Types of work that I am currently doing;
I have mentioned in several posts that there are certain themes I am writing in my novels and there has been a question of just how many novels are you working on at the moment? Personally, I don’t know! I know that sounds really funny to some, but I have been writing loads of stories almost my whole life and I have never really sat back and wondered how many I am working on, because I just write what I feel like at the time. Yes, there are many novels which are 100% finished now, but to me they could still be in redrafting stages and many have been redrafted umpteempth times since two years ago. I only started redrafting my 30yrs of work two years ago, simply because I never thought it would be necessary and also because I was never sure if I could cope with writing as a career.
I think I am ready to say, I am now ready for this career, hence why a lot of my writing habits have changed recently.
I am totally self-taught, I have no formal education and I was home educated by a dyslexic parent throughout most of my childhood and pretty much neglected by social services to get on with it without too much interference. As an adult I have been kept too busy to take up education, but even now, I am trying to teach myself. I can’t afford even the cheapest monthly fee on skillshare yet, but I am hoping by the end of the year that I can do some of their courses to learn how to punctuate properly and use grammar and anything else I need to improve my writing for both my blog and my novels, before finally approaching that agent I want to. I have found an agent I like, but whether or not they will like me this time next year is another matter!
This post is going to tell you the types of novels I am working on or that have been finished, without revealing too much of the plot; but the list is not conclusive, these are just stories I am willing to throw out into the world in the next couple of years, with any luck!
- You all know how much I love my vampires; so it shouldn’t be a shock to tell you that I have twenty seven different stories already completed in both my mind and on paper, along with full encyclopaedias and fictional historical booklets based on that world. I have been working on this massive project since I was ten years old, yes ten years old! That’s a whopping twenty eight years! However, there is a list of seventy eight other stories I haven’t even finished yet, not even once that has been on the go for years, some are new.
- Recently you have learned my second favourite creature to write about are dragons and there are approximately five books I have been writing, three of which are near completion with hopefully their final drafts.
- Pirates are another fantasy thing I like to write about regularly and there are three separate pirate books to date. One of which is near its final draft and another is an off-shoot book to one of the dragon novels.
- Gargoyles also have their own books with this author, I have six novels with those and in two of them they are the main characters.
- I have written two novels with phoenixes as the main theme too.
- I have a whole series based on a character that lives in a hot air balloon, this is currently five books long, but there are more being planned.
- There are seven books based on robots. Half of which are fantasy more than sci-fi.
- There is a big series about giants, that is almost ten books strong and again, they are off-shoots of a dragon novel I have.
- There are loads of mermaid novels I have and various other new sea creatures, I haven’t actually counted those, but I do know that there are at least six finished. These are standalone novels, not a series.
- I have four separate series of werewolves, one of which I am very passionate about and spend a lot of time on.
- There is a demon erotica series I have been working on for the past eight years; the series is actually nearly complete now.
- There are three zombie books that are both standalone novels, too, two of which are more fantasy than horror and very comedic.
- There are five separate afterlife series I am working on, some are fantasy, some are horror and some are dystopian.
- There are fourteen dystopian series I am working on too, two of which are based on religious ideologies.
- There is a series of fairy stories for children too, which is approximately seven books and I regard as novellas.
- There are four Christmas themed books I have written too.
- There are four comics too, or, I think one of them is actually graphic novel rather than comic – this is dystopian and steam punk in style.
- I also have two ghost stories.
- I have a selection of horror too, which could be considered a series, but they are all standalones really.
- I know I have 777 poems on this blog, but there are at least 5000 off the blog that have never been published online anywhere.
- I have nine musical compositions as well, that has never been published anywhere.
- I have six operas written too as well as musicals for theatre, but I am so not confident about those right now.
- I have a series about little people that were inspired by Land of the giants and the borrowers.
There are probably more I haven’t mentioned yet, but these are the only things that come to mind right now for me. I do have a lot of work here, but I just haven’t had the confidence about really throwing myself out there. I am terrified of the consequences. I don’t want fame, I want my work to be enjoyed and I really want to see them as movies, but I don’t want to have a famous face. But I am getting used to the idea that maybe I will have no choice someday? I can’t keep my work hidden forever, I didn’t write it for it to be hidden and forgotten – those novels are like little people to me, they are like creatures that need to be nurtured and their only food is recognition. Their only source of nourishment is to be enjoyed and read, it keeps them alive! I believe in BIG MAGIC, I believe ideas are alive!
They told me to drown my sorrows
So I drowned you
I held your head under water
Until your life was through
I supped and dined on your heart
Killing you was a fine art
I am part fish and human too
I took immense joy ending you
You was my bane
You was my terror
Bothering me was your error
I pulled you into deep dark waters
I won’t be a pet for your daughters
A mermaid lives her life free in the sea
Your biggest mistake
Was hunting me
Yes today is the 5th day of Inktober and as you can see I have chosen a mermaid for my theme of the day!
