Filthy Henry Novels


Duplex Tempus - Draft 5

03-08-2019

I'm not even going to bother lying, I've just been too busy and lazy to post any content on the site over the last while. Which in turn means that I've put up no content on the social media platforms either.

Such is life.

When you want to create things get super busy and you end up just going through the motions.

Anyway, a small update of sorts to celebrate that I have finished draft five of Duplex Tempus.

I have to say I am not usually as happy as I am right now at how the story has turned out. When working on Filthy Henry novels I usually get to draft ten or eleven before I think I've plugged all the plot holes and developed the story as well as I can. But something is different about this one.

Maybe it is because it is a sci-fi noir story.

Maybe it is because I am seeing this as an ode to my favourite sci fi book of all time.

Who knows for sure. All I know is that at the minute I have completed the fifth draft of it and things are progressing nicely. I'll take a few hours off now and then start on draft six.

Since a writer's work is never done.

-Derek




Can't Win Them All

01-06-2019

For the past few years I've been attending Dublin Comic Con not as a comicbook nerd, but as a comicbook nerd who is there selling their wares. Mainly Filthy Henry novels, since I don't exactly create anything else that would sell at the convention. It has been a permanent fixture on my calendar for the last four summers.

But, alas, not this year.

See the rules for how you get into the con to sell your goods were changed to make things fair for everyone. The idea being that you do not just 'get in' because you had been selling at a previous con.

I know the main criteria is that you need to have new material for sale in order to qualify for a spot in the alley. This is were I become my own enemy, I haven't completed a new book since last August.

Now there are two ways to look at this. Either I am doing a George R. R. Martin on it (come on, I've written four books in the time it's taken him to not write his latest novel - it's overdue by five years at this stage) or I am not just rushing through the novel in order to secure a spot at the convention.

I'm going to lean towards the latter.

I'm my own worst critic, but I definitely don't want to be asking people to part with their hard earned cash for sub par writing. They do that already, but the least I can do is make it a little less sub par than it already is.

Anyroad, long post short this is just an entry to say that I sadly won't be at Dublin Comic Con 2019. But hey, there is always next year (by which time I will definitely have Duplex Tempus finished).

-Derek