Writing Prompt #5

“My skills are exceptional!”

“… more like excremental.”

Writing Prompt # 5

Another writing prompt! (Also, I’m not dead! Just been busy working on a novel, and learning how to get published.)

Control Now Available for Purchase!

Hi everyone!

My science fiction novel, Control, is now available for purchase through the IP store.

Find it here.

You’ll be able to purchase a paperback version from the store. You can also purchase an ebook version. This is available in pdf, ePub and mobi versions.

I’m also looking at selling some signed paperback versions through my Facebook page. Once I work out how Facebook stores work! I’ll keep you updated on the progress of that.

I’m really excited. Thanks to everyone who helped with version 1 (the self published version) – whether it was leaving reviews, or just purchasing and reading. I really appreciate it, and it has helped both with getting a publishing house to accept the novel, and in my own development as a writer. Thanks guys!

I got my book into a bookstore!

So, I’ve got 100 hard copies of my novel that I needed to figure out how to sell. Today, I decided to go around and harass some of the independent bookstores in Townsville and see if they would stock it for me.

There’s a comic book store at Warrina complex that sells comic books and sci fi/fantasy books. It’s Nova Comics, and now they are also stocking my novel. 😀

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That’s an actual bookstore shelf!

I was also able to get one other bookstore to take a copy of my book, to see if it would be suitable for them to sell, and they’ve said they’ll be getting back to me. So, I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished today. With any luck I can get the book into a few more stores. 😀

I got copies of my books!

I recently announced that I got a publishing deal.

Well, now I’ve got hard copies of my book to sell. So, so many. Well, a hundred. And that’s more books than I’ve ever had (you know, of the one book…) and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with them.

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And there’s two more boxes. o_O

I plan to sell some of these over my Facebook page, at least in Australia. I don’t know how this will work just yet, but will let everyone know as soon as I have prices and delivery options worked out. For people who actually know me in Townsville, come and bug me and I can give you a copy for cash. 😉 And I’ll sign any of the copies I send out too. You know, in case that’s actually worth something someday.

The book is also available on Amazon.


‘Control’ is my first novel. A science fiction/dystopian set in a world with airships and shapeshifting robots, and where people can control machinery with their minds. If you’re interested, you can find out more information here.

I completed Nanowrimo 2016.

I completed my 50,000 words for Nanowrimo!

The story I wrote was about superheroes. I’m honestly still not quite sure where this fits genre-wise. I’m guessing somewhere in fantasy and/or science fiction, and probably young adult. Either way, it’s been fun to write, and I estimate it’s got about 20-30k words over the 50k to go to completion. So I’m going to (try!) and keep writing until I get to the end.

If it turns out well, I’m thinking I’ll write a series. I had a lot of fun creating superpowers and heroes/villains, and backstories. I’ve created a page for the story, which you can find here, if you want to find out more about it.

So, how did you go for Nanowrimo this year, if you participated? Leave me a comment, and I’d love to check out your page. I’m keen to meet and follow more writers on the site, especially if you also went through the hell/rapture of Nano. 🙂

I’ve got a publishing deal!

With these guys.

This is for my first self-published book, Control, which they will be releasing in its second edition. It will be available in both ebook and paperback formats. As you can guess, I’m pretty excited. I’m hoping that doing it this way, as opposed to self-publishing, will mean I get more access to book stores and other distribution channels. Also, I don’t have to do everything myself.

The paperback edition is available here. It will be released in other places too; this is currently looking like it’s going to happen at the end of year/start of next year. I will keep you posted as to where and when it’s available.

Important thing to note: Yes, this is a second edition. So there have been changes to some of the story. Most were minor. The only big one was that I didn’t kill one of the characters, who died in the first edition. Apparently, killing off too many characters is depressing, and I killed a few so… oops. Sorry guys!

Here’s hoping it does well. 😀

New Website Page – WIPs

I’ve just added a new page to the website, where you can check out the stories I’m currently working on.

I intend to keep this updated with the whatever I’m working on, as well as any links to that story’s associated material (Pinterest inspiration boards, any excerpts I’ve posted, etc).