Everybody knows what a mermaid is, but do you know what they are really like?
They aren’t what you see in Disney movies according certain world folklore and that’s for sure! They don’t go around singing at mortals and wishing they were humans and fall in love you know, well actually they do sing at mortals and when they do it’s a sign you really should block your ears and get out of that ocean and according to some legends, they do sometimes fall in love with mortals too, but it’s not all pearls and coral – oh no!
Mermaids from Ireland were called Merrows and they were supposed to be ugly creatures, with green hair, scales, and claws and were evil critters by all accounts. They had a penchant for falling in love with beautiful human men and would often kidnap them to take them into the sea to drown them so their spirit could live with them in the other realm or they would take on the appearance of a beautiful human woman and breed with him on land and disappear with or without her offspring and the groom.
In Russia they have the Rusalka which can be either benevolent or evil depending upon the individual, you could never tell what a Rusalka would be like if you saw one, so it was best to keep away from them. It is thought they were the spirits of young girls who were horrendously killed or had violent accidents, if their death was caused by a rape and a murder it was said that those would be evil spirits to men, as any man who goes near her in her transformed self would be garrotted to death by her long hair! Sometimes women who are in danger would become protected by the Rusalka from any man nearby who is about to harm her!
The Fin Folk of Norway and the Orkney Islands were often considered using humans as slaves and they only way to escape them were to throw coins of silver into the sea to distract them as they loved silver a lot!
So, the next time you think that mermaids are sweet endearing ladies of the sea, with shrill beautiful voices and you fancy taking your chances to get romantically involved with one – think again!
Every mermaid is expected to drown in her own tears
For the dreams she’s had for years, of walking on hot sands like a lady for a man
A thousand myths and legends tear at the mermaid’s heart
Myths of the tailless four arm mers
She has seen them in her people’s art
How she wished to be an explorer of their sands
Witnessing the dry green scape and touch them with her hands
How she wished she knew, what it meant to be dry
Dry from all her tears
The foregoing poem was written rather quickly and the quality has surprised me, usually I think everything I do is useless, but I like this piece. In fact I like it so much, I feel a story coming on, whether it will be short enough for me to want to post that eventually on this blog, I don’t know, but it is inspiring me to do more and there are other poems creeping into my head of a similar theme too!
Windy, grey and cold was the weather that day, the cold wet sand beneath Rebecca’s bare feet felt oddly comforting to her. Trying to warm herself in vain with folded arms rubbing her shoulders, standing in nothing but a renaissance style under-dress, she watched the horizon intently as though focusing on something approaching, but there was nothing and nor was she really expecting there to be.
She could hear them coming behind her – her family and her maidservant, calling out to her to get inside and put some clothes on, as she might catch her death of cold; but she looked on and the nearer they got, the further towards the sea she walked as though hypnotized by some demonic siren.
Intrigued to find out what happens next? Like this post and if I get 10 likes by the 20th November I will make a story for you.
Thank you, enjoy!
1st attempt at watercolor mermaid scene
For the last 6 months I have attempted to teach myself art, sketching and painting particularly with watercolors.
The image that you see is my first ever attempt at creating a watercolor mermaid under the sea scene and my first ever attempt at under-painting a picture.
This image is unfinished and I am afraid to say it will stay that way because I mixed the shades of colors that are used on the paper and my fiance Paul knocked over the palette when getting it for me and it was all lost and I am very reluctant to attempt to try making more of the same shades of color as I don’t want to completely ruin this picture.
There are some blemishes to the image, for example the mark of yellow on her left inside elbow amongst other things, but I cannot repair these without severely impacting on the color scheme, as I cannot guarantee I can mix the same shades again.
I am a self-taught artist that have only really been practicing twice a month any kind of art-work for about a year now, as I mentioned before my attempt at watercolors started about six months ago.
In my personal opinion, starting to teach yourself artwork, particularly sketching/drawing shouldn’t really start at how-to-draw books, because that never worked for me, instead, trusting my own eye works better and reading books based on painting; that is of course if you eventually want to move onto painting your images.
I have been getting a lot of comments from my immediate family and friends that they believe I have a natural talent for art considering that I spend less than five hours a month practicing; personally I don’t see it, I see too many imperfections in my work and I cheat. For example, I have hidden one of the mermaid’s hands in this picture because I couldn’t make it look as good as her right hand and the paper was thinning with all the erasing I had to do.
I have a gallery at deviantart.com if you wish to see more pictures that I’ve done as well as my budding artist four year old son, Henry, some of his best work are up there, which reminds me that I must add his version of a toucan up later on.
A slithery wet hand touches your lifeless skin
She’s breathing into your mouth
Your life in shatters begins again
For this mermaid is no foe, but friend
A rare creature from the cruel sea
A rare mermaid has come to thee
She has saved your life, this time around
She’s kept your life all safe and sound
On the sandy shore you lie
You wake up and do not realise
How close you came to death last night
Nor who has relit your life’s shining light