| Dialling in from the Wild Trapeze Cafe |
Nursing a mild hangover thanks to Mr Lone Pine and some late night games of Fury of Dracula last night.
Visiting friends in Newcastle but also here to enjoy time in one my favourite cafes in the world: the Wild Trapeze. Also to enjoy strolling through the streets of Heaton and Jesmond, down through the heavy woods of the Dene… roaming places that have been central to my imagination and my inspiration.
Even before I got here it’s been a great few days.
Delivered another performance of Arnos Vale last week. My story of grave-robbing at a historic cemetery in Bristol. This time I was at Let Me Tell You A Story Jack, which has a diverse range of story flavours and styles, with a LOT of humour from frontman and co-organiser, Will Harding.
I’ve been very productive with mapping out the new novel, CoW (Camaraderie of Wolves). I also seem to be making that periodic shift back towards working on Yellow Dawn, the game, as opposed to novels in the setting. Came up with a 4,000 + word idea for a scenario aimed at introducing characters interested in magick. You can grab it for free here: https://davidjrodger.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/school-of-elemental-knocks-a-free-rpg-scenario-idea-for-yellow-dawn/
Met up with fledgling gothic horror writer Thomas D Parker on a moody Sunday afternoon at our favourite beer haunt, the SmallBAR. He was drinking Coke and I stuck to coffee, giving you hint of our last few days.
He’s resuming the focus of his wonderful imagination, shaped by the ghostly stories of M.R.James, back onto his first novel. Work in progress. Ladies of Walthamstow. He wanted to sense-check the story so far and work on some gaps. He talked me through the essential plot points and where he had issues. We came up with the mechanics of what lies at the heart of the horror in his novel, and some very exquisite ideas for how the horror will conclude… and what may happen beyond. Very sinister.
This morning, in Newcastle, I met up with my childhood friend Richy. He is in the early stages of writing a biography of his life. Particular focus on his childhood, teens and early twenties which could easily be the plot of a work of fiction. I have often said it is amazing that he is still alive and a miracle that he has turned out into the remarkable man he is today.
It’s a book he has been wanting to write for years but the death of his mum earlier this year has given him an emotional impetus. A positive outcome. He and I met up in Amsterdam in September and first discussed the project there; I have committed to ghost-writing it once he has finished mapping out all the notes and structure.
Sitting in OCC, working on CoW. One of the characters is learning that his ability to do certain things is because of an innate metaphysical talent (inside most of us but dormant) which is only now awakening. Early stages of the journey towards becoming a Road Mage, a post-apocalyptic magic user. It’s not going to be a main part of the story, just a bit of flavouring to show this side of the Yellow Dawn universe exists… the story is mostly about The Changed (victims of the 1st pathogen who survived and now called Orcs by the ignorant and the scared) and the ongoing machinations of big business, in this case, the sim-stim industry which is similar to the movie industry.
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