Just finished re-editing The Kold Kronicles Book 1: Discovery. It’s interesting to go back over what was written three years ago after you’ve completed your second book. You tend to notice differences in style in the first compared to the second. For example, I’m a tad descriptive with the gore in the first but, having in the interim read the Icelandic Sagas and other similar Sagas, have changed slightly to replicate their style, e.g. ‘he was stabbed and he died’, in the second.
Made me think, language, descriptive language, how it changes over time, its uses and how it can make people smile, laugh, thoughtful or angry.
For example, I really enjoy telling what I call ‘groan’ jokes. Here’s one, ’What do you call a man who lives under leaves?’ Answer: ‘Russell.’ I know, I know, dreadful. I used that in the first book as a code. It also made me smile.
I have others, so be warned. Here’s another, (you were warned). ‘The past and the present walked into a bar. It was tense.’ That might appeal to the writers amongst you.
Now that, hopefully, may make some folk smile, or at least groan. What I’m trying to say here is that words help us communicate. Communicate bad jokes to make us groan; Communicate our hopes; Communicate our concerns.
Yet many in positions of authority use words to build walls; to tear down community; to undermine our common humanity. All of it to satisfy their own ego or political / economic aims. In sum, they lie to create a world that is only in their interest.
They can be stopped. First, treat those online publishers, Twitter and Facebook, (they’re not platforms as they would have you believe), as the mechanisms for telling lies that they are. Let us talk face to face, share our hopes and fears and see the common understanding that binds us in our humanity. Let us mock these individuals for their cant and hypocrisy to undermine their ego since, invariably, it is a very fragile thing.
Some may argue this to be naive, fine, let them, their loss, their cynicism, their limitation.
Finally, let’s threaten them with bad jokes. ‘I used to be a freelance journalist but I wasn’t very good at it. Lance is still in prison.’ (You might have to think about that a bit.)
I’ll be re-editing ‘The Kold Kronicles Book 2: Defiance’ next. I haven’t any jokes in that you’ll be pleased to hear.
J J Mitchell
‘Never leave anyone behind’