Book of Poems

It’s been a long time in coming. A very long time in coming, but at last it’s happening!

For the last few months I’ve been looking through my poems and creating a book of poetry from them, using Blurb. I’ve written so many that I’ll be publishing several books. For the moment, all the poetry for the first book has been collected and I just need to work on the look of the book and put pictures in, then it’ll be ready for publishing. 🙂

Mor Spelling Alternativs

I’v just seen this on Wikipedia and feel it’s on to somthing intresting. You don’t hav to change the entire alfabet, just make a few useful adaptions to the present system.

A few simpl steps to get the ball rolling:
– write e-sound as e (head, any, said hed, eny, sed)
– get rid of useless e’s (have, freeze, valley hav, freez, vally)
– change ph to f (alfabetical!)
– and doing somthing diffrent with those infernal augh and ough words (maybe I should rewrite my surname as Bruf? That’ll stop the awkward “Mr. Broo… Brow… Broah…” phone calls, lol).

I was surprised that the Australian government did attempt to work with the first one (hed, eny, sed, etc.) but it didn’t stick.

By the way, I’v been working on a new wikispaces to present a few of my orthografical experiments, which I’ll share shortly.

(don’t worry, I won’t always be writing like this, just occasionally 😉 )

Writing Style

At the moment I writing a short story about a Brinkleginks first encounter with humans. I started it in a serious-fantasy mode, and I could start it, carried on it for a few paragraphs, but then there comes a bit where there’s a “pause” in the actual story, where I don’t know how to transition from one phase to another. Well, I’ve just written the same story but in funny-fantasy mode and found it flows much better. I think that, for the moment, this is really “my style”, as I discovered with Jake Fish, St. John de Monmouth and a few other short stories. For the moment I think I’ll just write what flows, and what entertains me by whilst I’m writing.

Reading and Writing Novels

Doing the Novel Writing course with the London School of Journalism has been very interesting for me; I’m going through a step by step process, learning some of the technical bits of writing stories (the imagination part, the story and its background, I have no need to learn about, lol), how to use the words, how to “use” the characters and situations to explain bits about the world and the story. It brings its own challenges too.

I like dialogue, and I like action, to read. Description of scenery and people I don’t like because part of the magic of reading, for me, is that I can fill in the blanks*. Often a book will describe something but my imagination has already decided what something looks like, and I just can’t shake it off and replace it with something I’m reading. What I’d skip in some books I’m trying not to put too much emphasis in my own writing. Each writer has their own style.

*description of a world in a sort of historical-cultural overview is a different matter.

Background or Story?

That is the question!

What’s more important in fiction writing, the background or the story?

I have to confess that I find it much more interesting to build up a whole world, inventing places, peoples, religions, creatures and societies than I do writing the actual story, which can often seem laborious. So whilst writing a story I could easily get sidetracked into explaining the world which my characters are moving around in.

But that’s the challenge if I am to write a novel: how do I keep the story flowing and yet also introduce the context without interrupting the flow? The trick is to do it in little bits so that the reader can build up a fairly comprehensive picture and just keep the characters doing stuff and talking.

And if there’s so much information about the world that I can’t share it all in a novel I can always add it as an appendix a la Tolkein, or even write a special encyclopedia for it! lol

Jake Fish

Just finished and published another story for Jake Fish: The Day of the Missing Paperclip. It’s soon time to wrap things up. Last year I started my TAG journey, which included a story on Jake Fish being propelled out of his nice, safe life into Imagi-nation. It’s been a transformative experience for him, either that or he’s gone mad, and a good opportunity for me to express myself through art and story.

You can check out Jake Fish’s story here: Fish Out of Water and to see my fellow artists own work through their own journeys just go here: The Travelling Artists Guild. It’ll soon be ended but you can still go back to these blogs and see the work that has been done.