Bet you are wondering what is going on with the rogues gallery above – well, they are the subjects of my next story.  Collectively known as the Burgess gang, they are (hopefully in order), Joseph Sullivan, Philip Levy, Richard Burgess and Thomas Kelly.  All but one of them were executed for a crime spree which lasted several months around NZ, and culminated in the murder of 5 men near Nelson, also it is reported that they could have killed as many as 20 men between the West Coast and Nelson.

I am quite excited about writing their story, from a unique perspective.  This is the story that I am struggling with at present.  Why?  Because I guess it is a story that is so well documented, I want to be accurate with my story, while still telling it from a fictional point of view, which is kind of hard when most historians will probably read it and pick all the faults there are with it, but it is a story I have been passionate about since I was in Std 4 (Year 6 I guess!).  I wrote a short story that year about being the rope that hung one of the men… yeah I know, I had strange ideas even back then.

I’m hoping by having them in my face (I have pictures of them in my house and around my laptop too), I will get to the point where I just have to get it done.  So best I stop mucking around and start writing!

Wondering Who They Are?
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4 thoughts on “Wondering Who They Are?

  • April 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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    oh you’ve given your blog a total overhaul! Seems like a fitting theme for the story you want to write. Excellent – hope it helps!

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    • April 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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      Yes, thought I would try and update the site every now and again, and I had the pictures. I wanted a darker theme for writing about them. It kind of meshes with me.

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  • April 23, 2011 at 2:25 am
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    I was wondering who they were but I love the new layout and think it’s a great idea to theme it with your WIP. A great way to set the writing mood. It sounds like a really interesting story and I love learning about history (especially NZ history) in fiction. It sounds like you’ve had a unique perspective on stories since Std 4. 🙂

    I know what you mean about the words being harder when it’s a subject you need to get right. It’s harder to let yourself go in the first draft and allow yourself to suck. I’m tackling that with my Scifi short story at the moment. The whole world is underwater so everything I write about what they’re doing and how they’re acting has to be affected by it. Slowly getting there. 🙂

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    • April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am
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      Kerryn, I got around this problem by transcribing the newspaper articles from the 1860’s directly into my story. While I will not use these as they are, the will provide the basis for the evidence provided in court, and also there are some wonderful little insights into what they wore, how they acted etc. A wealth of information!

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