Let the February Flashbacks Commence

Well it is February and the perfect chance to have a February Flashback…

It’s a chance to see some old stories… and yes if you wouldn’t mind hopping along to my author page and investing in a few stories I would be very grateful…

Here is the linkage… https://www.amazon.com/A.-R.-Appleby/e/B00N96X5L8

This is a little untold before information on my writing “career” as it were.

We are going to be going through the old school first ever writes.

So at the late but apparently early age the last year of my teens I began writing. The very first story that I wrote, Breathing Smog. It took a fair while and there were often times when I thought I couldn’t do it, that I would never finish the story. It felt like the hardest mountain to climb, physically and mentally. Safe to say when it was finally finished I was over the moon. Elated and over joyed. The cover, the artwork you can see on the Kindle book was done by my own fair hands on a coach ride. It took a while to complete and the coach was bouncy but it got done.

The link to Breathing Smog is just here: https://www.amazon.com/Breathing-Smog-R-Appleby-ebook/dp/B00M0MOJWG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

My next project was The Darker Path which was written on train journeys commuting into London. It was a project that kept me going at writing when I found Breathing Smog too much of a struggle. Something to keep me writing when writing Smog was too hard for me. So there are three links to the three available chapters. It has one character based on an old friend, the two leading males… I made up completely. I had someone ask me who the men were in the real world. But it is only the girly friend who is based on a real person, oh and yes the lead is totally myself at the tender age of nineteen.

So those three links I hear you say… (I hope.)

https://arappleby.com/writing-exercises-2014/the-darker-path-1/

https://arappleby.com/writing-exercises-2014/the-darker-path-2/

https://arappleby.com/writing-exercises-2014/the-darker-path-3/

The Coryburn Girls series… well it was fun. It was silly. It was my alter ego at her worst. In a way. The deadly, sexy, decisive and stubborn woman. I loved it. Being the bad guy. The saucy, troublesome, graceful woman. I am definitely not graceful, deadly, sexy, decisive or saucy but I definitely am stubborn and maybe a little troublesome if the mood takes me. This story began at some point in my early twenties. Inspired by a friend and I wanting to just embrace what we were not, so I rolled with that idea and ended up with the girls who destroyed their world.

Here is the link to the first https://www.amazon.com/Coryburn-Girls-Skimming-R-Appleby-ebook/dp/B00SFQUYXY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

Here is the link to the second https://www.amazon.com/Coryburn-Girls-Change-R-Appleby-ebook/dp/B00XEPEDU6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

Here is the link to the third https://www.amazon.com/Coryburn-Girls-Devil-Take-Hindmost-ebook/dp/B012KLKF7O/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

So Counting Corvids, something that I hadn’t mentioned but probably should have this was my third story written to completion like this. It was a struggle because I wanted the reader to draw their own conclusions as to what things looked like. I wanted the reader to just have the chance to use their imagination and read into it what they wanted to see. I suppose sometimes I wanted to over explain and others, under explain. It sucked but timing was a struggle. I must admit I did try to plan it in more impact scenes rather than pursue the active characters, what they were like within on their own. I hope you all enjoyed it.

So here is a link to Counting Corvids https://www.amazon.com/Counting-Corvids-R-Appleby-ebook/dp/B01GEBKVUM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

And I finally want to talk about … The Diary of Elliot Parker. The secret is… it is a recent experiment and a definite challenge. I have loved every minute of it and hated a few minutes as well at the same time. That moment when you stare at a blank page and you think “oh my god what on earth am I going to write today right now?” And that gives away my secret, this project is largely what I call an “on the fly” project/experience. Sure I had an idea/end goal for the block of entries. But I didn’t have a set plan. I have however discovered that I know what I want to happen in some ways but I want to give it time. I let myself just enjoy whatever inspired me. Whatever mood I was in when I sat down to write for The Diary of Elliot Parker I would find my mood changing. I would come away from a writing session maybe having written only one entry that day or a few. I might sit down very upset or wound up, by the time I came away from it I felt less resistant and I felt happier. I felt the catharsis of writing. It was wonderful to just let go of the mood that I approached the writing with and just settle down into the Elliot Parker mode. To feel Elliot Parker’s voice reminding me that “my name is Elliot Parker”. That was the only thing I had to be. I didn’t have to think about anyone else’s character progression, no one else’s story. It was literally focus on one character and how they felt and who they wanted to be. A great experience to say the least. I really enjoyed being Elliot Parker and I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the story.

So here is a link to The Diary of Elliot Parker

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