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poetry and prose about place

a muse takes over – introduction

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I have been missing from regular posting for a while. The reason is — I have been totally overtaken by a project I am working on.

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Something I have wanted to do for a while is independent publication. Although I am dedicated to the publication of my poetry books through traditional publishing, I am interested in alternative means of putting words and stories out to readers. So I have been looking for a project outside the interests of local publishers.

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Originally I intended to self-publish a book of poems about the use of stone in cultural expression – poems about Mayan stelae, Viking runestones and North American petroglyphs.  I may still do this, but as I thought about publishing this book, another muse took up space in my brain. Space, literally. In November I began writing a science-fiction romance and by December I knew I had found my independent publishing project.

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a scan of the painting I will use for my book cover

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I have already said a little about the project on this blog. The story is about a dystopian society on a distant planet. It follows the love story of two strangers who meet and encounter all kinds of adventures. The plot involves the difficult search for freedom and community by a group of people who have been enslaved and denied association with other humans.

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My main character, Odymn, has lived in the alleyways of an alien city, using her dedication to the practice of ‘parkour’ as a way of keeping her body and mind fit.

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The story is written as a series of five long-poems. This is partly because, as a poet, I am drawn to the conciseness and brevity of poetry as a means of telling stories. The use of poetry to tell the tale of Odymn and the Slain is also perfect as a way to convey the oddity of life on a planet where the geography is strange, plants and animals are unfamiliar and all the rules have been broken. Even the water doesn’t behave on the planet Meniscus. It tends to flow upward rather than down!

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ascent-of-the-enast-water-climb

My main characters are running from the Gel-heads, a nasty alien species. Part of their journey means ascending the En’ast Water-climb where the water flows up instead of down.

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This post is an introduction to the project. I hope you enjoy the drawings and hints of story they contain.  In subsequent posts I will share the process steps I have used to create plot, characters and story-line. I hope you enjoy these posts and find some ideas for writing your own stories.

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odymn-and-the-slain-together-nings-drawing

My main characters, Odymn and a genetically-modified human known as the Slain, have all sorts of adventures as they get to know and trust one another.

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I also hope you will look forward to the launch of the first book in the series and to finding out what happens when people try to build a community from almost nothing.

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Copyright 2017  Jane Tims

 

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  1. I can not wait!

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    sunontiepost

    January 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    • Do you read much sci-fi? Any interest in being a beta-reader?

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      jane tims

      January 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      • I have and would love to.

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        sunontiepost

        January 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      • Wow! I would be so happy to have you be one of my first readers. Especially since it is in poetry and you are a terrific poet. I should be able to send an e-copy in a couple of weeks. No special requirement other than to tell me what you like and don’t like. I am so happy to have your help! Jane

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        jane tims

        January 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      • Your compliment means a lot to me. I am a true fan of your work on all levels so am honored to be a part of this!!!
        Thank you Jane!

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        sunontiepost

        January 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      • Hi Brant. I am almost ready to send you the pre-publication PDF of my book Meniscus: Crossing the Churn. I would be so grateful if you would read it and tell me what you liked and what you didn’t like about the book. Please send your email address to timstims@nbnet.nb.ca and I will send you the PDF. Many thanks, Jane

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        jane tims

        February 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  2. Sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to read the story.

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    Carol Steel

    January 30, 2017 at 8:07 am

    • Hi Carol. If things go well it should be ready for a beta-read within a couple of weeks!

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      jane tims

      January 30, 2017 at 9:28 am


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