Duke of Bedlam

Duke of Bedlam

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  • Are you a ...?
    Self-published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fantasy
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Poetry
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    M R James, W Shakespeare, J Austen
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Northanger Abbey, any M R James collection, MacBeth, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Paradise Lost
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Global domination ... and beyond.
    Your worst habit?
    ... writing.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Infernal Heath-Robinsonesque contraption.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Self-ennobled Duke of Bedlam, with a schizophrenic array of sobriquets ...

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    Complicated to explain the whole incubus set up, but this is the elevator pitch for my book. 'When mysterious forces from ancient Egypt take over a young man's life, he conquers his own demons and saves the world from a centuries old evil.' I'm ...
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    Duke of Bedlam commented on Duke of Bedlam's wall:
    Kate, yes, there's nowt like escapism ... the closest I came to writing reality was in my third novel, it being about time-travel and partially set in 2012 and 1979, but it's unlikely I shall repeat the experience as I loathe research almost as much ...
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    Kate commented on Duke of Bedlam's wall:
    I had a few forays into writing a book in my distant youth, but never got passed the first few chapters, and then life got in the way. Came back to it about five years ago when things were a bit crummy and it kept me sane. My first attempt was pure ...
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    I have seven, not including the two I concocted for my niece's 7th and 13th birthdays, all in varying states of (de)composition, the oldest dating back to approximately 1986 in conception terms. I self-published four about ten years ago but made a ...
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    Kate
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    Lol, no. More of a zombie than rainbow person as well, but I do like a happy ending. Do you have a manuscript brewing?
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    Kate, are you a poet, perchance?
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    Kate
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    That's when it's time to make rainbows out of broken sunshine and drizzle.
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    ... puts a distinct crimp in the creative process though, somewhat, eh, what? Particularly when one has had a turgid session of stupendous manifestations, in theory, at least, and then one wakes the following morrow to review the product elicited ...
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    A necessary evil...
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    Do any fellow ink-slingers loathe editing as much as I? That mind-liquefying snail-crawl over old ground when one would rather be gambolling through the summer meadow of a blank page with a myriad burgeoning cogitations crowding to the split tip of ...
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Hackneyed writer, doggerel poet, and starving artist admired from afar (usually about barge-pole distance ... a true Petit Maitre of the erroneous apostrophe, errant adjective, and cleft-infinitive. I was born (not in the eye of a hurricane, but there was a stiff breeze) at a very early age and soon became a scarred by-product of toil and want, my Lord Father being all toil and my Lady Mother all want. I have roamed this desolate wasteland of the quill-walkers as a woe-begone viator for forever and a day and now bring trinkets of wonderment from distant horizons unto this bazaar of common repute to prove there be diamonds in this dirt ...

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  • Kate
    by Kate 1 month ago
    Complicated to explain the whole incubus set up, but this is the elevator pitch for my book. 'When mysterious forces from ancient Egypt take over a young man's life, he conquers his own demons and saves the world from a centuries old evil.'
    I'm almost at the end of a complete re-write post doing the self edit course that's run on this web site. It is extraordinarily good, but it does contain the 'e' word that you hate. It will need a few more run throughs before I'm happy its as good as I can manage. Then I've got to decide whether to try submitting. Gulp.
    You're books remind me of my first which was set on a world with 3 genders. Must revisit that one day.
    And yes, this is a good place to make literary connections.
  • Duke of Bedlam
    by Duke of Bedlam 1 month ago
    Kate, yes, there's nowt like escapism ... the closest I came to writing reality was in my third novel, it being about time-travel and partially set in 2012 and 1979, but it's unlikely I shall repeat the experience as I loathe research almost as much as editing. Cramps one's style summat rotten. Doing the stories for my niece was a very refreshing exercise, as they allowed me to just totally let rip with prose, poetry, and illustrations. All my other works are in bizarre made-up environments either in a distorted future or a cock-eyed eclectic pseudo-past; for example, a world where the female is dominant and the traditional gender roles turned back'ards-road-about and topsy-turvy, and, later in the series, back again. So, it doesn't seem as though our lines of approach are so dissimilar ... How are you getting along with your book? How come your main character is being hunted by an incubus? You don't have to answer those questions if you don't wish, I'm just intrigued ... so seldom do I get to meet those involved in the literary arts, hence my presence on this site. Respectfully, DoB
  • Kate
    by Kate 1 month ago
    I had a few forays into writing a book in my distant youth, but never got passed the first few chapters, and then life got in the way. Came back to it about five years ago when things were a bit crummy and it kept me sane. My first attempt was pure fantasy, but half way through I came up with the idea for my current baby, so book one never got passed first draft. I like escapism which is why reality is not quite what it seems in my writing. My MC is hunted by incubus, but he wins in the end. I saw a great production of Macbeth at Stratford a long time ago, and do like the Shakespearean tragedies, but yes, sucker for the happy endings.:)
  • Duke of Bedlam
    by Duke of Bedlam 1 month ago
    I have seven, not including the two I concocted for my niece's 7th and 13th birthdays, all in varying states of (de)composition, the oldest dating back to approximately 1986 in conception terms. I self-published four about ten years ago but made a rotten fist of most and so I am currently re-draughting them, especially since my most recent foray amongst the closed ranks of literary agents has once again proved less than fruitless. One of my works was a zombie piece, too. A friend of mine asked me to write her one, as a private venture, since I used to scribe horror yarns in my dimly misted youth. What attracts you to that particular field, and are you far into your writing? How long would you say you've had the urge to write? I was first making up stories in cartoons, then began extending that into prose when I was about seven, I believe. Being a great appreciator of Shakespeare tragedies, I'm afraid virtually all of my endings are rather grim and/or dark for the hapless players, so I admire your positivity towards the upbeat climax ... forgive me, rambled on a tad, there.
  • Kate
    by Kate 1 month ago
    Lol, no. More of a zombie than rainbow person as well, but I do like a happy ending. Do you have a manuscript brewing?
  • Duke of Bedlam
    by Duke of Bedlam 1 month ago
    Kate, are you a poet, perchance?
  • Kate
    by Kate 1 month ago
    That's when it's time to make rainbows out of broken sunshine and drizzle.
  • Duke of Bedlam
    by Duke of Bedlam 1 month ago
    ... puts a distinct crimp in the creative process though, somewhat, eh, what? Particularly when one has had a turgid session of stupendous manifestations, in theory, at least, and then one wakes the following morrow to review the product elicited from the spent midnight-oil quart, only to muse, "Blimmin' Ada! Did I really write this codswallop?"
  • Kate
    by Kate 1 month ago
    A necessary evil...
  • Duke of Bedlam
    by Duke of Bedlam 1 month ago
    Do any fellow ink-slingers loathe editing as much as I? That mind-liquefying snail-crawl over old ground when one would rather be gambolling through the summer meadow of a blank page with a myriad burgeoning cogitations crowding to the split tip of one's quill ...