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One day, several years ago, I found myself bored. It was Easter. School was out, and none of my usual hobbies (that is, video games and music) seemed to be doing the trick. With nothing better to do, I suddenly decided to try writing a story. And by “story”, I mean “a whole novel”  I had never written before, and had read only a little. Needless to say, the project failed.

After a couple more aborted projects, not to mention several aborted attempts at banishing this whole “writing” thing from my system, I realised I was going to have to get serious. I started reading a lot. I started researching how other writers go about planning and writing their stories. I started trying to plan out my own stories, as opposed to “pantsing” them like I had done before. And then, on the 1st of July 2013, I started to write what I hope will become my first completed novel. Alien parasites play a big role in it, as they do in many of the things I come up with; this, incidentally, is why I’ve decided to go by “The Parasite Guy” online.

I’m now embarking on a PhD in astrophysics and am doing my best to fit my writing in around it. Many of my posts will deal with how I go about this, and I be keen to hear the thoughts of others in this regard. Part of being a writer is being a reader, so book reviews are also something you can expect to see on a semi-regular basis. I’ll also occasionally post things on academia, opinions on science fiction and fiction in general, opinions on the book and ebook market, and so on.

So, feel free to kick back, browse around, and enjoy! For comments and questions, either post ’em here or email me at theparasiteguy@gmail.com

 

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42 Comments
  1. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Yours has very interesting prospects so I’m following you back to see where it leads! 🙂

    • …I can’t believe I didn’t respond to this sooner.

      Anyway, thank you very much for the follow. And keep writing; you’re certainly good at it 🙂

  2. Interesting story. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? So glad you liked my blog. Hope you stop by again for a visit soon.

    • Thank you for taking a look at my blog.

      I’ve tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times, but I’ve never managed to even come close to completing it. I’ve discovered over the years that seat-of-the-pants writing is really not my bag.

      • That’s why I went in this year with a detailed outline to follow. Didn’t finish on time, but I did finish the first draft a few weeks later.

      • That’s still a very short period of time to complete a first draft in. Congratulations!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog – hope you found something of interest – I especially enjoyed your help page! t/c and keep writing.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog, too. I really enjoyed your articles on character creation. Best of luck with your novel.

  4. Thanks for following my blog! I can’t wait to see the journey into writing your novel! It’s crazy, needless to say.

  5. Good luck with your studies and thanks for the follow!

  6. Gwen permalink

    Hi, Thank you for the follow! ~Gwen

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow! Seems we are in similar boats with novel writing. I’ve written hundreds of pages of novels that finally died early deaths (though one has seen a resurrection lately as I finally figured out its plot) but I’ve been planning one for months and am getting close to putting it onto paper. I look forward to following your progress as mine takes a similar journey!

    • No prob; thanks for stopping over here, too. Sounds like we have very similar plans indeed when it comes to writing. I must admit that I’m getting really excited about making my planned novel a reality: I’ve been trying to nail this particular plotline for around two years, and I think that this time I’ve finally got it.

      Best of luck with your own novel! 🙂

  8. I stopped by after seeing you quite frequently when at guayja1’s wordpress account. Currently in the middle of catching up on the writings of all the authors I’ve followed, but I am interested in your work and we sound similar in our change on focus (gaming to writing) and purpose of our WordPress account (hone our literary craft).

    Is there a particular work on the site you believe to be the best starting point for new readers?

    • Hi, D. Thank you ever so much for stopping by on this blog.

      I too am planning on one heck of a catch-up session at the end of this week, once my course finally comes to an end. guayja’s blog is certainly on the list, as is The Blood (saw it mentioned in your 24th of May post; thanks for reminding me!). Having had a look through your site, I think I’ll add OVCN9 to the list as well.

      Regarding my own writing, the best place to start is undoubtedly Reunion (https://theparasiteguy.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/farhome-house-reunion/). I hope you enjoy 🙂

  9. Katie permalink

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Award, I have really enjoyed reading and following your blog. There is no obligation to accept but the rules can be found here;
    http://raspberrywriting.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-leibster-award/
    All the best,
    Katie

    • Thank you very much for the nomination! I fully intend to accept this; I’ll aim to have a response post up in the near future.

  10. Thanks for the follow and good luck with the novel(s)!

  11. Hi,
    I stumbled across your blog while searching for blogs which share my blog’s scope of writing. I love your writing style and means of expression. Could you please check out my blog and go through my writings there and perhaps follow back if you like what you read? Keep up the good work
    Ghada

    • Hi Ghada,

      Glad you approve 🙂 I’ll be sure to have a good poke around your site in the near future.

  12. Your blog caught my attention because you are a writer. I have been writing my novel for close to three years and throughout this time frame I have ran into road blocks. Often I start writing and then i find myself going to a direction that I do not want to go, so I abandon for a month or two. In fact recently I started back up again. So a person with the same passion is a true inspiration so I look forward to following you and your journey of being a novelist. My gratitude is yours, Allie.

    • Hi Allie. Thank you very much for stopping by.

      I’ve had a few failed novels before now, so I realize how frustrating blocks and hold-ups can be. What is wrong with these directions you keeping heading in, out of interest? If they’re all similar, then it might be letting it continue at some point just to see where your story leads. That’s just my opinion, mind.

      At any rate, best of luck with your novel :). Are you planning to blog about your progress at any point?

  13. Melinda Friesen permalink

    I’m a physics major and a writer. My two loves. Physicists are excellent problem solvers and can think outside the box, even boxes with cats inside. Keep writing! The more you write the better you’ll get.

    • Great to hear from a fellow physicist :). Got any particular areas of the subject that you like?

      And yeah, I agree that it’s very important to keep writing. The last thing I want is to end up going rusty again, after all.

      Thanks for stopping over!

  14. Are you on twitter TPG? the twitlink at the top doesn’t take me to your account.

  15. Hi Parasite Guy. I nominated you for the Liebster Blogging award. There’s no grand prize, and it’s just a bit of fun really. I hope you pick up the baton: http://justineallen.com/2014/03/08/blogging-ive-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/

  16. crazyguyinthailand permalink

    COOL STORY 🙂

  17. Interesting story. I’m glad to have found another college student that is trying to get their writing off the ground. I start college in May. Good luck with your journey!

    http://jewelsfromjordan.wordpress.com/

  18. Thanks very much for the follow! I’m looking forward to reading more of what your blog is all about.

  19. interestingly storiees, good luck

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