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Reset new edition of A Proposal for the Christian Arts is up.
I was recently inspired by another writer's typesetting to try and improve my own. I am happy to announce a second (re-set) edition of The Merit of Metaphor
Coming to the end of June, another poetry anthology is now up on the website for this year: Go Spell Death Backwards.
After an extremely busy year, I am glad to return to writing again. I am back, and Olivia Paige says farewell. What started as a nonsense project when I did not have much time at all has found a place in my heart somehow, and now the epilog to Misadventures is finished. I'd like to think that Miss Paige and Mary are out there having many more adventures.
Dear readers, it has been an eventful year. Notably the site appearance has been tidied up, Livi's page/Paige has been tidied up, she has another blog in the works now, this year's poetry anthology was finished, and a heavy amount of editing has been done on many projects. I have said it before, but I will liken it again to mining; not every seam is worth exploring, and so I am very glad that I have cut down this site to what I believe are the gems worth keeping; and I intend to do this in the future. I have several die I am intending to cast towards the new year, but I know the outcome is from God. So I ask you to pray for me on the chance that you are reading this. I should like to be able to work on new projects again.
Glad to announce Heart of Love, 2020/2021 poetry anthology is now finished and up, and the poems added to the poetry corner. Subjects include roses, the moon, and technocracy.
Olivia Paige returns in another web blog. I for some reason felt the need to write an epilog to the story, for what reason I'm still unable to entirely elucidate. Maybe it was simply so much fun.
All poetry from the anthologies is now up in the poetry section.
The site now has a new map you can see on the main page. I would like to apply for the 'yes, but why?' award.
Mainly a note to myself to say that the site is nearing its final design, being now sufficiently green.
Life sometimes feels a good bit like mining. You work away at a corner you think might be profitable for years, and you bring the whole lot out, then sift it. Most of it is clay and rubble, but there's some gems here, I think. So that's why this site is cut down a good bit, in case anyone is wondering. And I'm more happy with it this way.
This year's poetry anthology is up, titled Take Me To Church. The reason for it being halfway through the year, on the off chance you ask, is that I generally aim to get my novels done by the end, and so I started offsetting the poetry so it wasn't a mad rush in December.
Misadventures is finally finished. I'm not quite sure what to say about it. What was never meant to become a project has become a full project and has taken up half my year or so working on it. I hope you'll find it worth your time; one of the things I have found about the slice-of-life genre is that it generally feels more true-to-life - perhaps not the humor of this all, but the rhythms of general life. Anyhow, I do hope you'll enjoy this.
Miss Olivia Paige has gotten too big for her own boots. As such, she is currently on the move to her own website, livipaige.com. All of her entries should now be live over on her dedicated site, and as such you will be redirected there from now on.
I'm happy to announce TALES, a collection of seven short stories that I've collated, with each story having its own illustrated title page. I hope you enjoy. I will be keeping Misadventures at top until all paiges are finished, as I'm weekly adding new posts.
Just a quick update on plans for Misadventures. I originally started it somewhat as a challenge to write, as I haven't done anything in the slice-of-life (day-to-day) genre before, and also with a female protagonist. Now that I've gone on planning the plotlines to come, I can say I think there's virtue in having a year of it, that is 365 paiges. Although I am writing an entry at least each day, I may only get around to updating the site once a week. If you are reading, you can at least now expect new entries weekly.
For something quite different, I am starting work on Misadventures of Livi Paige, which is a fictional web-blog (or is it weblog?) about... a girl named Livi Paige. Character-wise, and writing-wise, this is something I have not done before, and so am not sure where it will lead. If there becomes enough, I may compile it into a tidy ebook as with most else, but for now it will be updated every Someday on the page itself. I hope the Misadventures might bring a little brightness into your day.
After quite some revisions, I'm happy to have completed Viridis Melodiae: Illuminated Edition, which is an illustrated edition of the novella. The original remains as probably my favorite piece of work I've done; I hope this take on illustration makes it more enjoyable.
Crescent Black is now complete and live over on the project page. Yes, it is a novel. I don't quite know what else to say about it.
Am pleased to have completed An Apogee, my third anthology of poems. It's largely been a reflection on what it means to be childlike, rather than childish; all believers are called to be. The titular poem is the longest; there are a mixture of different styles and subjects as usual, including some comic verse.
I have updated the Liber Exodus preview with a video. You can watch it on the project page. Alternatively, it could be called Liber Exodus: TL;DR.
It has been (seemingly) a long time since I have written The Merit of Metaphor. Briefly, I wrote it because I was trying to comprehend the disparity between postmodern and historical Christian art. More than that, I was needing a biblical axiom on art; for who can do anything without a worldview? It has served to direct my thoughts and aims when creating things.
Nonetheless, as it is when years pass, I found it insufficient to answer many of the questions I have had in my creative endeavors; questions I have had myself in regards to the definition and aims of art, and questions raised by others. I have, however, found a great dearth of any guidance for Christian artists. There is much advice from secular artists; but from those who create not from self-promotion, and from a biblical worldview, there is mostly silence. From the necessity of answering my own questions about the believer and art I have written A Proposal (for the Christian arts).
