"The Travelling Theatrical Tour: From a Single Thing"
A gazillion thanks to Jim for inviting me onto his Ginger Nuts blog to celebrate the release of my novella Theatre of Curious Acts. Before we start, does anyone know where the biscuits are? Hey, who groaned at the back?
A Myriad of Ideas from a Single Thing…
We all interpret the world in different ways. The way we shape ideas or read stories is often coloured by our own experiences. Themed anthologies are perfect examples of that. An editor can request stories on the tightest of ideas - about things living in ice, about things dying in the sky, about crooked men with walking sticks - and they'll get a wealth of different stories, different ideas. Of course, I don't read for a magazine so an experienced slush reader might tell you they get a multitude of identical stories. As I only read the end product, I shall ignore that possible fact.
And the above, is why I never worry about posting story ingredients on my blog.
When I'm writing a story I often post a Work in Progess blog post and will happily tell the world that I'm writing an awesome story about zeppelins, pencil sharpeners, and the entire cast of The Breakfast Club. I never worry that someone will come along and think, 'Ooh, I've always wanted to write a story about pencil sharpeners raining from a zeppelin and scalping The Breakfast Club cast' because my story wouldn't be about that. Mine would be about pencil sharpeners and zeppelins doing other things and I'd never harm Emilio Estevez.
Rather than worrying about someone stealing my super-awesome ingredients (because they always are super-awesome, of course), I hope that something I say or list sparks another writer's or artist's imagination. It's like spreading magic. It also means that one day I may get to read an extraordinary story because I wrote the words 'luminous pink disco pants' on my blog.
And as to the purpose of this travelling theatrical blog tour, my recently published novella, Theatre of Curious Acts, was built from another novella that I read about Great War soldiers (thanks, Mike). It inspired me to write a story involving some soldiers of my own. And no, our tales are not at all alike.
So what are some ingredients from Theatre of Curious Acts: zeppelins, the four horsewomen of the apocalypse, a pirate ship, drowned angels and a paper dragon, but no pencil sharpeners. Theatre is available from all good online bookstores. You can find more information at www.categardner.net