Stories

I hope you’ve enjoyed the stories of my grandfather’s that I’ve been posting over the past month 🙂 It’s reassuring to know that they have, at last, had some sort of publication.

If you’ve just found this blog, the stories to which I refer can be found here: seaproofreading.wordpress.com/category/side-project/sci-fi/ They are the only surviving fragments of works by my late grandfather, which were never published in his lifetime.

Strangers and Guardians

Transcriber’s note: This was the most complete of the manuscripts left by my grandfather. It’s also one of my favourites, for the way the setting and story unfold. Furthermore, this is the last story that I’ll be posting — this and the other four were all that could be found of my grandfather’s writing.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This text is © the estate of the late David Godfrey Stephenson and is reproduced here with permission. Do not reproduce this text in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

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Letter from a Strange Planet II

Transcriber’s note: This piece is definitely related to the ‘Letter from a Strange Planet’ story posted a couple of weeks ago; whether it is a prequel, sequel or reworking I cannot say.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This text is © the estate of the late David Godfrey Stephenson and is reproduced here with permission. Do not reproduce this text in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

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The Faraway War, Chapter 1

Transcriber’s note: this is really a fragment of a chapter, but it does indicate that the finished story could have been very interesting.

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Then I’ll begin.

At least, I’ll begin posting my grandfather’s stories next Monday — I finished typing up the last one yesterday, and I’m currently waiting on the OK from his executors regarding the copyright notice I drew up. Once I have that, I’ll set up a series of scheduled posts, one story per post and one post per week, to go up at about 11am UK time. The stories will be in the categories ‘sci-fi’ and ‘side project’ and will be tagged with ‘sci-fi’, ‘science fiction’ and ‘side project’, as well as their individual titles. I hope you enjoy them!

A new project

I hope everyone enjoyed the festive weekend!

I have a new project in train — I’ve finally found the time to start working on my late grandfather’s science fiction. There are four distinct works in my possession; it is likely that he threw the rest away for whatever reason. When I’ve finished typing up the stories, I may split the longest over two or three posts, depending on how well the narrative flow supports that sort of division.

I will be performing only the lightest of edits, as it feels important that the works be reproduced as exactly as possible. I will also work up a suitable copyright notice — while the manuscripts which I am transcribing are physically in my possession, they are still technically the property of my grandfather’s estate and I have obtained permission to reproduce them on this blog as a memorial project.

December workflow

This month has been feeling relatively gentle so far, which is surprising given that I’ve totted up, in one week, nearly half of my word count for the whole of last month. Maybe it’s because of the way my workload has panned out; I’ve mostly been getting mid-length manuscripts which I can polish off in a day or so, and I’ve usually been able to take some time in between work and supper to run errands or watch a DVD and relax a little.

I’ve also finally brought my late grandfather’s short stories over to my house. He wrote quite a few science fiction bits and pieces, which were apparently quite good, but he became disheartened after receiving one too many publisher rejection letters. Quite a lot of this material was probably lost or destroyed — shortly after he passed away (earlier this year), I came into possession of the surviving manuscripts. There isn’t enough material to justify the cost of producing a hard-copy collection. If, therefore, I have some downtime over Christmas and New Year, I’ll be transcribing the stories in LibreOffice Writer with a view to serialising them on this blog (sort of like Strand magazine, but without illustrations) starting in January or thereabouts. Look forward to it!

Positive feedback! (and other things)

I’ve been receiving some extremely positive feedback on my little poetry collection. My late grandmother’s social circle (to whom I have been distributing copies) appear to be very impressed with it. This is encouraging, as many of them are inclined in a literary or artistic direction, so they have a pretty good idea of what they’re talking about.

One person commented especially favourably on the ‘eagle at radio production desk’ drawing06 The Eagle (left) which I created to illustrate one of the more humorous poems in the collection, and suggested that I take up drawing professionally. This is a nice idea, but I’m a little reluctant to move ahead with it at the moment, for a few reasons. Firstly, I’m still building up a client list for my proofreading, so to create another facet to my business at this stage might well be biting off more than I can chew. Secondly, I am fairly certain that I lack drawing skill in areas such as complicated perspective and certain aspects of human figures (especially hands), which would limit the sort of commissions I could take on. Thirdly, I have somewhat limited resources. For example, the ‘eagle’ drawing above is crayon and felt tip on very basic A4 printer paper (signature added in Gnu Image Manipulation Program). This is how I usually do my ‘traditional’ art. Working as a freelance artist/illustrator would likely require more specialised papers and printers than I can currently afford. Speaking of printers: My digital art tends to be more cel-shaded, and retains the same sightly wobbly, cartoonish, somewhat anime-esque style as my non-digital art. I need considerable practice in this area before I can, in good conscience, market myself on this area.

Those are my reasons for being reluctant to go into illustration on a professional level. This being said, I’m not completely ruling out adding an art/illustration side to my freelance business. I am very likely to be moving house before this year is out. Once this is complete and the dust has settled, and once the proofreading side of the business is reasonably stable, I will endeavour to devote some time to bringing my artistic abilities up to snuff and start to put out feelers in the direction of freelance illustration. This should be interesting 😀