10,000 Downloads! Thank You!

21 September 2021

Just want to say another big Thank You. The combined total of downloads of Beck’s Game across all six parts have now passed 10,000 downloads with each part now over at least 1,000 downloads each.

Thank you all for your time and support.

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Beck’s Game: Wrapping Up Series One

Just Some Stuff I Wanted To Say

This is quite a self-indulgent post and I’m somewhat sorry about that. The fact is I’m buzzing (not like that). Beck’s Game has been one of the most successful writing projects I’ve been involved in. (My plan was just to write because I liked to do so). At the time of writing this, in total across all six parts, there have been well over 7,000 downloads. Every part, with the exception of the last to be released has over 1,000 with Part One now at 1,762 and still growing. Part Six is catching up as people reading at their own speed are coming back for more. This has far exceeded my imagination. July 2021 was in itself the most successful month my blog has had since I started. I realise this might seem like boasting and for that I do apologise, I state this however to also let you know I am so grateful to everyone who drops by and spends a little bit of time on my writing. So this is a “Thank You” post.

The South Bank

Thank you to the downloaders, the readers, the people who have said nice things, the businesses that took my hidden cards, the re-tweeters (a single retweet helped so so much) and you the readers of my blog. I really appreciate it.

The writing of Beck’s Game is a story in itself and being on the inside there are things I’ve wanted to say for no reason than I want to tell someone; hence I’m not completely sorry this is self-indulgent. Normal service will resume soon with some blogs about books by other people, I promise.

Last year, the year we want to forget yet call 2020, was the year I published Indoldrum. I’d started writing it before “events” became apparent and aimed for a summer release, which I got. To be honest the lockdowns didn’t impact it too much. I tweeted I’d finished the first draft on March 24th the day after the first lockdown in the UK. So redrafts, edits and all the rest were all done in our new world, but I was going to do them anyway, and when I get obsessed over writing I don’t need to be told to stay at home.

And so the book was released and as far as I was aware that would have been the end of my writing for a while. A novel is a big thing to write, as much you have a head full of ideas you need a whole lot more to make it work; and when it does it takes it out of you. I’d written Framed Of Rathgar summer 2018 to spring 2019 and then Indoldrum winter 2019 to summer 2020. I had no plans… then I had an idea.

There is no way I’d compare myself to the writers I admire, but I can learn from them. I love Fydor Dostoevsky and he published some of his novels in instalments in the The Russian Messenger before they were actually combined in to a volume. I had a blog, you might know of it, and I pondered the idea of releasing a serialised story using my own facilities. Of course this is not a new idea, there are lots of writers doing the same thing, but it hadn’t occurred to me before that I could use my blog to write fiction as well as write about it.

Camden, whilst researching.

You may have picked up I’m a bit of Doctor Who fan so the concept of telling a story in episodes is one I’ve grown up with, again it just hadn’t reached me until then that a writer didn’t need to be writing Doctor Who to do it, not that they do it much any more. I liked the idea and it suited the direction I wanted to go in. Indoldrum is rather an introspective novel and Framed Of Rathgar is deliberately slow, so I wanted to do something more action/adventure and faster paced next, whenever it was. I had the idea, I knew how I was going to do it, but it was now late summer, restrictions were easing and I was off travelling the country and “all this” would be over soon, so I thought.

I said earlier that you need more than a head full of ideas, you need to turn those concepts and fragments into a story. You need a hook, you need to hang good things on to it. I didn’t have any of that, and no real desire to get back into deep writing for a while, I’d been locked in enough. I tend to find the idea needs to be strong enough to motivate me to sit at my desk and type, I need to become obsessed with it. If it’s not strong enough to do that to me, how can I expect others to be interested in it?

But then driving the motorways of England, between listing to Garden’s Question Time and podcasts of Rutherford And Fry I found myself thinking. If I was going to write a six part adventure, for some reason it was always going to be six parts, what would the story be? What did I find exciting? Easy, maps geography… the London Underground! The moment it hit me, write a story about the London Underground, I was excited. I had a motivation, now I just needed a story and the time to do it.

