Sins of the Past – Part 1

Happy Halloween everyone!

Sins of the Past – Part 1

For the past few days I’ve been working on a new story. Since Tuesday to be precise. The first part is ready. You can open it as a pdf from the link above and download it to put on e-readers or whatever is easier for you.

I will be uploading the whole thing to here some point soon, within the next day or two, but with the pdf you get the cover by my girlfriend Tabatha Davidson, who literally rushed out the cover tonight.

Feedback is very welcome. It’s a work in progress.

Just a note, I’ve formatted the pdf so it’s readable on Kindle as that’s all I had to go on. The font is massive on a computer screen, but it’s still readable.

And look, it’s just about to turn midnight, on Halloween, spooky.

Please have a look at the story and let me know what you think,

thanks,

Ashley

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October

It’s that time of year again. Autumn has crept in, the days are shorter and our shops are lined with costumes and cheap sweets. I only realised yesterday how soon Halloween actually is, and that’s only because Caddicarus said in his latest video that it was sort of a halloween special. I’ve never really cared about halloween. Only ever went trick or treating once. It was never something I was raised with. I feel like I should care though. I love scary things.

My favourite horror book is Dracula, if only just for the opening 3 chapters. The isolation of the castle, imprisonment, mystery. It all builds the scene so well. Even coming from a modern viewpoint where the story is pretty well known, the mystery of the castle and Dracula himself still comes across well. I suppose it’s the uneasiness I find appealing. The sense that something’s not right.

It’s one of the things that I’ve been working on at the moment. I’m just over 2000 words into a story, within which I’m trying to create that uneasy feeling. I want to keep the reader guessing what is about to happen and judging from the feedback I’ve had so far, it’s working. I know roughly were the story is going as well which helps.

Writing has been pretty slow recently, but I’m thinking about things all the time. Ideas, characters, plot points. It’s all there I just need to write it down. It’s the forcing myself to do it, that’s the problem. I know I can do it, or at least that’s what I tell myself.

This next story is quite personal as well. Which is different for me. I’ve put other people and observations I’ve made of them in stories before. But I’ve never really taken a lot from myself, but this time is different I feel like I have something to say and that it’s important. Even if no one reads it. Maybe it’s just venting, but in the end it doesn’t matter.


I want to try and find new music. That’s become my aim at the moment. I’m currently listening to the album The Woods by Sleater Kinney. I’d never heard of them until they announced they were reforming, but I looked them up on youtube and I quite like them.

I’ve listened to Slipknot’s new album a couple of times as well. I quite like that. A good return after 6 years. Haven’t listened to it enough to get a good judgement yet though. The Devil in I stands out as my favourite song from it at the moment.


I’m slowly making my way through Found by Harlan Coben. I’m really enjoying it, but finding it hard to sit down and read it for long periods of time. No idea why. Maybe it’s because I don’t want Mickey’s story to end. It’s the final part of a trilogy I’ve been with since day one. I have my ideas of what’s going on, but I’m probably wrong.

That’s all for this little update.

See you again soon,

Ashley.

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Quick Update

I know I’m late with uploading the story, but things aren’t going exactly the way I planned, but in a good way. I have this scene in my head that I want to upload, but at first I wasn’t sure how to get there from the start of the story. I started writing, and like what’s going on, so haven’t yet written the scene. The story is changing and evolving as I write, things aren’t how I imagined they would be. But I feel really confident with what I’ve got. I’ll upload something soon, and it probably won’t be what I originally intended. It’s been a long time since I’ve uploaded something and I want to make sure it’s worth the wait. 

In other news I’ve just finished reading Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Absolutely loved it. I had to get it because of how much I love Scott Pillgrim and Lost at Sea, but I didn’t start reading straight away. I just didn’t feel like it, but the second I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of the best things I’ve read in a while. Can’t recommend it enough. 

My next book to read is When Did You See Her Last by Lemony Snicket. Next one comes out soon so need to catch up. Read 1 chapter so far and enjoying, not that I was expecting otherwise. 

