Friday, 1 March 2013
Big Dog: Bad Dog
As I may have mentioned I'm trying to complete my first novel, called Bad Dog, which was inspired by a phrase that popped into my head that went something like this, "It was all Big Dogs fault that I'm sitting in my Dog in Afghanistan being shot at." It came to me just like that and so I wrote it down and filed it away as an idea. That was around the middle of last year, or so. I can't remember exactly when as I over wrote the original note when I started the novel, which is a bit of a shame really. However, they are just words and ideas and one can't get too precious about such things.
Anyway one line pitch for Bad Dog: Starship Troopers meets Ground Hog Day. Synopsis: Life in the military means everyday feels like every other day, but for Gunnery Sergeant Tachikoma today is just like yesterday.
The running total for first four weeks of writing was 25,087 words. I've just finished another 2000 words today, so that makes 10,195 words this week, and brings this monthly total up to 41,210 words in all, which is why I've been a bit remiss in posting stuff here. The novel now stands at 64,616. It's an interesting challenge to write a novel, and for the first time in a long time I'm actually immersed in something that I'm really enjoying, in spite of it being really hard to do.
On a related note the BBC just posted a story about Big Dog and DARPA are developing things that I very cleverly allude to in passing in my novel. Life imitating art? No not really, just obvious stuff that happens.
Other news is that I now have new glasses for painting and making models. Special prescription after taking a couple of examples of what I do into show the optician.