Jaxx

Jaxx

35 years old
March 28, 1982
Current Status
That is some moody sky going on out there...
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fantasy
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Sci-fi
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Terry Pratchett
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Reaper Man (Pratchett), Pyramids (Pratchett), Good Omens (Pratchett/Gaiman), The Diamond Age (Stephenson), Snow Crash (Stephenson), Eleanor of Aquitaine (Weir), Making a Living in the Middle Ages (Dyer).
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    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?
    Get a story into some kind of publication. Anything at all would be great.
    Your worst habit?
    Starting before the planning is complete.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    All over the place.
    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 divide my time equally between fencing (sport - stab stab!), reading, writing, drawing, painting, and watching TV.

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    Jaxx
    Jaxx That is some moody sky going on out there...
    5 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra We've got a pinkish sort of yellow ... sickly and weird.
      5 days ago
    • Jaxx
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      Jaxx The TV news says it's Saharan dust. Creepy... And the cat doesn't like it much either...
      5 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Felt like an eclipse about to happen... now have blue skies and strong, gusty winds
      5 days ago
    • Jaxx
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      Jaxx I am a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see the mother of all thunderstorms this afternoon...
      5 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Yeah, it did feel like it should've had thunder and lightning after it all...
      5 days ago
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    Jaxx
    "Jaxx" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Mike. I can't say I have ever seen a Planet of the Apes movie. I think I fell between generations of hype about it. Never seemed like they may be my kind of thing, but maybe I'm wrong? Kate, I can look into it, thanks. I wonder if being on home ...
    12 days ago
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    Thea
    "Thea" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Yes, I agree re reading history, Jaxx, it’s not easy getting the details to stick – I tend to make lots of notes as I read in the hope that they will! Coincidentally, I’ve recently finished reading Guy de la Bédoyère’s book, Praetorian, ...
    12 days ago
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    Hilly
    "Hilly" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Hi Jaxx. Maybe you could have the stronger race a lot stronger i.e. can rip out arrows and still continue to fight? Heal faster, move quicker, jump etc so they're harder to hit than the weaker, more tech savvy race. Maybe they're strong enough to ...
    12 days ago
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    Kate
    "Kate" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    It might be worth thinking about the two races as the Romans and the Picts. The Romans were vastly better armed and organised, but such was the savagery of the Picts and their home that the Romans failed to subdue them and built Hadrian's wall.
    12 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Dear Jaxx, This is not my field at all but didn't 'The Planet of the Apes' series cover this? Some were on TV recently, but I must confess I was so bored I gave up on them. But I did enjoy the original film.
    12 days ago
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    Snowflake
    "Snowflake" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    I’ve just bought another copy to re-read.
    13 days ago
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    Jaxx
    "Jaxx" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Ah, Snowflake, The Mote in God's Eye is one of my favourite sci-fi books. :D I tell everyone about it. I think I have taken much inspiration from that along the way, more than even I can probably tell you about...
    13 days ago
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    Jaxx
    "Jaxx" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Oh wow, thanks everyone. Very detailed responses. I appreciate your time and will note down all your thoughts for careful consideration. I have completed my novel (again) and am now beginning re-writes. (Again.) My readers have been very picky over ...
    13 days ago
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    Snowflake
    "Snowflake" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Many years ago I read a novel called THE MOTE IN GOD’S EYE by Larry Niven and Jerry Pounelle. It deals with the meeting of different species/technologies. Perhaps this might give you some inspiration.
    13 days ago
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    Yo
    "Yo" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    I think you have to be careful with things like esp as you will be in danger of making them 'godlike' and therefore dominant, perhaps even invincible. It's a tricky concept because the human race hasn't had to battle another species for dominance ...
    13 days ago
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    JtF
    "JtF" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Yes Jaxx, if it's the innate cunning of creatures against lowish tech I guess a lot depends upon how you show the strengths and weaknesses of the warring factions. Wolves (or lions) hunt as a pack instinctively, would certainly know the terrain and ...
    13 days ago
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    Snowflake
    "Snowflake" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Sounds great. You could always explore the idea of a completely made up other world society where you make up the rules of progression. Look forward to hearing how you resolve this.
    13 days ago
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    bazbaron
    "bazbaron" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Hi, Jaxx, sounds interesting. Take a look at a few (what ifs) maybe what the animal-like creatures lack in technology, they may make up with by haing extra sensory perceptions for instance.
    13 days ago
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    Thea
    "Thea" commented on Jaxx's Blog "Random Musings - Fair Fight".
    Hi Jaxx, That sounds like a fascinating world you’re creating. As you aren’t writing in a straight historical fiction genre, I think that as long as you don’t stretch things too far, you’ll have plenty of scope as regards which weapons you ...
    13 days ago

About

Here is my sketching website:

http://tinycat-adventures.com/

I work as a development designer for a point of sale company, which means other people draw the pretty pictures, and I turn them into reality. I make prototypes, work out the mechanics and fine detail of individual parts, and then do engineering drawings and CAD models of them. Riveting stuff. Literally.

I have low self esteem, which means I consider myself of below-average intelligence and seek praise at all available opportunities. Just to warn you. I also tend to speak before I think. Just to warn you.

Er, what else? I have no training in writing or 'English' past GCSE, so I'd be an impostor if it weren't for the fact that I sometimes write fiction.

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  • Jill
    by Jill 6 months ago
    Cloud says it is your birthday. If it is, have a Very Happy One. :) If not, have a very happy day anyway!
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 7 months ago
    Hi, Jaxx, don't worry about your formatting. If you use Firefox there's little book motif in the address bar at the top which, if clicked, brings the text into READ MODE, as it does on Kindle. Not many have discovered this, but it sure makes reading stories more pleasant. Yous works fine on that. Wink
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 7 months ago
    Sent you a PM.
  • schoolofthewolf
    by schoolofthewolf 1 year ago
    Have you posted any of your work here? Would love to read it if so, if only for cosplay fodder
  • schoolofthewolf
    by schoolofthewolf 1 year ago
    Hey many thanks for reading my chapter - appreciate the feedback; its always so useful to see your writing from a different point of view. I think the forum's pretty dead- And you can never be too late to a party!
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    Don't get to the Grinder as often as I'd like, unfortunately, but it's one of the few pubs in town where I don't feel too old to be!

    I wrote a story a few years back that was published, based in the Grinder. Even included a monkey in it...
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    by / 1 year ago
    Needle & Pin, Loughborough .... Rained on most of the day. Tools downed due to lighting at 4:30. Found your pub and the day got better.

    Drinking Bottle Kicker tonight.

    Severe thanks for this shout...

    Prop
  • MinxieAD
    by MinxieAD 3 years ago
    Hi Jaxx. Long time no see. I had lots of cake (and loads of candles) Thanks x
  • MinxieAD
    by MinxieAD 4 years ago
    Well done on completing Southlander, Jaxx. I loved following Seb's story. Good luck getting it noticed by some lucky publisher x
  • Barry Walsh
    by Barry Walsh 5 years ago
    Happy Birthday!