This-stopia

I have an Instagram account (@freyathewriter). Instagram is an amazing place to be for writers – the community is great. Readers, writers and others that find themselves caught up in the web of the community are having a great, supportive time over there. I bought a book only 11 days ago that was an independent writer’s first publication – and it was excellent. If I hadn’t joined Instagram, I’d likely never have read it. Congratulations to Nicholas Crivac for getting Apotheosis to print. Take a look at his website if you want to know more!

Anyway, I digress. On my Instagram account I got involved in a conversation about how the way the world is at the moment means that any ideas us dystopian writers might develop seem to have been stolen by, or been the inspiration for, various regimes around the world (looking at you, governments of the UK and USA!). It means we have to push our plots further and harder so that they don’t just end up being non-fiction tomes. Having said that, in my experience what it has meant is that the tiny news articles that slip through when we are all being supposedly distracted by the latest scandal (which seem to focus very much on the Royal Family these days) have been the jumping off point for some quite interesting and unexpected plot twists. I can’t decide whether to be pleased or horrified at my schadenfreude. It just goes to show, we are all a messy mix of light and shade.

This takes me to my next point (I did have a plan for this blog post, honest). I’m so focused on my burgeoning novel that other writing is taking a back seat. I’m in the throes of my first edit of my book. It’s both challenging and revealing and I find that I edit best with a cup of coffee, under the duvet, in bed (who knew?). I wonder if it’s because it reminds me of when I was a law student and the only way I could have access to all the law books I needed when writing and studying (it was before the internet!) was by spreading them out on my bed? Anyway, once I’ve made some more editing progress my flash fiction and poetry brain cells will kick back in. I do have a list of ideas, inspirations and whatnot, I just don’t want and can’t get too distracted by them for now. I used to contribute a lot to DVerse and I want to get back into that, definitely. It too is a fun place to be.

Which takes me to my final point, which is a bit of a shout out to Helena Hann-Basquiat. She too has been off the radar for a bit (I think the youth across the pond are still saying ‘a hot minute’), but I am reliably informed because I follow her and comment on her blog posts (not stalkery at all), that she is also getting back into the writing gig. I’m so pleased because (a) she’s a brilliant writer and (b) because I reaaaaaally enjoyed being part of the Jessica collaboration back in 2014. it appears that the final book in the trilogy is in the works. All being well I can unleash my really dark side on a bloody slice of this final book, if she still intends to go down the collab route with it. I have a dark dystopian soul and an even darker horror soul. And then there’s my fantasy soul too which is really quite a doozy. Anyway, all hail Helena. I’m looking forward to working with you, if you’ll have me.

There. I think I’ve written all I wanted to for now. I intend to be here on a weekly basis, every weekend, all being well. I’ll be in my dressing gown and PJs, allthough you won’t see that – or will you? Who knows who is watching and by what method?

We are in This-stopia after all…

 

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Jessica can be purchased – it’s the kind of girl she is…

Hello, dear readers! As promised yesterday, here is the big reveal!

If you have been itching to purchase your own, honest to goodness copy of Jessica whether in e-book or real, live gorgeous paperback, here is how you can delve into the dark side…

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In October 2014 seven writers came together to create a meta-fiction project entitled JESSICA.

What was it all about? Here’s what Helena had to say:

“There are rumours that I keep a writer trapped in my basement… but I assure you… Jessica is and always was here of her own free will. Until one day she disappeared, and I began to realize that everything I thought I knew about her was wrong. Everyone has a terrifying story about Jessica B. Bell. Some of them are even true.”

It first appeared on Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, beginning HERE.

If you read JESSICA, you may have noticed that there were pages torn from the journal. The complete JESSICA (with over 50 pages of new material – THE MISSING PAGES) can now be found on Amazon in PAPERBACK, or as a Kindle e-book.

There’s also a special, Deluxe Edition exclusive to iTunes (you will need an iPad or iMac/iBook to read – sorry, it won’t work on your iPhone).

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Jessica – Finale

And now, now dear readers, we reach the dénouement… or is it? Jump over to Helena’s blog to read the Jessica Finale to find out if you guessed the ending, or if Jessica had you foiled…

You will learn some Serbian, there will be kittens and orphanages.

Expect the unexpected, as always.

Tomorrow, Jessica will be unleashed on the world in all her gory, I mean glory. There will be an extra fifty pages in the available to purchase complete book, whether your choice is honest to goodness paper (mmm, smell the pages!) or an e-book version. And everyone loves deluxe, right? Deluxe will be available. Come back tomorrow to find out what that means…

And finally, you’ve known and (hopefully) loved my plain old blog for a while now. It’s been basic and served its purpose, no? Well, it’s time for a revamp. And the launch of a book (which I have been honoured and delighted to be part of) seems to be the perfect time to make this place a little more whizz-bang. I sense that change is afoot…

See you on the dark side… Mwahahahahaaaaaaaaa!

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