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Paris progress

Posted August 22, 2016 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 reckons...

Posted August 22, 2016
Huzzah!

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted August 22, 2016
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 mutters...

Posted August 22, 2016
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 mutters...

Posted August 23, 2016
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 August 23, 2016
There is no finer feeling than being in surplus by lunch time.

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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted August 22, 2016
That'l do bunnies. That'l do.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted August 22, 2016
Looking forward to seeing it.

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 22, 2016
I'm preparing my steepled fingers, and well loved catch-cry.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted August 22, 2016
Saw your Digital Preservation talk thingy on the Nat Library website today. Very interesting.

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jl swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 22, 2016
Sweet, beta reading! If I'm not on the list, pretty please put me in there, sir.

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Chirurgean would have you know...

Posted August 23, 2016
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 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 25, 2016
the sacred words "So, bring it on!" spring to mind :)

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Writing update.

Posted August 17, 2016 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 mutters...

Posted August 17, 2016
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, 2016

He said 'massaging the beast' !!!

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Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted August 17, 2016
All good - the finished product will be the confirmation of the correctness of this decision

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Surtac mutters...

Posted August 17, 2016
Do what you need to. I'm happy to wait.

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Gutz asserts...

Posted August 17, 2016
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 asserts...

Posted August 17, 2016
I come for the blog. But I stay for the books.

Or some shit like that

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KreepyKrawly would have you know...

Posted August 17, 2016
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 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17, 2016
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 puts forth...

Posted August 17, 2016
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 puts forth...

Posted August 17, 2016
I'm with Dave C. keep at it JB, we the minions will wait.

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David S. ducks in to say...

Posted August 17, 2016
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 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 17, 2016
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, 2016
I just figured you wuz watching the 'Lympics. My bad.

Sudragon ducks in to say...

Posted August 21, 2016
At least it's not Pokemon Go, like some other famous authors lately.

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she_jedi mutters...

Posted August 17, 2016
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 ducks in to say...

Posted August 17, 2016
What they said ...
Looking forward to it though :D

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jl asserts...

Posted August 18, 2016
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, 2016
Finished "How to Be a Writer". Brilliant.

Quokka mutters...

Posted August 19, 2016
Ditto.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 18, 2016
JB, looks like you are close to solving the Riddle of Steel....can't wait to read it.

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John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted August 18, 2016
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 has opinions thus...

Posted August 18, 2016
thats a fkn lot of free space within which to lose shit i reckon!

Dirk mutters...

Posted August 18, 2016
We tend to be good at problem solving ...

Sudragon puts forth...

Posted August 21, 2016
Confucius say: empty attic attract possums.

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Quokka mutters...

Posted August 18, 2016
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 would have you know...

Posted August 18, 2016
looking forward and intrigued by the thought of new 40's (and 50's) AoT.

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Joe mumbles...

Posted August 19, 2016
Any AoT is worth the wait!

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted August 19, 2016
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.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted August 19, 2016
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 asserts...

Posted August 19, 2016
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 mutters...

Posted August 19, 2016
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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Scrivener on the iPad. Finally

Posted July 21, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

It's here on iOS. At last. The crack cocaine of writer apps. It's US$20. Thirty down here in vegemiteland. And cheap at twice the price. As soon as it dropped yesterday, I started hitting refresh on the app store, waiting for the file to propagate. Bought it the very second it appeared.

If you're searching the app store, beware. There are many bullshit imitators with strikingly similar names.

But like the Highlander, there can be only one Scivener. And if you click this link you go right there.

I spent a few hours playing with it last night. It seems to be a rock solid 1.0 build. Not as full featured as the dektop app, natch, but still massively overpowered compared to a word processor. I'll do a full write up later this week but for now I am impressed. It's not just shovelware. The developer has spent a long time reimagining the user experience for mobile. It has that most desirable of all traits in the world of engineering: elegance.

I am excite.

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DarrenBloomfield puts forth...

Posted July 21, 2016
I read this on wired.


http://www.wired.com/2016/07/scrivener-ios-means-can-write-zombie-novel-anywhere/


Is it possible there's more of a quid in making tools for writers than there is in writing?


John Birmingham mutters...

Posted July 21, 2016
I know a space lizard who thinks so.

