Reflections

Wolkeville Chronicles


“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart

Introduction

I have been meaning to jot this tale down forever. Like every child out there, our son loves listening to stories. And like every parent out there, I make up stories to serve up some grand “moral code of conduct” in easily digestible, child-friendly nuggets. Well, that! But, more accurately, I make up stories to get our son to do things I’d like him to do at a rate arguably faster than snail-pace – like finishing up his food or taking a bath or doing his chores etc.

The grand Von Chomp family of No.9 Wolkeville were born out of that need. They have served me well for a good couple of years. During that time, the Von Chomps have evolved into complex creatures with their own set of idiosyncrasies. Needless to say, I have grown quite fond of these lovable antagonists of my made up world. And my son, as is to be expected, has developed an intense loathing towards them. He is, after all, a child. His world is clearly demarcated in terms of what he considers the “bad side” and the “good side”. Black and white.

However, as an adult, I am allowed the liberty of seeing shades of grey and that is exactly how I intend to tell this tale.

But before you invest your valuable time reading this online tale of adventure, here are a few things I’d like for you to know:

  • I don’t know where this tale is headed. Granted, I know the characters, I know the things that move them in my make-believe world, but I don’t know where they will end up. This is an evolving work of fiction and I do hope, with all my heart, that it will conclude to your satisfaction, but I cannot guarantee it.
  • What I can, however, guarantee, is that I will publish a chapter (or more) of this story every fortnight (or sooner, if time permits!) on FertileBrains till it reaches its logical conclusion.
  • Being a work in progress (aka “shitty first draft” to quote from Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird), there may be grammar/other inconsistencies. These I promise to iron out during revisions. If, however, you find glaring inconsistencies in the storyline, please feel free to let me know in the comments section. This may beg the question why am I publishing a below-par work instead of refining it first? Mainly because if I waited for perfection, it will never emerge from the graveyard of my head where many good stories have existed their entire lives and eventually been killed by self-doubt. This time, my hope is for them to live outside, if only for a moment through this blog and possibly in their most crude form.
  • Finally, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed making this literary nonsense up for my son and now writing and sharing it with you all. As always, I appreciate all reads/comments/shares. Many thanks!
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