Today I will ramble on about two things. The first is the restoration and colouring of an old photo. The second is my current thoughts on my writings (novels, novellas, short stories).
The old photo
As some of you may remember I started work on restoring and colouring a pre-1890 photo of my great grandfather William Clark Curling (of Hernhill, Kent). Here is the original photo:
So I played around a bit on Photoshop and got this:
And I quite liked that. But then I played some more, because this felt a bit rough and I wanted a more photo-quality feel to it.
But this was too bright.
I cannot say which I like the most. The first version has an almost painted feel to it that I do like. The second’s face glows in a way that I quite like, but the third has a darkness I like. I know that some of you will think that they are much of a muchness, and not even that good at being colourised… but still I ponder.
Please be patient with me, I’ve mused over this before and am doing so again. I am trying to get it figured out in my mind and writing it down helps.
I now have about 160k worth of words written. The words describe interconnected events in the lives of a rather large number of characters. Each character has a distinct storyline that just happens to have impact on the storylines of others.
I feel that when lumped together in one novel the storylines become confusing and muddled. I can easily imagine each of these storylines as an individual novel or novella. If I do that then there will be greater cohesion within the storylines. The thing is, readers will have to buy each novel/novella to understand the over-all picture and unless they do so some events will seem like unlikely coincidences or else Deus ex machine. Nevertheless I feel that this is the way to go.
If I do this, then the bit entitled “Tempting in Shade” (the name of the original overall book) will then end up as the fourth novel/novella.
Deconstructing the bigger novel into these components and then adding some bits to give continuity will be required. So probably another year of writing.
*** sigh ***
I also keep returning in my head to the concept of style. What is my style? What is my voice? My writing to date has been fairly typical of the fantasy genre. But is that me? Should I be brave and try to be me in my writing?