I’m still swithering between three projects: the next Carston novel and sequels to The Figurehead and The Sparrow Conundrum. I’ve started two of them but none has yet drawn me into it sufficiently for me to want to spend all my time on it. But this week, on a whim, I posted a tweet asking whether anyone had any ‘spare characters’. OK, only one person answered it but I realised that it was a possible way of jump starting my writing of Sparrow 2.
Those of you who visited my blogsite in its previous incarnation (livingwritingandotherstuff, which is still there and, surprisingly, still getting hits) may remember I asked visitors to suggest random elements – a word, name, theme, setting or whatever – which I’d combine to make a blog. It was a challenge and it was very enjoyable for me to write – so much so that the eventual blog had to be split into two.
I find that sort of challenge very stimulating and the world of the Sparrow is so extreme and so weird that I think having to incorporate random characters, ideas and the rest into it might produce some interesting plot points and developments.
At least four of the characters from the original will reappear. There’ll also be a vampire thread which has nothing to do with vampires, and a recent set of FaceBook exchanges suggested there’d be a place in it for a kilted male model with the obligatory abdominal structures whose ambition is to be the hero in a Highland Romance. The latter is an example of how random events or thoughts can contribute enormously to a concept in the early design stages.
So… here’s the point. I’m inviting, once again, suggestions for threads, themes, plot points, a character with some specific foibles, genres to parody – anything in fact that would fit into a black, absurd, satirical farce. All those which I use, however much I distort them in the telling, will earn their source nothing but an acknowledgement.
Thus, once again, I look forward to a host of stimulating suggestions or the familiar sagebrush silence.