Monthly Archives: February 2008

Where did it come from?

I really do not know where the world of the Calion Islands came from. In some sense it is been part of me ever since I can remember, but it had certainly begun to become more clearly defined by my mid to late teens. The Great Everwandering River and the town of Threeriversmeet [originally simply Riversmeet until I realised that it was at the confluence of three rivers] date from that time, as do the characters of Marac and Talivan, the two principals of the novel A Song at Daybreak.

I have always tried to write stories. I wrote my first ‘novel’ when I was nine, and over the years I wrote a lote of stories and made a lot of notes, all of them more or less connected with the world of the Calion Islands. This world, I should add, is known to the Calionali as Ambora, a word that is related to their words for haven or port [ambors], a womb [embarsu], and an animal’s lair or bird’s nest [imbra].

All, or almost all, of that early material has now disappeared, thankfully, but what was left residually was a deep and fertile loam from which the world of the Calionali could grow. Which it did, rapidly. So the basic raw material of A Song at Daybreak was deeply embedded in my subconscious for many years, which explains why I was able to write the novel so quickly. But I shall talk about that next time along with some thoughts on another of the main charactors, the Fire Goddess Uzvath.

Off we go.

I have started writing a blog because Cathryn, my daughter, said that this is the best way to add tags to this website. Cathryn knows a lot about websites, and I know very little. In fact my knowledge of things electronic is rudimentary, so I shall follow her advice. I began this website on the advice on my Agent, who thought that it would be a good idea to have something ready for potential publishers to have a look at. My Agent knows a lot about publishers and I know very little, so I followed her advice. Anyone who reads this will conclude that I am a born follower. It looks as if I have said the wrong thing again. But that is the story of my life.

But back to the matter in hand, which is the embedding of tags into this blog. If I have tags, I am told, search engines will pick them up and they will be googled to the universe. I really am not interested in trying to get the universe to do anything. All I really want to do is write stories and give someone else the pleasure of sharing my world. If your pleasure is sharing the worlds of others, then perhaps there is something here for you. If that is not your pleasure, pop back to the google search page.

If you enjoy drifting through worlds of fantasy, hearing of strange places, and alternative universes, I have something that may interest you. It is a novel called A Song at Daybreak, and I shall talk of it more anon. In the meantime, I shall place tags in this blog. I hope.


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