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The Power of Getting Sick

The Power of Getting Sick

During the last week I managed to catch a flu that knocked out the whole family at one time or another. I did everything to protect myself from the dreaded bug. I even went as far as voluntarily quarantining myself to sleeping in the lounge room while my wife spread her germs around the bedroom on one coughing fit after another…..sadly, I succumbed.

At first I had enough energy to press the change channels button on the remote control and take in a TV series on Marco Polo on Netflix (thank goodness for them!). Slowly but surely I managed to sit up and do some real thinking about being an author.

There is nothing quite like being incapacitated to help you slow down and do something that you haven’t done for quite some time….and so thinking I did. I thought long and hard about the challenges that many authors face in writing, editing, publishing and finally marketing their novels to the masses. It’s actually quite daunting.

Finally, I made the decision to do something about the latter problem of marketing and developed the website SFFAuthors.com (science fiction and fantasy authors). It’s a website that helps the technically challenged authors share with their readers via a really simple blogging interface and combines this with some pretty nifty social networking components. Essentially it allows readers and authors to interact.

So after absolutely no fanfare I launched the site a few days ago and since then I’ve been watching magic take place. Readers are beginning to sign up and authors are starting to take notice with what’s going on. The bottom line is that I’m really happy that there’s a community beginning to form around science fiction and fantasy.

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Brushing Up On Star Wars

Brushing Up On Star Wars

With the impending release of the JJ Abrams version of the Disney inspired Star Wars this Christmas I thought that it was about time that I brushed up on the earlier movies. Seeing that the "Empire Strikes Back' was one of my favourites I thought that it would be a good idea to start there.

I first saw Empire when I was about 12 years old. I remember standing in the queue with the rest of my family on opening day. I was incredibly excited to see the follow-up to the greatest movie that I'd ever seen!

My mother (who is not a scifi fan) asked my father in a loud voice what the camels were doing walking across the ice plains of Hoth (you know them as Imperial walkers)......my response was to deny that I knew the woman. How embarrassing!

So did I enjoy Empire 40+ years later? You bet I did! My son and I said all the lines before the actors did and we even loved the fake movements that many of the ships made through space and air. Back in the days the movie was made movement was created with cameras and models and not CGI.....

Empire touches us in so many ways. It was full of excitement, comedy, action and a love story between a scoundrel and a princess. The good guys were good and the bad guys were bad. How cool is that! I get tired of the modern movies and books that seem to think that everything needs to be grey.

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Video of Author Discussing His Book Battleframe

Author, Michael Gilmour, discusses his debut scifi novel Battleframe. The process of writing it and how the plot develops throughout the story (no spoilers).


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Middle-earth Vacation

Middle-earth Vacation

Just over a week ago my wife and I travelled with our youngest daughter to New Zealand's south island. I've been to the north island but nothing could prepare me for stepping onto the outdoor setting of middle-earth.

We spent most of our time around Queenstown and woke each day to the most stunning scenery I think I’ve ever witnessed. The mountains known as “The Remarkables” (pictured above) were used in the Lord of The Rings as the mountains of Mordor. Looking at the mountains made me wonder if an army of orcs were just on the otherside!

The Ford of Bruinen was just up the road outside a tiny place called Arrowtown and the actual ford was at the end of a jet boat ride in Skippers canyon. Seriously, you’ve just got to take a ride on a jet boat….they’re incredible.

Ford of Bruinen

On our way to the west we came across a view of the Misty Mountains and later the place where the CGI team added Isenguard. It was a strange feeling driving along the road and recognising places from the movies.

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Being a Character

Being a Character

Had a great weekend with family and friends celebrating my wife’s birthday. Lots of food was involved and the day culminated with lazing on the beach with some great fish and chips. The weather was perfect, the food was brilliant and the friendship was better than ever.

I found myself staring across the water wondering what it would be like to be some of the characters in my first book. There’s a scene where Whizzbang and Bosk discuss the Barrier and how it made the ocean shimmer in a beautiful purple he during the sunrise. It was also where they concluded that it was also a prison that the Concord had to be set free from.

Have you ever read a good book and wondered what it would be like being one of the characters. While writing the saga I’ve found myself looking forward to the next few hours to see how a character would react to a particular situation. Rather than reading, I have to write what will happen and it’s actually quite thrilling.

How’s Selfia going to react to Acheron being hurt? What would happen if a father and son were separated by war? These are great questions to ask and the only way I can get the answers is to write……and this is where I try to imagine what I would do in the situation.

So I hope that you enjoy reading the Mind War Saga as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. So there you have it....I've finally settled on the name of the series, "The Mind War Saga". More on this in a future blog.....

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