Writing

Where I write about various things which take my interest.

The section devoted to writing, mostly my own.

The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off Review

My first self-published novel, Knight’s of Elevar, has been reviewed by Bob Milne as part of the The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off. It looks like I won’t be going through to the next round but I’m really pleased with what he has to say.

Writing Stats February 2015

My writing target for this year was 10,000 words. That seemed like an easy goal. Writing my usual 500 words per day over lunch would leave plenty of wiggle room if I needed to miss a day or two.

Showdown

Clint Eastwood

Another snippet of writing before I start editing the novel.

The Bonescribe

Skull in a Pile of Leaves

I haven’t been writing much lately as I don’t have a novel idea at the moment. I’ve finished off the Knights of Elevar series and next week I’m going to start editing my Nanowrimo entry from last year, so that will take up a big chunk of my time. In the meantime I’ve been writing the occasional 500-ish word piece to keep the practice in. This is title “The Bonescribe”. I like it, but I think the horror is a bit lacking. Then again, I have just read Chuck Palahnuik’s Guts, so maybe I’m comparing it to that.

My Writing Process

Pen and Paper

Last week David F. Chapman of Autocratik wrote a blog post about his writing process as part of a blog tour which has been going around. I’ve known David ever since we met in Abstract Sprocket waaay back in the 90’s so he tagged me in his post.

Sci-Fi Brainstorming

The Galaxy

I’ve been brain storming some ideas to submit to Bastion for their first issue.

Writing Stats January 2014

This month has been a much more productive writing month! The image shows my daily writing totals between and :

Writing Stats November 2013

This image shows my daily writing totals between and :

Farmer, Sailor...

Farmer, Sailor...

I released the fifth part of the Knights of Elevar series, again, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

Silver Hand

Silver Hand

, slightly later than planned, I released the fourth part of the Knights of Elevar series, again, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

War Stories

War Stories

I’ve just released the third part of the Knights of Elevar series, again, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

Nano Excerpt

Candles on a Birthday Cake

This is the opening scene from my Nanowrimo 2013 attempt. This is before any editing so may change drastically over the development of the novel. The concept is related to my entry last year, titled Monkeys in Space, but the story is completely different.

Nanowrimo 2013

Pen and Paper

Nanowrimo 2013 is almost upon us and I’ve signed up in anticipation. I’ve got a few different ideas that might work, I just need to pick one of them.

Healer

Healer

I’ve just released the second part of the Knights of Elevar series, again, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

The Black Knight

The Black Knight

The Black Knight follows on from The Knight of the White Fountain, even though it was written before it. It has similar themes, but includes loss and regret at the sacrifices the main character is forced to make.

Ilias Awoke

Ilias Awoke

Late last night I released my very first self-published short story through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

The Knight of the White Fountain

Chess Pieces on a Board

The Knight of the White Fountain was originally written as a final short story for a writing course I took around 2008. This piece is about sacrifice and using the tools you’re given — no matter what they are.

Keyboards

Keyboard

I’m a programmer by day and I spend a lot of evenings and weekends writing. This means a lot of time in front of a computer typing.

Haircut

Haircut

A short story which turns the trauma of hair loss on its head. Pun intended.

Storytel.la

Pen and Paper

In my day-to-day life I’m a software developer and Technical Director of Nomad Co-operative. One of the things we’ve released recently is Storytel.la, which is a writing tool with a programmer’s mindset.

Stoo Goff

Stoo Goff is a writer, musician and programmer hailing from Norwich and now living in Glasgow. When not buried beneath a mountain of programming code or torturing guitars he can be found creating strange new lands and conjuring dreams from nothing. He regularly promises himself that he will finish the next novel and album.

He is heavily influenced by a number of writers and musicians, including: Tom Waits, Ursula Le Guin, Trent Reznor, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Gene Wolfe, Frank Miller and a host of Finnish Folk Metal.

Follow him on Twitter @stoogoff.