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2016
does that mean if I want to be a writer I can just buy it and not a copy of 'how to be a writer'?

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted July 21, 2016
hmmm. Barnes. NOPE. I'm fkn living proof of that!

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Veruca Babydoll ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2016
Do you not like Ulysses App, John?

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted July 22, 2016
Good reason to pick-up the keyboard for this iPad Pro this weekend. Been needing an excuse.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted July 22, 2016
I got my first big delivery of Bezos Bucks coming in a couple of days. Finding it really hard to imagine my immediate future without a fully tricked out iPad Pro in it.

Rhino would have you know...

Posted July 22, 2016
It is sweet. I got the whole enchilada.

Need to pick-up the pen and keyboard now.

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Nocturnalist asserts...

Posted July 22, 2016
+++There are many bullshit imitators with strikingly similar names.

But like the Highlander, there can be only one Scivener. +++

Hee!

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He's baaaack

Posted July 20, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

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ntwinter would have you know...

Posted July 20, 2016
Ah Slim - welcome back in all your uncouth glory :)
Looking forward to this SO much.

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted July 20, 2016
He is so unlikable...yet I like his appearances in the story!

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted July 20, 2016
yeah, not to shabby, bout bloody time I might add.

Its funny, but Slim Jim is the only Character that I do not like and really cannot emotionally attach to in ANY FKN WAY. Really fkn crawls up my nose. I would have had the mthr fkr capped a long fkn time ago.

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jason ducks in to say...

Posted July 20, 2016
Slim Jim makes me feel ashamed and jealous at the same time. I assume this is a character flaw on my part.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 20, 2016
Jimbo provides a focus for character hate. He's such an arsehole you expect a rival or victim to slot him at any stage.

HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted July 20, 2016
lol..true, its FKN VISCERAL!

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted July 20, 2016
Love to see the darkness and cynicism of a character who expects the worst of anyone else, therefore is willing to do the worst first.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted July 20, 2016
Rat cunning has its roguish appeal.

How else would one explain Greybeard.

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Don Bagert has opinions thus...

Posted July 21, 2016
And that "fancy French restaurant" is in France - Paris to be exact, right? :)

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2016
It's like you're looking over my shoulder as I write.

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Springfield Fats asserts...

Posted July 21, 2016
I can't remember now whether Slim Jim was in with the quiet room gang or not now, but he's always struck me as the kind of person/character that, while he would cut his own throat to get a good deal going, he's going to be reliable when it comes to the 'good guys' winning and help where he can.

Just out of curiosity JB, how much harder do you find it to write characters who are meant to be unlikeable, but are good guys/heroes in the story? I'm thinking of Dave mostly as I read Protocol, but having just finished the latest season of Rake it's front of mind from that as well.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted July 21, 2016
It's not harder writing them, Fats. The danger is enjoying it too much.

Timbo is gonna tell you...

Posted July 21, 2016
As far as I recall, Davidson was an unwitting pawn of the QR. Maybe he and the Kohlhammer will have sex, since the Hammer made him famous.

Don Bagert ducks in to say...

Posted July 23, 2016
JB, your comment reminds me of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, which was originally printed in the UK in the weekly periodical The Guardian. Lewis abruptly ended the very popular series abruptly in one final letter, later stating that it had become too hard to write the horrific demon Screwtape week after week (there were 31 letters in all).

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Sudragon has opinions thus...

Posted July 22, 2016
The trick, I've been told, is not to giggle maniacally as you write them, hunched over the keyboard at 3 in the morning.

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I may have nudged the Beast of Bezos into action

Posted June 10, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

A minion of the Beast emailed me a week or so back to gently point out that I appeared to be selling A Protocol for Monsters cheaper on iBooks (Australia) than I was on Amazon AU. The minion was hurt, confused, upset, and most desirous that what could only be a terrible mistake should be rectified as soon as possibe.

Long story short, drop the price to $2.99 or we pull the book. Everywhere.

I explained to said minion that I'd been trying to do just that since launch, but Amazon's content management system wouldn't let me. A complicated interplay between royalty rates and territories made it impossible to charge less in Australia unless I charged less and dropped my royalty rate everywhere, cutting the money to be made from each copy sold from $2.80 to $1.00.

