Despite a desire to go on with my gunpowder plot novel/short story project I have become distracted – and now digress to this: https://sjkimber.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/teaser-trafficville-usa/ I will get back to the gunpowder plot and any number of interesting alleyways such as Lord Cecil, Tudor overhangs and Irish connections, priest holes and the endless bickering that has … More Digressions
Sometimes I have no strong sense of where I want to go with a story… I need to characterise my uncertainties; have characters take charge of their fates and not leave it to my vacillations. So – I START DRAFTING: here is an opening gambit; unfinished; hopefully not unpolished. I’d appreciate thoughts, criticisms, suggestions… Duplicate … More Gunpowder plots – putting flesh on ideas
When researching I always look for ways into a story – the hook, the idea, the character that makes you want to tell the tale… This will be the trigger for plot and story-line; mine came with the rediscovery of the concept of priest holes in connection with research into the whys and wherefores of the gunpowder plot… … More Gunpowder plots – playing with ideas
Plots unfold in real time and space. Characters walk around in the clothes of their time (mostly), they travel – if travel is required – in whatever way their means and social station allow them and inhabit a world whose technologies are defined by what has been discovered and known and developed before their now. Anachronisms are not permitted. … More The gunpowder plot story – contextualising
I am always astonished at how just a little research can open up so many possibilities for fictional weaving: The BBC’s What if the gunpowder plot had succeeded? suggests an array of alternatives to what ‘actually’ emerged from ‘the reality’ of arrests, torture and subsequent suppression of Catholicism which followed the exposed plot on November 4, 1605… … More Q and A: the Gunpowder Plot
And maybe writing a story too… Feature image is by Unknown (printed for P. Brooksby, I. Deacon, I. Blare, I. Back.) – http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/ballad/20990/citation, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8524375 I’m in the process of trying to write a short story (but toying with maybe even a full novel) re the Gunpowder Plot of early 17th century England. A … More Unravelling the process
That cosmetic tinkering spoken of in the last post has been done and both books are available in Amazon (kindle)… I’ve also updated the website.