It’s the new About page for Lore of the Underlings, filled with thrilling behind-the-scenes secrets and celebrity gossip!…
Hi, I’m John K, the one to blame for Lore of the Underlings, an ill-advised adventure in writing a full-scale epic novel online as I go while still holding down a full-time job in the exciting field of software technical documentation.
What kind of fool would do such a thing? Well, this kind…
Okay, I write longhand. Not at work, of course (Richard Bowker would be horrified), I mean the Lore. Here’s how the first page happened:
For me, writing this tale of tales is so not digital. It’s organic, lyrical, liquid.
It pours from the gaps between other things. So it’s going to take a while. I don’t mind (that was the idea).
Main writing influences? Steinbeck, Cervantes, Kafka, the Russians. But you’d hardly know it. Except for the longhand. (Cervantes is quoted as saying, “The pen is the tongue of the mind”. Nary a mention of Microsoft Word. You go, Miguel, my dawg!)
I’m no artist, but I discovered a knack for painting watercolors several years ago and have had a lot of fun with it. Even sold some. Really.
Here are some samples:
Favorite artists? There are so many. But I spent a lot of time studying the watercolors of Maurice Prendergast (an American Post-Impressionist from the late 19th century) and, of course, my good friend Mary Purcell (much more recent) who got me started painting in the first place.
By the way, I really, really love Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e). Especially Hiroshige. Here’s another sample, a watercolor I painted as an experiment in this style:
Whenever I have time to get back to the brushes, I hope to do more of that. (Tip: You need high-quality, hot-pressed paper for the Ukiyo-e look. Buy a block of d’Arches 140lb. and you’ll be happy. Trust me.)
I learned an important lesson in watercolors. When you think you’re ninety percent done, step away. It’s finished. That last ten percent is reserved for overdoing and screwing it all up. There are times when less is more, when a light touch is best.
When I’m writing, music is like rocket fuel. It frees my mind to go anywhere, and fast. A lot of the Lore gets written in my head while I’m driving. A couple of songs into my commute and it’s like magic.
One little secret is that I’ve found some specific songs, albums, and artists to represent the various characters in the story. Their emotions, their trials, their triumphs. So, for example, if I’m writing about the strong yet lost hero John Cap, I’m listening to the band Skillet that day.
See Music of the lore for more.
But then there’s just plain guitar playin’ too, just for fun…
My favorite guitar ever, a Schecter “Devil Custom”. Pretty sweet. Raise your hand if you know the riff for Mississippi Queen…
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