Richard Wright

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September 18, 2007 by Richard Wright in Journal, Writing

So, while my last novel does the rounds in search of a home, it’s high time that I cracked on with the next one, and yesterday I did just that. So that I can talk about it without giving the plot away (the working title is one that would have some significance to those of you steeped in horror lore), I’ll refer to it as TYK for now, if that’s okay with you.

I’ve been torn for the last month or so about what book comes next, to be honest. I had two which had been lying in the back of my mind for long enough to be on the cusp of maturing, but no idea which way to go with to dive into. Different books appealed to me in different ways on different days. Both draw heavily on things I know a lot about, and environments I’ve been deeply immersed in at different times in my life, and every time I settled on one idea, the other would whimper and demand attention.

In the end, my four year old daughter Eva made the decision for me. Part of the problem with TYK has always been the location – in particular, the location that gives a focus to the last third of the novel. I had no idea where it was going to be, and that was preventing me from getting on with it. Well, Eva fixed that for me, happily. Last weekend I took her to Kelvingrove Park in the west end of Glasgow. After much to-do in a wooden fort, and some jubilant chasing of pigeons, we wandered past the corpse of the Kelvingrove bandstand.

It’s been falling to pieces since the early nineties, as far as I can tell, and it’s a little bit odd in design for a bandstand, thanks to the ampitheatre in which it sits. Anyway, Eva dragged me in, and we sat talking about the naughty boys who had written on it, and how all the signs said evocative things like ‘Dangerous Building! Keep Out!’

You would think that my subconscious would require little more prodding, but I was having an amiably switched off sort of a day. We got up to go, after Eva had recreated better days for the bandstand by insisting on doing a freestyle dance for a bemused looking squirrel perched on one of the benches. “Did naughty boys break it Daddy,” she asks, holding my hand.

“They certainly did, darling,” I replied. I don’t know this for certain, of course, but when in doubt, naughty boys are a good bet.

“I like it. It’s spooooooky.”

Finally, finally, the penny dropped, and a big, idiot grin cracked my face in half. Eva got many hugs and treats, after that genius observation. From the mouths of babes, and all that.

So, TYK it is. It’s set in Glasgow, and is about theatre, sort of. It’s clear horror, and hopefully, in Eva’s words, a spooky ride with a blistering finish. Yesterday, I started the prologue, and in TYK, another manuscript was finished by a writer with bleeding fingers, who is on his way to deliver it to his pale master even as we speak…

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  1. MarkSeptember 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Sounds good, Richard and I’m always a sucker for abandoned spaces – and well done to Eva too.

    Are you still going to FCon? Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it which is really annoying, since I was looking forward to finally meeting up with you “in the flesh” (as it were). Ah well, there’s always next year.

    Also – perhaps I’m getting old, but this journal is quite difficult to read now, with the small white text. Could just be me though!

    Good luck with the writing (and if you need a pre-reader, just give me a shout) and I hope you have a cracking time at FCon.

    Best wishes

  2. MarkSeptember 19, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Did that comment come through?

  3. MarkSeptember 19, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Damn, no it didn’t.

    Anyway, I originally wrote that this sounds good, I’m a sucker for stories about abandoned buildings – and well done to Eva, too, for the inspiration.

    Unfortunately, I’m not going to be at FCon now – something’s come up and I can’t do it. Which is a shame, because amongst other things, I was really looking forward to finally meeting up with you “in the flesh” (so to speak). Ah well, hopefully next year, eh?

    So take care, keep well (and writing) and I hope you have a great time at FCon.

    All the best

  4. Richard WrightSeptember 19, 2007 at 12:10 pmAuthor

    Heyup sir – it got caught in the spam filter, and by the time I despammed it, you’d reposted.

    Real shame you won’t make FCon, as you were at the top of my list of folks to make sure I had a drink with. Still, as you say, there’s next year, if nothing comes up before.

    As for the site, the layout is a temporary fix, as my previous one fell mysteriously apart when I upgraded the wordpress platform. When I get a chance, I’ll sort out the previous layout (which I liked), or come up with something else. Thanks too for the pre-reading offer, which you’ll no doubt regret making when I come knocking 😉 Consider me available to yourself too. Would love to see more of your work on my shelf, and if that means lending a hand with the prep, it’s a fair trade.

  5. Richard WrightSeptember 19, 2007 at 12:11 pmAuthor

    As for the bandstand – it’s glorious. I’ll be popping back with a camera next week for some reference shots (the above image is from Flickr), and I’ll post some here when I get home.

  6. MarkSeptember 20, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Cheers, Richard, what a nice thing to say.

    As for the pre-reading, absolutely! And once I get my finger out and on with TDIR (new novella), I’ll come knocking to you too!

    Enjoy FCon!


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