NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology
Although I have been writing fiction seriously since 2000, and I have published articles on websites and blogs since 2007, I am finally in print for the first time this month. A lot of my early writing years were taken up on a 6 book Sci-Fi series that involves a form of commonplace time travel. In order to do it justice I’ve had to write all out of order. It took many years before I could show anyone just the first few chapters. To date I have:
- Book One: Second Draft (Rewrite)
- Book Two: First Few Chapters + Detailed Outline
- Book Three: Two-Thirds of the First Draft + Detailed Outline
- Book Four: Sketchy Outline
- Book Five: Few Odd Chapters + Outline
- Book Six: Few Odd Chapters + Outline
In 2007 I finally had enough of having nothing to show for my hard work and I wanted to be published. I knew it would mean I would have to reduce how much time I spent on the series of novels, but it was a price I was willing to pay. Within one month of going freelance I got my first paid assignment and it just took off from there.
Since then I have written online for: Symphonical, CMS Critic, Degree Search, Hermit Studio, Bite-sized Blitz, Helium, HubPages, Squidoo, TBIU, and (b)human. By 2013 I had made the transition to spending more time writing articles, blog posts, and engaging on social networks than I did on my fictional novels. In January of that year however I was also handed the reins of the NovoPulp project from Hermit Studio – Press Division. This was my chance to get in print and learn about the self publishing business at the same time, without having to commit a huge word count. I had a short story I had written 4 years earlier and I submitted it to the NovoPulp editor pool and I was really happy with the end result.
The aim of NovoPulp is to anthologise a collection of pulp inspired short stories and artwork by Google+ authors and artists and publish in time for Christmas each year. That was the plan at least, and still is the plan, but unfortunately it was not how it worked out in our first year as we stumbled along in the dark learning as we went. Three months later than scheduled, however, we have finally produced the first anthology. The proof of concept was complete.
I know I have learned so much that next time round I can make a number of changes to the internal processes to avoid the pitfalls we fell into with the first book. Now I know how easy it is to self publish through outlets like CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, and Google Play Books I know this is just the beginning. NovoPulp has definitely inspired me to meet the next writing milestone: to self publish an entire book of my own! Watch this space 🙂
Just a quick post to say I’ve written a new post on my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone called Moving From A Monoglot To A Polyglot Culture. This has been playing on my mind for sometime since the last time someone asked me why I’m shy and I don’t speak more Danish round our office in Copenhagen and this is the result of that thought a few weeks after the fact.
Also whilst I’m here I thought I’d say how it went at the Helium Competition at their Pulitzer Center. I was 3/12 at one point then my ranking dived bombed more badly than any of my other Helium articles, so I guess it shows you you should write what you know no matter how well you do your research! I was just hoping to win an iPad otherwise I wouldn’t have entered on that topic.
I also just brought my .com domain for my 6 book Science Fiction Series which is exciting (8 letters all one word, which is pretty good for a .com url these days). There probably won’t be much up there until I’m ready to launch the first book but it’s good to know I have it in reserve for when I’m ready; makes the project all that more real.
Anyways, that’s all folks for now!
I’ve been tweaking and updating a few things on my website (see new advert pane) I decided to give my self published science fiction short story The Cancer a different look. I gave it a grey scale palet as I felt it was more fitting to the subject matter. It light of this update I’ve decided to put the eBook The Cancer by Niamh Brown on sale at 30% off! Hurry whilst the offer lasts!
Peace, Niamh xxx
It’s been a busy writing weekend! Not only did I release my first Science Fiction Short Story eBook The Cancer but also I’ve written a review at Helium for a new Movie I saw this weekend called Planet 51. I loved it so much I had to immediately write about it, on top of my other writing plans.
If your thinking about going to see the Film Planet 51 check out this Helium Review (spoilers marked)
Peace, Niamh xxx
I wrote a short story a while a go inspired by the death of my mother-in-law. When I heard that one-in-3 people were affected by cancer now it made me realise just how epidemic it has become. And then I thought…
“Cancer has been on the rise ever since we knew what it was, but what would happen if it began to affect everyone?”
This story glimpses into such a world through the viewpoint of a dying monarch, because not even royalty can escape The Cancer…
I’ve been a member of Lulu.com for a while now but haven’t published any content with them until today. I’ve started my own self-publishing site there called Niamh Press and The Cancer is the first of my publications there.
You can download The Cancer by Niamh Brown from Lulu here at Niamh Press
Well like I’ve said before in my review of 2009 and resolutions of 2010 I have joined a writing group in Copenhagen and we are meeting every 2 months. Today was the first meeting. We each sent a piece of our work beforehand so we could give feedback in the meet up. My piece was the prologue and first chapter of my science fiction series. This is the first time I’ve shared my fictional work outside immediate family and the feedback was really positive.
There was a couple of pointers and one wanted to chew on it a bit before giving feedback as it wasn’t her usual genre, but the general responce was that everyone wanted to read more and felt the characters were believable (the pointers I did get was also really useful too). I can’t say how much of a confidence boost this has been, but not only that; I got to make 5 friends today and I feel there is a great group dynamic that could prove a fertile breeding ground to help me make the next step up in my writing life. I even did a bit of networking by giving my calling card to a couple of people with my website etc.