The story of Beck’s Game came quite quickly, and I mean the whole story, I’ve only told one third of it so far. I soon realised six parts was not going to be enough. So I found myself daydreaming, the daydreams became spreadsheets, became word note pads of odd lines, became so much more. I experimented and soon came up with the format of Part One and then onwards. I now had a file open with the first “episode” as I found myself calling them to begin with, I still slip – I think it’s because my brain is programmed because of early Doctor Who!

I had planned it to be more of an anthology with each part being a self contained story which built into a bigger narrative. But in planning this it wasn’t really working, and I planned more for this than anything else I’ve ever written! Naturally it came out in the format it finished in, it felt right, the other way was more convoluted – however each of the six tales have found a place in the ongoing chronicle, some have just had to wait until a later series.

From late summer 2020 until early spring 2021 under two more lockdowns I wrote the whole thing, not just the first six parts, I mean the whole thing. I probably want to re draft the rest as in the time that has passed I’ve thought of changes I’d like to make, small ones, but other than that the whole thing was finished before Oxford Circus was released. I’m so pleased I decided to do it that way. The stress of thinking I’d now have to write two more series would be too much.

And now it’s out there, which is kind of scary to be honest. I know not every download will be read to completion, but that’s the case with any writer and their work. I’m just totally astounded, I honestly never dream of figures that high! Thank you.

As for what comes next? Well as I said the rest is written. I do want to have a bit of a break as it has consumed me over the summer, in a good way, but it’s a dark world and I need to step away for a short while; as well as to stop writing long self indulgent posts here! I want to get back to reading and writing about others. However I’m planning on releasing Series Two around the end of the year or early 2022 if I can, it’s a guess at the moment, but that is the aim. Rhys, Neil, Sophie and the other Players have much ahead of them. We have some new characters and the whole story becomes a lot bigger. There are whole lines of the Underground we’ve barely mentioned and parts of London that hold many secrets.

Series One will remain on this blog, under Beck’s Game in the menu, for as long as I feel it appropriate. I can’t overstate how grateful I am for the support Beck’s Game and myself have received, and I promise, normal service will now resume.

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Beck’s Game, It’s Here! Part Six: Mornington Crescent

13 August 2021

With over 4,000 downloads so far, I just want to say “thank you so much” to everyone who is reading this.

‘We are here to arrest you,’ the man started.
The King stopped him. ‘Before you finish that thought, you might want to take a listen to what’s actually going on.’
‘What’s actually going on is that your lot are out of control.’

Answers are coming, but so is a threat to not just to Rhys, Sophie and Neil, but maybe the whole of the Underground. It’s the end of the line for Series One.
(News on Series Two coming later – it’s all written)

Beck’s Game: Series 1 Part 6 – Mornington Crescent. A PDF of 24 pages.

It’s here! You can download Part Six now, free of charge. Click here or go to the Beck’s Game link above, and click on the link or you can go via https://ko-fi.com/arthurhofn

Or just click on the Beck’s Game picture in the right of the page.

Each part is a PDF around 20 pages or more.

I’m giving it away free of charge but if you would like to make a donation I’d appreciate it. You can do that via the ko-fi link above or the Beck’s Game link in the menu bar. Thanks.

I really hope you enjoy reading this unfolding puzzle. I’ve put a lot of work into it, from writing the whole thing (all parts are now complete and ready to go), to editing and everything else. The only thing I didn’t do is take the pictures which are credited on the PDF.

London awaits.

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Beck’s Game, It’s Here! Part Five: Arnos Grove

06 August 2021

‘It only leaves one option. Someone unknown to us did play a trick when the token went to the watchmaker or some point before.’
‘Who?’ anger flashed in Alex’s eyes.
‘That’s the wrong question. The correct question is, “why?”’

A base under siege and plans are being made. Just why is Sophie so important? And what other traps are being set in the darkness?
Things are are either coming together or getting out of control in the penultimate part of this series.

Beck’s Game: Series 1 Part 5 – Arnos Grove. A PDF of 21 pages.

