Tuesday, January 27, 2009

 

Pterrifying!

I have just completed the first chapter of my Twisthorn Bellow novel and started on the second. As there will be seven chapters in total, each approximately 10,000 words in length, another two weeks of effort should see me more than halfway through the book. By the end of March it might be ready to submit...

The monsters, musicians and other uglies that my heroes have to battle against include prehistoric creatures such as pterodactyls, and this photo shows one of those dastardly flying reptiles relaxing after a hard day's work. The work of a pterodactyl includes soaring, swooping and croaking. This example of the species is preparing a nice nightcap of Ovaltine, one of the few reliable methods by which a stressed pterodactyl can become a calmodactyl. Or so it's said...

It may be wondered why Twisthorn and his colleagues fight musicians as well as more obvious manifestations of evil such as vampires. The answer is that both are beyond logical sense. Consider 'All Along the Watchtower' by Bob Dylan. A watchtower is primarily a vertical structure providing minimal opportunity for horizontal movement. So how can anything go all along it? If Dylan had entitled his song 'Up and Down the Watchtower' there would be no difficulties. But he didn't. He blatantly ignored the overriding vertical component of the edifice in question... For further discussion of this topic click here.

Illogic. That's the real enemy...

Comments:
What's the bright pink splotch to the left of the soon-to-be Calmadactyl?
 
It's my attempt to provide atmospheric lighting! A flashlight beam directed at a purple scarf from India that I used as terrain... The sunset in the background is false, by the way!
 
I was wondering; what are people's favorite things? What brings a smile to your face? What could you not live without? In no particular order, mine are-my girlfriend, my tv, beer, deep-filled pies (cheese and onion), West Ham, and the song 'Rock Me Amadeus' by Austrian pop star Falco. I also like that French bird 'Nicole' who used to be in the Renault car tv ads from the 90's....
 
And my favourite book is 'Candide' by Voltaire.....
 
My favourite things are: my girlfriend; the outdoors life; nape-hair-raising music; myself; sunshine; travel; chocolate; chillies; pear cider and COFFEE... Slightly odd that I'm only 4th on my own list but that's just false modesty...

My favourite book is 'Froth on the Daydream' by Boris Vian...

Vian was a French writer. Like Voltaire. French writers are often the best.

Twisthorn Bellow wouldn't approve... Luckily he's just words on paper and doesn't exist, the unglazed clay git!
 
Speaking of deep-filled pies, I am of the opinion that deep-filled pies are not as deep-filled as they used to be, or should be. It is a constant source of disappointment to me that too often I buy a pie of the deep-filled variety, only to encounter a meagre amount of filling. This trend has been going on for some time now, and seems to also affect pork pies, steak and kidney pies and cheese and onion pies; even the venerable cornish pasty has not escaped this indignity. Can anything be done?
 
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