The minion agreed this was a suboptimal outcome for both the Beast and myself. Surprisingly, he said he would escalate this issue to see if the feature set for KDP (Amazon's publishing system) could be changed to allow authors and publishers to set differing royalty rates in separate territories.

I have no idea whether this will happen, but I was a little bit impressed that the Beast was so willing to even consider such a change.

I will of course take full credit should it ever come to pass.

Dealing with this shit, by the way, is now a daily occurance for me. I have to quarantine it to a couple of hours late in day otherwise it chews up all of my writing time.

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 10, 2016
In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance rack, an old buckler, a lean hack and a Labrador for company.

Is it possible, just possible, that the behemoth that you call The beast of Bezos is a harmless windmills?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2016
No. Not at all. It is a Beast, with beastly large teeth for the gnashing and chewing and rending of all things.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon puts forth...

Posted June 10, 2016
Every time you mention the 'Beast' i always imagine the Bloodbeast from the cover of Deathtrap Dungeon. Coincidence?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deathtrap_Dungeon

A Bloodbeast is large, at least four metres long, and so bloated it can never leave the pool of foul slime that supports its bulk. Its hide is tough and leathery, protected by thin spines and coloured a disgusting grey-green. Its head appears to consist of a myriad all-seeing eyes spread in a wide sweep above an enormous toothy maw, that also contains a long slimy pink prehensile tongue.
The species does not appear to have any limbs which are able to provide or aid locomotion, which indicates that the beast is a sedentary lurker, not an active hunter or migrator, and never leaves its habitat unless it is forced to. Another hint to this is the fact that a Bloodbeast's pool is always filled with acidic slime, quite likely secreted by itself, to aid in digesting its prey

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Therbs mutters...

Posted June 10, 2016
Oh dear. Are you sure this isn't the first step by the Bezoids to lure you into increasingly time consuming distraction, setting up for a killer play?
They might be playing a long game to use you as an example. Be wary of the first parries, Their lower tier flaks may seem genuinely supportive while in the penthouse their controller snorts white powder off Icelandic mermaid virgins then orders hot smoked baby platypus with truffles.
"Dat Boimingham fella. Sets himself up as some sort of self publishing wise guy. Hey Vinnnie, get the boys to play nice with him for a while. I have plans for him. And send up some more of them truffled platykittens."

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Dave W asserts...

Posted June 10, 2016
Minion [on the phone]: Yes Jeff, it's about John Birmingham, he's a player down-under. We fix it for this guy and everyone else falls into line. [pause] I don't think you understand, Jeff, he's the whale. [pause] That's right, Angel of Vengeance, Weapons of Choice, yep, that Birmingham. [pause] Good, good, right, so he can set different royalty rates? Excellent.

[Later, now it's dark and Minion's ashtray is now full]

Minion [phone again]: It's fixed, Mr Birmingham, it took all day but we got there on the royalty rates. [pause] You won't be bothered again about this. [pause] No, no, that's right, no more arse-fuckery on a daily basis. Yep, you can go back to the bunnies and the writey-explodey stuff. Yep, you too, bye.

Minion hangs up, stubs out his last Malboro 25 and stretches back, contented that he has made the world a better place for another author in the Beast's stable.

Dave W mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2016
FFS, what happened to the para breaks I put into this?

NBlob reckons...

Posted June 10, 2016
Same thing so that happens to mine. Apparently One
Should use (br) but sustitute pointy brackets like these <

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jason mutters...

Posted June 10, 2016
I am a glass half full kind of guy. This on the surface appears to be a problem but it is an opportunity:
How to be a writer Part 2: Dealing with the Beast.

Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted June 10, 2016
An optmist says the glass is half full, a pessimist says it's half empty, an engineer says they made the glass twice the size the needed to.

HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted June 10, 2016
ROFL.

No An engineer would be still be trying to determine if the risk is worth making a decision based on the risk!


Any engineers around here?

If memory serves me correct!

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted June 10, 2016
Its a slow fkn day when I write rhyming shit thats for fkn sure!!

This Beast you cry the modern behemoth, man’s Juggernaut of journalistic scripted endeavors, their devour er. The taker and maker of men, both mighty and meek, it’s sullen, fast but of bile it reeks.

