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My Writing Islands

richardmurray

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Leah Cutter has this idea for a  island map where you use the coordinates for the genre you write in and make these islands
So I first had to list my work, I chose only the work I have published on Kobo, I didn't choose everything I have ever written or had accepted in this that or the other. While that would be fair, to be honest, my mindset is, if I incorporate those things that I may have to add another axis and I didn't want this to be muddled too much. If you ever tried to graph a function having five variables by hand you comprehend me, in the visual imbalance to that. 
As it is, I first listed each work I have in Kobo or I am working on this year, and labeled them next to it

Gospel of Joseph- Religious fiction
Kings of London Epic Poem CFC 2012-2013 sport Poetry/sport Comic/Sport Assessment
Kings of London Epic Poem CFC 2013-2014 sport Poetry/ sport Comic/Sport Assessment
Kings of London Epic Poem CFC 2014-2015 sport Poetry/sport Comic/Sport Assessment
Looking West and West - Story Collection - Fantasy
Lucky 13 - unfinished science fiction 
Richard Murray Thoughts Round 1 to 8 and ongoing /Sport Assessment/sport Poetry
Sunset Children Stories Fable Collection/ Story Collection
The Janidogo Fantasy Script
The Nyotenda Science Fiction Script 
The Visasiki Story Collection FREE intro
Richard Murray Poetry Collection- Fantasy poetry/Social critique poetry
Richard Murray public paths- Fantasy/Science Fiction 

For me, what I see is quite a bit of poetry and story collections

If I use two axis- one for poetry the other for prose, the poetry can go from sport to fantasy(red)
the prose from sport assessment to fantasy either have social critique or religious fiction in the center (green)
I came up with the grid in the following ...Before I created it I knew it would not be good enough, the graphical scheme needed a change for me. I added Roman numeral index to the list and applied the numerals into the graph but I then went at it again

I Gospel of Joseph- Religious fiction
II Kings of London Epic Poem CFC 2012-2013 sport Poetry/sport Comic/Sport Assessment
III Kings of London Epic Poem CFC 2013-2014 sport Poetry/ sport Comic/Sport Assessment
IV Kings of London Epic Poem CFC 2014-2015 sport Poetry/sport Comic/Sport Assessment
V Looking West and West - Story Collection - Fantasy/adult riddles 
VI Lucky 13 - unfinished science fiction 
VII Richard Murray Thoughts Round 1 to 8 and ongoing /Sport Assessment/sport Poetry
IIX Sunset Children Stories Fable Collection/ Story Collection
IX The Janidogo Fantasy Script
X The Nyotenda Science Fiction Script 
XI The Visasiki Story Collection
XII Richard Murray Poetry Collection- Fantasy poetry/Social critique poetry
XIIV Richard Murray public paths- Fantasy/Science Fiction 

1st attempt.jpg
So I was more rigid, placing an alphanumeric next to each representing a book next to each book that applied going down the line adding in

Fiction- Religious 1
Poetry-Sport 2347
Prose- Sport 2347
Comic- Sport 234
Fantasy- short story 58B      
Adult-riddles 5
Science Fiction- unfinished 6
Fable 8
Fantasy -script 9
Science fiction - script A
Fantasy poetry C
social critique poetry C
Fantasy fiction D
science fiction D 

Then I remade the categories to focus on genre, I excluded audio which is unfair since i added the comics. But, the audio is akin to the text.

Religious fiction 1
Sport poetry 2347
Sport prose 2347
sport comic 234
Fantasy - short story 58B
Adult- riddles 5
Science fiction unfinished 6
Fable 8
Fantasy - script 9
Science fiction- script A
Fantasy poetry C
Social critique poetry C
Fantasy Fiction D
Science Fiction D

Then the true boundaries came to light. 
I have fiction: religious/Fantasy-short story/fable/fantasy script/science fiction script/fantasy/science fiction
Sport: poetry/prose/comic
Adult: riddles
poetry: fantasy/social critique 
if I combine riddles into poetry, which is not literally true, a riddle need not be a poem but the adult riddles in looking west and west are poetic, i should know:), then I have three shapes

Fiction is a septagon
Sport is a trigon
and the poetry is a trigon 

but then i realized the shapes don't merge functionally , fiction needs to be an  nonagon, to include sport and nonfiction; sport must be a quadgon to include nonsport, and poetry must be a quadgon to include nonpoetry, and I index them

fiction(green): I religious/ II Fantasy-short story/ III fable/ IV fantasy script/ V science fiction script/ VI fantasy/ VII science fiction/ IIX sport/ IX nonfiction (yellow)
Sport(red): I poetry/ II prose/ III comic/ IV nonsport (blue)
Poetry(black): I fantasy/ II social critique/ III adult riddle/ IV nonpoetry (brown)

So the following is the second attempt, I made the shapes and then placing the alphanumeric described above. 
For example, the gospel of joseph is religious fiction. So I placed digit one under the appropriate green line, using purple. For some books where I do multiple I made purple lines connecting, thus making islands, if you will on top of each other in the air that are see through except for the border. 
But this proves how some work I do have multifaceted and some does not. 
second attempt complete.png
The first thing is obvious I learn about my writing, a lot of poetry. More than I even considered, spanning various genres, which makes my first poetry book this year, common sense. 
But it also shows how much of my poetry is dominated through sport and not beyond into the fantastic thus the poetry book this year will be about the fantastic. 
I also have not settled on a favorite fiction genre I like to write in. well, as it is , can you make your own graph and share with all what you have learned about your writing

I was inspired by this post
https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/03/09/writing-all-over-the-map-leah-cutters-island-sampler/


 



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