Patrick on John Griff on BBC radio
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Sorry it's been so long since David and Patrick have been in touch. The publication of 'Cauldron Born' V1 - Trinity has been pushed back due to CORVID19.In the meantine Patrick had a chat with the BBC's John Griff about the writing process.
Trinity is Typeset
Monday, 24 February 2020
Just a quick update as we've not posted one in a while. Trinity is now typeset, so the text is now fixed which is pretty exciting after week and weeks of editing and checking. Although not much materially changed save for the measurement of time, the impact on the text was significant.
The last piece of the puzzle is the cover of which the first draft is expected in the next week…
Editing Part 2
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
We are now deep into the second phase of editing, sorting out the finer detail of the text. The structural edit threw up some issues, in particular with the measurement of time. With no night or day references we've had to invent a completly different method of referring to demoninations without throwing the reader (you guys) out of the story. We feel we've got this however the impact on the actual…
Editing Stage 1
Friday, 4 October 2019
A quick update on progress. Editing stage 1 is possibly a misleading title as a lot of editing has gone on over the past year however the 'official' structural edit is now complete. Fortunately only minimal changes were required although the impact on the text has been extensive.
More to follow over the next couple of weeks....
Saturday, 24 August 2019
Back in 2013 Patrick spent an intense three months working with New York Times' bestselling author Jade Gurss on his book Beast, an account of the design, build, testing and racing of the Ilmor 265E Indycar engine. As Technical Editor it was his job to translate the complex technical detail of the book into layman's terms while not dumbing it down for the hard core enthusiast.
Part of the process…
We're Nearly There!
Monday, 19 August 2019
Trinity is now 90% funded, a sincere thank you to everyone who has got us this far. While we hope you’ve enjoyed the updates so far we have to confess we’ve been a bit cagey about the book’s wider plot. Without giving too much away we thought we would pose a few questions to give you a taster of what to look forward to…
The Hadje - who are they, who is their mysterious Shaman and what exactly…
Councillor Joss Ratha
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
A former field biologist, the stern and often abrasive ‘Grey Lady’ is the longest serving member of Skala’s Privy Council. A consummate political force, Ratha presides over Hellinar Research manipulating policy to coincide with her own opaque interests.
The extent of her wealth is disputed, close confidants including Katherine Kane speak of her generous philanthropy while those she has crossed…
Characters - Katherine Kane
Friday, 21 June 2019
We’ve just hit the 60% funding mark, thank you to everyone who’s pledged so far.
In the second part of our funding campaign we wanted to expand on some of the characters that populate Skala starting with Katherine Kane, one of the three sisters of the books title.
Councillor Katherine Kane
Born to Professor and Privy Councillor Kyle Devin and his first wife, the now deceased…
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Writing with conviction about a given, if imaginary setting, is essential. So it was that Patrick found himself on a flight to northern Finland to frame the borderlands of Ayon, the dark, icy wastelands to the east of the Divide.
I’d done a handful of winters living in Detroit in my early twenties and been back since, but such an urban setting didn’t lend itself to the borderlands of Ayon…
The Western District
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Skala’s western district plays a major role early in the story. It’s older and less municipal that the Central District, more a home to office blocks and middle-income residential dwellings. It’s also home to some of the locations described or mentioned in early chapters.
A once grand, now more aging warrior, Hellinar Research is home to the formidable Councillor…
Thursday, 28 February 2019
If you’ve spotted the bracketed ring of circles and wondered what it means, we’ll explain. The icon was born out of our conversations about Skala’s Council and the Privy Council within it. The Privy Council is composed of the Matriarch, a titular head of state, and eight members split between the affairs concerning Hellinar and those of Ayon. The brackets represent the outer council, the gap between…
Mk8 Ice Runner
Sunday, 24 February 2019
The first vehicle Patrick drew for Trinity was the MK8 'Ice Runner', a six wheeled, 2 crew rapid exploration vehicle. The Ice runner is principally used by Ayon Research, the council department responsible for anything east of the Divide, including construction of humanity's new city - Aya. It's designed for uneven terrain and easy maintenance hence the external dampers.
The concept for the Ice…
Saturday, 23 February 2019
So how does it work? The underpinning idea of the slow turning planet was David's and really drives the story all the way through. It's quite interesting to consider what impact that would have on a population. No night, working shifts all very different to what we understand, meaning people are reliant on legislation to tell them when to sleep. With only a 1000km wide habitable strip of land, it…
Welcome to Skala
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Trinity is set in the fictional city of Skala, the 'Dying City'. Situated on the fringe of the Divide, a habitable strip of land that moves 3km a year with the planets slow rotation it's slipping into the western Hellinar Desert. It's a diverse place - the wealthy massing in the modern glass towers of the cooler Eastern district while bureaucracy and corruption infects the Central District seat…