Tricks and Traps – Part 4

  By Alexander Ballard Published February 13, 2014 A few days late but its ready at last. Tricks and Traps – Part 4 Down and out, desperate and poor, however you wanted to describe the people who lived in the Hive it wasn’t a compliment.  No one lived there if they could avoid it.  It was a…

Sinosteel int. Plaza

Tricks and Traps – Part 3

  By Alexander Ballard Published February 02, 2014 As always I encourage people comment, criticize,  and suggest directions for the story. Tricks and Traps – Part 3 Closed curtains kept out the worst of the mid-afternoon light, but there were still long lingering lines that penetrated the darkness with overly bright sunshine.  Not bothering to…

Tricks and Traps – Part 2

    By Alexander Ballard Published January 28, 2014   A little later then I had planned but here is part 2.  Feel free post your comments and story suggestions. Tricks and Traps – Part 2 Beer and Pad Thai served from a roadside cart the finest 3am dining in the golden crescent. The night…

Sinosteel int. Plaza

Tricks and Traps – Part 1

By Alexander Ballard Published January 20, 2014 I’ve decided to do something a little different this week.  Instead of just writing something random every Monday.  I’m going try my handing at a novella set in the world from the Prey short story I wrote last year.  Each week I’m going to post a new part…

James Moriarty

What makes a great villain?

What makes a great villain? By Alexander Ballard Published January 16, 2014 By now I’m sure we’ve all see season 3 of Sherlock, or at least those of us in the UK have.  Season 3 introduced Charles Augustus Magnussen a very different kind of villain from Moriarty but in many ways far more sinister and…

Last Week of the Year Writing Update

By Alexander Ballard Published December 31, 2013 I’ve decided to start keep track of my weekly writing progress here on my blog instead of just in my daily tracking journals.  I have been hit or miss the week a couple of days above target and a few zero words days.    I blame the recent bout…

Inspiration Monday #12 – Skies of Fire

By Alexander Ballard Published December 30, 2013 Last Monday of year and I’ve managed 12 inspiration Mondays, which isn’t great I really need to do at least 26 in 2014.   On well another year ahead to try my best in.   Today I was playing around with Photoshop and manipulated the colours for an old photo…