The Gaia Effect Author: Claire Buss Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/ Post-Apocalyptic Tour Dates: 20th-24th of March Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours
In City 42 Corporation look after you from cradle to grave. They protect you from the radiation outside the wall. They control the food, the water, the technology and most important of all, the continuation of the human race. Kira and Jed Jenkins were lucky enough to win Collection but when their friends start falling pregnant naturally, everything changes. How long has Corporation been lying to them? Is it really toxic outside the wall? As the group comes to terms with the changes in their lives they discover there is a much more powerful and ancient force at work, trying to bridge the gap between man and nature.
It's a bit like free running but better because you don't have to physically hurl yourself over obstacles. Just mentally so you can repress. It was also an exercise for one of the writing workshops I attended. We had five minutes to write with no thought or plan and to stop when we ran out of words or we hit time. I have since realised that free writing is how I do all my wordsmithing and is exactly how I wrote my novel. Yes, I really did have no idea what was going to happen. Seeing as I have been doing some of the best procrastination of my life lately, I thought I would use the free writing as my blog post and then feel inordinately pleased with myself for having blogged and written and attended a semi-social gathering with other, real life writers. Here it is.
I really should be writing. That is what I've been telling myself every single day for the past month. New Year - new beginnings and all that. I wrote a book last year. Yep. Me. A whole book. Words and everything. It has pace and drama and most crucially of all an ending. I'm not good with endings. They're too endy. I like to keep my options open. So back to my point. Writing. Daily. Because I want to be a writer. Or I am one already. I think. But when I get to that teeny tiny window in my toddler focused day and exhaustion has clouded my brain function I say oh not tonight. Tomorrow. I'll do it tomorrow. I'm better tomorrow. Tomorrow is a golden place of awesomeness where everything gets done.
If you want to write you must read. And so I push my tired eyeballs to try and make sense of the lines of regimented prose - at least half an hour before bed. I read last night. No idea what it was. Reading widely is supposed to improve my writerness. But when its a toss up between the two?? I've only read 22 books so far this year. I'm feeling the 100 book target breathing down my neck and it's only March. I've written nothing. Well. Not nothing. I wrote this.
There's a sequel to that novel you know. Absolutely no idea what happens. Few little bits here and there in the nooks and crannies of my brain. But nothing on paper. It's cooking I keep saying. It's not ready yet. I'll know the moment. It'll be that day I start writing. When I finally decide there isn't actually anything standing in my way after all. Because it can't be fear of failure. I've already written one whole book. And even if no-one else ever reads it - I did. And it was good. I'm not even sure I wrote it at all - I mean, I know I did but I think it was on some weird subconscious sleep deprived biscuit dipping lukewarm tea drinking level that is actually very hard to achieve. It takes a lot of practice and biscuits. And tea. Which is why I'm always low on tea bags but never manage to drink a full cup. It's something to do with being a creative person. It's a thing.
And voila! Free writing.
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Claire Buss is a science fiction/fantasy writer currently based in Barking, Essex. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 with The Gaia Effect and set her writing career in motion.
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