Novel Chapters, Passages, Writer's Process

MilkBoy: Chapter 1

Milkboy Divine love and infernal passions play in the pastures of rural Britain. A boy dejected by his peers, a girl reaching for the cold comfort of stardom, a hag, a maid, a mother, a man imbued with the ancient spirit of nature; all players in a satyr comedy that would see an inescapable eternal cycle to our existence. "A pastiche of Mann and Machen, which owes it's foundation to the ancient Greek classics of Ovid and Aristotle, Milkboy plays with notions of love, desire, homoeroticism, narcissism, and questions the nature of manliness in the 21st century."

Art

Satyrs and Striptease.

"In us there is the Light of Nature, and that Light is God" - Paracelsus.   I have spoken in a previous blog Man's Infernal Talent; The Divine Shell about Marsyas and the Divine competition with Apollo. There is one element of that story I touched upon but in no great depth, the flaying and… Continue reading Satyrs and Striptease.

Art, Writer's Process

Man’s Infernal Talent; The Divine Shell.

"Between my art and the world there is now a wide gulf, but between art and myself there is none." - Oscar Wilde. Talent shows dominate television. I find it clumsy and vulgar, the "...' Got Talent", "The Voice", " Strictly Come Masterful Cheffing In a Jungle Factor". It spells out that people would rather… Continue reading Man’s Infernal Talent; The Divine Shell.

Writer's Process

Searching for something to read? Stop, write it!

Every morning I wake up (so far), have my tea, my coffee, my water, a long toilet break after tea, coffee and water, I sit in my chair before I have to start getting prepared for the day, switch on my phone and wait a few seconds for all the emails, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and… Continue reading Searching for something to read? Stop, write it!

Passages

This is a True Story. It is all true; even the lies. (Cont.)

I sit here now writing this at the wake of a funeral. I do not cope too well at these events. Not funerals you understand! The after event. Funerals are easy enough, there is a good dress code, little audiance participation, some form of reading in which to take 40 winks and everyone keeps much… Continue reading This is a True Story. It is all true; even the lies. (Cont.)

Writer's Process

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

"The Best thing for mankind is not to be born; however, the next best thing, after being born, to die as quickly as possible." - (Aristotle) Read the words of Silenus. The satyr type deity of Greek antiquity, in two stories found in a woods by the renowned fool king Midas. In both stories the king… Continue reading Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Writer's Process

Writing my Way Out

"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."  - (Thomas Mann.) I have used this quote before. It is something I strongly believe in and is perhaps my favourite quote. I learnt today that it was by Thomas Mann. I also learnt today that the novel I… Continue reading Writing my Way Out

Writer's Process

On Satyrs and Fauns

“I fear that we are such gods or demigods only as fauns and satyrs, the divine allied to beasts, the creatures of appetite...” (Henry David Thoreau) The classical mythological tropes  are symbols that in the past few thousand years have been utilised to obscurity. The renaissance and later Neo-Classical movement in art, particularly sculpture, saw… Continue reading On Satyrs and Fauns

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To Publish a Post or not to Publish a Post…why is it so damn hard?

"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people" I have written two drafts in the past few months each on different subjects and have been unable to click the "Publish" button in the top right hand corner of this page. I am not completely sure as to… Continue reading To Publish a Post or not to Publish a Post…why is it so damn hard?

Uncategorized, Writer's Process

Inspiration – Where does it come from?

The question that bugs authors the most and is perhaps the most commonly asked question of writers. 'Where do you get your ideas from?' The answer is of course, 'The Muses', the divine bodies of thought who imbue some men with a dignity of thought and perception of the lives of man and the turning of… Continue reading Inspiration – Where does it come from?