Introduction to Whispering Caves

Originally posted on another site on 2 January 2010.

Long ago, in a land far, far away…oh, hang on, that’s Stars Wars not Whispering Caves. Anyway, a long time ago, when I was young and unhappy I wrote a manuscript (two, in fact) that was 200,000+ words. This particular one was written as a form of escape from real life and it was a romantic fantasy in which all good things happened and all the characters were lovable and perfect. Everything was tinged in rose coloured happiness. It was beautiful, but, it wouldn’t have made a good best seller. Actually, it would have been the biggest flop in history! But I loved it.

Back then I was a closet writer, writing for my own enjoyment only. Since then things have changed. My life is no longer unhappy and I am a writer who strives for publication. I have grown in all ways, especially as a writer…yet the manuscript is still a favourite of mine.

Over the years I have tried to transform the manuscript into something other people would be willing to read, and hopefully enjoy. Yet on each occasion, my efforts were unsuccessful. I have always been the first to admit that. In the last six months, I have found myself revisiting the manuscript yet again and, this time, I believe I have the knowledge and know how to do the job properly. This time, I’m willing to give my characters flaws. I’m willing to give them real hang-ups and real problems. I’ve managed to pull myself away from them and tell a real story. A story with a plot, with conflict and emotions. At long last, I’m willing to put these characters through the wringer…and high time too.

I scraped the previous story completely, but kept the setting and the bare bones of the characters (ie their names and parts of their histories). Over the last few months I have been rebuilding the story from the ground up. The setting has been tweaked, as have the characters. A new plot is unfolding slowly. There are still a few unsure bits that I can’t fit into the puzzle all that well, but I’ll find a reason for that with time. And…to my delight…I wrote a short story which tells the events of how my people came to be in the world I’ve created. Everyone were given names and backgrounds and the setting was blended especially well (if I do say so myself) into our own history. I wrote this backstory in the form of a journal written by the main character, in first person. This allowed me to explore reasons and methods for what was happening. By the end of the short story, I felt I had a solid background for Whispering Caves. Almost none of this information will be included in the manuscript, but it’s important I know how things started, where names came from, why some traditions were kept and others discarded. The result is that I have a firm foundation to build the story upon now and that makes me feel very confident that this time I’ll get it right.

I’m Moving Back In!

Yes, I’m moving back in. After much thought, I’ve decided that I don’t want to give up my domain name. When the time comes to renew my hosting account, I’ll move to another, cheaper host instead. I have no problem with my current host, except for the cost, which is four times dearer than the same sort of setup I can get elsewhere (which I can get for less than a $1 a week). It’s a shame because having a host in the same city as me has been ideal when I need something fixed in a hurry, but it’s not worth the extra money I’m spending out.

Also, I’ve been checking the stats for both sites and this one remains well in front – with three times the visitors on a daily basis. I don’t think it’s a good idea to let that go without serious consideration.

Over the next few days/weeks, I’ll be moving individual posts here from the other site. After that, all new posts will be placed on both sites as I’m not going to let the other site waste away to nothing…and who knows what will happen in the future. Maybe, I’ll make the other site a mirror of the writing side only of this site. I’m not sure yet.

So, yeah, I’m back and you can expect an influx of posts…starting today.

Announcement: I’m Moving to a New Desk

It is with sadness that I make the following announcement.

For those of you who regularly read this blog, you may remember that I moved into a house I purchased in April 2009. It was an exciting time for me and my family. Due to the ever increasing prices of houses in Sydney (Australia) I couldn’t even dream of buying a house in the area in which I lived, so it meant I had to move out of the metropolitan area. This is turn meant that I would have to commute to work each day – a two hour trip each way.

As I’ve mentioned several times over the months, the travelling isn’t all bad. I have turned that time into precious writing and reading time. So things are good in that regard. I’m not overly keen on getting up at 5am and getting home at 7pm though. But, I’ll survive because at the end of the day I’ll have my own home.

Anyway, buying a house is a wonderful thing. For me, it offers a form of security for when I retire (because by then the house should be paid off and I won’t be trying to find rent money on the miserly pension I’ll probably be on). But, paying a mortgage can be difficult, especially for a one income family. Now that the global crisis is reportedly over, the interest rates are going up, up, up and I’m finding I have to tighten the belt a bit.

For this reason, I have looked at my finances and have decided that as paying for domain names and web-hosting is a pure luxury, the pleasure of hosting my own website must come to an end. I tried to use affiliates to raise a bit of money toward this expense, but as everyone is thinking and doing the same thing, there’s little to no money to be made in that area (or maybe I’m just no good at it). Anyway, I can no longer afford this bill, as small as it might be, and I have no choice but to move the blog to a hosted service.

This is, in fact, the last post I will make at this location even though the website will remain in place for several months. All future postings will be made at the following url:

My New Desk

If you have been kind enough to link to this website, I would greatly appreciate it if you could update the link to point to the new site, at your earliest convenience.

I hope you will follow me over to my new desk where everything will continue on as usual.