This project started at around 2014 and I have been procrastinating a lot with continuing this, I have bursts of wanting to add things to it about once every four or five months, but those only last a couple of days.
I feel it’s a complicated project because I believe the believability of this fantasy steampunk may not be believable enough to its readers as I think this idea is very out-there…
I think it is only a matter of confidence really.
This idea is a family collaboration, including ideas from both Henry my son, and Paul my partner. Mostly the idea came from Christmas morning in 2014 I had such a bad chest infection we had to celebrate Christmas in bed. This meant, Henry enjoyed carrying up his presents to me on the bed to open them so I didn’t miss anything! In Henry’s eyes, it was the best Christmas ever, because it was so different! But then he says that every year! He had this idea my body under the duvet was a mountain for his cars to drive over and this started our game, which built this story!
That was a bad year for my chest, I was admitted to A&E (ER) the next day as it went into pneumonia, at this point I had had the infection since Halloween!
Below is what you may find in this standalone novel!
A coming of age hero
A close grandfather and grandson relationship
This story has been influenced by many things, primarily throughout my childhood rather than adulthood! This story wasn’t decided upon entirely until 2014, but I had little thoughts here and there since I was about eight years of age! So maybe the origin of this idea is much older than I originally said?
Here are my influences below for this particular story;
The never-ending story movies (never read the book)
The princess bride (the movie)
Are all the giants dead? By Mary Norton
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Matrix movies
Land of the giants (TV series)
The borrower’s books, TV series and movies
Gulliver’s travel and the movies
Innerspace movie starring Martin Short and Dennis Quaid
Noah’s ark from the bible
The shrinking scene in Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory movie starring Gene Wilder
I am pretty slow with this novel, because I don’t really have much of middle, unlike most of my other stories I do actually have a beginning and an end, but the middle is rather bland and needs a lot of work right now to make it more fleshed out and exciting!
I don’t suppose this work will actually be done within the next five years, but it is one of my top ten favourites to think about.
I haven’t completed draft one in all of this time!
The novel is hollow at the centre, because it has a beginning and it has a definite finale, but I just haven’t got much in the middle yet.
Thanks for reading!