For the second year running, Writing Pad will be returning to the site on the apt date of 12/12/12. Throughout the day, I’ll be posting news on current writing projects, that should give you an insight as to what’s on my writing notebook.
A special, dedicated page will be posted next week in preparation for the event. Writing Pad will be an exclusive online event.
In the meantime, you can stay up to date about Writing Pad 2012 by following me on Twitter and FaceBook.
At Writing Pad, I briefly talked about uploading a series of short films that I’ve been working on over a year.
Today, you’ll find a new link on the website’s navigation bar, appropriately titled, ‘Films’. Upon clicking the link, you’ll be taken to my brand new YouTube channel, where I’ll be hosting all my films and video work.
These films are shorts of drama, documentary and experimental. Whilst I’ve written and directed the majority of them, some I’ve served in different roles. For further details, see the credits at the end of each film, and the video descriptions.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting a backlog of short films from late 2010 and 2011, leading up to my most recent work of this year. The first video is my showreel, acting as a preview to whet your appetite.
To celebrate the start of 2012, both Utopia For The Devil and New Dawn are on sale, with 30% off the paperback editions. The eBook editions will also be completely free of charge to download, so you can take the story wherever you go!
When I wrote the novella, Utopia For The Devil, I always envisioned it as a duology. I wanted to show a progression of time, so the characters could evolve, and the dynamics of the situation within the city could change. I found doing this in one book wouldn’t fit well, as the two parts are different in style and tone.
Whilst writing the second novella, New Dawn (which I personally refer to as, ‘Part 2′) I came up with four different ideas for ‘Part 3′. The ideas were all very different, each of them taking a unique route. In short, they weren’t all conflicting ideas for a sequel, but rather, four unique ideas for four different stories.
It’s very possible that I could write up to four more instalments in the series, but for now, 2012 is the year for Beyond, which was re-revealed last month during Writing Pad.
I am considering expanding the story and universe of Utopia further, but right now, Beyond is my priority.
It may be of interest to readers of Utopia, that I began writing a plot outline for Part 3, until I scrapped the plans. The plot elements didn’t go wasted though, as many of them are recycled in Beyond.
I’ve been hard at work redesigning the site from the ground up to be as clean as possible, with emphasis on style and minimalism. The goal for the redesign is to raise the professional standard even further, paving way for new ideas and audiences. The new look illustrates the care and attention to detail that goes into each published work, and this is reflected on similar design choices here on the website.
You’re currently viewing the blog, but if you visit the main homepage, then you’ll see the entire site has been revamped in a similar manner. The Twitter profile, and other sites where James has an online presence has been redesigned to a similar fashion (where applicable).
Everything has been carried over, including blog posts. However, the individual book websites for previously published works will not be undergoing a makeover. The site may also undergo some final, last minute design tweaks in the coming weeks.