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Starship Gypsies is go…


Before you start, no, that shouldn’t be “Starship Gypsies are go”, because Starship Gypsies is the name of the new blog from Jerry at Jdawgswords and myself, a completely new collaborative adventure in multi-contributor, multi-media fiction writing.

We have only been “live” for less than twenty four hours and have already been approached by a blogger who’s eager to participate in our experiment, so who knows where it might lead.

Jerry and I have so far written an episode each, of a tale that was originally his idea (although he hadn’t even considered collaborating on it, that was just an off the cuff suggestion from me that, like so many of these things, took on a life of its own and gathered momentum rather quickly) and that’s as far as we’ve got.

For now, I’ve crafted a rather lovely new WordPress site, (even though I do say so myself, which I do) with links and widgets and dropdown menu thingies, all glorious gloriously enhanced by some beautiful photos which (for now, at least) I’ve pinched from NASA.

The concept, if nothing else, is simple.
We extend an open invitation to all and sundry; anyone willing to contribute writing, illustrations, video, music, graphics, animation, anything at all that will add to the overall look, feel and content of “the project” will be welcome aboard.
The idea is to have a continuously evolving storyline that could go absolutely anywhere, in any number of formats.
And, as an added incentive to those of you out there who have always wanted to have a go at writing a blog, but haven’t been quite sure where to start, (exactly like me, three years ago in fact) well, we’ve already done all the hard work of setting up the site and getting the story off the ground, why not jump on our merry bandwagon and hit the ground running (excuse the mixed metaphor) by joining us on the IGV Alice Marie as we boldly go where no blogger has gone before.

Without a map.

So here it is, I hope you enjoy our new crowd-blogging collective as much as I’m looking forward to being involved in it.
Browse the new site using the widget menu on the About page, which you can find at the link below.

See you there…



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Interesting new fiction project in the works…

So, here’s the thing.
I was scrolling through my WordPress reader yesterday when I came upon the latest post from Jerry at Jdawgswords, a blog I’ve been following for a while.

But this post was something different from his usual style, a seemingly unconnected extract from a sci-fi story that I hadn’t seen before, which I liked straight away.

I couldn’t say exactly what drew me to it, other than to say I like the “feel” of how it was written, so I left a comment to let him know it had made an impression on me in some intangible way and left it at that.
Much to my surprise, today I found that he had written a second segment of the story which he had introduced as having been prompted by my interest in part one.

I was very honoured that he’d do such a thing and told him how much I appreciated it.

Then I had an idea.

I suggested that maybe we could collaborate on the continuing adventure, perhaps by writing alternate chapters that could be improvised as we went along, just to see where it went.

The result of this spontaneous idea was a two hour video call in the early hours of the morning, or early in the evening, depending on your point of view, since he’s in Texas and I’m in England (prior to this we had never communicated directly) and we hit it off right away.

Now, this is so far just in the “hey, that’s a great idea, let’s do it” phase, but during our introductory conversation I honestly think we may have hit upon a rather interesting new project.

I am reposting his initial, as yet untitled, piece here, just to give you an idea of the setting and lead character (the excellently named “Captain Toes”) and we shall be having further discussions on what direction the project might take. But it seems likely that we will be asking for input from other bloggers and writers, each of whom could add their unique style to the mix.

As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for collaborations, so I’m really hoping this new scheme takes off and if it sounds like the sort of thing you’d like to have a go at, do please let Jerry or myself know, either here or at Jdawgswords.

Here then, is that opening salvo in full.
Make way for a new sci-fi hero…


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