I feel it a bit presumptuous to present this essay, in all truth. I only present it after much deliberation, as a map of my own directives as an artist thus far; by that, I mean someone who makes things. I believe with all my heart that profession does not validate the artist; rather God does. For those, then, who make things (whether writing, painting, directing or whatnot), I am sharing this in hope that the questions I have at last found peace to answer may help you somewhat if you have asked the same. Ultimately, it is my prayer that God may resurrect the arts to the glory of his name.
Am happy to announce Potluck Dinners, a miscellany, predominantly of essays. The essays, and a few other pieces I've collated from the last few years. They've all been finished, but did not belong in any particular collection. Now they do.
A very merry The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle Christmas to you! The visual novel is now available over on the project page. For all those who have been on the team, I'd like to thank you very much for your help. At long last, it's finished. Hope you enjoy, and as always, I'd be happy to hear any comments you have. Merry Christmas!
Second trailer for The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle is now available over on the project page.
I'm pleased to announce the full cast for The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle on the project page, plus a release date in the first teaser trailer. Thanks to everyone for your patience!
Hoping to be able to announce full cast list soon for The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle. In the meantime, I'm happy to announce Mike Carnes will be voicing the protagonist Dwight Periwinkle! A quick teaser from him here.
My apologies to those who have been having issues downloading projects from my site. Thanks very much to those who have written in to let me know. It seems the content manager is not functioning, and as such EMERVANE.com will be in a bit of maintenance over the next few days. Please do write me in if you would like a copy of anything in the meantime!
A brief update for all those who have been working with me on the upcoming visual novel The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle. First of all: thanks for your help on this project! It means a lot. As to the production itself, everything is done in the way of the novel itself, and all that remains is for the remaining voice actors to be placed, and recorded into the project. I'm as much looking forward to seeing the characters come to life, and I hope to be able to show you something shortly. 'Watch this space!'
Today is finished my second poetry compilation, The Walk. It's been in progress on-and-off since A Dearth of Prose was complete, but this compilation is much more themed, I think. The thing for anyone who visits bushland Australia is that it strikes one as extraordinarily dry, some might say dead; which is why almost all settlement is on the coastlands where there's water. But when the rains come, the ground, especially in certain regions, blossoms into almost a blanket-like rush of color. And one can't help but think of the oft-repeated promise of Christ's return to earth - "He turns rivers into a desert... he turns a desert into a pool of water." The poor become rich; the rich become poor; the humble exalted; the exalted humble. Of course, now is the in-between time of the promise made, and the promise fulfilled, and so there's tension. If there's one thing I can speak of that I know, it is that I'd rather be a dusty beggar loved by Christ than a rich young man. With this in mind, let me introduce The Walk. May you find comfort in your wanderings back to Eden.
Bird of Flight is flying free at last! It's been a year and a half project to get this thing off the ground, but I'm happy with it. The ten songs I had were all homogenous in the sense that they leant towards the same story: that of flying free. So that's where the title comes from. I know there's the saying that songs are just poetry set to music, but I think modern music doesn't quite fit that bill. Poetry by itself tends to be mostly intellectual, where songs impart feeling more readily. And a lot of poetry just does not fit with music; and likewise, many songs make awful poetry when removed from their music. So I think it can be safely said that an album is quite a different thing that plain form poetry. One of the things I found most unusually challenging was the ordering of the songs: sure, you can write the songs, but in playing an album, there needs to be told a consecutive story, and not only that, but the songs must flow into each other. But I think we got there in the end.
Aurora I think will remain my favorite of the album. It was one of the earliest, and I think one of the best. But Finally Home has been the most popular so far. What has been your favorite? I'm always happy to hear what you thought!
The mad adventures of an overconfident madman, as narrated by an underwhelmed first person narrator, has been released! And just in the nick of time: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Aegean is a novel telling of the adventures of Bisnick von Quince, an explorer who has set his eyes on being king of Castelio, a possibly mythical land similar to Atlantis: and one of great renown and treasure. He sets off from his motherland on a raft built of logs, and travels through the Aegean islands in what amounts to a fairly farcical and humorous adventure. There will be pirates. There will be cyclops. There will be Bisnick von Quince, explorer extraordinaire. There will also be singing, for there is a spontaneous musical about halfway, and thus the download comes with music so you can sing along. Loudly. For all to hear.
The inspiration for this novel, I think, has been rather eclectic. I loved Arnold Bocklin's Isle of the Dead, and The Isle of Life. They are simply stunning paintings that inspired my imagination, and also thought on eternity. Both make an appearance in the storyline, and the (modified) paintings are included at the end of the novel. Obviously, the Greek Isles, and in particular, the myth of the Aegean caught my attention during the year, and like any story, the more you think about it, the more it comes together. But here I am again writing about the writing process instead of the book. So I will stop, and let you read. I hope you enjoy.
A Dearth of Prose is out into the wide world at last! It's taken an awful long time to get this collection of poems to the stage where I'm happy with them, but it's here at last. The variety of the poems in this volume is surprising to me, but I suppose it all goes to show that I enjoy playing around with different formats, as suits a particular work of fiction. Two poems that come to mind I've not worked in the format of before are An Ark Called Salvation, and High Above, which take the form of modern psalms. The oldest poem in the mix is actually The Stranger, which I originally penned in 2011 - but this is a revised version. Altogether, here are thirty-four poems, which I'm fairly proud of. I hope you enjoy them. And try singing Shangri La out loud, much to the amusement and confusion of whoever's listening. Then write me in and let me know how it went. I'd love to hear!