Archive for November 4, 2011

my process

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

I came to Bangkok to get some work done. I understand why writers may choose the proverbial cabin in the woods to remove themselves from influences that would otherwise distract them from ‘the novel’.  I have chosen similarly to isolate myself in an alien environment where none of the  triggers and baggage are present that would deter me from my concentration. Here in Thailand, where I do not understand the conversations I hear, cannot communicate except in snippets, rudiments, finger pointing and body language, neither read the daily bafflegab or listen to the  frantic cacophony of global media, I find it possible to focus my attention on ‘the work’ and am in turn just as isolated as any writer who chooses to spend his time hidden deep in a forest, by a lake, under a mountain ,  as far from civilization as they can get in order to capture the ‘quiet’ needed to write. I can achieve the certain  singularity and continuity I need here, where noise from the outside is meaningless, inconsequential and when I wake up the same words are waiting for me as when I laid my head down.

I might be a slave to my work, but I don’t want to live like one. Bangkok is a relatively modern yet inexpensive place to spend the time necessary to have completed my recent work ( Fringelords return to Gaia) and to now contemplate breaking out another rough draft of a possible next work and getting down to the business of rewriting.  It’s possible to achieve a level of comfort here when my budget might be pinched in the west. I don’t have to remind anyone that the food is excellent, watch my video’s and see for yourself on youtube – Bangkok Living & Travel.

In addition I find the Canadian winters grueling and have a tendency to suck the creativity out of me in a short time , my work suffers as a consequence. In Thailand I have none of the same concerns regarding dressing warm enough to survive a trip to the corner store.

In this environment where everything is new to me I am  inspired by the simple things I encounter, my mind is active, this leads to new directions in the work. Inspiration is  my profit, my capital , if you agree that as a writer,  words are precious and valuable. Someone asked me today what I thought of the threat of flooding in Bangkok, I said , “Flood, what flood?”  As soon as I’d said that I knew  that I was in the right state of mind to begin my next work . “I’m free and  unrestrained”, I realized,  ready for any happy accident that may occur and perhaps be the catalyst towards some strange new avenue I have yet to explore.

I finished my latest novel

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

I started this blog today to coincide with the completion and pending release of my latest work, my fifth novel and third in the genre of dystopian science fiction.

Fringelords Return to Gaia
Fringelords Return To Gaia

Gaia accepts random evolution as inevitable, chaotic metamorphosis preferable, and the prospect of an uncertain future desirable. A disagreeable axis of warlike Fringelord’s, an allied race of technology worshipping Pureon’s, along with the Caapi, a species of clairvoyant vegetation have formed an uneasy alliance to try and twist the course of social and biological evolution on Earth into their own diabolical vision of the future. The Fringelord’s goal is to reestablish a status quo of hierarchic kingships and destroy any potential of change.The Pureon seek to disappear into the caves that spawned them to never see the light of day after finding the experience of life outside distracting from their pursuit of science.

The covetous vegetal Caapi have concocted a dangerous plot to use the universes’ one fatal flaw as a bargaining chip before their greatest fear becomes reality should Gaia be the nexus of change for sentient species everywhere and dash the Caapi’s burning desire of ever controlling their destiny. The Fringelord’s, Pureon and Caapi are doomed by their own tortuous ignorance to repeat the cycle of a contradictory and cruel relationship with nature while Gaia and her allies remain ever hopeful that change will continue to generate new life. The battle for Earth has entered a new phase.