Friday, May 13, 2011

Chapter Ten

The biggest problem with writing is that it’s a solitary affair — hours spent shuffling spectres round the arse end of nowhere hoping not too many of their non-existent heads need chopping off at the editing stage to appease imaginary agents and readers.

Some say writing can drive you mad.


I say it drives you to muffins —and my swelling midriff agrees.

If you’re a writer, every once in a while it does you good to take a potter out to the greenhouse and read aloud to whatever you have growing in there (even if it’s a corpse-shaped fungal aberration slumped in the corner by the dibber dispenser).

Even better, is committing yourself to video.

So here’s the start of a my current Chapter Ten — complete with irritatingly unfixable timelag and Depp-inspired quasi-bandana.

Storywise, all you really need to know is encapsulated in this handy blurb:

Hapless loser Duane Pistaine is all at sea.

The plan had been to crash a party and declare his undying love for Kate.

But that was before the courage-boosting booze and drugs.

Head full of stories from his favourite comics, he stumbles into town, unaware his goggle eyes are witness to a vomiting up of the town’s darkest secrets he will later wish he’d witnessed a little more clearly....

Would you read anything like this — or are you just after my bandana?

Repost c/o Blogger hurtling "up the Spazz".


Phoenix Sullivan said...

I would listen to you read anything.

Oooh, burning question: Did the name of your blog come first, or did this story?

Whirlochre said...

Story first, blog second, bandana third, mutant love child fourth — with option on Nightmare Apocalypse Scenario imminent.

I wonder — is it possible for a phoenix being to have questions other than burning ones?

Robin B. said...

Ha!!! I love it when you turn into Biscuits! The accent, the manner, the eyes.

Cool, Whirlio. Very, very cool!!

Scarlet Blue said...

It's like Jackanory!

Whirlochre said...

Sat on Val Doonican's knee with a can of lager...

Old Kitty said...

"Floppy pubes to be"

Nope I didn't mishear this the first time round. All is well.

Take care

fairyhedgehog said...

You have such an amazing voice! And it says such amazing things!

Whirlochre said...

Old Kitty

Hedge Buster
Sometimes without me asking...

Donna Hole said...

Yeah, I'd read it. An engaging concept and characters, interesting setting.

I keep trying to be an audio person - I believe in audio books - but somehow my attention wanders as I listen. Has nothing to do with the reader, or the writing.

The writing was good, well constructed. And your reading was very good. I enjoyed all the experiences of the story, and your reading itself.

No, I didn't post a voice thingy. I'm lousy at reading out loud, and wouldn't know how to post the thingy itself.

You did good here Whirl. Both the reading and writing.


Whirlochre said...

Thanks Donna — and welcome aboard.