It’s here! You can download Part Five now, free of charge. Click here or go to the Beck’s Game link above, and click on the link or you can go via https://ko-fi.com/arthurhofn

Or just click on the Beck’s Game picture in the right of the page.

Each part is a PDF around 20 pages or more.

I’m giving it away free of charge but if you would like to make a donation I’d appreciate it. You can do that via the ko-fi link above or the Beck’s Game link in the menu bar. Thanks.

I really hope you enjoy reading this unfolding puzzle. I’ve put a lot of work into it, from writing the whole thing (all parts are now complete and ready to go), to editing and everything else. The only thing I didn’t do is take the pictures which are credited on the PDF.

London awaits.

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Beck’s Game, It’s Here! Part Four: Lancaster Gate

30 July 2021

“That was the Piccadill Chief confirming they have taken control of the station. She wants us to give up Sophie and we can go.”

The Piccadills have taken an interest in Sophie, who in turn is discovering the secrets of the Game. But what has it got to do with her? And is the safest place on the Underground really that safe?

Beck’s Game: Series 1 Part 4 – Lancaster Gate. A PDF of 22 pages.

It’s here! You can download Part Four now, free of charge. Click here or go to the Beck’s Game link above, and click on the link or you can go via https://ko-fi.com/arthurhofn

Or just click on the Beck’s Game picture in the right of the page.

Each part is a PDF around 20 pages or more.

I’m giving it away free of charge but if you would like to make a donation I’d appreciate it. You can do that via the ko-fi link above or the Beck’s Game link in the menu bar. Thanks.

I really hope you enjoy reading this unfolding puzzle. I’ve put a lot of work into it, from writing the whole thing (all parts are now complete and ready to go), to editing and everything else. The only thing I didn’t do is take the pictures which are credited on the PDF.

London awaits.

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Beck’s Game, It’s Here! Part Three: Greenford

23 July 2021

“You are a Player. Once your in, you’re in for life. There are enough Guardians in London to make sure of that. I mean you’ll be paid in two days. Do you think your new tribe will appreciate a member who doesn’t pull their weight? Whilst they are out defending their siphons and raiding others?”

It’s not gone to plan, but why? Was there a mistake with Rhys’ token? Or is there something deeper going on? And what is the treasure that Sophie is searching for? Has she put her friends in danger? Most importantly…. what is life in Greenford going to be like?
Beck’s Game: Series 1 Part 3 – Greenford. A PDF of 21 pages.

It’s here! You can download Part Three now, free of charge. Click here or go to the Beck’s Game link above, and click on the link or you can go via https://ko-fi.com/arthurhofn

Or just click on the Beck’s Game picture in the right of the page.

Each part is a PDF around 20 pages or more.

I’m giving it away free of charge but if you would like to make a donation I’d appreciate it. You can do that via the ko-fi link above or the Beck’s Game link in the menu bar. Thanks.

I really hope you enjoy reading this unfolding puzzle. I’ve put a lot of work into it, from writing the whole thing (all parts are now complete and ready to go), to editing and everything else. The only thing I didn’t do is take the pictures which are credited on the PDF.

London awaits.

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Beck’s Game, It’s Here! Part Two: Seven Sisters

16 July 2021

Most new Players don’t have a mentor, they’re just thrown into it and have to work it all out for themselves. When they do their first raid they are most often caught.’
‘What happens?’ Yet again Rhys had the realisation that this definitely was not free money.
‘Don’t get caught and you won’t need to find out.’

The Game is Rhys’ solution to his problems, but there is much to learn and no one is quite clear exactly what the penalties are.
The next time he runs through the Underground it’s not because he’s late.
Why is Alex so scared of breaking the rules? And was signing up too convenient? Too easy? How dangerous is all this?
Beck’s Game: Series 1 Part 2 – Seven Sisters. A PDF of 25 pages.

It’s here! You can download Part Two now, free of charge. Click here or go to the Beck’s Game link above, and click on the link or you can go via https://ko-fi.com/arthurhofn

Or just click on the Beck’s Game picture in the right of the page.

Each part is a PDF around 20 pages or more.

I’m giving it away free of charge but if you would like to make a donation I’d appreciate it. You can do that via the ko-fi link above or the Beck’s Game link in the menu bar. Thanks.

