About

A little about myself... I write mostly science fiction and fantasy, usually somewhere between the two. No idea what my genre would be. Wizards in space! Or something like that.  I'm a husband and a father. I try to be a teacher whenever I can be. Otherwise, I mountain bike play as much Frisbee as short Saskatchewan summer allows and game in the spare minutes I have between everything else.

Read as much as you can, write as often as you're able. Remember, writers make good books, but communities make GREAT books.

Any questions? Send me a PM, I'd probably like to know you better!

//CURRENT PROJECTS

Coming soon...

CURRENT PROJECTS\\

//MUSIC
Wolves at the Gate
Truslow
Demon Hunter
Project 86
The Script
MUSIC\\

//READING LIST
Snuff, Terry Pratchett (READ)
Crucible of Gold, Naomi Novik(READ)
Blood of Tyrants, Naomi Novik(READ)
The Long Earth,  Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter(READING!)
The Borribles, Michael de Larrabeiti
The Fifteen lives of Harry August, Claire North(READ)
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//QUOTE

When asked how to get published, Neil Gaiman said "Write. Finish things. Keep writing."

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John.
  • Location:
    Canada
  • Joined:
    3 years ago

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3 Published Works

Featured work.

Doodles

Social data: 23 reads. 3 votes. 1 comments.

Description: This is just me writing. Likely chapters will change from day to day as I add and edit. It's a live document. If anyone reads and cares about something, let me know and I'll preserve it.


Other Works by JohnGunningham.
Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

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There is more than one world and all are linked; some closely and some distant. When a Prophesy in anoth...

.:Angel Home:.

.:Angel Home:.

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In a dying Universe being poisoned by the Scourge a band of survivors aboard the living township Tamarac...

JohnGunningham commented on The Neo-Metropol Heist - 3: Edward


JohnGunningham
Hey, got around to reading the first few chapters of your story over lunch (three cheers for smart phones!) And thought I'd drop you a line with some thoughts.

You've got a really solid story going on here. Believable characters (mostly ... ) and some really good dialogue. People talking naturally always adds so much to a story.

I've got a couple nitpicks though, so I'll voice those. There's times when your prose gets a little weighted down by all the details. Most of your descriptions were really solid, but sometimes your sentences were almost run on. Tightening up some of that prose will go a long way to making this story pro.

Plot wise, I'd like a little more up front info about CAD. It ALMOST seems like Artem is an average thief with an extraordinary sidekick which makes him great. Also, it seems weird that Edward JUST found out that the guy that 'threw him under the bus' is now a rich political figure and after all these years he now knows who deserves his wrath. I mean, there's news in Prisons of the future, right? That sort of thing would have been interesting to him. 

The other odd part is a 36 year prison sentence for a robbery. Currently life is 25 years and usually reserved for bigger crimes. I know this is the future, but you know, makes me wonder a few things.

I realize this is still just the third chapter, but there's my knit-picking. Feel free to blast my stuff in retaliation ;)

See you around,
John!
JohnGunningham commented on The Neo-Metropol Heist - 3: Edward


JohnGunningham
Hey, got around to reading the first few chapters of your story over lunch (three cheers for smart phones!) And thought I'd drop you a line with some thoughts.

You've got a really solid story going on here. Believable characters (mostly ... ) and some really good dialogue. People talking naturally always adds so much to a story.

I've got a couple nitpicks though, so I'll voice those. There's times when your prose gets a little weighted down by all the details. Most of your descriptions were really solid, but sometimes your sentences were almost run on. Tightening up some of that prose will go a long way to making this story pro.

Plot wise, I'd like a little more up front info about CAD. It ALMOST seems like Artem is an average thief with an extraordinary sidekick which makes him great. Also, it seems weird that Edward JUST found out that the guy that 'threw him under the bus' is now a rich political figure and after all these years he now knows who deserves his wrath. I mean, there's news in Prisons of the future, right? That sort of thing would have been interesting to him. 

The other odd part is a 36 year prison sentence for a robbery. Currently life is 25 years and usually reserved for bigger crimes. I know this is the future, but you know, makes me wonder a few things.

I realize this is still just the third chapter, but there's my knit-picking. Feel free to blast my stuff in retaliation ;)

See you around,
John!
JohnGunningham commented on Staying Hidden - A Spark


JohnGunningham
Had some minutes so I read through the next couple chapters of your story. First up, I like how you're developing your relationships and focusing on Vanessa's emotions throughout everything that's happening to her, that seems like a decent  place to focus.

Otherwise, there were a couple of times when the story felt seriously ant0climatic. Namely, When John and Vanessa do their dance they've been working on, it's just mentioned in passing. Also when V's mom kicks her out of the house, you just kind of mention it. These are important, character building events for Vanessa that could use more fleshing out. An epic fight b/w V and mom, and the elation of succeeding at the dance are great HUGE contrasting emotional events, one massively satisfying and one massively disappointing/damaging. 

I'd suggest exploring those events a little more, and then really think about how they'll effect V. You've done a pretty great job of doing that already, but the events that prompted those emotions are basically absent. Adding them in there will give more weight to the emotions that Vanessa is feeling.

John!
JohnGunningham commented on Staying Hidden - A Spark


JohnGunningham
Had some minutes so I read through the next couple chapters of your story. First up, I like how you're developing your relationships and focusing on Vanessa's emotions throughout everything that's happening to her, that seems like a decent  place to focus.

Otherwise, there were a couple of times when the story felt seriously ant0climatic. Namely, When John and Vanessa do their dance they've been working on, it's just mentioned in passing. Also when V's mom kicks her out of the house, you just kind of mention it. These are important, character building events for Vanessa that could use more fleshing out. An epic fight b/w V and mom, and the elation of succeeding at the dance are great HUGE contrasting emotional events, one massively satisfying and one massively disappointing/damaging. 

I'd suggest exploring those events a little more, and then really think about how they'll effect V. You've done a pretty great job of doing that already, but the events that prompted those emotions are basically absent. Adding them in there will give more weight to the emotions that Vanessa is feeling.

John!
hey buddy did you ever follow through with that comic you were writing... I loved the preview you sent me years ago lol was hoping to read more. I prob still have it saved on a disk somewhere.
Hey Guys,
I've started posting some snatches of writing some postcard fiction under a story called 'doodles' I'd challenge anyone to try their own :)  Its a great way to get some ideas going . Let me know what you think. Remember, we're all in this together.