A town named Codmanton

The featured photograph today is of an industrial scene in the blue hour – actually at Cannington roundabout in Ravenhead, St Helens, Merseyside. I chose this scene because, having finished writing my story in draft, I realised that I could create a context by writing a prologue – essentially a chapter about my fictitious post-industrial town , Codmanton, in the North of England.

I took this shot last December, from a bridge that overlooks a roundabout, but I took the shot in the opposite direction in order to capture the industrial flavour of the vicinity. Additionally, the light trails are reminiscent of a motorway – my fictitious town is close to a motorway roundabout.

I used my Pentax K-1 camera using a 15-30 mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle lens at 15 mm and f/16, with an ISO of 200 and a shutter speed of 10 seconds. I used a tripod but no filters. The image has been cropped in Lightroom to clean the photo of some of the sensor dust spots that showed up at f/16.

In the Prologue, I take the reader on a drone’s eye view of the town from North to South and East to West, identifying where the key characters live and work.

Something else that I have started work on, is listing the many scenes that take place over the eighty days described in the book. Some of them take up less than half a page of A4. I am trying to rationalise this structure by combining the scenes into phases of the drama, even where they take place across different sites. I’m still not decided how to describe each phase – as dances, dance steps or the role that the phase plays in the plot. I’d prefer to do it by dance name or step type to reflect the dance theme of the story.

I’ll sleep on it.

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