilliant.

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Posted August 19
Ditto.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien mumbles...

Posted August 18
JB, looks like you are close to solving the Riddle of Steel....can't wait to read it.

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted August 18
Spent an hour and a half on a time line issue this morning. No writing. Just thinking and moving shit around in my head.

HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted August 18
thats a fkn lot of free space within which to lose shit i reckon!

Dirk is gonna tell you...

Posted August 18
We tend to be good at problem solving ...

Sudragon puts forth...

Posted Sunday
Confucius say: empty attic attract possums.

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Quokka is gonna tell you...

Posted August 18
If you get busy you can throw us a Burger-Lite confession hour. I've found a new source of Portuguese Custard Tarts & a new low in self-control. Not the best combo, but one our resident Scribe will understand.

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Sparty mumbles...

Posted August 18
looking forward and intrigued by the thought of new 40's (and 50's) AoT.

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Joe is gonna tell you...

Posted August 19
Any AoT is worth the wait!

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 19
The best part of the new series will be the introduction of a younger, more virile (if that is even possible) Rhino. Sorry, Birmo, if I stirred-up a hornet's nest and distracted you. Not my intent. Just wanted to stimulate some JB love as the comments were going dormant.

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Posted August 19
A capital idea. But I wonder, will his metaphorical gonads the size of basketballs be any substitute for the elder Rhino's nuanced grasp of strategy and geo-politics?

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted August 19
more HMAS HAVOC...who fkn wouldn't love that shit!- and WHITE FKN DWARFS on skanky arses. well 70's versions or so

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Aaron would have you know...

Posted August 19
I could imagine Stalin contemplating the 'restructuring' of paris via the hammer and leaving it as a warning a la reynes of castamere.

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