Benjamin86

Benjamin86

32 years old
Male
Location
Castel
Guernsey
Current Status
Really pleased to say one of my short stories made the shortlist for an international competition hosted by a Swiss magazine! Sadly I did not make the top three, who had their stories published, but thrilled nontheless. If anyone fancies reading three cr
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  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Sci-fi
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Short fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Earthy
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Kim-Stanley Robinson, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Wilbur Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Joseph O'Conner
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Mars Trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson When the Lion Feeds - Wilbur Smith Pushing Ice - Alastair Reynolds Ark - Stephen Baxter Voyage - Stephen Baxter All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy Star of the Sea - Joseph O'Conner
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To become an author that makes hard science fiction accessible and enjoyable to everyone, and for my work to make people think a bit deeper about who they are, where they come from, and how they treat others - and who 'others' really are.
    Your worst habit?
    Pleased to say I am now not being the king of procrastination anymore! I guess my next worst habit is going in to too greater detail.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    On a boat to work, of all places...
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I have a journalism degree and worked as a reporter for six months but I hated writing in news style all the time. So I occasionally write features and am concentrating on my novel. I spent my 20s teaching snowboarding and skiing all over the world.

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    Benjamin86
    "Benjamin86" commented on Loretta Milan's Blog "March 2018’s best writing opportunities".
    This is a really useful list, thanks very much for this Loretta.
    3 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 Really pleased to say one of my short stories made the shortlist for an international competition hosted by a Swiss magazine! Sadly I did not make the top three, who had their stories published, but thrilled nontheless. If anyone fancies reading three cracking short stories, (and to see a tiny thumbnail of my face on the judges’ report!) then follow this link! http://thewoolf.org/2018/02/28/2017-short-story-competition-judges-report/
    3 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Congratulations! :-)
      3 months ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Well done!
      3 months ago
    • L.
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      L. That's great, congratulations!
      3 months ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Huge congratulations!!
      3 months ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Well done, Ben!
      3 months ago
    • Kate
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      Kate Fantastic Ben.
      3 months ago
    • Benjamin86
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      Benjamin86 Thanks all!
      3 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Great stuff!
      3 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 Emerging back on to the wider cloud after six weeks spent on Debi Alper and Emma Darwin’s brilliant self editing course. Does it live up to the hype? Of course it does – it was bloomin’ excellent, actually. Book yourself on the next one!
    4 months ago
    • Kate
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      Kate Told you so!
      4 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Aw, thanks so much, Ben. Missing you and your group already. Only one space left on the next one!
      4 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD So glad you enjoyed it, Ben, and all best for the next stage!
      4 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 has accepted Nick's friend request.
    4 months ago
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    Kate
    Kate commented on Benjamin86's wall:
    Thanks Ben - it was definitely based around experience. Have a happy new year too.
    5 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 commented on Kate's wall:
    Wow... as a parent myself (and owner of a satnav) your December comp entry was infuriating to read! A situation many of us have been in I’m sure. Very well written, and a happy new year to you :)
    5 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 Right – GF and kid away with family for the week and storms meaning I probably won’t be able to get to work. Gonna finish the bloody book this week! You are all my witnesses!
    6 months ago
    • Kate
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      Kate Yep, it's a week in Jersey if you don't!
      6 months ago
    • Benjamin86
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      Benjamin86 Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Ha jokes aside, I really like jersey you know. Muc( better for surfing than Guernsey. And you have a tgi Friday.
      6 months ago
    • Kate
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      Kate You've gone over to the dark side, and all it took was a tgi Fridays!
      6 months ago
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    Kate
    Kate commented on Benjamin86's wall:
    Thanks Ben - that was exactly the vibe I was going for.
    6 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 commented on Kate's wall:
    Like the comp entry, Kate. Very hard hitting. Could be the intro speech for the next Trainspotting movie! Well done, good luck :)
    6 months ago
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    L.
    L. commented on Benjamin86's wall:
    A very emotional comp entry - beautifully written.
    6 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 So, two days off of work due to severe weather, that’s a bonus! I’m now trying my best to plow through the third part of the damned book!
    7 months ago
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    L.
    L. commented on Benjamin86's wall:
    Thanks Ben! It's not taken from it but I had to do a lot of research on the subject for it.
    7 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 commented on L.'s wall:
    Hey your November comp entry is brilliant! So vivid. I wonder, is it taken from part of your novel?
    7 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 So, woke this morning having had a dream which i have subsequently written out into a synopsis for a near-future speculative fiction! That's two in as many weeks, thankyou, sleep gods...
    7 months ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 Had an idea for an entirely new novel yesterday; I’m really excited about it. But seems a bit of a waste to abandon my current WIP 85k words in...
    8 months ago
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      Benjamin86 Haha, thanks for the thoughts guys. Yes I will definitely be finishing the WIP, as it is what I am bring to the self editing course I have booked on for the new year. Plus I have been working on it since 2014 on and off! Yes thinking of a new idea almost feels like cheating!
      8 months ago
    • jkdavies
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      jkdavies park, not abandon ;) you can always pick it up again when the ideas and words are ready
      8 months ago
    • L.
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      L. Can you develop that new one alongside the one you're already working on?
      8 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD It's a bit like the temptation to adultery, isn't it - and adultery is almost always as much about the (longstanding, dull) marriage you're inside, as the sparkly, sexy new idea that's come sashaying along... Can you make some notes, do some reading round? The new idea won't be any the worse for (mixed metaphor alert) sitting on the back burner for a bit, having the occasional tasty scrap tossed into the pot, while you finish the current one.
      8 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Emma, I have a lovely, odd mental image of a sexy sparkly man being slowly simmered over a low heat & fed scraps...
      8 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine And Ben - Make lots of notes, but keep at the one you're working on. The new idea will benefit from cogitation time, and the old one will benefit from your added motivation to get it finished!
      8 months ago
    • Benjamin86
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      Benjamin86 Haha, thanks for the thoughts guys. Yes I will definitely be finishing the WIP, as it is what I am bring to the self editing course I have booked on for the new year. Plus I have been working on it since 2014 on and off! Yes thinking of a new idea almost feels like cheating!
      8 months ago

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  • Kate
    by Kate 5 months ago
    Thanks Ben - it was definitely based around experience. Have a happy new year too.
  • Kate
    by Kate 6 months ago
    Thanks Ben - that was exactly the vibe I was going for.
  • L.
    by L. 6 months ago
    A very emotional comp entry - beautifully written.
  • L.
    by L. 7 months ago
    Thanks Ben! It's not taken from it but I had to do a lot of research on the subject for it.
  • Sparepen
    by Sparepen 8 months ago
    Lol, thank you for that about my competition entry. You know I love my magical realism. I like to lead people into a false sense of security then bash them in the face with fantasy!
  • Kate
    by Kate 9 months ago
    Better keep quiet about the friends request. We might both get deported. Or perhaps you should just reject it.;)
  • Kate
    by Kate 9 months ago
    Thank you for your kind word sir donkey, and greeting from Jersey. :)
  • Catasshe
    by Catasshe 9 months ago
    Thanks Benjamin! I haven't read them all - must go in and read all the rest. There was a flood at one point
  • Knicky Laurelle
    by Knicky Laurelle 9 months ago
    Hullo! Found your comp entry to be really well written, and unsuspectingly spooky too. Nice ^.^
  • L.
    by L. 9 months ago
    I enjoyed you comp entry - especially that last paragraph, found it really powerful.