I’ll use the blog to keep everyone updated as well, but this page should provide a nice easy place to navigate to if you’re looking to find out what I’m working on quickly.

Check it out here. And let me know what you think. 🙂

‘Pink Punch’ Excerpt – Nanowrimo Project

It’s almost a week into Nanowrimo. I’ve been smashing out words whenever I get the chance. And so far I have just over 9000. I thought I’d post an excerpt of one of the scenes I’ve written so far. This is literally straight out of my head and onto the (digital) page. It’s unedited, but should give a decent insight into what this new novel is about. (Short answer: superheroes, armoured super-suits, supercars, superpowers.)

I hope you enjoy. Please keep in mind it’s unedited, and I do plan to give it a proper rewrite and edit before finalising, but any comments are appreciated!


Kris stared up at her bedroom ceiling. At least tomorrow was the weekend. So it didn’t matter if she couldn’t sleep. Dad was really starting to get on her nerves. How was watching a couple of vigilantes fight going to hurt? It wasn’t like she was going to step between them or anything, just watch.

“He just needs to chill out,” she huffed at her ceiling. She understood his job was stressful, but still.

She rolled over and tried to get comfortable. In the darkness, unable to sleep, her mind was mulling over things. Not just her father.

Irritatingly, she’d started to think about Calvin. She hadn’t met him before, so he probably didn’t go to her school. Or he’d just moved, or something.

Kris huffed again. She wasn’t sure why what he’d said bothered her. Maybe it was, because, she’d been just that little bit impressed that he’d stood up to Butch. But only a little. In reality, it was stupid. I mean, Kris was pretty sure she’d stand up to someone if they picked on her. She knew how to look after herself, and her Dad had taught her a few things. But putting yourself in danger for a couple of whiny little kids who couldn’t be bothered to learn to skate properly. “Silly boy,” she muttered.

Her phone let out a little burp. Kris rolled over and picked it up. A message from Butch. They were hanging out at the skate park. Well, it was Friday night, she couldn’t sleep. And one good thing about Dad being on night shift, was that’d she’d be home before he was.

She slipped out of bed, slipped on shoes and her jeans and a shirt. Then crept downstairs and picked up her skateboard. As she slipped out the front door, she peeked over the fence, to the family’s shed in the back yard.

Mum had been spending almost all of her time in there, since she’d lost her job. Dad jokingly called it her ‘office’. Tinkering. Making things like the EMP she’d pulled on Tommy. And, presumably, finding herself a new job. Not that there seemed to be much of that happening.

The light was on inside. Which meant Mum was still out there, nutting out some problem. She wouldn’t be back in the house until she crashed; she’d be too tired to even check on her daughter.

Kris grinned, jumped on her skateboard and skated off down the street. She rounded the corner, and scooted off to the side as the glare of headlights, followed by a beefy rumble, came up from behind her.

Whoa. Someone around here had a decent car. And where had it even come from? They lived in a cul-de-sac. Must’ve been one of the neighbours…

The car rumbled past at low speed, and Kris saw it was a Mustang. A bright pink Mustang. She squinted and frowned faintly. And, then she realised who the Mustang belonged to. Only one superhero had a bright pink Mustang. Pink Punch.

What was Pink Punch doing here? And why was she stopping?

The pink Mustang stopped, and the window rolled down.

Okay, so the costume and the poor Mustang’s paint job were horrible. But, Kris had to admit, Pink Punch’s powers were pretty cool. An armoured suit that not only protected her, but could replicate almost any weapon in her hand. Pink particularly favoured large beefy gauntlets – perfect for punching bad guys.

And she was going to get to talk to her! Where was her phone?

“Kristina Lacey Mahrone! What the hell are you doing out here in the middle of the night?!” The faint mechanical buzz that always overlaid Pink’s voice, disguising it, was still there. But the tone and wording were dead familiar.

Kris dropped her board and felt herself flush, oddly enough in the current circumstance, at the use of her middle name. The board clattered on the asphalt. “I… wha…” How did…? Kris’ heart began to race, her jaw hanging open. “Oh my god… Mum?”


If you are doing Nanowrimo, check out my page on there, and friend me if you’d like. 🙂