Dark, gritty yet unfullfilling.


Hi there,

I don’t know if you’ve seen the fan film about the Power Rangers but for a fan film the quality is excellent. It’s very dark and moody with plenty of grit and I’ve seen it a couple times now. The first time I watched it I was blown away by the concept of taking teenagers and turning them into these super powered warriors in an inter galactic war. The short film takes a moment to look at how those teenagers would cope with adulthood as the war they waged was ultimately lost.

It is a strange take on something that was considered campy and just for young kids but never the less a bold move on the film makers part.

Ultimately though it leaves one feeling empty and I wondered why this was.

Now this is just my own opinion and others may differ but each time I watched this short film, even though I enjoyed it on some level I also felt cheated and extremely unfulfilled. I took a moment to ponder this and the only reason I can think of is that in the end evil wins. Evil is not supposed to win. In every story we were told as a kid, in all the sanitised versions of fairy stories we grew up reading, or watching on either tv or in the cinema, evil does not win. Good always triumphs over evil, the guy gets the girl and they go off into the sunset to live happily ever after.

We all know that in real life it hardly ever happens that way but in fiction of any description a happy ending is more satisfying simply because it gives us hope. It allows us the belief, whether right or wrong, that when we wake every morning the world will be a better place.

As I said earlier, this is just my opinion but I would like to think I’m not alone in the world thinking this. The more of us who think this way gives us a chance to make the world a better place just by believing. The alternative is to live in a world depicted in these films where evil triumphs. Something to think about surely.

See you soon.

Jan.

New Challenges


Hi there,

every day we are met with new challenges that test our abilities, our patience and our character. How we deal with those challenges says a lot about who we are.

In writing the Col Sec series I’ve been challenged on many levels. I’ve been tested almost to my limit by the task of developing a set of characters, plots and locations for the series. I say ‘almost’ because I’m still here writing which must mean I’ve not reached my limit, just yet.

The challenges don’t end with the writing though. Once the last full stop has been added to the last page then the challenge of marketing begins. One of the best tools a writer can employ in this is a website. I had one built specifically to market the series. It wasn’t cheap, no website built to order is. Now I find myself facing another challenge. Due to unforeseen circumstances I have had to take my website down and learn how to erect a new one from scratch.

With all the website builders you can access online this wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, but I did it. I now have a new website dedicated to the Col Sec series and I hope you like it. Drop me a line in the comments section or contact me through the contact page on the website to let me know what you think.

Here’s the link to it.

http://jandomagala.wix.com/jan-domagala

See you soon,

Jan.

A Call to Arms


Hi there,

writing about the military can be daunting at the best of times. There are so many aspects of its structure to get right and there are so many supporters, quite rightly of the good work those involved do that to get the smallest detail wrong is considered an insult by some.

I took the easy route when considering placing some of my characters in Col Sec as part of the military, I chose to set the books five hundred odd years in the future. My reasoning for this was twofold. I considered how soldiers react within a set group, how they interact with each other, their speech and I also considered the technological advances made in the military over the last century. If you took two soldiers, one from the Crimean War and another from a present day conflict and allowed them to talk to one another about tactics and equipment I dare say the older soldier wouldn’t have a clue about anything the present day soldier said. Extrapolate that further and take a look at soldiers five hundred years from now and who knows what they would sound like, what idioms and abbreviations they would use and I certainly wouldn’t have a clue as to the tactics they would employ and anyone who said they could would be deluding themselves.

The easy route for me when the call to arms sounded was to place my characters in an environment I could understand, one that I hoped the reader could relate to also. I kept the military aspects simple, more of a generic military than any specific one as I envisioned a united force in the future where all aspects came under the same umbrella and therefore one command. I knew this would upset some people but it’s something every writer understands when going forward that the old axiom is often true, you can’t please all the people all the time.

In closing I hope Discovery, my newest book to be relaunched meets with approval, I hope you enjoy this book as the wild ride it’s meant to be because there are plenty more adventures to come.

See you soon,

Jan.

Ghost writers


Hi there,

I recently picked up a copy of Boyd Morrison’s the Vault because I’d read that he had taken over the writing chores of the Oregon series with Clive Cussler so I thought I’d check out his work before my copy of Piranha arrived.

I wanted to see if I could differentiate between the two authors writing styles. There are a few top authors who employ ghost writers to write their books now. I don’t think these books are co-written like it implies on the front covers, in my opinion they are written by the other author. James Patterson has been doing this for a while now, Cussler has four other series on the go as well his flagship series the inimitable Mr Pitt.  Even Jeremy Robinson who is quite new to the game has at least two writers working with or for him. Robert Ludlum has three of his ongoing series still consistantly selling well long after his death It’s a crafty move  if you think about it, having authors who work in the same genre as you write your books for you, it ties up the competition and earns money for you at the same time.

I can’t decide whether I think it’s cheating the readership, allowing them think that their favourite author has written a book, or not. Most readers nowadays are savvy individuals and know the difference between a copy and the real thing and the writers working on these books know their craft and that’s why they sell so well still.

