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A New Website for a New Year

As we approach the end of 2023, I thought it was time to finally update and clean up my author's website. Over the years, it has started to feel a bit cluttered an messy. Probably a good way to describe my writing approach, so it was time to fix it and make it look a bit more straightforward. The old site has now gone, and all that remains of it is the blog. I have retained the blog to allow me to make these latest announcements and updates. However, everything is gone and now we have this new look. Over this last year, I have become more and more focused on using the tools available through Google. In my other line of work, I have gained my level 1 & 2 Google Educator and currently working on gaining my Google Trainer. So, why not use the skills I have and make them work for my website as well? I am hoping that this fresh look for 2024 will get me moving with some more writing projects and, to be honest, with a lot of the old writing project

Too much Social Media

It's probably not the best move to complain about social media on a social media website. However, I am still going to do it. I find Twitter to be a bit more complicated now. I enjoyed having a direct feed on this website, here on the BLOG side, as it was my go-to place for comments and posts - so it made sense to me to have it here on the BLOG.  However, it seems that you can no longer view Twitter posts unless logged into Twitter.  I have also created a Threads account for my writing and creative work. However, as I had used "jafwords" before for a personal account on Instagram, I couldn't transfer the account name over. I started with Jafwords2 on Threads, but I really didn't like that. So, I have decided that I will use "jafwords" in reverse and have "sdrowfaj".  So, as both names Jafwords & Sdrowfaj will refer to my writing and creative work.  TOO MANY NOW - I found it challenging just dealing with Twitter but think I will need to expa

What is happening in the Summer?

 As you can probably guess, when it comes to my writing work, I have a hard time focussing on just one project. I find a number of things to completely distract myself with.  The re-edit of the Star Fantasy novel is going slowly - but it still moves forward (even if it is at a snail's pace). I am also working on a short story - something very spacey and sci-fi(ish).  I still fancy myself as a comic book writer/creator. So, you guessed it, I am still trying to create some comics using a combination of midjourney and vroid. I am guessing the use of midjourney would not go down well with the artistic community - but when I know I can actually write some decent stuff, I can seek and pay real artists! As for reading - I have decided this summer to get back into some old classics. I recently finished Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I am about 80% through Frankenstein and when I am done with that I am moving on to Dracula.  Happy Reading folks. (I should really try and update this

A new week and an update.

So, as I had mentioned, I had pulled the sale of my first book from the internet stores. Not because I was unhappy with it or went in a huff. I just thought I could do better with it after all those years, and I wanted to give it a bit of TLC.  I've worked on the first couple of chapters, and thanks to my cousin John, it has had a read through and I think he seems happy with it.  This isn't going to be a quick fix approach. We will definitely be looking at a 2023 release. But that is okay. I'd rather I was totally happy than it being rushed. I'm hoping this week I can get another few chapters done.  On other news, I've still not seen the new Black Panther film, and now Matilda the musical is also released. I really need to get to the cinema.  Happy reading folks...oh and this week, I am reading more Star Trek. Purgatory's Key, the third book in the Legacies series. This one is written by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore. 

Warpath - A Star Trek Fan Comic (#FanFiction)

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So if you want a taste of some of my creative work, click on the image above. Warpath is my Star Trek Fan Fiction comic book. Part one is available for you to read now. (Keeping my fingers crossed that I am not breaking any copyright rules).- Click on the picture.  I love Star Trek and it has been a huge source of inspiration to me. Along with writing novels, I have always wanted to write comic books as well. So, just with my other forms of writing, I wanted a way to practice. Please feel free and have a read and if you have any comments then why not send me a message or make a comment on the blog.  

The Texture Tank Revisited - Film

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 Oh yeah, I also make films.  Along with my efforts to create written stories, I also dabble in the world of filmmaking. In this video, you will see a documentary I have made for my cousin and his band, Eromnim3. I have a real passion for filmmaking. I have the privilege of teaching a class in film production, and creating features like this is a way to continue developing my skills as a filmmaker, writer and editor.  So, sit back, relax and become absorbed into the Texture Tank.  Happy Watching, my friends. Jafwords. 

Where had my book gone?

 I have gone for a rather bold and unusual move for someone trying to make a little success in the world of writing. Where has my book gone?  To answer that, I need to give a little background. I've not really been writing much. I think that much has been clear. I've been somewhat inactive. It's probably better that I update you on what I have on the go. So, I have completed a full novel-length Star Trek FanFiction book - now that is something that will never see the light of day unless I can find some fanfiction website to put it on. It needs to be massively edited, and I can't dedicate that time to something that won't get viewed.  So, why write it?  It was practice. I needed to practice and write something that I love...and I love Star Trek, so it made perfect sense...what doesn't make sense is that I started to write a second Star Trek Novel. So I have now shelved that for the time being.  My second novel, Outriders has been finished for several years. But i

A Tribute to my Dad

A Tribute to my Dad
Loved and Missed.