Between May 1993 and November 1997 I conceived, planned, composed, and tinkered with versions of a fictional rites-of-passage saga, The Seven Vales. It was never published, so here is a sample. Make of it what you will.
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One thing I learned from this experience is that detailed preparatory planning can kill all the enjoyment of just creating a piece of writing directly from the imagination. With this in mind, in March 2012 I wrote the first chapter of The Thinking Machine without any planning whatsoever. It was a very happy experience and on re-reading I remain pleased with the result. Maybe one day I will write chapter 2!
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