The meek, minor partner whilst happy at times seeks solace in knowledge that time might provide. For the Beast, whilst Fast and of a reeking design, teeth gnashing, jaw crashing is slow to align, to any new construct or threat born of time.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted June 10, 2016
Hopefully the feature set in the KDP will be identified as the Birmingham Protocol.

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Dirk mutters...

Posted June 10, 2016
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

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Peter in the bleachers is gonna tell you...

Posted June 10, 2016
Stay the course oh fearless one. The beast may not be slain, it may however be tamed, perhaps, maybe, we can but hope.

Nocturnalist mumbles...

Posted June 13, 2016
I have it on good authority that even stabbing it with one's steely knives will not be sufficient.

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted June 10, 2016
Faced with the ravenous obduracy of the Beast, our hero JB cleverly suggested there might actually be money in it for you, you Monster. This irresistibly seductive statement immediately sent the Beast slithering back into his cavern, back onto his massive pile of gold, where he is frantically doing the numbers.

HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2016
well a king slayer he certainly fkn aint!

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Writing update

Posted June 9, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

I've finally been making some progress on Paris after a month of distraction by publishing commitments – some of them mine, some occasioned by the launch of How to Be a Writer. I would say the manuscript will be ready in two weeks, but in one week I'll hit the wall of school holidays, and hit it hard. So probably not.

However, I'm in a pretty good space at the moment. I've learned a lot from the launch of Cairo and both of the Hooper ebooks. I continue to study the industry, the market and increasingly the craft. I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about writing the last 10 or 15 years. I've mostly just been doing it and paying the bills. But having to rebuild the business has forced me to rethink it.

As part of that, I've been reading a book recommended by Ms Girlclumsy, Save the Cat, (Amazon link) by Blake Snyder, a screenwriter. (Sadly, he passed away in 2009. This makes me very sad).

I'm not about to turn my pen to screenwriting. That's not a skill I have or plan to acquire. But structure, character, and the revealing of character through action, these are the superpowers of the screenwriter, and well worth studying for their own sake. So I have been.

I have also been studying the e-book industry, of course. One of the arcane magics which most intrigued me is the idea of building a story to sell to particular readers. Some call it writing to market, some call it pre-optimisation, some call it selling out. I think the last is bullshit. Every storyteller wants to be heard. Every band wants to play to a full house.

I've had a couple of ideas for books floating around for years, but because they didn't align with the interests of my trade publishers I was never able to do anything about them. Revisiting some of these ideas, having learned the lessons of the last 12 months, I find myself more excited by the prospect of writing than I have been in a long, long time. In the last month or so, as I hurried from one commitment to another I've worked up ideas for half a dozen novels, none of which I would have been able to sell in the past. They weren’t the Axis of Time. They didn't revisit The Disappearance. The Dave was not involved.

Some of them were ideas for quite conventional thrillers, and I don't sell conventional. Others were closer to my original genre work, but not close enough for the business plans of risk averse trade publishers.

None of that matters any more. If I want to write these things, I'm going to write these things. Put them out there with my name on, with another name on, in any form I want. And the hell of it is, I'm pretty sure I'll sell a lot of them, because they're good stories that people will want to read.

I'd love to lay them out here for you to see, but that would be foolish. So I'm just going to get back to my keyboard, finish Paris, restart the main sequence of Axis, and very quietly keep pushing forward of these new books. They could be in the world of real things very soon.

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted June 9, 2016
Writing to market is more like a loss leader than selling out. You'd use those books to drive people to your other worlds. Not that it would necessarily run at a loss; more the idea.
Maybe people would buy Axis etc before realising they didn't really want to buy them. It was funny looking at Ben Pobjie's other books on Amazon, one being The Guide to Handy Latin Phrases, where people bought it solely on the name hoping to learn conversational Latin. Boy were they upset.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted June 9, 2016
I cannot but help ROFLing at that story about Handy Latin Phrases.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted June 9, 2016
Scribble madly, mad man. Scribble.

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted June 9, 2016
Do you have dibs on Leviathan or does it belong to publishers? In a few years after Barangaroo is finished, public housing in The Rocks sold off and new tram tracks built there'd be strong material for an updated edition. Competing monied interests, public opposition and the big money winners. I'd like to see some of those winners don the old 18th Century Marines uniform to show things don't change that much in the Emerald City.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted June 9, 2016
The rights are still with Random House. I'd happily look at an update, but I'd have to be living in Sydney to do it.

