Novel ideas

14 Jan

It’s has been snowing where I am, you don’t care about that because you are sensible decent people.  Unfortunately my Facebook wall is a sea of uninteresting snow comments, as opposed to just uninteresting comments that is the norm.I won’t complain here though, if I do it will through the ingenious idea of just blatantly spamming people’s Facebook walls with needless rubbish, instead of wasting your valuable time.


So here’s the thing, recently I have been writing, proper writing, not just putting ideas and such down, not only that but reading, not watching DVD’s as I had been doing because I have become slothful over Christmas and the new year,

The story is this, friend Chris comes back from Peru, says (paraphrasing here of course), ‘let us write something’ and then some other words that sounded good, I agreed.  we chose a topic with which to warm up our creaky writing abilities and transpired that Chris came up with ‘oops, I’ve lost my keys’.

Now for me that suggests a comedy slant, but without mentioning too much about the work in progress, I have somehow made my short story a ‘depressathon’,  conversely though, it makes me happy and I have seen enough scope in it for a full length novel, with a bit of research, a bit more humour and a few more layers of ideas.  I shall let loose more details when I flesh the thing out somewhat properly.

Other than that, I am looking to review more novels by you guys!  I have one in the pipeline and another that I am waiting to read, after that I will be more than happy to read and honestly review any books that you wonderful people have written and would like to get a bit more recognition for.  I offer a fair opinion and a blog that has a hit rate that has been steadily and constantly climbing since I started this blog proper last April.


Posted by on 14/01/2013 in My Writings


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21 responses to “Novel ideas

  1. Seyi sandra

    14/01/2013 at 17:02

    It would be an honour if you could review my novel, ‘The Feet Of Darkness,’ It’s coming out soon, your blog is always brimming with great ideas, I wonder what you’ll make of my novel!


    • StetotheJ

      14/01/2013 at 17:35

      I am certainly up for that, the novels are coming thick and fast (I have two to do now, so far). I shall email you in a moment and we shall sort something out.


  2. Cory John Eadson

    14/01/2013 at 21:10

    Sounds terribly exciting. I decided to start writing again today too. I have a few ideas washing around in my head, nothing novel-sized though, as of yet. Keep us informed!


    • StetotheJ

      18/01/2013 at 11:55

      I shall do, since I posted this it’s been a bit quiet on the writing front but nothing like aa bit of snow to get me in the mood.


  3. Bumba

    15/01/2013 at 00:08

    And I’ll have another for you eventually, Stephen. I’m getting held up at the printer’s, but when it’s printed I’ll send you a copy of One Life. If you care to review it, that would be great. Good to hear you’re writing. I’m reading an excellent book by Irving Wallace titled The Writing of One Novel in which he describes how he wrote The Prize. He writes very clearly, which is perhaps the most important skill. The story behind his research and the process of writing is interesting too. All the best


    • StetotheJ

      18/01/2013 at 12:05

      I shall check that one out, i hadn’t previously heard of it but it sounds fascinating.

      As to a copy of One Life, well I would be delighted to review it, interestingly the standard of self published books I have read so far has been consistently high, so unless I have just been lucky with reading the small percentage by good authors, I see a bright and potentially very different book future.


      • Bumba

        18/01/2013 at 15:47

        OK. Perhaps this will motivate me to get hopping and finish up my business with the printer.


        • StetotheJ

          19/01/2013 at 14:22

          That sounds like good news, I need my American novel fix, somehow Moby Dick and The Catcher in the Rye just never grabbed me.


  4. 최다해 gongjumonica

    15/01/2013 at 07:29

    This may sound pathetic, but I haven’t seen snow. It is infernally hot where I live and we are lucky to have our temperature in 20~25C, usually in your winter time.

    I hope you will be able to write more and publish a book. But for the mean time, I am contented reading your reviews and stuff like this.


    • StetotheJ

      18/01/2013 at 12:23

      I would love to be there when you first experience snow, I’ve never thought of someone not experiencing something that I take for granted (and shake my fist at). I’d blog about that definitely.

      If/when I do write a book I will send you a signed copy, of course. Until then there shall be many more posts and short stories coming your way.


      • 최다해 gongjumonica

        20/01/2013 at 01:11

        Hmm how could you be there? Unless we go a book trip together somewhere with snow haha. A lot of people take for granted what’s always with them. Other people haven’t seen the sun for days, but I curse Mr. Sun everyday.

        It would be an honor to read your book, and that’s not an if but a when you write a book. I believe in you and your talent. But for now, I’ll be contented reading your posts.


        • StetotheJ

          20/01/2013 at 20:24

          Well it is certainly the spur i need to get something in print, something substantial and memorable or if nothing else, at least thought provoking.

          Sun? we get that for a couple of days around Wimbledon fortnight then it’s back to the perpetual rain. It would be nice to swap some sun for snow. We have way to much of it at the moment and there is a huge icicle outside my window that could impale a horse, if one was foolish enough to be looking into the downstairs front window.


          • 최다해 gongjumonica

            21/01/2013 at 07:17

            Well, you’d better do something about that huge icicle. Human mind never fails to amuse me and who knows? Someone might actually do that.

            I’ll trade a day of sunshine with an hour of snow. 🙂


            • StetotheJ

              23/01/2013 at 15:11

              That would be great, melts our snow and gives you a new experience, that’d be perfect. I poked that huge icicle and it fell and splintered like at least ten mirrors. Which made me smile.


  5. Alastair Savage

    15/01/2013 at 08:22

    Good luck with it! What’s the place in your photo?


    • StetotheJ

      18/01/2013 at 12:13

      Thank you, I just stole one off of the internet, I think it may be a hotel in Barnsley. Photos like that seem to appeal to everybody.


  6. Claire 'Word by Word'

    15/01/2013 at 13:43

    Love that you are exercising your stylo, I knew that taking your notebook with you would end up with you going out of ordinary bounds.


    • StetotheJ

      18/01/2013 at 12:17

      It was your encouragement to keep taking it out with me that helped, that and sometimes I have one to many pints and anything goes with regards to ideas. Which doesn’t happen as frequently as you may imagine, I hasten to add.


  7. Christina ~

    15/01/2013 at 21:33

    Oooo I cannot wait to hear more about the details of your book….I have nothing to offer for your always insightful, entertaining, educational, and exceedingly well delivered reviews. I will stay tuned in, ever so anticipatious…for some hints of what you’re working on! 🙂


    • StetotheJ

      18/01/2013 at 12:29

      Since I posted this I haven’t really done much apart from second guess the whole project, I may have to do a rewrite or just make it less miserable overall, but yes you shall be kept informed. I appreciate your support and will virtual high five the computer screen to show my appreciation.



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