My history of reading includes very little fiction, a major exception being J. R. R. Tolkein. I tend to gravitate towards reference kinds of books, so in my collection are many historical books that focus on early British Railways, and classic steam ships. There are also a few that explore religion, the possibilities of life beyond our galaxy, and biographies of various people.
Much as I have enjoyed writing over many years, it should be no surprise that fiction was never a serious component of my creativity… until recently, and which was covered in a recent Post:
I am co-authoring a book of children’s stories (for ages 1 to 101) with Carolyn Shelton, and it has developed in a manner which is humorous, fascinating, and a little disconcerting.
Humorous, because I can put the characters into whatever situation I can dream up, and have them react however I wish. No real surprises there!
Fascinating, because I can now have dialogues with the characters (fellow writers of fiction will hopefully understand), and I have even interviewed an owl about a story which featured her!
Disconcerting, because the four characters in question recently had a meeting (I was not invited), during which they discussed their being in a book of children’s stories. This was not a total surprise as these characters are capable of pretty much anything, but what caught me a little by surprise was that during their discussions, they acknowledged that Carolyn and I were actually in control of not only the numerous events covered by the stories, but also the dialogue in that specific meeting! Those four “guys” are very perceptive characters!
I was going to include a transcript of the aforementioned meeting, but it would take this Post to well over 1000 words, so I’ll save it for tomorrow! 🙂