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It has been (seemingly) a long time since I have written The Merit of Metaphor. Briefly, I wrote it because I was trying to comprehend the disparity between postmodern and historical Christian art. More than that, I was needing a biblical axiom on art; for who can do anything without a worldview? It has served to direct my thoughts and aims when creating things.
Nonetheless, as it is when years pass, I found it insufficient to answer many of the questions I have had in my creative endeavors; questions I have had myself in regards to the definition and aims of art, and questions raised by others. I have, however, found a great dearth of any guidance for Christian artists. There is much advice from secular artists; but from those who create not from self-promotion, and from a biblical worldview, there is mostly silence. From the necessity of answering my own questions about the believer and art I have written A Proposal (for the Christian arts).
I feel it a bit presumptuous to present this essay, in all truth. I only present it after much deliberation, as a map of my own directives as an artist thus far; by that, I mean someone who makes things. I believe with all my heart that profession does not validate the artist; rather God does. For those, then, who make things (whether writing, painting, directing or whatnot), I am sharing this in hope that the questions I have at last found peace to answer may help you somewhat if you have asked the same. Ultimately, it is my prayer that God may resurrect the arts to the glory of his name.
Am happy to announce Potluck Dinners, a miscellany, predominantly of essays. The essays, and a few other pieces I've collated from the last few years. They've all been finished, but did not belong in any particular collection. Now they do.
A very merry The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle Christmas to you! The visual novel is now available over on the project page. For all those who have been on the team, I'd like to thank you very much for your help. At long last, it's finished. Hope you enjoy, and as always, I'd be happy to hear any comments you have. Merry Christmas!
Second trailer for The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle is now available over on the project page.
I'm pleased to announce the full cast for The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle on the project page, plus a release date in the first teaser trailer. Thanks to everyone for your patience!
Hoping to be able to announce full cast list soon for The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle. In the meantime, I'm happy to announce Mike Carnes will be voicing the protagonist Dwight Periwinkle! A quick teaser from him here.
My apologies to those who have been having issues downloading projects from my site. Thanks very much to those who have written in to let me know. It seems the content manager is not functioning, and as such EMERVANE.com will be in a bit of maintenance over the next few days. Please do write me in if you would like a copy of anything in the meantime!
A brief update for all those who have been working with me on the upcoming visual novel The Curse of Dwight Periwinkle. First of all: thanks for your help on this project! It means a lot. As to the production itself, everything is done in the way of the novel itself, and all that remains is for the remaining voice actors to be placed, and recorded into the project. I'm as much looking forward to seeing the characters come to life, and I hope to be able to show you something shortly. 'Watch this space!'
Today is finished my second poetry compilation, The Walk. It's been in progress on-and-off since A Dearth of Prose was complete, but this compilation is much more themed, I think. The thing for anyone who visits bushland Australia is that it strikes one as extraordinarily dry, some might say dead; which is why almost all settlement is on the coastlands where there's water. But when the rains come, the ground, especially in certain regions, blossoms into almost a blanket-like rush of color. And one can't help but think of the oft-repeated promise of Christ's return to earth - "He turns rivers into a desert... he turns a desert into a pool of water." The poor become rich; the rich become poor; the humble exalted; the exalted humble. Of course, now is the in-between time of the promise made, and the promise fulfilled, and so there's tension. If there's one thing I can speak of that I know, it is that I'd rather be a dusty beggar loved by Christ than a rich young man. With this in mind, let me introduce The Walk. May you find comfort in your wanderings back to Eden.
Bird of Flight is flying free at last! It's been a year and a half project to get this thing off the ground, but I'm happy with it. The ten songs I had were all homogenous in the sense that they leant towards the same story: that of flying free. So that's where the title comes from. I know there's the saying that songs are just poetry set to music, but I think modern music doesn't quite fit that bill. Poetry by itself tends to be mostly intellectual, where songs impart feeling more readily. And a lot of poetry just does not fit with music; and likewise, many songs make awful poetry when removed from their music. So I think it can be safely said that an album is quite a different thing that plain form poetry. One of the things I found most unusually challenging was the ordering of the songs: sure, you can write the songs, but in playing an album, there needs to be told a consecutive story, and not only that, but the songs must flow into each other. But I think we got there in the end.
Aurora I think will remain my favorite of the album. It was one of the earliest, and I think one of the best. But Finally Home has been the most popular so far. What has been your favorite? I'm always happy to hear what you thought!
The mad adventures of an overconfident madman, as narrated by an underwhelmed first person narrator, has been released! And just in the nick of time: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Aegean is a novel telling of the adventures of Bisnick von Quince, an explorer who has set his eyes on being king of Castelio, a possibly mythical land similar to Atlantis: and one of great renown and treasure. He sets off from his motherland on a raft built of logs, and travels through the Aegean islands in what amounts to a fairly farcical and humorous adventure. There will be pirates. There will be cyclops. There will be Bisnick von Quince, explorer extraordinaire. There will also be singing, for there is a spontaneous musical about halfway, and thus the download comes with music so you can sing along. Loudly. For all to hear.
The inspiration for this novel, I think, has been rather eclectic. I loved Arnold Bocklin's Isle of the Dead, and The Isle of Life. They are simply stunning paintings that inspired my imagination, and also thought on eternity. Both make an appearance in the storyline, and the (modified) paintings are included at the end of the novel. Obviously, the Greek Isles, and in particular, the myth of the Aegean caught my attention during the year, and like any story, the more you think about it, the more it comes together. But here I am again writing about the writing process instead of the book. So I will stop, and let you read. I hope you enjoy.
A Dearth of Prose is out into the wide world at last! It's taken an awful long time to get this collection of poems to the stage where I'm happy with them, but it's here at last. The variety of the poems in this volume is surprising to me, but I suppose it all goes to show that I enjoy playing around with different formats, as suits a particular work of fiction. Two poems that come to mind I've not worked in the format of before are An Ark Called Salvation, and High Above, which take the form of modern psalms. The oldest poem in the mix is actually The Stranger, which I originally penned in 2011 - but this is a revised version. Altogether, here are thirty-four poems, which I'm fairly proud of. I hope you enjoy them. And try singing Shangri La out loud, much to the amusement and confusion of whoever's listening. Then write me in and let me know how it went. I'd love to hear!