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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.
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    Canada
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    4 years ago

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5 Published Works

Featured work.

Mirror Mirror

Social data: 10.3K reads. 329 votes. 290 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...

#764 in Adventure

Other Works by JohnGunningham.
Piper Sorrows

Piper Sorrows

12 0 0

A man of Sorrows looking to complete himself and serve a broken Kingdom. ...

Empire

Empire

39 1 7

When his family and all recorded history of his family is destroyed, a young Prince must quickly grow in...

Doodles

Doodles

49 4 1

This is just me writing. Likely chapters will change from day to day as I add and edit. It's a live docu...

.:Angel Home:.

.:Angel Home:.

627 35 46

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

JohnGunningham commented on Jacqueline - 2: Elizabeth


JohnGunningham
Hey,
      I found a secret to finding things I may actually want to read on Wattpad. I browse the forums and read people' work who leave good posts. Makes sense right?
      
      Anywho, I stumbled across a post you made and started reading here. This is a pretty interesting writing style, I endorse it. I have a feeling it's hard to maintain a continuity of events if all your chapters are written as letters, but I'm interested if you can pull it off. 
      
      Nice job in trying a little used style. I think I'd say this is even harder than the diary style that I've read before. 
      
      Read you around,
      John!
JohnGunningham commented on The Faintest Ink - Chapter Thirteen


JohnGunningham
I had to laugh at "what kind of a stupid name is John?" cause, you know. I hope he finds a turnip cart, underrated mode o transport they are.
      
      you do such a good job of showing the reader things. its one Thing to say a town is in a bad way, it's so much better to describe a stuck thin woman who's too scared to look at a stranger. bravo!
      
      John
JohnGunningham commented on The Black Tide - Chapter 5


JohnGunningham
Writing is still the same, pretty consistent and well worded. The story seems to be advancing, although this chapter seems a little like  a bridge chapter between two events. Sometimes those are necessary.
      
      If you need to do a lot of these 'housekeeping' type chapters, consider glossing over some of the details and fast forward the reader to more interesting parts. Things like 'The day went on much like the last, Ava watching TV and me planning and ...' Etc. You can flip through time really fast and then slow it down when things get interesting.
      
      Read ya later,
      John!
JohnGunningham commented on The Black Tide - Chapter 4


JohnGunningham
Nice! Action, suspense.... You know I half expected Ava to plan some sort of rescue mission for the poor girl. I know it isn't an action book, but you never know. I have a feeling that she'll be crossing paths with Shaun again at some point. 
      
      nicely written, moves the plot along with your pacing getting a little faster, which is good since filling your pages up with shopping trips isn't as gripping as it could be.
      
      I was kinda thinking about your story and the whole ' Dystopian ' setting, then I remembered this: http://www.freakangels.com/?p=22 not sure if you're into comics at all, but Warren Ellis is a pretty stellar story teller. He wrote all of Freak Angels and then just posted the whole thing for free online. It's a pretty wild story. Err.. its' kinda graphic at times, so.. fair warning.
      
      John!
JohnGunningham commented on The Black Tide - Chapter 3


JohnGunningham
You know, I was kinda thinking about this chapter as i was reading it (go figure!) and have decided that so far, this story is a little like Robinson Crusoe. Setting is different, of course, but Lexi and Ava are basically marooned. Nice revisions here, small things but I think they made a difference. I'm hoping that next chapter things start to pick up! Will there be scavengers? Rogue military unit? Cyborgs from the future? Can't wait to find out :)
      
      John!
JohnGunningham commented on Mirror Mirror - Written in Stone


JohnGunningham
Hey, thanks for the comment! There's definitely some tuning to be done, right now I'm just struggling to get some more of it written, quite honestly. Completely agree about the strong start, it'll get there.
      
      Thanks for reading!
JohnGunningham commented on The Real Ram - Chapter 1


JohnGunningham
I take it back. less 'Dark Angel' and more X-Men, maybe Harry Potterish ... . I think @ChristophMaximus down there got it about right. You've got some skills, your writing has a good pace and a good quality to it. It might be a little plain, but that's just a style and I'm pretty sure you could keep this pace up indefinitely. So that's cool.
      
      I still have the problem that you've yet to produce a hook. Think about it like this, take your favorite book (maybe even the one that inspired you to write this) be it Hunger Games, or Twlight or whatever. Crack that book open (or load it on your kindle) and read the first line, the first page and think about what that writer wrote there to make you want to keep reading. 
      
      I love Frank Herbert's Dune. Here's his first line "In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul." BANG, right out of the gate in one sentence, Herbert forces the reader to ask a ton of questions. Who is Paul? What's Arrakis? Who is the old crone and what does she want? You're one sentence into a 300+ page book and you need to keep reading to figure this stuff out.
      
      You've got a lot of stuff posted up here, which is awesome! honestly, I struggle to finish anything. It's hard.  I really found this guy's blog helpful. He's a published short story writer you'll never have heard of but what he says in this series made too much sense for me to not re-quote him places.
      
      http://stevenrstewart.blogspot.ca/2012/05/chasing-first-sale-part-1-wherever.html
      
      Catch you around!
      John.
JohnGunningham commented on The Real Ram


JohnGunningham
Hey. So .... yeah
      
      http://www.wattpad.com/story/1368298-bad-ways-to-start-a-novel
      
      Ok I can write a better comment than that. Basically what you've done is create a setting, which is great. Setting is pretty darn important. And you've established your main character and some of her back story. Also great. The thing you're missing is your inciting incident. You're missing the hook. No matter what you read or know about writing, you can not forsake the hook. Otherwise this page has just outlined the premise for Dark Angel ... kinda. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Angel_(TV_series) )
      
      Anywho, solid writing. Gonna skip over to Chapter one and see if there's any more dialogue.


JohnGunningham
Huh...
      
      You've def got short chapters. Writing is solid, concept is intriguing. Begs the question, if you knew exactly the day you were to die, would you be crushed or empowered? How would society restructure itself? Would power go to those that were destined to live longer? Would the going-to-die-young live recklessly knowing their time isn't yet? What of war?
      
      Then there's always the interesting  concept of how knowing one's fortune influencing the before mentioned fortune. There's such a thing as self-fulfilling prophesy.
      
      ANYWAY...
      
      Neat beginning and kudos for finishing it. In writing, I don't know that there's a great mark of success than being able to finish a project.
      See you around,
      John!
Hey all,
      Since I've started writing Mirror Mirror again, I've kind of run out past my notes. Worse still, its been a year or more since I've actually worked on the story. Suffice to say there's a few events here and there I've forgotten about and a few characters who I've misplaced their personalities. So, back to the beginning! It's not great practice to edit before you're finished with a draft, but I'm going to work through the whole story before I continue adding new bits. I don't think anything major will change, but hopefully I'll be able to add some clarity here and there and tighten up the grammar and spelling. 
      
      As always, thanks for reading my stories. Drop me a PM if you have writing questions or just want to chat, I'm usually around.
      
      John!