Today I felt for the first time that this could be real. One of the ladies was an experienced journalist who had written for TV, radio and newspaper/magazines in a number of topics. She gave me the best compliment which was that she thought it worked as a concept and that she could see no reason why it couldn’t be in print. I have to say I’m over the moon (and, of course, compulsively wrote about it since its my nature heh)
Hope you all had as good a weekend as I have 😀
GODT NYTAAR! / HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’ve just published my annual Close the Year review for 2009. This is something I began last year after I started publishing my resolutions in 2007. It was a nice way to look over the year and see what I’ve achieved and what I want to let go of. I can quiet easily forget the things I’ve accomplished so this is a way for me to remind myself of the good I’ve done in the year.
You can see my review at my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone called: Close the Year: Review 2009
Have a great time tonight, I’m waiting for the ring of fireworks to start around us (last time then went on until about 1am!)
Peace, Niamh Brown xxx
I’ve had some time to do a few updates that I’ve been meaning to do to the Niamh Brown Central website before the holiday kicks in (as I want to spend it on writing and not web stuff). I’ve removed the Passion For Poker section because my writing focus has finally shifted back the the science fiction series I’ve been writing for the past decade. I’m also going to be joining a writers group in Copenhagen next year, so I decided to remove the poker blog for now.
I’ve also reinstated some of the work I had done when I had the (premium) CafePress Store for my photography. I’ve pulled out the ‘insane world’ product line and it will be in a separate store to the photography work once it’s back. You can see my new Writing Store here. I’m going to be updating the photography site during 2010 so this should be the last update on the niamh brown central site for a while.
I’ve also added the Links section I mentioned in my last post to the main menu for quick reference and removed some links in my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone and put them in there so they are in one place.
I plan to spend christmas and new year writing and I will be posting my annual close and start of the year posts at the end of the month. See you then 🙂
Peace, Niamh xxx
I realise it been a while since I said anything here but as I said in my last post the Danish class routine really did take up all my spare time and energy. I finished my first module ‘part’ on Wednesday the 24th and got my exam results. I got 88% with a 70% threshold to pass! I’m well please with myself, especially after I was forced to miss two classes due to ill health and became almost convinced I was too far behind.
I’m on my only paid weeks vacation now and I’m resting all I can. (Denmark have this retroactive central holiday scheme where you have to be in the system for a year before you can collect holiday pay, but my employers also give you an extra week’s paid holiday too)
I got my feedback from my entry into the ‘Writers of the Future’ competition. I didn’t win a place unfortunately, basically it didn’t fit the target demographic/style (something I should have researched more anyway) plus they said the science fiction element has to be obvious in the first page or two of the story and with this one it was very much in the background, used in a technological manner. The story itself was about a disease gone to an extreme in the future, but the way it was done I could see their point. So that’s fair enough. It is a story that does straddle the boundaries of SF but it’s definitely fiction.
I think a part of me has realised this month that although I’ve definitely got the writers bug and will probably write all my life, I don’t think it something I can replace my IT career with any time soon. I suspect it will always be a second and not a primary activity, but in a way that good for the writing. This mentality has taken the pressure off me a bit and it’s been nice to have a break from it for a little while. I’ve decided I’ll probably stick to writing things I find interesting and spend less of my precious time doing commercial pieces, but I’ll see how it goes. I’m really planning to write when I’m enthusiastic about something instead of forcing my style and tone into work that would fit a career move.
As for poker I’ve started playing with a few friend at work for fun. So far I haven’t got heads up but last time I burst on the bubble and played much better than before. It really is a different game than playing on the internet but it is fun and you can pick up and give away information much easier.
Also the last two weekends I played the Scandinavian freeroll’s online and last week came in 10th place (out of 600-700 players) and last night I came in 2nd out of 635 players!!!! This won me a total of $14 for no investment. This really has given me a boost and shown me that I am capable of being a good poker player.
Anyway that’s all the news I have right now. I hope you are also having a nice summer wherever you are.
Take care, Niamh xxx
It was my 30th yesterday, rather weird crossing that threshold but there you go. I’ve got a 3 day weekend ahead of me so no doubt I’ll have things to post by the end of it. The short story is going well, over 7 thousand words and about 28 formatted pages thus far. The beginning needs a re-write but it shouldn’t be too much work.
I like the way that the short story has helped to form the bigger plot stories in my books. It nice when you have a thought that helps both works at the same time. Very satisfying 😀
Anyway the weather here hasn’t been great this week, but considering the spring I’ve had so far I much prefer the Danish climate. I went out and got my haircut yesterday and although it’s much tidier, I realised just how much I miss a hairdresser that is almost psychic in understanding how you want your hair done. I’m sure the language barrier didn’t help, but it was just as much my fault for not getting it cut a bit shorter when I could have.
I shall be starting my classes soon for Danish, I’ve got the source materials now so it’s starting to become real that I’ve integrated over here. I suspect the first year will be the toughest, but once we get past the start up costs of being new to the system, things should take off much faster than they would have back home.
Anyway, I’m babbling hope you have a good weekend,
Peace, Niamh xxx