Halwes asserts...

Posted June 9, 2016
I loved Leviathan and think that an update would be great fun however I'm not sure how commercially viable it would be. Hopefully very, especially with the rise of the historical crime tv series. The changing face of crime in Sydney would also be of great interest to me. I've been reading a lot lately. I got to 55 and decided that there were a lot of books that I needed to read before it was too late. And then my mad girlfriend gave me Ozzy Osbournes autobiography to read and that was the end of any intelligent reading agenda that I may have had! I think that writers need constant experience, some of the best bits of Leviathan are when you lived on the street at the cross, which is hard to get when there are bills to be paid and deadlines to meet. So come to the Territory and immerse yourself in squalor, government waste and corruption for a while ! Ozzys autobiography is hilarious by the way.

KreepyKrawly has opinions thus...

Posted June 9, 2016
How about one on Brisbane (not just the sharehousing scene)... that should be good one.... Plus, you don't have to move. ß-D

Halwes puts forth...

Posted June 9, 2016
Off topic but our PM finally admitted the seas are rising ( happening in the north of Australia very quickly now ) and that big storms are imminent. This is a big deal. Maybe it paves the way for new thinking. Tempting to dismiss it cynically I know, and for sure the deniers are in full control of everything for at least the next 6 years, but maybe this time we can get it right. Most of getting it right I suspect will be generating enough greenhouse gasses to sink a planet producing enough concrete to make dams and sea walls. Does anyone here remember the old Bronte baths / change rooms and the storm that took that away? I only saw the aftermath.

Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted June 14, 2016
I think every Australian should have watched Four Corners this week. Re refugees from Syria

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 9, 2016
This is the kind of thing I love about The Burger ... a look under the hood of how it all works. Devoured "How to be a Writer" in one sitting the other day.

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DarrenBloomfield has opinions thus...

Posted June 9, 2016
internet = narrowcasting

love the interweb.

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Rick mutters...

Posted June 9, 2016
Any free copies available for struggling writers ?

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ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted June 9, 2016
Don't forget editing the Dave fan-fic too!

Those voracious bloody readers must be fed and some tasty morsels written by suckers, I mean budding authors, can just hit the spot when your authoring finger things get a bit too sore and you feel like curling up with a largish rum and something to edit/throw out the window.

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jl would have you know...

Posted June 9, 2016
That's what drew me to indie publishing- damn the publishers, you can publish your own story in the way you want to do it. Write, John, write!

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pi mutters...

Posted June 9, 2016
This makes me happy.

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McKinneyTexas asserts...

Posted June 10, 2016
"restart the main sequence of Axis"

Como? Que paso'? Did I miss something? What are you doing with Axis? Of all of your work, AoT stands out for the canvass on which the story was told, the research, the fine details, etc.

I still remember grabbing WoC in an airport somewhere, starting it and not stopping until I finished it. And then rereading it. And then stalking your ass on the internet until I landed at the Burger. I agree with Rhino, those were some mighty fine times.

So what is up with AoT? And why haven't I been asked to plot the story arc? Shit, I've had that one ready to go since forever.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 10, 2016
As soon as Stalin's Hammer is wrapped, I'm going back to do the Invasion of Hawaii as a standalone novel. Full length.

GhostSwirv has opinions thus...

Posted June 20, 2016
Didn't the Japanese try that once?

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2016
Interesting to note the relative freedom I'm 'hearing' in your posts recently. To mix a couple of metaphors it sounds like you're feeling both unshackled and now largely free of the log-jam of traditional publishing.

Just an obversation.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted June 10, 2016
I remember reading an article that analyzed a number of recent scripts and they all fell into the "Save the Cat" paradigm - the problem being that because everyone was using it, studios were starting to look at it as problematic.

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rick stieg would have you know...

Posted June 14, 2016
Having just read the she/seawolf Smith girls sagas again, How 'bout a Left Coast/pacifica set of stories to continue the glow?

Harry Turtl***** did an "Invasion of Hawaii" gig a few years ago-betcha you can come up with 'better'.

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Steve O would have you know...

Posted June 18, 2016
Any plans on fleshing out A Captain of The Gate?

I really enjoyed!

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