I will continue to read these books as long as the quality of the writing and story telling remains at the high level it is today. One day I hope to be in the position to employ others to write books for me, while I sit back after giving out the basic idea and plot to reap the many benefits. That is a long way off though, maybe never.

Until next time, enjoy life

Jan.

Discovery re-launch


Hi there,

I said recently that there were all kinds of awesome ready to be unleashed, well the time has arrived for it to be unveiled. Discovery, Book three in the Col Sec series is now available on Amazon in kindle format and also from Smashwords.

Here’s the link for Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Col-Sec-Book-4-ebook/dp/B008W7DBVS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1423767059&sr=1-1&keywords=Discovery%2C+Col+Sec+4

and the link for Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/321552

Hope you like the new artwork, it’s a fantastic addition to the series.

See you soon

Jan.

Almost there, all kinds of awesome about to be unleashed.


Hi there,

Discovery is almost there, the revising, reworking, re-editing and anything else with a pre-fix ‘re’ is finally complete. There is still a little prep work to complete but the relaunch of this title will go ahead as planned, a little later than planned but we’ll get there.

The relaunch of this title has been beset with problems since the outset but like someone once told me, “A problem is only a problem until you find a solution,” The solution to this was simply to carry on, in some cases go back to the beginning, in others to come at it from a different angle. I’m confident enough now to say that we’re almost there, everything else that has to be done is under my control and will get done on time. I have a date in my mind, which I’m working towards but I’m not going to divulge it just yet, I’m going to allow the anticipation to build for a while longer.

Discovery is the third book in the Col Sec series, in it we see the return of Kurt Stryder as he is plunged into a situation he neither expected nor wanted but he learns could be critical to the safety of the Treaty between the Confederation and the Alliance. We see the introduction of a new set of characters to the roster in the Wildfire Team, who are also thrown into the mix. We see secrets and intrigues unearthed that should never be known while Kurt and the Wildfire Team fight to survive on an alien landcape so dangerous it had been categorised as a Forbidden World.

Will Kurt and his new friends survive and keep the Treaty intact or will the galaxy be engulfed in a catastrophic conflict once more?

All these questions and more will be answered when Discovery is published, soon.

That’s all for now,

See you soon

Jan.

Inspiration and encouragement


Hi there,

as a writer i also love to read, it’s where I get most of my inspiration from. I like nothing better than to sit down for a quiet few hours to immerse myself in a good book.

Two of my favourite authors, Matthew Reilly and James Rollins have new works either out or due for release. Matthew Reilly is back on form with his new book that is garnering rave reviews around the world. It’s not an addition to his Scarecrow series but is a standalone book entitled The Great Zoo of China. Not having read the book yet the description makes it sound nothing short of awesome. A Zoo in China is about to reveal its latest exhibit to the world, dragons. The zoo has taken all the precautions to make the exhibit safe for the public, after all no one wants another Jurassic Park fiasco. Inevitably though the dragons have their own agenda and wreak havoc.

As implausible as that sounds I simply can’t wait for the book to arrive. Matthew started his career in Australia as a self published author who had 1000 of his first book printed then went around to local book shops persuading them to sell it. After a short while they were phoning him up for more copies as they had sold out. One of the copies was bought by someone at Pan Macmillan who immediately signed him up to write Ice Station which became an instant international best seller. It’s also one of my favourite books. I remember seeing it in my local library on the way out after finding nothing that took my fancy. I picked it up, checked out the blurb on the back cover and thought it was worth a read. Quite often I find that the blurb on the back is the best part of a book but this did not disappoint. I got it home and could not put it down.

After reading this book I felt inspired to write in a different way. I started to pack my books with as much action as possible. At the front of Matthew’s early books he quotes ‘never underestimate the power of encouragment’ and his books certainly did that for me.

I look forward to reading his latest work and I encourage you to do the same.

See you soon

Jan.

Writer’s Blog


Hi there,

for the past few days I’ve been busy writing the next book in the Col Sec series along with getting ready for some PR work that is going to start real soon so I haven’t had the time I’d like to devote to my blog.

I also found that every time I sat down to post a new piece I couldn’t think of a thing to say that seemed relevant to what was happening. I could say something about world events, but that’s not really what this blog was set up for. I could let you know what I’m doing at present in the Col Sec series but I’m so far in front of what’s been published so far that it wouldn’t seem fair. I could also let you know what I have planned for the near future but every time I do that something happens to either stall it or prevent it from happening altogether, so where this is concerned I’m just going to say that there are some changes on the way.

So this is where I am at the moment, waiting for the weather to improve, writing as much as possible and working towards making the Col Sec series the best sci fi ride out there. The question I would like to ask is do any other bloggers out there find themselves in a similar situation where they can’t find the right subject matter to share, and if so how do they work around and/or through it?

That’s all for now see you soon,

Jan.