After this year has seen the British media engage in American-originated shopping days such as Cyber Monday, we’ve decided to have a Spend Your Shopping Vouchers on the greenYgrey Day… and yes it is TODAY… whatever day you’re reading this.
This is written satirically, but we hope you’ll take it seriously as well as satirically. Werewolf of Oz is now available for £5 in Amazon U.K., and similarly cheap prices around the world, and won’t be reduced greatly in price throughout 2015.
Books Provide Inspiration
Sorry to continue plugging our books, but as were self-publishing we don’t have the publicity machine of the big corporate publishers, who are only doing their job, and it is a generally very worthy and rewarding one.
As having a travel memoir published was an inspiration to continue travelling through tough times, so our published books are now an inspiration to continue fantasy travelling.
Fantasy travelling mirrors real travelling in being enjoyable and rewarding, but also problematic and exhausting, so we think we’re entitled to get some benefit out of it.
XaW Files New Chapter
Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, satirical comedy fiction writing correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary wizard writer J.K. Rowling.
We weres were thinking of leaving the start of XaW Files Chapter 3 to 2015, but you’ve been such great readers in 2014, and we thought you might be suffering a between-ChristmasyNewYear mid-winter lull (with plenty of time to spend those shopping vouchers, satirically speaking), that we’ve decided to post the first chapter today.
And we think it’s a good one.
Chapter 3 is set in central-east Europe (Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), and is going to have 24 episodes according to X Files Series 3.
To recap the end of chapter 2, our dynamic duo turned into a travelling trio when Jack Wolfpac (inspiration: Jack Kerouac) caught up with greenYgrey and Love the mixed-up Vole, before they all fell asleep during a Lithuanian journey, so they missed Vilnius, where the target of our travel quest, the A.W.O.L. Andy Wolfhol (inspiration: Andy Warhol) is thought to have well could have been, after we received a postcard bearing his unmistakeable and seemingly impossible to forge aW signature, and greenYgrey thought it felt the Wolfhol was close.
Here’s the next thrilling episode, set in Belarus’s capital Minsk, which seems to confirm our travelling trio missed a chance to bring the travel quest to an early end, in an epic poem that has stanzas alternating between a-a-b-b and a-b-a-b. The third stanza happens to rhyme a-a-a-a.
The poem later mixes Love the mixed-up Vole’s natural fear of minks with the human problem of dyslexia in an empathetic way:
We woke up in a derelict alley
of a district called Partyzanski
named after WWII partisans
now housing partying artisans?
Would they remember the partisans well?
did their efforts bring a better post-WWII
I hadn’t asked anybody so I couldn’t tell
I think it wasn’t that different for creatures like me and you.
The three of us; not me three; had a tri-dimensional lotus
hanging around our necks like the Order of Vytautas
it said ‘I aW was sorry not to talk to you in Vilnius
you were sleeping and I didn’t want to create a fuss.’
‘It’s too late for me, and I’m unique
the Lithuanian Wolfhol you didn’t meet
I hope one day our illusion of hide and seek
will materialise dancing to the same beat.’
Just then I felt Love start to tremble
‘Minks,’ it said, obviously failing to assemble
the sign for the city we were in’s correct spelling
reading skills blurred by preservatory genes welling.
‘Minsk,’ I said, ‘We’re in Minsk, Belarus, not in Minks’
‘That’s a relief,’ said Love, ‘although it could bring me to tears
finding out I have trouble reading later letters links
when I’ve just got over a lovely vole’s most instinctual fears.’
‘That’s natural,’ I said to Love, and Jack offered to help all he could:
‘I’ve written a word or two in my time, linking later letters, as one should,
otherwise we’d end up with worsd or wodsr instead of words
causing poems not to rhyme like gravityless universes unable to create worlds.’
‘Of course,’ I continued, ‘it doesn’t help you Love, that Belarus has a different alphabet
or that the city has been called Mensk and Miensk in the past
but those changes were more to do with where M and N met
at the start of a word that will likely continue evolving to the last.’