Fading into obscurity


Fading into obscurity

Drawn on canvas with ‘permanent’ black marker pen six months ago.  The image has since faded through being left forgotten on a table near a window… the sunshine fading the image away.

Ill health got in the way of putting any finishing touches to the canvas… and the image ‘faded into obscurity’.  It was nice to just do something for the fun of it… even if it didn’t last.


Don’t you ever wonder?: (when hybrids become the ‘norm’ I’ll be a Gryphon)

Don’t you ever wonder?:

Don’t you ever wonder?
The rich make the rules
People in authority abuse
Lower the age of consent
Make same sex legal
Cover their tracks

Don’t you ever wonder?
Where is this all going?
As time goes on, will it get more bizarre
First men and men, women and women
Then men become women, women become men
What next?

Don’t you ever wonder?
What is next? Other species?
Add some animal/bird modification?
As unlikely as it may sound
Don’t be so sure, in this world where
It is the ‘norm’ to chop of your penis or breasts

Don’t you ever wonder?
What would it be like to be a ‘hybrid’?
Half-human, half-animal – human/animal hybrid?
‘baa…’/’bah’ humbug, what rubbish you speak
Ooops, didn’t you know? They already exist
Not just in my imaginary ThornRose novels

Don’t you ever wonder?
Excesses of medical research
Scientists ‘dabbling in the grotesque’
Missed that little gem of news (2011 Daily Mail)
Embryos produced secretively in UK labs (for the past 3 years)
But don’t worry, other countries do it too (with little or no regulation): “phew!”

Don’t you ever wonder?
‘gay’ used to have such a nice meaning
Use ‘gay’ in the older meaning and
Be discriminated against
Told not to use it in that way
Red line gashing through the word

Don’t you ever wonder?
Where is this world heading?
When men marry men, women marry women
Men change sex, women change sex
Yet, no wait, it can’t be true
Our governments condone this?

Don’t you ever wonder?
The world is doomed
Educators not only fail us academically
They are also failing us morally
actively encouraging bizarre behaviour
If you’re ‘normal’ you’ll get left behind

Don’t you ever wonder?
If the whole planet went ‘gay’
Would humans die out?
Can two men get pregnant naturally? No.
Can two women get pregnant without a man? No.
Divide the sexes, add science to the mix and voila!

Don’t you ever wonder?
Who is in the minority now: LGBT or Normal?
Am I the only one on this planet
Who thinks: “Whoa, slow down…”
(Let’s Get Back To) Normal… whatever that is?
“You can’t say that!”… I think “I just did!”

Don’t you ever wonder?
Discrimination gone mad, Watch what you say
Human rights, I seem to have lost mine
Freedom of speech? Depends who is speaking
Keep your opinions to yourself… you can’t have any
We have decided for you… this is the way it must be

Don’t you ever wonder?
What a relief it would be to leave this world behind
Such a crazy, mixed up, full of insanity world
Except what if… what if scientists decide
That parts of your body might look better on someone else?
Wouldn’t that be strange… to see yourself, after you’ve died?

© 2015, Lesley Saine

When ‘hybrids’ become the ‘norm’ I’ll be a Gryphon:

Gryphon illustration by Tenniel

Gryphon illustration by Tenniel

For interest:

150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years (2011 Daily Mail article online): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2017818/Embryos-involving-genes-animals-mixed-humans-produced-secretively-past-years.html

If you can’t take criticism
No matter whether well-meant or not
Never ever ask others’ opinion
For whereas a positive response
Will massively inflate your ego
A negative one will
Suck the very life out of you…

(c) 2015, Lesley Saine

FANTASY BOOKS – interesting facts

The following are three books, with imagination or fantasy in, that became quite successful:

1. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll (published in 1865): Which interestingly when originally published generally received poor reviews of the story:

“The book Alice in Wonderland failed to be named in an 1888 poll of the most popular children’s stories. Generally it received poor reviews with reviewers giving more credit to Tenniel’s illustrations than to Carroll’s story.
At the release of Through the Looking-Glass, the second Alice tale gained in popularity and by the end of the 19th century Sir Walter Besant wrote that Alice in Wonderland “was a book of that extremely rare kind which will belong to all the generations to come until the language becomes obsolete”.”

2. ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien (published in 1937): Published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim but Tolkien did have a draft sequel rejected by editors:

“In December 1937, The Hobbit ’s publisher, Stanley Unwin, asked Tolkien for a sequel. In response Tolkien provided drafts for The Silmarillion, but the editors rejected them, believing that the public wanted “more about hobbits”. Tolkien subsequently began work on The New Hobbit, which would eventually become The Lord of the Rings, a course that would not only change the context of the original story, but lead to substantial changes to the character of Gollum.
In the first edition of The Hobbit, Gollum willingly bets his magic ring on the outcome of the riddle-game, and he and Bilbo part amicably. In the second edition edits, to reflect the new concept of the ring and its corrupting abilities, Tolkien made Gollum more aggressive towards Bilbo and distraught at losing the ring. The encounter ends with Gollum’s curse, “Thief! Thief, Thief, Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!” This presages Gollum’s portrayal in The Lord of the Rings.
“Tolkien sent this revised version of the chapter “Riddles in the Dark” to Unwin as an example of the kinds of changes needed to bring the book into conformity with The Lord of the Rings, but he heard nothing back for years. When he was sent galley proofs of a new edition, Tolkien was surprised to find the sample text had been incorporated. In The Lord of the Rings, the original version of the riddle game is explained as a “lie” made up by Bilbo under the harmful influence of the Ring, whereas the revised version contains the “true” account. The revised text became the second edition, published in 1951 in both the UK and the US.
Tolkien began a new version in 1960, attempting to adjust the tone of The Hobbit to its sequel. He abandoned the new revision at chapter three after he received criticism that it “just wasn’t The Hobbit”, implying it had lost much of its light-hearted tone and quick pace.
After an unauthorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings appeared from Ace Books in 1965, Houghton Mifflin and Ballantine asked Tolkien to refresh the text of The Hobbit to renew the US copyright. This text became the 1966 third edition. Tolkien took the opportunity to align the narrative even more closely to The Lord of the Rings and to cosmological developments from his still unpublished Quenta Silmarillion as it stood at that time. These small edits included, for example, changing the phrase “elves that are now called Gnomes” from the first and second editions on page 63, to “High Elves of the West, my kin” in the third edition. Tolkien had used “gnome” in his earlier writing to refer to the second kindred of the High Elves—the Noldor (or “Deep Elves”)—thinking “gnome”, derived from the Greek gnosis (knowledge), was a good name for the wisest of the elves. However, because of its common denotation of a garden gnome, derived from the 16th-century Paracelsus, Tolkien abandoned the term.”

3. ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis (published in 1950): Interestingly Lewis’ publisher feared the Narnia tales would not sell and might damage Lewis’ reputation and affect sales of his other books. When first published it did not get a favourable reception from the public and initial critical response was muted.

“Lewis very much enjoyed writing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and embarked on the sequel Prince Caspian soon after finishing the first novel. He completed the sequel in less than a year, by the end of 1949. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe had not been widely released until 1950; thus his initial enthusiasm did not stem from favourable reception by the public.
While Lewis is known today on the strength of the Narnia stories as a highly successful children’s writer, the initial critical response was muted. At the time it was fashionable for children’s stories to be realistic; fantasy and fairy tales were seen as indulgent, appropriate only for very young readers and potentially harmful to older children, even hindering their ability to relate to everyday life. Some reviewers considered the tale overtly moralistic or the Christian elements over-stated — attempts to indoctrinate children. Others were concerned that the many violent incidents might frighten children.
Lewis’ publisher, Geoffrey Bles, feared the Narnia tales would not sell, and might damage Lewis’ reputation and affect sales of his other books. Nevertheless, the novel and its successors were highly popular with young readers, and Lewis’ publisher was soon anxious to release further Narnia stories.
A 2004 study found that it was a common read-aloud book for seventh-graders in schools in San Diego County, California. The novel was also included on TIME’s unranked 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association in the U.S. named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.” It was one of the “Top 100 Chapter Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal. A 2012 survey by the University of Worcester determined that it was the second most common book that UK adults had read as children, after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Through the above three examples, it shows that publishers, critics and the public can sometimes be very wrong in their original views and that it can be hard to predict what will become popular.
Nice to know that in C S Lewis’ time: “fantasy and fairy tales were seen as indulgent, appropriate only for very young readers and potentially harmful to older children, even hindering their ability to relate to everyday life.” Well, this is one older child who was ‘harmed’ by fantasy and fairy tales ‘even hindering their ability to relate to everyday life’.

A true artist’s desire – Lesley Saine

A true artist’s desire:

In a world where creativity is marketed
Where pristine examples are held up as pinnacles to attain
And anything lesser is frowned upon
A true artist’s desire is to break through these barriers

A true artist’s desire to create can spill out
Into a tangled jumble of creativity
Some of which may seem to make no sense at all
But all marks no matter how seemingly irrelevant
Hold some degree of relevance or importance

Create exclusively for yourself in your own way and style
Push against the surging tide against the critics
Follow your own convictions break from the norm
Someone somewhere may one day see share value your vision
Stay true to yourself your vision has value
Even though it may become lost when hidden beneath
The avalanche of the multitude of other visions

You may ask what if no one ever shares my vision?
It is still a win-win situation for you
For don’t you yourself hold the greatest treasure of all?
Treasure that is beyond price
Works that you created without compromise
Staying true to yourself
‘A true artist’s desire’
© 2015, Lesley Saine