Posts Tagged ‘Hal Spacejock’

Off And Racing

November 1, 2009

That NaNoWriMo thing is off and racing. Or is it up and running? Whatever it is, here in Australia we get November 1st a few hours earlier than most of the world’s population. I guess that means we start writing earlier.

It’s about 5pm and I’ve been writing for part of the afternoon. yWriter tells me I’ve got 1482 words down.

yWriter is author software by Simon Haynes. Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock books. I blogged about him a day or two ago. The good thing about yWriter is that it keeps track of chapters and scenes, so I can write any section as it comes into my head, then just chuck it into the appropriate place in yWriter. If I want to move a scene I just pick it up and move it, no cut and paste for me.

It also keeps tally of each scene or chapter word count so I can see how busy I’ve been any time I need to. And that 1482?  It’s less than the minimum of 1,666 I have to keep up every day for November if I’m to reach the 50,000 words.

Better get back to it.

Remedy For Straining My Brain

October 31, 2009

I think it was Ulysses that did it. Strained my brain, I mean.

I got a bit too close, that’s all. Too close to the rarified atmosphere or wherever it is that Ulysses lives.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have written yesterday’s blog. Well, not all at once, anyway.

It’s left me a bit vague and drifty. Not a bad feeling, but certainly not conducive to full functioning.

I’m sure it will pass, this light-headedness. But I’ll be more careful when approaching the dizzy heights of literary genius next time.

However, I have a remedy. Hal Spacejock.

Yep, that’s the way to get back to normal. I hope you’ve heard of Hal. Not the, ‘I’m sorry I can’t do that, Dave,’ HAL of Stanley Kubrick.

Hey, hold on there. Stanley Kubrick is getting up into rarified air again.

Let’s get down to earth again. Stick with Hal Spacejock.

Hal is the brainchild of Simon Haynes. Simon is an author from Perth, WA. And Hal Spacejock is the worst space pilot in the galaxy. The books are funny, filled with gung-ho adventure and mishap, have beautiful women, crazy plots, and a save-the-day robot named Clunk.

Simon has written four Spacejock books, and if you like Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett or Red Dwarf, or that guy Ford with two ff’s, then perhaps Hal Spacejock should be on your reading shelf.

You can get the first book free. Yep. Free, with one f.

Head on over here and you will see the link for a free download of his first novel in the series.