You do remember what I do, don’t you?
Other than eat chocolate, drink G&T and try to ignore the kids while I am trying my hardest to actually work…
Well, what do you know, it turns out there are more kinds of writing than just novel and poetry!
I have a friend reading one of my books in the editing pile. It happens to be the one that I was trying to write as a police procedural which morphed into a SF Fantasy. My friend doesn’t usually read that kind of story – I was quick to reassure her of the change…. but she said it would make a great screenplay.
Screenplays are one of the forms of writing that I haven’t played with. I’ve done poetry, flash fiction, drabbles, essays, novels, short stories, novellas, plays… but not screenplay. I’ve thought about it and I may well try it, but to me, it feels incomplete – the three plays I have written (none were performed by the way) were during my pre-apprenticeship in my teenage days.
I’m currently studying Cartoon illustration / Writing.
If you were paying attention you’d know that I did this a while back (about 3 years ago now) when I was doing that art course – the results are through the link below if you’re interested.
That time I worked from dialogue only stories that I had written as posts on Facebook, so they were more about the layout / art styles than the stories.
This time I am doing cartoons using screenshots from a game I play. Lemmings is a puzzle game on Mobile, but I played it when I was a teenager on an Amiga attached to a TV (yup, I’m that old…) and I was playing the game one day and thought… Can I make a story out of these?
As normal, it doesn’t take me much pushing to work on a new idea and “Lemmings. Saga of Dave” was born. The first comic has one page and was much more just me taking a plethora of screenshots, arranging them so they made some kind of sense and then adding dialogue.
The Lemmings game community received it well, and it was fun to do… so I came up with another one…. even though this time I was trying to actually design / write it properly and that and some memes. Dave the Lemm is oddly sarcastic and pessimistic, but fun to play with.
So I am going to create a page to put the Lemmings fun on. I hope everyone enjoys them. It will be accessed through the Mandy E. Ward page. Go visit the page or Dave will get lonely…
I might play with Interactive Novels as well – the thought of being able to play with the readers a little is intriguing. So watch this space….