OF OWONGO AND HIS BIRTH, WITH LINKS.
It was sometime in the late nineteen eighties that Owongo, the little caveman hero of so many of my most recent posts, first saw the light of day, together with his wife Mirumda. Back then I set out to write a set of stories that were intended to trace the effect of two powerful other-world jewels impregnated with an alien sexual passion on Human history, from the very beginnings in Cro-Magnon life to the future, when environmental degradation proves to be disastrous. I called the series of five novels The Jewels of Ooombis, and although not totally satisfactory they tell a story that encompasses a huge range of humanity and human experiences. Owongo and Mirumda appear in Volume One, Love's Deadly Dawning, but it's a very different Owongo to he who has adorned the following little stories that I've been writing this past few weeks. That Owongo was an aberration, a man who has tasted forbidden fruits and been ruined by them. This new incarnation is a funny, primitive little man (or male hominid). He is a much more simple person, as befits a character whose stories rarely exceed 800 words. But that doesn't make him any the less endearing, I hope. In the last story disaster struck, and who can tell what will happen next? There will be at least one more story, though it's not been written or even conceived yet, but when it is I will post it straight away here. My wife and I are off for ten days in the caravan later this week, but courtesy of the dongle we'll be keeping in touch. But as for writing much â€“ well, that will depend on the weather.
But back to Owongo. I've always been fascinated by how the most primitive of men would have accepted the more advanced developments that we take for granted, those beyond their wildest dreams, and I created a caveman who might just have tried to invent futuristic (to him) things with neither the time nor the means to do it. But, as in most things that I write and characters I create, he developed a life of his own, and a personality that I found irresistible. He became a philosopher and was able to give us an insight into the birth of such grandiose things as religion and faith.
What follows is a comprehensive and clickable list to all of my Owongo material, including Love's Deadly Dawning which, for those who might be interested, is available in both paper and download form.
And Finally (or not, as the case may be)
As of this moment the list is comprehensive, but who can speak for tomorrow? They're in the order they were written, so you can't expect much in the way of chronological accuracy!
Â© Peter Rogerson 14.05.12