I’ve got a few posts planned that are a bit different. More stuff that I’ve wanted to write, but feel people wouldn’t enjoy or be remotely interested in. Maybe someone will be, who knows. 

Thanks for reading,

Ashley

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A little update

It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, not much has really happened (apart from one weekend, but I’ll get to that later). I’ve accepted that uni is over and feel ready to move on. Writing is at a minimal at the moment, but that will all change soon. I have big plans to keep things going. I have a piece that should be ready to post on here next week and after that I’ll be finishing the second part of The Fragmented Sequence. I’m about 5000 words away from the end of that one. 

I wasn’t going to carry on with The Fragmented Sequence, for a while, but I’ve had a few people ask me for an update on the sequel and it’s made me reorganise my priorities. The Man Out of Place also hasn’t been forgotten. It is finished and just waiting to be edited. It links into The Fragmented Sequence but it stands alone completely. My idea is to have a whole range of stories that build upon the infinite amount of universes and worlds that began in To The Other. None of them are really connected, but characters, places and events may pop up in several books/stories. One of the things I’m working on at the moment isn’t involved in this at all, so I’m not bending things to match this idea. If it fits, it fits.

I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this week. I’ve been waiting for this film the second the credits went up at the end of Rise. I love all of the Apes films and this is no exception. Brilliant, and I can’t wait for the next one. Probably going to be a 2 year wait on that one.

A couple of weeks back I went to London for the London Film and Comic Con. It’s my first time going to a convention where it’s not solely comics. Seeing people I recognised from movies and tv was really cool. I got a poster of Empire Strikes back signed by a few of the cast and am currently waiting for a frame to arrive to hang it up. I also met a personal hero, George A Romero. Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead are 3 of my favourite films of all time and it was an honour to meet the director. It was a great weekend and I can’t wait to go again. Hoping to go to the winter one.

There will be an update next week I promise.

Maybe I shouldn’t make that promise. :)

Thanks for Reading,

Ashley 

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I’m Back!! Finally.

It’s been nearly 3 months since I last wrote a post on here. Nearly a quarter of a year where I’ve let things slip and haven’t been keeping up with this blog or my writing in general. I’ve tried, but haven’t been able to do much. Yesterday I sat down and forced myself. Twenty minutes later I have 270 words down on the page. The start of a new story. A story that’s been going around inside my head for about 6 months now. It feels good to get it down on paper. (or screen) Although I do know the ending already, something that rarely happens to me. I don’t know how long the story is, although I’m going to guess at not that long, but I do know the ending. And all I want to do is write that bit down. Forget the rest. I’m hoping that will turn into momentum and I’ll get the story down in no time. I’m really happy with the plot and hope it comes out the way I want it. I’ve decided to focus on this, something fresh after a long break, before picking up old projects. I’ll be 21 in 2 months and 4 days.  The aim is to have some kind of plan then. 

I have finally finished University. No more exams, essays, portfolios, presentations. Nothing. I’m so glad it’s over. The last year in particular has been a bit of a nightmare. I think it might be my outlook on it, rather than the quality of the university but I was starting to feel stuck there. It’s been about a month since the last exam and I can’t describe how much better I feel. The Dissertation, I’m ashamed to admit, was mostly written in just over 5 hours. I lost so much of it, due to a memory problem on my laptop. I left everything to the last moment and completed it in one five hour stretch. 5500 words in one sitting. I did achieve a B with it. I’m shocked at that. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the story. I might put it on here one day, or I might just leave it in a folder and leave it to be found five years from now when I barely remember it. I say that because I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out recently and have found stories (paragraphs) I wrote towards the end of GCSEs and the start of sixth form which was around five years ago. It’s a strange feeling. 

Today I started reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. I’m only 25 pages into it, but what an opening. Being pulled in that much two pages in is an amazing feeling. I know I’m going to finish this one quickly. It’s been quite a while since I read a book, glad it’s a good one.

I’ll try to update more regularly.

Thanks for reading,

Ashley 

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