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...

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//MUSIC
Wolves at the Gate
Truslow
Demon Hunter
Project 86
The Script
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//READING LIST
Snuff, Terry Pratchett (READING...)
Crucible of Gold, Naomi Novik
Blood of Tyrants, Naomi Novik
The Long Earth,  Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
The Borribles, Michael de Larrabeiti
The Fifteen lives of Harry August, Claire North
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When asked how to get published, Neil Gaiman said "Write. Finish things. Keep writing."

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John.
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    Canada
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2 Published Works

Featured work.

Mirror Mirror

Social data: 4.7K reads. 187 votes. 221 comments.

Description: There is more than one world and all are linked; some closely and some distant. When a Prophesy in another world is forcibly changed, no one considers the far reaching ramifications. Echoes ripple like earthquakes through realities and events come t...


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.: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...

I see from your profile you're also a Pratchett fan? Damn, you have good taste. ;) Look forward to reading more of your story. Always a delight to find Wattpad authors who have a decent command of grammar and language usage (yes, I'm a horrible snob sometimes, but I make up for it with my awesomeness).

Cheers!
linahanson posted a message to JohnGunningham
Terry Pratchett!!!! Yes!  saw your comment in the thread and had a look-see. This looks good indeed. I will put you on my reading list but give me some time!
JohnGunningham commented on The Secrets Behind Us - Chapter 2


JohnGunningham
Hey! Figured I'd see where you were taking this story, also keeping in line with my new years resolution to read more than the first chapters of things on this thing.

before I got to the very last bit of this chapter I was going to say "ok, but what is actually happening here?" then the plumber guy (obvious male lead?) shows up and I go ahh, ok. The chapter works, but it's kind of an obvious stepping stone to get to bigger and better things with a little info dump in there to establish background. Sometimes with those stepping stone chapters a writer really needs to take a hard look and see if they're necessary to the story. Usually less is more.

The other thing that pops out is the wardrobe description. There's different camps, of course, but largely alot of really specifics about what he or she is wearing can detract from the story instead of adding to it. In this case, it serves a purpose, but you may want to keep that in mind.

Otherwise, you've got a great conversational and natural way of writing that really works with this type of YA story. Me thinks the plumbers important to the story!

John.


JohnGunningham
Hey, had some time so figured I'd read another chapter. Pretty soon I'll be all caught up :)

This is another chapter where you may want to question what you're trying to accomplish. It has a couple good happening points, like her mother calling and confirming that she's a jerk and then John not being able to carry Vanessa. That's actually pretty profound, although, they do dance together right? If he ever lifts her then that how scene loses credibility.

There were a couple weird moments too, like Grace calls Vanessa "Felicity?' and then immediately after Vanessa says she doesn't want to be at the BBQ, Grace asks how it is and she says 'its fine." those are pretty conflicting messages.

Hope this helps,
John!
JohnGunningham commented on The Secrets Behind Us - Chapter 1


JohnGunningham
No problem. My new years resolution is to be more involved on wattpad haha, so this is a good start :) It is a fantastic idea and I'm glad you've got an outline. The ending is the hardest part, so if you figure that out first and write towards it, you'll win :)

John!
JohnGunningham commented on The Secrets Behind Us - Chapter 1


JohnGunningham
Hey-o. Commenting because I said I would. 

Alrighty, so technically your writing is really solid. The voice is consistent, your pacing is good and the opening hook is great, sets up the whole story without dithering around too much. Good stuff.

Two things I'll comment as possible problems are these:
1) Explaining jokes makes them not funny.
2) The Privacy concerns of a Confidentiality Club are really HUGE.

I'll elaborate.

1) Your characters have known each other for a long time. Great! Nothing wrong with that. You can just say that without going into the backstory too much. Saying that Ivy had a crush on Trevor 7 years ago and then he got into football and then she didn't... its an unnecessary detour from the story. Find ways to drop hints without telling the reader. Like have Trevor wearing his football jacket instead of telling the reader he's a QB. Showing versus telling takes a story from good to great.

2) Ok, privacy. Your principal hmms and haws about the idea for a moment then says; go ahead. Now, were I in his shoes, there'd be some conditions. Like, what happens when someone confesses to a real crime? Or maybe someone abuses the system and bugs the confessional, listening in to do blackmail? Or something really personal like abuse where some intervention is likely the best course of action. As a responsible adult, he'd want some kind of guarantee that the club wouldn't actually do more harm than good. You see what I'm saying?

Ok that said, the possibilities of this story are really, really great. Ever hear of postsecret? ( http://postsecret.com/ ) same idea and it is shocking what you can read up there. I endorse this idea and am fully behind any motivation you need to see this story move along.

John!
Hey Everyone,
I've got a bit of wanderlust when it comes to writing so it really doesnt surprise me that it's been months since I was really active on this account (aside from responding to the occasional PM) New year and everything though, so we'll see if I can't step up the production of some stories on here. I just cleaned out every story I had posted that didn't have a cover and I'll likely clean out the rest when I have an active project in the cooker and am posting again. If there's something you've read of mine that you want more of, let me know and I'll see if I can work it into my production schedule. Otherwise I've got some somewhat new material in the pipe. We'll see how it goes. Happy new year everyone, hoping that 2015 is INSPIRED!

John!