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The Outcast and Cow vs Sow

The Outcast

I wanted to let you know about my current project. I normally don't talk about projects in progress but I'm already close to the end of this one. It's a novella. It will be roughly 25,000 words.

It's about a 28 yr old guy who spends a lot of time in his own head, as we all do, but this one more than most. He's convinced he is an Outsider, that he does not live in the world. In many ways, he thinks he's better than everyone else. He thinks he is unique. A trap many people fall into. In short, he's a narcissist. His opinions are controversial. He's not afraid to speak his mind. He doesn't have that filter that prevents him from speaking out, even to his own detriment. But does he speak the truth? No political correctness here. And it lands him into a lot of trouble. But he kinda likes it.

People always assume that the character's opinions are that of the authors. It's not the case. I certainly hope they don't with The Outcast. Otherwise this guy will get me into trouble!

I've been toying with an idea of a series of Narcissistic novellas. The plan at this stage, which could alter, is to write three novellas and incorporate them as one novel. The Narcissist Trilogy. I'm yet to be definite about this, but I already have some solid ideas for the next one. I'm totally up in the air as for the third one. All I know is that it's a fascinating topic. What are writers after all if not a little narcissistic? Perhaps we all are to a certain degree, but there are many variations. From being a decent person and a healthy contributor to society, to be downright selfish, mean, uncaring and oblivious to the needs and feelings of others. This latter part is what I'm focusing on. I'm sure you know of a few yourself. Being fiction, I intend to delve into a few extremes. If I can't push a few boundaries I'm not interested.

The Outcast by Richard Redgrave, RA. 1851.

I'm giving myself roughly 8-10 weeks to write each novella. First draft of course. The rewrite will take much longer, especially as I hand write and have to type them up. It won't be completely finished for until 2011. (I do other writing and I work too). But who knows what could happen by then? I might abandon the idea and do something else.

At the very least, there will be story of The Outcast. He's out there. Somewhere.

..and now for Something Completely Different..
...a little silliness...

The Cow & The Sow

“She's acting odd,”
said the Finch to the Cow.

"I have to Agree,"
Said the Fig to the Sow.

“Yes I was chomping on the Fence,”
replied the Pig to the Fig.
“But I can't last if I'm forced to fast.”

“You can't escape
Through the Gate,”
said the Grass to the Pink Ass.

“You Gotta Go Over!”
added the Clover.

“But I'm a pig! I can't Fly!
If I try, I'll die!”

The Fig said,
“Not what I read.
I thought they could.”

The Finch agreed.
“You sure you ain't made out of wood?”

The cow said,
“I have an idea!”
The Fig Shivered
And the Finch felt fear.
Even the Pig did Frown.
“Don't Fret All!” said the cow. “I'll go Down!”

And so the Cow
Sank to her knees.
“Climb on my back,
If You Please!”

The Pig did as she was told
She was weak from Hunger
But the idea was Bold.

Once on Top
She felt like a Chief
Until a smell assailed her nostrils
It was Uncooked Beef!

The Cow did Shriek
Hunger had created the Beast
The Finch turned to the Fig,
“Now it's my turn for a Feast!”

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