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Welcome to the somniloquist where you'll find a mixture of Christopher Johnstone's fiction and his occasional wandering monologues about the craft of writing fiction.

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E P I S O D E   ELEVEN
WORK OF FICTION :: CONFIDENCE & DETERMINATION
Jul 2009

 

I wasn't really intending to move too far off the beaten track of writing craft and technique in this podcast, but recently have been feeling that a show dedicated to... well... dedication was in order.

 

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E P I S O D E   TEN
WORK OF FICTION :: ON TOLKIEN
 Jul 2009

 

So, I finally podcasted the article on J.R.R. Tolkien that I was going to record about a month ago. I have had some computer issues, which is something of an excuse perhaps, but have also just been very busy. I suppose, also an excuse.

Anyway, this is the MP3 recorded version of the text article I posted below.

 

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ON TOLKIEN
Jun 2009

Things are busy with the writing up of a PhD plus many other busy things. I'm afriad that recording podcasts has slipped to the backburner, and now I'm experiencing technical difficulties with the recording process. But, yes, I will be back, but for now I thought that I'd just post some scribblings, articles, artwork and things that don't need a microphone to turn into electronic content...

The following is an article of mine reporduced from the
Melbourne Science Fiction Club's fanzine 'Ethel the Aardvark'

Tolkien: A Biography (audiobook version)
Michael White
Clipper Audio
Narrated by Gordon
Griffin
7 Disc Set (~8.25 hours)

I initially thought that this would be a short review, a quick note about an interesting biography on an author who no doubt most, if not all, the readers of Ethel will have some interest in learning more about.

But the more I listened to this biography, the more I began to realize that this would have to be more than a review, though perhaps still less than a full essay. The biography itself is fascinating, and Michael White is an excellent and intelligent researcher, writer and shedder-of-light.

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E P I S O D E   NINE
WORK OF FICTION :: 'WONDERFUL HOLES'
Apr 2009

 

I have a fear that the few individuals (of clearly excellent taste... ahem) who are stopping by here will eventually decide that this podcast is a waning effort. It's not, really... more of an intermittent effort. I'm keen to keep it going... but... well... intermittent. Yes. That'd be the word to keep in mind.

In this episode I discuss 'wonderful holes', which sounds vaguely... well... like something celebratory to do with orifaces. In fact, I'm referring to those parts of a story that the reader fills in for you without ever knowing it. Writing and reading are collaborative, but sometimes we writer's forget this...

 

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E P I S O D E   E I G H T
WORK OF FICTION :: CHARACTERIZATION
Mar 2009

 

It's been a while since my last episode went up here, but I did warn you that it could be intermittant... Anyway, this show is about characterization and how to approach making your characters think, act and speak in ways which distinguish them from one-another.

 

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E P I S O D E   S E V E N
FICTIONS :: THE OLD OXFORD CHARM
Feb 2009

 

Another very short story. Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2006.

 

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E P I S O D E   S I X
WORK OF FICTION :: PACING
Jan 2009

 

Pacing is a skill that many aspirant writers either ignore or aren't even aware that they need to develop. This episode examines pacing, but also 'holding the reader's attention', which is sort of the same thing and sort of not...

 

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E P I S O D E   F I V E
WORK OF FICTION :: PLOT
Jan 2009

 

What is a story plot? What are different ways of thinking about plots? Is plot the same as conflict or is there more to it? Is there even anything such as a 'right' way to plot.

 

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E P I S O D E   F O U R
FICTIONS :: LAPIS EXCILLIS
Jan 2009

 

A short story set in Victoria, Australia, sometime during a hazy era of lammingtons, old comics and radio shows. First published in an Australian fiction magazine, Fables and Reflections, 2006.

 

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E P I S O D E   T H R E E
WORK OF FICTION :: THE GULF
Jan 2009

 

A discussion about the 'gulf' between conception and execution. You may envision a story in a particular way, but when you come to write it, the words don't always do what they were supposed to.

 

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E P I S O D E   T  W O
WORK OF FICTION :: THE BASICS
Dec 2008

 

A quick run-down on some of the basics of writing and selling fiction.

 

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E P I S O D E   O N E
FICTIONS :: THE GREEN MAN
Dec 2008

 

First published in it's fate magazine,  2001. A very, very short little piece.

 

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E P I S O D E   Z E R O
METACAST

Dec 2008

An introduction.

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