Well here we are again, another Saturday, another ‘Islands of Hope’ update. You know I think I use that phrase a lot as well as the one that will inevitably be at the end of this post. This week I have, somehow, managed to finish off Chapter 13. It has been a great week to show that you can be snowed under with work, and whilst working really hard still achieving a decent amount of writing. I am finding that when I have strong ideas about the story the words just seem to flow. Anyhow, this week sees the completion of Ukrit and Martha’s meeting and sees her join the flock of dissenters in Princips Ltd. Back to the main character of Kira next, but for now you can enjoy Chapter 13 here or start from the beginning here. Hope you are enjoying the story so far, feel free to leave me any comments about it.
Here we are again, back to normal with the latest ‘Islands of Hope’ update being on a Saturday. Managed to get around 700 words down this week as could write on my phone whilst I was away. Back to work meant I did not manage any more than that and only got part way through Chapter 13. This update is Martha and Ukrit’s meeting at Joshua’s, which if you did not guess already is a bar. I have some exciting plans for the two, well I have exciting plans for one of them, but which one? You’ll have to keep reading the updates. There has been another change to the book this week, original it was set in 2145 but I felt for the history of the world to be wiped by an evil corporation they would need more time so I gave them an extra hundred years, the book is now set in 2245. Right, let’s finish with the usual line, you can read Chapter 13 here or start from the beginning here.
It’s my first post of 2018 and, surprise surprise, it is an ‘Islands of Hope’ update. The surprise is that it is a Thursday rather than Saturday update. Don’t worry I haven’t gone mad, I am just away this weekend so will not be able to update on Saturday. It’s the last trip to visit family before the end of the festivities. Back to work next week but I still intend to update weekly.
Right, on to this week’s update. It’s one I really enjoyed writing and flew out of my fingers. Two days shorter between updates but still managed nearly a thousand words. I completed the whole of Chapter 12, and it is a part of the story I did not envisage at the start. Working in pantster mode week by week can bring some great developments. In Chapter 12 we meet Kira’s Mum in search of information about her daughter’s whereabouts. She goes to a local gang for help, which it turns out she has history with. Writing someone like the gang leader, Solomon, is always a joy. Throw your morals out the window and remember this is not the real world and you can be as nasty as you want. He is the sort of character I would detest in real life but love in a book. All in all I am really happy with this update and it gives some good backstory to flesh out characters. As usual you can read it on wattpad, Chapter 12 is here or you can start from the beginning here.
This week’s update is a bit longer at nearly 800 words, and it could have been longer but it felt right to make Chapter 11 short. I did not want finding Kira to take too long, but this chapter did allow me to build character a bit more, even if it is the thing I hate writing most, LOVE! Well relationship stuff. I also have a confession to make, I said this was going to be a pantster project but I have planned the next few chapters a bit. Ok it’s just a sentence but there are so many ideas in my head. Anyway, it’s my project so I’ll change the rules if I want! Actually I am just glad I am keeping up with my update schedule. Right, you can get yourself to wattpad and read Chapter 11 here or start from the beginning here.
So that larger update I talked about, not happening! Yes I am off work for Christmas but I forgot how much organising it takes when you have two young kids. I have managed to finish Chapter 10 though, it is a short chapter but does show you that revolution is not only taking place in the Channel Islands but also inside Princips Ltd. It has also given me some ideas for how the story can move forward on more than one front. We will be back with Kira next chapter but will then move to a new set of people. Anyhow, all there is to say is Merry Christmas and the usual fact that you can read Chapter 10 on wattpad here or start from the beginning here.
I have finished work for Christmas which means I may have a larger update next week, maybe not though. Anyway, down to this week, a look inside Princips Ltd, it’s a quick scene with the board of directors that sets up a potential villain of the story. It all might seem a little obvious and done before but there might be a few twists along the way. Anyhow, you can meet a host of new characters in Chapter 10 here, or start from the beginning here.
As a teacher, the end of the Christmas term is chaos and that has really shown this week in my writing, or rather lack of it. I have managed another update to ‘Islands of Hope’ today but it is short and simply builds on the characters a little rather than move the story along. It also, finally, completes Chapter 9. Chapter 10 should be a bit more exciting as we are going to get introduced to some of Princips Ltd’s Board of Directors. You’ll have to wait till next week for that, but for now you can read ‘Islands of Hope’ thus far on wattpad, Chapter 9 is here or you can start from the beginning here.