With their help, between us we dream up scenarios for them, protagonists to encounter; situations for them to live through – both benign and dangerous. In fact thanks to their help we’ve created a whole world for them to live in before humanity arrived on the scene. We’ve even created the colloquial language they use, their personal idiosyncrasies, weaknesses and strengths.
Along with the five main characters, we’ve also invented a supporting cast of equally oddball characters, including a one eyed lisping raven named Bejuss with a twisted beak.
Until I’ve written down their last adventure, my current obsession with them will continue, to the exclusion of all other writing projects – er, I do beg your pardon, obsessions I mean.
They have dictated, and I’ve written down, twelve tales so far. Only another twenty-eight to write in this anthology, at least that’s the target we’ve set. By the time number thirty is written, we may decide it’s simply not enough.
Who are these five characters who have completely taken me over?
They go by the unlikely names of Globular Van der Graff, (Glob), Makepeace Terranova (Make), Byzantine Du Lac (Byz), Eponymous Tringthicky (Mous) and finally, curmudgeonly old Neopol Stranglethigh (Neo).
What are they – five friendly wood goblins?
But goblins are evil, nasty, hideous little troublemakers I hear you cry. It’s true that they have always been portrayed that way through folklore and fairytale over the centuries – think of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. But I thought the time was long overdue for someone (me) to offer a completely different view of them. Not all people are bad, most are good, or at least cause no trouble, so why not five wood goblins?
Now it’s time to get back to story number thirteen, my coffee break is over and my characters are ready once again to dictate their next adventure to me.