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Past the halfway re-build

While I’ve been working into the previous draft of the novel and transforming it into the next, the metaphor which comes to mind is rebuilding a large house by completely demolishing some rooms and thoroughly enhancing others, while adding passages (good word) so the rooms … Continue reading

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misery

Not a very alluring title, even if of a Stephen King best seller!  Come to think of it, that novel was about a writer, had a writer as main character who was writing a character called Misery, but that’s not … Continue reading

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potentiality

Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black resonates. The ‘fiends’ who plague the central character Alison are made dust by her determination. She still has access to ‘spirit’ without their foul-mouthed presence. They made me think of the ‘demons’ we say we fight … Continue reading

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story, story, story

“Where a walking story goes, grows no grass”, quips Eckhart Tolle, mocking the thought-bound state of the life-blind preoccupied. But what of telling stories? More stories than we can live? Maybe this curse or capacity is to burst out of our mono-narrative and provide a fictive link, … Continue reading

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spreading branches

Our little sapling of a show opened last night, having been hothoused with loving care by Tess and the rest of the team.  Tess’ notes have the deftness of a paring knife – clean, sharp and creative. I couldn’t have … Continue reading

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optimism, cities and songs

Well underway with the third draft now. Nanna’s role has grown a little, though perhaps not as much as might be possible in a larger scale production. It’s good to think of this presentation as work in progress, though hopefully … Continue reading

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adaptable indelible

On this page in her archived blog, Julia talks about her own feelings about adapting the novel: http://www.juliadarling.co.uk/weblog/archives/archive-062004.html  I hearten to her words: “I ended up feeling that one had to not be precious about it, and to change whatever I wanted, … Continue reading

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