Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cretan Update.

Off to a pretty good start the week before last with 10,240 words done over four days. The following week started a bit crappily with lots of running about after shopping on the Monday (and finding nothing delivered because the delivery trucks have only just been fueled up again). On the Tuesday I managed a desultory word count of 1591, but this was mainly because I was re-reading stuff, shuffling bits about and basically getting my head around where I want to go with this.

Wednesday 4th

I got on a roll today with 3,000 words bringing the total to a spit away from 40,000 and I’ve even got a good idea of how I’m going to end Zero Point. I’m also very much enjoying tying things in with a future that’s already there, so to speak. Those of you that have read the Owner stories in The Engineer ReConditioned may remember the proctors, those humanoids that did the Owner’s bidding? Well, I’ll not give too much away, but they’ve got to put in an appearance at some point in the Owner’s ... history. Maybe very soon, or maybe in the next ten thousand years (snigger). Then there’s other things to consider, like an Alcubierre Drive...

Thursday 5th

Warming up with the first paragraph above and now this. A certain amount of distraction getting in the way what with the temperature in the high thirties and the sea down in Makrigialos being the temperature of bath water, but I will persevere...

Hey, it occurs to me that I might try doing a few more video clips from here. Well, I’ll try one and see how loading from Revens goes. It is noticeable that when someone comes in and starts that kind of heavy usage (usually the downloading of films from the Internet) Yorgos’s Internet radio goes off and everything starts getting a bit slow. So, to that end, how about some interesting questions from all of you posted in the comments here. Do be warned, however, that if it’s a question I’ve answered ad nauseum before I’ll be giving it a miss.

Tuesday 10th
Good start to the week this week too with over 4.5 thousand words done to today, Tuesday.


Jebel Krong said...

slightly OT i guess but: where do you prefer to write, crete or UK? (i assume the latter as you're spending more time there, now). sounds like there's more distractions in crete though... :p

very much looking forward to the technician, which should be out soon!

btw your place is looking better and better all the time, and that bar looks far too relaxing to be doing work/internet etc!

packrat54 said...

Any good ales or such brewed in Crete? My second favorite subject next to SciFi books... maybe first.

Mark T Croucher said...

Tell us more about the strangulation collars and the dictator. Is this late in the book or early?

Have you got much/any new material for a book of short stories?

Any more news on a film front?

Ever been asked to write with anyone else?

Would you be interested in writing the script for Cats & Dogs3 (surviving Crete), couldn't be any worse than the latest one.

Mark T Croucher said...

Another question. Have you tried chatting to any of these Chinese women who seem fans of yours? I won't tell Caroline, promise.

Andrew said...

Are we ever going to see Agent Cormac again?

Your Polity books are great.

Graeme. said...

Have you ever read a short story by EM Forster - The Machine Stops ?
Amazing that a story a hundred years old can describe technology and cultures which we've already realised or are heading towards today.
Given that much of the technology in your books is based on science fact (often theoretical), which technological or cultural aspects of your books stand out as things you'd fully expect to see in the distant future ? How about the near future ?
(I'm not expecting the iPhone 5 to be a small bean shaped device that fits snugly behind your ear, but that said, I have no doubt that we're moving ever closer to Augs)

I got my introduction to your work through Hilldiggers (read almost all of your books now) - any chance of seeing Mr McCrooger again ?

link to short story Here

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

being one of the few people who have come up with good recommendations of obscure books (ie: Shiva 3000, Half Past Human)(AMAZING!)you have any other incredibly obscure gems you can recommend?

cant thank you enough for those, so i will tip my chat to you instead.

Neal Asher said...

Thanks for the questions people - I'll give this videoing a try, but there's no guarantee I'll be successful uploading something here.