This month’s games were #AuthorConfession and #TheMerryWriter.


  1. Does hoping to work out what the hell I’m doing count as a resolution?
  2. Favorite sci-fi novel? I think I would have to say Dune by Frank Herbert, since it’s been a big influence on me. Favorite sci-fi movie? I’m going to say Empire, even though watching Star Wars/New Hope always reduces me to a 5yr old again.
  3. Consolidate power, gain more.
  4. Well, that is the question, isn’t it?
  5. Paternus: War of Gods by Dyrk Ashton is probably the main one but also A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A.M. Justice and part 2 of M.L Spencer’s Chaos cycle are in there too.
  6. Going greyer with each book.
  7. When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin. I think it can apply to both Ash on a personal level and the Ceteri society in general.
  8. See below.
  9. I don’t think I’ve ever expressed anyone’s preference for a particular sport, let alone team. I do recall the St Louis Cardinals being mentioned at one point because Quinn had a bet on them though.
  10. De Vries is fairly slender so he strikes me mostly as a runner, although it’s probably on a treadmill rather than outdoors.
  11. Here’s my vision board…
  12. Well, I suspect he’d be pretty horrified/bewildered by the world. And Quinn would tease him mercilessly.
  13. On his current phone, Ash has: Quinn, Casey, Jodie, MacReady & Anya’s message forwarding system.
  14. De Vries is the son of a minor member of House Rietveld, although he’s mostly renounced any allegiance to them. He’s mainly been a opportunist, using crises to enrich himself.
  15. I can’t think of anything particularly strange…
  16. 519 words in total. 379 for House in Exile, 140 in random pieces.
  17. Night watchman at a hospital or something similar. Gives him an excuse to sleep during the day and easy access to blood.
  18. A good meal and a quiet business deal at an old style gentleman’s club.
  19. Hmm; possession of a firearm, dangerous driving, assault with a deadly weapon, murder…
  20. Oh, I don’t think I could inflict that on anyone.
  21. Right now, a good rest. Ash hasn’t been sleeping for more than a couple of hours at a time. That, and some fresh blood.
  22. See below…
  23. Not very well.
  24. At least six; English, Dutch, French, Germany, Russian and Afrikaans.
  25. Knowing Ash’s love of films, it would probably reference one. The Lost Boys, perhaps?
  26. Well, I suspect I’d have to tone things down a bit. And find somewhere I can fit a school into the storyline.
  27. Not that I’m aware of.
  28. Before he died, De Vries considered former Patriarch, and Lord of House Rietveld, Derk Krueser to be a mentor.
  29. Most likely to annoy people with movie quotes.
  30. I’m not sure I have accomplished anything.
  31. If I knew that, I’d probably be doing more.


  1. Name: Andrew (goes by Drew) Age: 41 Build: Heavyset Hair: Shaved Eyes: Hazel Occupation: Operations Specialist Likes: most animals, books Dislikes: ignorance, self-doubt Distinguishing marks: scar on upper lip, phoenix tattoo on left arm, back & chest.
  2. My writing process is something I’m still trying to work out what it is.
  3. Book 1 had no outline beforehand. Book 2 had a loose outline and meandered quite a bit. It’s something I want to be better about.
  4. BREAK.
  5. BREAK.
  6. On reflection, I tend to think about the ending first.
  7. On the whole, I think I tend to come to the character first.
  8. Pen and paper. Pages. Word. Scrivener. Depends where I am and what I have to hand.
  9. I’ve tended to break it into chapters as I go.
  10. Unless the names just happen to come to me, what I’ve tended to do is Google common or historical names from either the area or culture I’m thinking of and then tweak them a little.
  11. BREAK.
  12. BREAK.
  13. 100 monkeys with typewriters and unlimited coffee… . . . . Ah, if only the truth were that interesting. Book 1 is named for the main group in the story, House Valerius. Books 2 & 3 are (hopefully) reflective of the plot while still having House in the title.
  14. It’s probably about 30% at work, 70% at home.
  15. It’s usually either lunchtime or in the evenings.
  16. All of the above.
  17. It’s been the same process so far.
  18. BREAK.
  19. BREAK.
  20. I’ve made a couple of attempts as NaNoWriMo.
  21. I frequently use writing prompts.
  22. I’m not sure I have a specific process.
  23. Nowadays I mostly use Scrivener, although I’m sure I could be using it a lot more effectively.
  24. Not as such. Maybe it should.
  25. BREAK.
  26. BREAK.
  27. Again, I tend to use Scrivener now, but I still have older notepads kicking about somewhere.
  28. I’ve cheated a little since the world of House Valerius is essentially the real world. For other pieces, they’ve just kind of come to me.
  29. Sometimes I take inspiration from films, something I’ve read. The House Valerius series came out of a question I had after watching the first Underworld film.
  30. I’m not sure I could be said to have completed a novel. I’ve completed drafts.
  31. I’m still looking.

As Always, Thanks to the hosts:

#AuthorConfession – J.M. Sullivan & Jessica Julien

#TheMerryWriter – Ari Meghlan & Rachel Poli

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