New Years Resolutions 2016

It’s time for a reflection of the past year and to lay out my hopes and dreams for the coming one.

Reflections of the Year Past:
Wow. There were some pretty big highs for me this year. And, fortunately for me, the lows were very mild.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens blew my mind. It was everything I hoped it could be. It wasn’t perfect, don’t get me wrong. I had some issues with it. But, overall, it was fantastic. I can’t wait to see it again.

‘Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ – both were fantastic shows I binged watched (is that even a proper expression?! Can’t think of the right one off hand). The storylines were great. I’m not particularly familiar with Daredevil (apart from the concept and storyline basics) and I knew next to nothing about Jessica Jones. I loved every minute of both and can’t wait for season two.

‘Making of a Murderer’ (Netflix exclusive series also) was a fascinating look at the life of Steven Avery, a man from the U.S. wrongly convicted of rape, and only exonerated after spending eighteen years behind bars. Two years after his subsequent release, Avery again finds himself accuse of a horrible crime, this time a murder. Avery again plead his innocence, claiming a conspiracy by the local sheriffs department. The series follows Avery from his release and through the new trial. Great stuff if you enjoy true crime. (On an interesting note, internet group ‘Anonymous’ have taken up Avery’s cause and claim to be about to release information proving his innocence.

Writing-wise, I’ve had a great year. I got paid for writing for the first time ($US100! for eight pages). I have artists lined up for two other short pieces which I have previously mentioned here (there is no time line for the release of these as yet). I have also a series called ‘The Phantom Ranger’ coming soon from Hooligan Alley Comics.

I’m finding writing easier now that I have been practising for a while. I still struggle to come up with that ‘killer concept’, but the concepts I am coming up with are stronger and more refined than ever before.

I’d like to improve my pitching ability though. Crafting a good pitch still eludes me – they always feel dry and stale to read. I have a few different stories I’d like to pitch, but whenever I write a pitch, I can’t seem to … create the right hook? I need to read through some to the writing books on my shelves and try and distil the essence of what they are saying.

I have found it difficult to work on projects where the ideas don’t originate with me. I attempted to write a mini-series with a great artist, based on his art and concepts. Unfortunately, the passion just wasn’t there. Without the passion, the words just wouldn’t flow. I eventually had to give up the project because I figured if my heart wasn’t in it, wouldn’t be fair to either party to continue on without dedicating one hundred percent.

Plans for 2016? Continue with the improvement I have been making. Practice pitching. Write. Write. Then write some more. Spend more time with the children – they are growing so fast! I don’t want to miss a thing. Get a promotion at work (pretty sure this is in the bag, but stranger things have happened).

Enjoy 2016. Live life to the fullest. You only get to do it once.




New Years Resolutions 2015 style

I’ve seen a lot of people posting New Years Resolutions (NYR from now on). Inspired, I figured I look at my year in review and plans for 2015.


This year was the first time I have actually made a serious attempt to get my writing career off the ground. I made several submissions this year:

Decay (Dark Oz publisher) – I completed a three page horror zombie story for submission which was accepted by the editor (after a few changes). The editor stated he hoped he may be able to find an artist for the story and get it in the April edition (Decay #19). Still waiting to see what happens, but, fingers crossed. This was my first comic submission and it would be absolutely fantastic to see it published.

Flux Fiction – they requested a writing sample, which I supplied (via this blog) and was accepted. This was to be a paying gig (only $US25, but still). My name went up on their website, but I have never heard anything further from them. They stopped replying to emails, and I now see the website has changed completely and the Flux Fiction Anthology has disappeared completely. Disappointing, but that’s part of life, I guess.

Monsters, Mutants and Mayhem – a comics anthology based, strangely enough, around monsters, mutants and mayhem. I submitted a five page story which was accepted by the editor. The entire anthology was unfortunately plagued with problems finding sufficient artists of the appropriate standards, and several months later, the editor was forced to pull the plug on the whole endeavour. Again, another disappointment.

I submitted an eight page horror short to an open call for another horror anthology advertised via the Digital Webbing forums. This is probably the story I am most proud of for this year. It is a psychological horror story based around the¬†Aokiahara forest in Japan. I really like it a lot. If it doesn’t make the cut, I post it here.

TOR Publishing: I submitted a 11,000 word short story (prose) to Tor for consideration. It’s a fun fantasy romp based around the main character I use when writing fantasy. I haven’t heard anything back from them yet.

Future Shocks (2000 AD): I submitted a short five page story back in March, but, as yet, no word has been heard. Not holding my breath on this one though. Looking back, it wasn’t my best. The formatting is very basic and completely different to the far more professional format I am using now. Still, you never know.

I am about to submit a crime-noir story for a Somer Art Studio. It’s not my best work, so I am still debating whether to submit and rewrite. I don’t want to risk missing out either way.


At this stage of my writing career, it is really hard to make concrete plans as to what I want to achieve. I guess there are a few things I would like to see happen soon, so that seems to be the best place to start.

This is the working title of a graphic novel I am currently developing. I have a basic (read here: very basic) outline of the story, but I am struggling with the ending. Once that is worked out, I may write it as a three or four issue mini for submission to Dark Horse or similar. I really, really like the story. I think it is original and from a unique point of view. It is now a matter of working on the synopsis to get it as perfect as possible before the first issue can start.

Heaven’s Yesterday
This is the first full issue I have completed. I like the basic premise behind the issue, but I think the issue would struggle to hold the readers attention. I have written A LOT since completing issue one, so I think a re-think and re-write will be on the cards. Tighten the story and characters a lot, then maybe submissions or an artist search can begin.

I would love to get to know a few artists, editors and writers in the comic industry. Living in Australia makes this a little difficult as we don’t have a particularly strong Con scene here (they do happen, though). That, combined with my social anxiety/awkwardness, make networking difficult. Still, this is probably the area I want to work on the most, and is going to be the most difficult. Not sure what I am going to do with it yet.

I’m really happy with Rambling Words at the moment. There are a steady stream of visitors, which is gratifying to the ego. Even if the visitors aren’t reading what I am writing, just seeing the stats is enough to keep me jotting down more random thoughts.

Published?? – hopefully this dream can come true.

Hopefully everyone can make realistic and achievable goals for 2015. Good luck and hard work will get you there.