C. A. Pack

Musings & Brainstorms & Rants

August 2012

Unusual Home I’m looking for unusual architecture to create the many different worlds I’ll need for the next several segments of the Chronicles of the Library of Illumination, and this tiny home in Sweden fits the bill to a tee. I can see one person living in this space without going stir crazy, but it’s hard to imagine two. Decide for yourself. This slideshow is from 8.22.12 Houzz:

I’m looking for unusual architecture to create the many different worlds I’ll need for the next several segments of the Chronicles of the Library of Illumination, and this tiny home in Sweden fits the bill to a tee. I can see one person living in this space without going stir crazy, but it’s hard to imagine two. Decide for yourself.

This slideshow is from 8.22.12 Houzz:

Chronicles: The Library of Illumination


The Library of Illumination started out as a short story that somehow ended up on steroids.

I just finished the Chronicles of the Library of Illumination, a 77,000 word YA fantasy that starts, innocently enough, with the story of a young girl who becomes the curator of the most wonderful library ever, and ends with her and her 17-year-old assistant, Jackson, discovering secret portals to Libraries on other worlds. This obviously lends support to the proverbial saying, “we are not alone.”

This compendium includes the first five segments (which means, there’s more to come). So now, the pressure is on to finish creating my other worlds. If you look on my website under Library of Illumination - Realms, you’ll see the beginning of where this is going. I’ve got names of realms and curators and the names of individuals in the College of Overseers. Plus some symbols, however, they are subject to change because they don’t always reproduce across multiple platforms in predictable ways. But I’m working on it.

My most ambitious undertaking (other than writing the manuscript) has been the Library floor plans, which are incomplete (and at 1,311 levels, they will remain incomplete, forever). It’s funny because I created them, so I could illustrate where different things were taking place. What it really illustrates is why it’s good that I never became an architect (although I still dream about becoming one, some day). I had staircases where they could not feasibly exist, and my initial design would barely have held a fraction of the books that the greatest Library, ever, would be required to house. I posted a floor plan on my website, but will have to change it soon, because I had one of the protagonists using an escape route, that they’d have to leap over 15 feet of open air - to reach. Now that the manuscript is done (until an agent or editor tells me to change it) I’m going to spend the next few weeks tweaking my floor plans and designing new civilizations for the next LOI segment.

Hidden Transportation Gem

Every so often, I find a place I would love to visit, but can’t.

The following travel blog was written by “Sophie” in February 2012 and details a once-beautiful New York City subway station, that was abandoned when it’s sharp curves were no longer safe for longer passenger cars. Once you see the pictures, you’ll want to visit it, too. It’s a gem.

New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station… But it sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter, right?
It was opened in 1904, with the hope of making it the crowning glory of the New York subway system in elegant architecture and a place for commemorative plaques to honour the work that had resulted in such a successful underground mass transit system. It was to be the original southern terminus of the first ‘Manhattan Main Line’; however the station was closed and boarded up in 1945. The gem of the underground began gathering dust, forgotten by the general public, as passengers were forced off at the Brooklyn Bridge Stop before the train continued on to the terminus to make its turnaround.
The reason for its closure was that newer longer cars were required to match the demand of passengers that passed through the system. But as the stations tracks were severely curved, a dangerous gap between the train doors and the platform was formed making it an unsafe area. This combined with the fact that only about 600 people used it, resulted in its closure with only mythical plans of turning it into a transit museum. But this was never followed through.
However, now you don’t have to take my word that the secret City Hall Station exists, as the 6 Train will now allow the passengers who have been enlightened with the knowledge of its whereabouts to stay on the train during its turnaround and see the Station. You won’t be able to get off, but you’ll be taken for a slow tour of the platform and see what a beauty it was in its heyday!
And if that isn’t enough, The Underbelly Project has turned it into a kind-of off-limits art gallery. They are a group of street artists who have painted the walls of the unattractive concrete areas with their art in a spooky art exhibition that will be witnessed only by urban explorers who prowl the deep train system at night and Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers.
Over a hundred murals have been accumulated over time by graffiti artists, namely PAC and Workhorse (infamous NYC graffitists), who discovered the bare walls and invited others to add their art.
But if you want to go and view these art works, you will most definitely run the high risk of being arrested as venturing the tunnels is both highly illegal and dangerous! I’ll just stick to seeing the photographs as I’m pretty sure my search for art would turn into a horror story down in the black tunnels… or I’d get hit by a train.

Creating a Language

IK    I am
   You are
   He, she or it is

   We are
You are
They are

Nothing is worse for someone who is not fluent in other languages, than to have to create a unique language. But that’s just what I need to do for the Library of Illumination. In the latest segment, we learn the Library exists on twelve different worlds, and I had to create a special language for one of them. I’ve made up a few words, and conjugated the singular and plural of “to be” for the Terrorian Realm, but that’s about it, and I don’t know where to go from here. I kind of wish there was an online course on how to develop your own language. I guess I could dig up an old French Language book and see how they they get the basics across. Or I can just leave it be.

At least, I don’t need touristy stuff like, “Where is the bathroom?” because Terrorians expel waste through their bare feet. If you ever travel to one of my fictitious worlds, you’d better watch where you step. And don’t expect to find a Diet Coke anywhere on the planet. I guess Dorothy said it best when she told Toto, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

I’ll be posting my Terrorian Language Primer on my website under the Library of Illumination during the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I’ll get some feedback, that will keep me on track. I would never want to be accused of being responsible for another world’s bad grammar.