I don’t buy from Internet ads. I really don’t. I totally get that the commercial realities of modern life require, under the capitalist model, that to get things means you have to spend other things, so that the people who make the first things can take the things you give them and use them to buy other things. I get it. But Internet ads never clicked (haha) with me. Too anonymous, too distant, too much risk of unknown vendors running away with an armful of my things shrieking “caveat emptor!” as they disappear back into ancient Rome.
Yesterday on Liber Faciem an ad popped up for a video course on Storytelling, delivered by Neil Gaiman. I signed up on the spot (actually this is hyperbole for dramatic effect. I signed up about an hour later after reading reviews of the site offering the course and looking into the terms and conditions, but for me it was on the spot, okay?).
Neil Gaiman has been an inspiration of mine since I first read Good Omens many years ago, his collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett (then just humble yeoman Pratchett) about the End Times. Then Sandman and Neverwhere on BBC TV and… and… all the rest. He tells the sort of stories I like to hear and touches on many of the themes that fascinate me. I was appalled when I read American Gods because it is in every way the novel that I would have wanted to have written and even features my very favourite son-of-a-bitch in a leading role – that would be the grim god of the gallows and of gore, Odin himself – done properly; not as a striding bearded Viking despot hurling lightning bolts around, but as a personable, untrustworthy, scamming fixer who is always two steps ahead. And because Gaiman did it first and so so so much better than I could ever have done it (of course) I felt really fed up when I read it, as well as exhilarated because it was such a damned good story.
Anyway. I watched the first couple of episodes of the course yesterday (there are nineteen) and they were everything I’d hoped for. Practical ideas and more importantly a genuine conveying of the kind of inspirational intensity I had expected would be there. The supporting written material is well done too with minimal fluff and a lot of good content and exercises.
The link to the course is here: BEHOLD and so far I would recommend it.
Finn’s first novel A Step Beyond Context is available from Amazon