The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop

My wife has tagged me in The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop. A mind twisted by the lies of the media outlets controlled by your conspiracy of choice might see a bias; however it actually further proves the good taste she displayed in marrying me. Embracing fully the customs of new electronic frontier, I present a short insight into my opus.

For those of you who have not already seen the Hop the rules are:

1. Give credit to the person who tagged you;
2. Explain the rules;
3. Answer the ten questions about your current work-in-progress;
4. Tag five other people and link to their blogs so we can hop over and meet them.

I have fulfilled the first rule. For the good of your sanity will – rather than gloss them – treat the rules as self-explanatory.

There were only nine questions when my wife was tagged; after research I have recovered the tenth question, which appears second in this list. As we live in a multi-media world and might not be working on a long work, I have unilaterally decided to reword the questions to read work instead of book.

I am, as usual, working on more than one piece of writing at the moment. I incline toward not sharing ideas until they have reached a certain point so I have chosen a piece that has been ageing for a while and not the novel I was working on this morning.

What is the working title of your work?
Melchior’s Marvelous Mechanical Man

Where did the idea come from for the work?
Many years ago I read about the Mechanical Turk. It fermented in my unconscious until it arose as a plot.

What genre does the work fall under?
I worked it up as a pitch to Black Library during their submissions window so it is currently Warhammer 40K. More generally it is dystopian science fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters for the movie rendition?
Casting the film before the story is written could risk collapsing the characters’ persona waves to early. However, David Bowie’s Tesla is one of the influences, so he is probably a safe suggestion for Dr Pinchweasel, and the current Patience Pinchweasel could be Jenny Lampa. Any cast list created by me must also include Christopher Lee; revealing who he would play would involve spoilers.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your work?
In a universe where technology is a religion and heresy brings death, a con man claims to own a machine that reveals fate.

Will your work be self-published or represented by an agency?
Option Three: I hope neither. If Black Library decide to pick it up it will be professionally published without an agent. If enough time elapses without them picking it up I will either complete it a fan fiction or edit it sufficiently to be a similar plot in a universe of my creation.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The Warhammer 40K universe is subject to tight editorial control so I created an outline and wrote a sample but did not write the entire story to avoid wasted effort if the outline needed huge alterations. Several months have passed so I am starting to fill in more scenes, as it is less likely it will be picked up.

What other works would you compare this story to within your genre?
I am aiming for the same character before explosions exploration of Warhammer 40K as Dan Abnett’s Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies on a slightly smaller scale.

Who or What inspired you to write this work?
The idea for different take on the Mechanical Turk arose a few days after I heard about the Black Library submissions window so I decided to attempt the plot as my submission.

What else about your work might piqué the reader’s interest?
See daring escapes, meet complex anti-heroes from distant worlds, and experience the technological marvels of the age! Be the envy of your friends and neighbours! Each paragraph magnetically flux enhanced to cure and protect against over 1000 common diseases and ailments as you read!

There are many fine blogs out there; with no real method I picked five of the ones I follow. In each instance – apart from TED – I have picked out one post that particularly interested, impressed, or inspired me.

vb’s reverbs – The Wife and Mother

The Happy Logophile – Bright Dreams and Clock’s Revenge

M.H. Lee – Negotiating Against Yourself

Switzy Thoughts – The Abomination: Chapter 3

TED Blog – Ideas Worth Spreading

I place these blogs here purely to share them with others; there is no implicit compulsion to continue this chain e-letter.

5 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop

  1. Hi Dave. Thanks for the shout-out! 🙂 Not sure if I’ll answer the questions or not — like you, I don’t like to talk too much about my current WIP.

    Your story sounds interesting. I’m not a Warhammer 40K kind of girl (I prefer playing Warhammer Fantasy), but I’ve got a couple of friends who are really into the 40K stories, novels, and gaming.Best of luck either with getting it picked up by Black Library or finding another home for it.


    1. Glad to highlight you. As I said I wanted to share things that I enjoyed so no need to continue it. I was in two minds about it myself; however when I tried to answer the questions it started to come together so I decided to finish it. Possibly it would work better for you as a fall-back post about a completed work.

      I enjoy playing Fantasy Battle as well; my Warriors of Chaos are actually the most successful of my armies. The many arms of Games Workshop have been reaching into my pocket for over 25 years.

      Thank you for the good luck. I am trying not to give up until it is really clear that I have not been selected; however my inner critic does murmur that my idea is not enough of an epic shoot-em-up to fit 40K. Possibly it would have fitted their core market better as a disgraced Empire Engineer as protagonist.


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