I've written all my life, songs, poems, stories, plays, and just plain ramblings. It was seventeen years ago that I began trying to use a diary for writing practice--doing a page a day. I don't often succeed, having as I do all the self-discipline of a hebephrenic chipmunk, but I've done some good bits, and some that go together quite nicely into stories. The Nyronds achieved their final form in diary pieces, as did a whole host of other characters (e.g. Gestalt) who then proceeded to mingle and interact with a cheerful disregard for time zones, location or narrative consistency, often by making use of the Gilchrist machine, giving rise with tragic inevitability to...
Zander rules the roost here, watching over the multitude of universes from the control nexus, helped or hindered by a motley bunch of assistants he calls his "archangels." The idea was that the nexus would be separate from the stories, but the best-laid plans et cetera, and I've found that the nexus is a far more fascinating place to write about than any of the universes it looks out on. My current work-in-progress is set largely there and revolves around the battle for control of the narrative cosmos. Characters disappear, change appearance and allegiance, turn up in duplicate or triplicate as recursion gives rise to other control nexi with their own dependent universes, and things very rapidly get completely out of hand. I'm enjoying it.
The control nexus is mostly contained within the Library, which occupies a secret location in the heart of the village of Avevale. This village has become very dear to my heart over the years I've been poking around the area, and I think I might quite like to retire there one day.
Someday I may get published. It would be nice. At the moment, though, I enjoy writing just for its own sake, and I'm not dim enough to think I could make serious money at it even if I had the time to do it as a job, or that I would necessarily continue to enjoy it if I had to write to someone else's order. The pleasure is the purpose. If it isn't fun, what's the point of doing it?
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