Allen Donnelly

Artist, Author, Whimsy Merchant

This is the official website of the science-fiction/fantasy novelist, Allen Donnelly.
It is the repository for info about books, poems, general geekery and stuff about baking

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Or, to put it less pretentiously, making up a novel as we go along! 
The idea is simple - I'm going to write a story, but rather than waiting for it to be rewritten and polished and edited and all that other stuff, you can see it as it's being created, in its raw, splurged-directly-on-to-the-page-from-out-of-my-brain form. 

Well, mostly my brain, because although I'll be writing the story, I'll be asking the people reading it for input as well, to help me decide on the course of the story - who are the characters, who do they meet, where are they going...who lives and who dies?

I've got a basic theme - Steampunk, just cos I've been playing Guns of Icarus and I'm in the mood for airships and brass goggles - and a basic premise - an airship captain, ferrying passengers through an inhospitable land - but beyond that? Well, it's as unknown to me as it is to the characters...whoever they are. 

The story is readable on a Google Drive doc that updates in real time, as I'm typing, and every now and then I'll do a live Google Hangout (my crappy bandwidth permitting) on my YouTube channel where I can talk to you as I work and you can shout back at me in the chat about how that was a dumb thing to write and that character would totally not do that! And if I think you're right, I might even go back and change it right then and there.
I'll try to announce when I'm doing this on my various social networks (Twitter, Google+) with the hashtag #livewriting. You can message me there with any thoughts or questions you might have!
And even if I'm not streaming it I'll try to add a bit most days and I'll always be keeping an eye on my twitter feed.
In fact, the first question I have is this:
What should be the name of Levyanka Dominguez's airship?
Have a read of what I've done so far and let me know any ideas you might have!

So that's it!
I have no idea if this will work or not, but there's only one way to find out... 

Here's a direct link to the first chapter, updating in real time! 

And here's an embedded version (note: this doesn't update in real time - you'll need to refresh it to get any updates).