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I currently work in finance, mainly using SharePoint, Excel and SSRS but I am looking to become a developer; home learning ASP, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL and so on.

I am a writer but pure laziness has led to me never being published, though I have had reasonable success in local competitions and been short listed for a BSFA award. I am currently polishing my portfolio, that includes everything from flash fiction up to two novellas.

I'm learning photography purely as a hobby. Started out recently, using my Sony Xperia Z camera phone and PhotoShop. I've got a protfolio at http://ozlocke.deviantart.com/ and would greatly appreciate any feedback from the community.

Finally, I'm also the Creative Director of the fledgling table top game design and publishing company, Clocksmith Games, as well as being active in the local game design community.


Nov
19
comment How to structure paragraphs of dialogue properly?
Are you writing dialogue for literature or a script?
Nov
19
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
Sorry @KostasLifeboy, it's still not clear where the issue is. We want to keep down the number of comments on any question; could you please update your question with as much information (including details like you have given here) as possible to help make it clearer?
Nov
19
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
@KostasLifeboy Using narration makes it even easier to switch between characters. Both viewpoints don't literally have to run in synch, in real time, consider “Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice.” The only reason you'll miss something is if you leave it out.
Nov
18
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
OK, so as a story it's really not an issue. In fact it's very common to have more than one protagonist. Do you feel that it will become an issue once it is translated to manga?
Nov
18
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
Hi Kotas and welcome to Writers. I think a little background would be of use here: switching between characters and POV is perfectly natural, even if late to the game. Can you please add a bit of info on how this is a problem in Manga?
Nov
12
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
True, nor a pen... I guess a "distributable medium" is all we need :D
Nov
12
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
That it would, or maybe papyrus! Personally though I prefer to use a computer.
Nov
12
comment What isthe difference between a novel and a documentry
A book that is, as you ask, basically a documentary, would be called Non-Fiction
Nov
12
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
Do you really need a pen and paper? ;)
Nov
12
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
Seems kind of odd to have answered your own question in this case
Nov
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What effect does the gender of the narrator have on a story?
Nov
6
comment Critque on how this sits as a prologue
@NickBedford, I agree that character development should be done gently and throughout the story. A prologue has a specific use; get the reader hooked. With that in mind they are only needed in certain circumstances, but they are certainly of value. Ideally they’ll give the reader a taste of things to come, so are particularly useful in a story that starts slowly.
Oct
15
comment Punctuating dialogue with oneself
@what, this would be what I know, from the many, many English language books I've read over the years. Damn near every book, short, novella... every story I've ever read that includes thought shows it as italics. This is so much the case that instances where it isn't immediately stand out.
Oct
13
comment What are some tricks for managing debilitating writing anxiety/phobia?
If you're struggling to get out to a therapist, in the meantime you may want to check out Mood Gym: moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome, it's an excellent onlione CBT course (though a bit patronising)
Oct
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which skills should an editor have?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Aug
14
revised Does the following opening grip you?
Changed preformatted to quote so it was readable on one page
Aug
11
comment Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
I agree that the "rule" is another of those ones that doesn't really exist, and that first person doesn't mean the narrator can't die at the end. However, I just wanted to flag up that I've had a story rejected in the past because it was first person and the narrator died at the end.
Aug
11
answered Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
Aug
8
answered Can I change between the use of past tense to present tense for the story being told by a character in first person?