RANDOMGIRL part 3: RIP RANDOMGIRL – Enter the RANDOMMAN

Hey Lewis! Hows things?

Not too bad, can’t complain. Did a bit of writing and a bit of teaching. Nothing special….

Oh yeah? How did the teaching go?

Same old. I was teaching this lad how to find information from some text to answer gaps in a diagram that he had been given. There were three gaps numbered 6,7 and 8, and on these were tunnels that had been dug underneath some cow pat. 6 was 20 cm below, 7 was 30 cm and 8 was 10 cm. OK so now I’ve set the scenario lets get into it…..

RANDOMGIRL part 3: RIP RANDOMGIRL – Enter the RANDOMMAN

Me: Right, so to find the answers to these gaps we need to look around the diagram and establish what keywords we are looking for. so what do you think we are looking for?

RANDOMMAN: The information

Me: <Silence>

RANDOMMAN: <More silence>

Me: What information?

RANDOMMAN: From the diagram

Me: …….And what is that?

RANDOMMAN: <Looks at his book for inspiration>

Me: OK, what does it say on the side?

RANDOMMAN: Numbers

Me: What words do you see?

RANDOMMAN: The approximate depth in centimetres

Me: Lovely! So how deep is number 6?

RANDOMMAN: Not sure

Me: Have a guess

RANDOMMAN: <Stares straight through me>

Me: So from the numbers on the side; 0, 10, 20 and 30, which number does it line up to?

RANDOMMAN: Over 30

Me: <getting frustrated> What number is the 6 next to?

RANDOMMAN: 7

Me: <Smiling, as technically he is right> Use a pencil or a ruler to line up and see which number it is closest to.

RANDOMMAN: <yep, you guessed it; no reaction, no inspiration, just a look of ‘tell me the answer’>

Me: OK I’ll show you, You see this number that says 6, next to it on the directly on the left it says 20 cm, this means that it is 20 cm deep

RANDOMMAN: Oh i thought that was an 8.

Yep, this is my life……..

Sounds brutal!

Well, it’s not that bad. He’s a good kid (I say kid, he’s older than me!) It’s just he answers with extremely vague answers. Which will help you if you’re being interrogated by the police, unfortunately it doesn’t help you in an international English speaking test.

OK, so you’re pretty much moaning about nothing. Hows the writing going?

I’m glad you asked. It’s going well. It’s by far the most difficult book I have written though. This one is about a child who kills another child and goes to prison, comes out and gets given a new identity. I was inspired (Maybe the wrong word) by what happened to the James Bulger killers. One day I was reading about Jon Venables going back to prison and that he had struggled to maintain his new persona and I thought that would be an interesting insight to write from: that you have to wake up in the morning every day knowing that you are an evil child killer, that nothing you did from now on could ever change that and that if anybody knew your true identity there would be more than a few vigilantes who would be more than willing to put you through what you had put an innocent child through. Also trying to live a lie and every time you see someone looking at you you think “Why are they looking at me? They know who I really am!” And I wanted to slowly document their slow downward spiral into depression, and possibly insanity.

Are you sure you haven’t copied this off of someone?

Well I had to do some research to make sure I wasn’t copying anything out there without realizing. Amongst other things I found there was a book called ‘Boy A’ which has a very similar concept. So I had to get an overview of that story to make sure I wasn’t writing exactly the same thing. Luckily he (Jonathon Trigell, the author) took it a completely different way to what I was planning to do.

That won’t hold up in court….. So how are you doing so far?

I’m about half way through, to be honest I’m finding this one very difficult to finish. I have an outline as to where I’m taking it (although i haven’t got an ending yet) but I’m struggling to get inside the mind of the killer. I’ve been watching lots of documentaries about killers and things (Believe me, it’s very uncomfortable to be continuously clicking on all these links about psychos and killers, I wonder if the government has got me on red alert!) and that’s about it really. It’s only a first draft and I know that I’m going to have to change a lot of it anyway so I’m not that worried. Take care you beautiful people and i’ll try to write something vaguely captivating next week.

SEE YA!!!!!!!!!

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Introduction

Sir Lewis of Clarke?

Yes. I can’t remember when exactly this started, but I would write people’s names like this in letters or if I had to leave a note for someone at work. I forgot about it for years until I got a letter from my sister addressed to ‘Sir Lewis of Clarke’. One of my friends said that this was actually quite funny and an ideal name for a blog and thus Sir Lewis of Clarke was born.

So you’re a blogger, Great! You and thousands of other people! What’s so special about your blog?

I’m an English teacher in Thailand, and a few months ago I realised I wasn’t getting much work and i was getting ridiculously bored out of my skull, and I thought “I need to do something or i’m going to go crazy.” So I decided to write a novel. I had a concept in my head and I wanted to run with it for an hour a day and see where it went, mainly for something to do and to keep me going during this time. I assumed that after a few days i would get bored and forget about it. But 3 weeks in I was over half way through the book and i was getting excited to go home and write more. I remember once I was talking to a friend of mine and I have this distinct memory of me thinking “Sorry, but I’m not listening to a word you’re saying. This plot twist has jumped into my head and I don’t want to forget it!” A few weeks later I finished the first draft and gave it to a few friends of mine to get some feedback. Unfortunately they were dragging their feet to give me their feedback and during this time I ended up writing the first draft of my second book! I am now currently nearly half way through my 3rd book and this blog is mainly about updates about my writing. My thought processes and how I’m feeling at the time of writing.

So you’re a writer? Got it. Anything else?

Actually yes. Like I said I’m an English teacher living in Thailand and have been living here for nearly 3 years. So this blog will be predominantly about writing but I may end up posting some things about living and/or working in Thailand. To be honest I’m not 100% sure how this is going to go. I’m not that great with computers and I admittedly have no idea what I’m doing as far as blogs go, but i’m sure I’ll pick it up as i go along. At first I was very worried about starting a blog because once something is out on the internet it is there forever. But in the end I just decided to give it a go and see what happens. A friend told me “You are not writing for other people, you are writing it for you. And if you do that like-minded people will read it.” So that’s basically what I’m doing.

OK, Great! So what are the books about?

I’ll go into more detail about them next week. This is basically just a ‘Hello, i’m sirlewisofclarke, welcome to my blog’ kind of thing. I’ll put a picture up when I figure out how to move a facebook photo onto this blog (I told you i’m terrible with computers!) so it’s ciao for now!!!!