I really hope you enjoy reading this unfolding puzzle. I’ve put a lot of work into it, from writing the whole thing (all parts are now complete and ready to go), to editing and everything else. The only thing I didn’t do is take the pictures which are credited on the PDF.

London awaits.

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Beck’s Game: Seven Sisters, Due

15 July 2021

‘Most new Players don’t have a mentor, they’re just thrown into it and have to work it all out for themselves. When they do their first raid they are most often caught.’
‘What happens?’ Yet again Rhys had the realisation that this definitely was not free money.
‘Don’t get caught and you won’t need to find out.’

Part Two: Seven Sisters will be released Friday 16th July 2021 – It’s not the money. It’s the Game.
Part one – Oxford Circus is available here, on the Beck’s Game link above or right.

I did ask TFL what imagery I was allowed to use without breaking copyright and they have yet to get back to me, I guess they are busy running a transport network, so everything from the picture and sounds are not actually from the London Underground network so copyright is not an issue. The pictures are by by Johannes Plenio and Dil (www.instagram.com/thevisualiza), many thanks, and the design is my own.

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Beck’s Game, It’s Here! Part One: Oxford Circus

09 July 2021

London is not just one place. There are stories and truths and lies all merged together to make the city. Different worlds. Some are on view, some are hidden, worlds going on around you that you only catch out of the corner of your eye, but you don’t know what it means so you ignore it, forget it. But some of them are worth discovering. Do you want a way out of your problems?’

There’s trouble on the Underground, who has caused it? There’s trouble in Rhys’ life, can he find a solution to the pressures of London living?
What is Beck’s Game?
Beck’s Game: Series 1 Part 1 – Oxford Circus. A PDF of 23 pages.

It’s here! You can download Part One now, free of charge. Click here or go to the Beck’s Game link above, and click on the link or you can go via https://ko-fi.com/arthurhofn

Or just click on the Beck’s Game picture in the right pf the page.

Each part is a PDF around 20 pages or more.

I’m giving it away free of charge but if you would like to make a donation I’d appreciate it. You can do that via the ko-fi link above or the Beck’s Game link in the menu bar. Thanks.

I really hope you enjoy reading this unfolding puzzle. I’ve put a lot of work into it, from writing the whole thing (all parts are now complete and ready to go), to editing and everything else. The only thing I didn’t do is take the pictures which are credited on the PDF.

London awaits.

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Beck’s Game, Due

06 July 2021

London is not just one place. There are stories and truths and lies all merged together to make the city. Different worlds. Some are on view, some are hidden, worlds going on around you that you only catch out of the corner of your eye, but you don’t know what it means so you ignore it, forget it. But some of them are worth discovering. Do you want a way out of your problems?’

Since last summer I’ve been working on a new project, it wasn’t planned it was just an idea that came to mind and then merged with others that had been percolating for many years.

The result is Beck’s Game, and I’m doing something different with it.

The story is based on and around the London Underground and there might just be a whole lot more going on down there than you may have suspected.

Previously I’ve put my novels, complete, on Amazon as paperback and Kindle and left them to it, but the shape of this story meant I could be more flexible; and so I have split the story into three “Series” and each “Series” into six “Parts”, with a new one to be released each week on this very blog as a PDF of about 20 A4 pages (with a gap between each Series, although I have written the whole thing at this point). I wanted to build a part by part adventure, hey I’m a Doctor Who fan it’s in my DNA, and so we have smaller stories a developing alongside a much much bigger canvass; to say more might just drift into spoiler territory.

I’m not going to charge for downloading each part but if you want to make a donation for them I would be very grateful and that will be set up when Part One goes live (it was just easier to do it that way).

Series One, Part One: Oxford Circus will be released soon!

I did ask TFL what imagery I was allowed to use without breaking copyright and they have yet to get back to me, I guess they are busy running a transport network, so everything from the picture and sounds are not actually from the London Underground network so copyright is not an issue. The pictures are by by Johannes Plenio and Dil (www.instagram.com/thevisualiza), many thanks, and the design is my own.

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