Hyphen? No hyphen?
What’s in a word?
There is something very old-fashioned about the sound of the word(s) used to describe an electronic book.
Much like the way in which we still use the word ‘video’ today to describe moving images.
As a word, ‘video’ reminds me of watching dodgy copies of banned horror films on VHS in the 1980s.
Despite the fact that we use the word to mean something very different in 2019 ‘video’ just seems so old-fashioned.
For me, it is the associations.
The clunk of the door as you inserted the tape into the recorder/player.
The sound as the machine steadied itself.
The roll of the lines up the screen.
The occasional distortion as the sound synced.
The hang of the pause.
The song of the tape as it rewound in a different key to the one that played as you fast-forwarded past the adverts.
Do you remember these sounds?
Perhaps you have never heard them?
It is highly likely that you will never truly hear them again.
And we haven’t even started to think about another link in this word association game we are playing today.
In this episode I discuss the origins of the VIRO series and describe the central character Jake.
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Books One and Two in the VIRO series are currently available in paperback and for download at the following links:
Verified Amazon Reviews for VIRO
‘I absolutely loved this book. Powerful and poignant, ‘Viro’ packs a punch. Sad and haunting, ‘Viro’ is a new take on the zombie genre.The characters are dynamic and interesting, finding strength despite their horrifying circumstances. Jake is a character that will stick with you long after the final page. The action sequences are thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat! I can’t wait to read Book Two!!’
‘I loved this book, and finished it in 2 sittings, a real page turner.’
Clearly because I have nothing better to do with my time, I have decided to launch a brand-new series on my YouTube channel called ‘How Do You Write?’ In each episode I will be sharing some thoughts on how I write. I will also be joined from time to time by special guests who will be talking about how they write. I currently have two episodes uploaded to YouTube and if you are interested here they are.
If you sit through them both you’ll see that Episode 2 is a bit slicker than Episode 1. That’s fine, I like to think it says something about the writing journey. In any case, you can’t upload newer, revised versions of videos on YouTube, only delete them, so I took the decision to leave Episode 1 as it is. I might review that decision in the future, depending on how the series goes.
My daughter watches a lot of YouTubers and the one thing I have learned from watching them with her is that it is really necessary to ask people to like your videos and subscribe to your channel so please could you like my videos and subscribe to my channel.
Thanks for reading and for (hopefully) watching.
See you soon.
I posted my first YouTube update the other day.
It felt horrendous.
I have always hated hearing the sound of my own voice.
Combine that with seeing yourself as well and all the horrors I have ever felt about myself fell full upon me from a great height.
But it is done now.
And there will be more.
Have a nice day.
Here’s the first in a new series of short posts shared on my YouTube channel and elsewhere. VIRO has got to number 89 in the Amazon charts and I wanted to say thank you very much to everyone who has helped to get the book up the charts. Of course, this is the point at which there is an obligatory series of words pointing you towards a series of links where, should you care to, you could purchase untold copies of VIRO. If that is how you feeling towards the whole project then please feel free to click the image below.
Have a lovely day.
Thank you very much
Here’s a test ident for Bara Cailín. I am trying to capture that particularly unsettling feeling that I always associate with British science fiction, supernatural and horror television shows from the 1970s – in particular, Roger Price’s The Tomorrow People (1973-1979); Children of the Stones (Peter Graham Scott, 1977); and Nigel Kneale’s wonderful Quatermass IV (1979).
Here’s the newest version of the latest trailer for my most recent project (if you see what I mean?). I have changed some of the imagery and made it look a bit more apocalyptic (I hope). As always, let me know what you think.