Strolling through 1944 …

Strolling through 1944 …

Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemingway enjoying a stroll together in 1944.


George R.R. Martin … a computer dinosaur

George R.R. Martin … a computer dinosaur

George R. R. Martin is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–present).

He is currently selling more books than nearly anyone on the planet and his computer can’t even send an email. Think about that for a moment. In total, Martin has written almost 2 million words for the series thus far…

“So here’s the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word-processing software – very old, but unsurpassed.”

Martin has been criticized by some of his readers for the long periods between books in the Ice and Fire series, notably the six-year gap between the fourth volume, A Feast for Crows (2005), and the fifth volume, A Dance with Dragons (2011). The previous year, in 2010, Martin had responded to fan criticisms by saying he was unwilling to write only his Ice and Fire series, noting that working on other prose and compiling and editing different book projects have always been part of his working process. He is currently working on the sixth volume with one more to come after that.

Tell you what though … he’s way way faster than me!


I have lived a thousand lives ….

I have lived a thousand lives ….

You can fix anything ….

You can fix anything ….

Beth Revis … when perseverance pays off.

Beth Revis … when perseverance pays off.

Beth Revis is a bestselling science fiction and fantasy author, writing mainly for the young adult audience She is best known for the Across the Universe trilogy, which consists of the novels Across the Universe (2011), A Million Suns (2012) and Shades of Earth (2013). 

She is also the author of The Body Electric, numerous short stories, and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. Her latest title, A World Without You, is a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. She currently resides in rural North Carolina with her family.

Beth wrote ten novels before the eleventh novel she wrote sold. That novel was Across the Universe. It took her a decade and more than a thousand agent rejections before she had any success in publishing.

I recently contacted Beth and she told me a little about her writing life.

I tend to just write wherever I can. I don’t have a dedicated office; I just use my laptop. I work from home and have a two-year-old now, so I write whenever, however. I never worked well with schedules. I’m much more likely to write until my fingers hurt one day, then take the next day off. The closer to deadline, the more obsessive I am, but I still tend to go in big bursts followed by nothing for a bit.

I use, Keyboard for drafting, pen and paper for brainstorming and working out problems. Do I have any strange work habits ?
I don’t think so, but then again I don’t think anything I do is strange 🙂 That said, I’ve recently really come to embrace that every book is written differently. My first books, I didn’t outline. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different processes. Each book comes out in a different manner.


Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

Swift’s best known full-length work Gulliver’s Travels is a classic of English literature. He claimed that he wrote it “to vex the world rather than divert it”.

The first edition was published anonymously in 1726. The original title was Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships.

Writing desk upon which Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels.

If you live to be a hundred …

If you live to be a hundred …