Fiction: The Lyrics of Cyril Part One

In my spare time at the office, I’ve taken to writing some short poetry, largely in the form of limericks (haikus mostly infuriate me, and limericks feel like a way of fulfilling my Irish heritage). I had the idea after hearing an interview from Stephen Fry talking about his book The Ode Less Travelled. I have yet to read the book, but in the interview Fry talked about how presenting words in poetic fashion is aa artful as painting, music and so on. Of course, I already thought of literature as art, but poetry had never really interested me, I hadn’t thought about it as word structure being used as a medium the art was written in, rather I had always been taught the art was in the meaning behind the poetry. That is also true, but you can find art in simply assembling words in an aesthetically pleasing way.


After thinking about this and trying my hand at a few standalone poems, I’ve decided to write a diegetic poem from the Terraverse, my fictional cave world. The Lyrics of Cyril are the history of the Core War and the founding of the Dominion of the Terraverse as it is officially told within the Dominion and it’s realms. It is slightly bias, and the facts may even be fake (news haha) as revealed in the eventual main works of the Terraverse (if I ever get around to writing them). The Lyrics are a series of limericks, as my attempting to move onto sonnets would have been tear-inducing and prevented my writing at all.


The Lyrics of Cyril

A Fair and Just Tale of the Core War

Hollowed sphere comprised our world.
All agape as war unfurled.
Vast Vanquisher,
Mighty Jovia,
Whose Dominion is now Pearled

Ancient Assyp, empire entombed,
Whose rule over the Core was doomed.
Baceton the beauty,
And Strongest Tharti.
Millenary burghs seaside foamed.

Across the core, beyond the seas,
Were the lands within Cyril’s expertise:

Ifrit afar, estates aplenty
The void tunnel continente.
Dynastic ruling clans,
filling gold in their hands.
Never conquered, our land’s great ally.

Fair Normosa, pleased and piratical,
So called trade, pretend fanatical.
A little nation
with low population.
Oceanic earls rule pragmatical.

But prized above all the lands,
the Core lords sought for their hands
the shining rock, bright like a moon
Hygebrea the centre, made lords swoon.
Heart of the world, rule demands.

Muscular Jovia who no one bothers,
And brilliant Hygebrea were brothers.
Founded by the sons of Ov,
Ov’s son Jov, and Jov’s son Yov.
But Ov and Jov were short of others.

Now Yov’s brother Lov was king,
And the people suffered under his ring.
Yov’s men left for the Rock,
Where men of thought did flock
And so was born Hygebrea upon a wing.

This was century times fives
Before the war had taken lives.
A dreadful conflict
That we now depict
That Core War from which history derives…



The cover image was created by GENZOMAN on Deviant Art, and is used here with permission.

Fiction: The Labour Princes Prelude

This very short little piece was originally written while I was on a coach traveling from Austria to Prague during my adventures in Europe.

So the main conflict in my science fiction story The Terraverse is known as the Void War. This war is set off by a general strike in The Gliding Isles, a mining community aspiring to socialism in the faux-feudalism that the universe is dictated by.

These island states are nominally represented by union bosses forced into aristocratic pretenses, as “the Labour Princes”. The history of how this situation came to be is what follows, which will serve as the prelude to the novella I’m trying to write about the General Strike.

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Tinkering with my iBook

So a few years ago I bought this laptop cheap on Trademe: a 2000 iBook G3 (Indigo), which had been used by a school for years before being retired. I bought the laptop, and after failing to install a burnt copy of Os X 10.3, I formatted it and reinstalled Mac os 9.2.1. This little machine has been a project of mine recently, as I’ve been trying some of my favorite PC games from the period that were ported to Mac and reliving them on contemporary tech.
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Phil Dragash’s The Lord of the Rings Audiobook

So this isn’t under my usual coverage on Adventures in Middle Earth but I wanted to share it anyway. Phil Dragash is an independent video editor/ artist/ creator who over the last four years has been creating a modern Lord of the Rings audiobook adaptation. The main difference between this and past audio or radio adaptations for me is the use of sound effects and music from the Jackson film trilogy. He has made it as good as many modern audio dramas and better, in my opinion, than the official audiobook read by Rob Inglis, and in some ways better than the BBC Radio Play (though I’m still a fan of Ian Holm’s Frodo). Honestly, in some way Phil’s version of the story surpasses the Jackson films, if only because of its meshing of the sound-scape and overall storytelling style of the films, with the fully unabridged content of the original books.

Phil finished the book last year, but recently he has begun all over again by remastering and re-releasing the book on Youtube. I sincerely recommend you check it out.