“In the early days of Michael Moorcock’s 50-plus-years career, when he was living paycheck-to-paycheck, he wrote a whole slew of action-adventure sword-and-sorcery novels very, very quickly, including his most famous books about the tortured anti-hero Elric. In 1992, he published a collection of interviews conducted by Colin Greenland called Michael Moorcock: Death is No Obstacle, in which he discusses his writing method. In the first chapter, “Six Days to Save the World”, he says those early novels were written in about “three to ten days” each, and outlines exactly how one accomplishes such fast writing.”
Michael Moorcock is an astounding individual. That man is one of five authors that made my childhood rich and imaginative. His fantasy worlds are as meticulous as they are engrossing, and I especially appreciated how he never watered down his vision. He refused to sacrifice originality to appeal to the mainstream of fantasy readers. He taught me that to be brave and bold and more than a little odd in writing could be terrifying but was well-worth the twisting gut.
If he has any advice on how to write, I’m listening.
I read this article last month and re-read it today. And now I am setting myself a challenge. I am going to attempt a 60,000 word pul sword-and-sorcery novel in a fortnight. Not quite as ambitious as 3 days, but I have never written anything longer than a short story. I am aiming at 5000 words a day for 12 days, with two days leniency.
I wont have time for editing or refined work, that will come later. But would anyone be interested in reading my days work and giving me feedback as I go? I would be very grateful and if I ever did get it published in any form you would be welcome to a free copy :) Please? If you’re interested leave email me at email@example.com OR leave a way for me to contact you in my ask box.
I want a relationship…
And quite often I get told this is wrong, that ‘you have to be happy by yourself’ first. I think this misses the point. Happiness comes and goes regardless of relationship status, even the most dependent people can be happy while alone. Some people are more happy when creating art, or on drugs, or helping others out, or jumping out of planes. People who want relationships should not be dismissed so easily. Their motivations, desires, needs and wants are a complex shape that will never find a twin.
I do want to find a relationship because it will make me happy. I can be happy without it. I do want to find a relationship to feel loved. I already love myself. The main reason I want a relationship is so I can love someone unrestrictedly. I am a loving person. I love my family, my friends, strangers, exes and inspirational people I will never met. I love a lot of people and no two loves are the same. I want someone that I love in a certain way, to love me back in a certain way, so I can show the full extent of that part of me. It is a frustration. Think about times where you have had a picture in your head, but no matter how many times you can’t draw it, or that piece of trivia that sits on the edge of your tongue. It is something you want to express but just can’t.
I will not settle with just anyone. I am not desperate. I do get sad. I hate that I have been single so long. But I will not be with someone I do not think is right for me, I will not be someone that I am not right for. Sometimes it hurts, a lot, but this is life. All the pain and suffering won’t ‘pay off’. It isn’t building towards a relationship. I will find someone eventually. Someone who I find amazing, who finds me amazing and is ready to take the risk with me. I will get hurt, I will get my hopes up and I will get incredibly lonely. This is not a weakness. It is my strength.
I have found myself rambling again, mind racing at 8am… Really I just want someone to come curl up under the covers with me and like that I am holding them. Okay?..
Love at First Sight
I do not believe in love at first sight. It is not because I am cynical, or do not believe in love. It is because I believe in love. I do not believe in soul mates, but I do believe in true love.
Love is trust; you trust another human being with your most fragile self. You have faith in that single person to care about you as much as you care about them. You know your lover. You know everything you need to know about them to give them that trust. You know every little nuance of their personality. You have things you cherish, that no one else has taken the time to notice. You have things that annoy you, but you know that even when they do you still cherish them. They occupy your thoughts and you trust that you occupy theirs.
Countless lives and hearts are destroyed by love. Most people have experienced love and loss of some degree. A lifetime love is a rarity in our world, more so than any diamond or gold band. This is what makes this trust so special, we know what can come. We know of the pain that destroy our life and change us irreversibly, but we still let them in. It is hard, but nothing worth doing is easy.
Now when you look at someone you can lust for them, you may even see something that causes a deeper attraction, but can you trust them with yourself? One conversation, on first meeting may give you a great insight to that person. You could adore them, you could love everything you have seen in that brief moment. But that is all it is, a brief moment in the enormity of your life.
Are you willing to let a single moment decide your entire future? Can you trust someone with literally your entire life from a immeasurable fraction of it?
Love is beautiful, possibly the most beautiful thing in this entire reality. It isn’t something that just happens, it is something that grows, it strengthens, until you take the plunge. It is a such a huge risk, no logic can completely accept it. It takes both head and heart to love someone completely, it takes your all.
So live, love and trust, but don’t expect a fairytale moment or Hollywood film. Love is grander than any human imagination.
I am thinking of getting everyone to chip in for my first tat for my birthday (not til november) but am tossing up between 2 wordings for the same thing.
je pense donc je suis (French - Original language)
cogito ergo sum (Latin - More well known version)
They both mean “I think, therefore I am”. I personally think the french looks more appealing and I like the fact that it is the lesser known version of the saying. But what are your opinions?
Also across my shoulders or arm?
I have been fiddling with it. Comments, tips and ideas much appreciated. Remember I am new to this whole tumblr thing.