Cue fanfare for an exciting announcement!

YukaI am absolutely delighted to announce that I now have an agent! Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services has taken on me and Kitty and Cadaver – and the planned future books in the series – as of November 2014.

I’ve known Alex for some years, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that she loved the book and wants to find a publisher for it. It’s also wonderful to not have to worry about that side of things. I can get on with plotting and then writing the next Kitty and Cadaver novel – with its working title of Ravens and Rivers – while Alex does all that hard graft of getting publishers interested.

The first three chapters are still online here if you want a taste of the book, and of course the side projects of the jewellery made from broken instruments, the songs for each chapter and (we hope one day) the comic book Demon of the Earth, are still being done in collaboration with fabulous artisans, musicians and artists.

I’ll keep blogging here about the elements of the project and of course news, if and when it comes, of a publisher!

– Narrelle M Harris

 

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Kitty & Cadaver: Not the Zombie Apocalypse – update

YukaHello all,

I know the blog has been quiet lately, apart from the upcoming Bend and Snap Market post. I’ve been in the process of seeking an agent and/or publisher for Kitty, and for the second Kitty novel I was recently researching in London.

In preparation for the whole agent/publisher business, I will soon be taking all but the first three chapters of the novel off the site.

I will continue to post about Kitty related things, though – the jewellery, the music project (which has stalled but not stopped) and, I hope, other things as they come to pass.

Thank you all for joining me and Kitty on our journey so far – and I hope you’ll be with us as more of our plans come to fruition!

-Narrelle

Songs: Bury My Heart by Narrelle M Harris and Jess Harris

Alex sings only the chorus of this song in Chapter Six, which he wrote some years before for his boyfriend, Kurt. Here’s the song in full.

 

I’m running untethered
Across the planet’s skin
Fighting to keep all the
Demons in
My friends at my back
My love by my side
I’ll fight the good fight
Till the devils or I
Have died

My voice is my armour,
Blade and shield
These words, these tones
Are a weapon I wield
They herald our war
Lament what we’ve lost
And they give comfort
When we count
The cost

And we have no home
But the places we stay
Anchored awhile
And we sleep where we may
Our burdens are heavy
And the light is grey
So when the end comes
my home
Is wherever
you bury my heart.
wherever
you bury my heart.

Know that while it beats, this vital organ,
Every breath that inhales oxygen,
And blood I shed, it’s all for you
Bury my heart when I’m dead and done
My soul is yours and it lives on
It lives on

And we have no home
But the places we stay
Anchored awhile
And we sleep where we may
Our burdens are heavy
And the light is grey
When the end comes my home
Is wherever you bury my heart.
wherever you bury my heart.

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

Songs: Rain Song by Narrelle M Harris and Jess Harris

Only part of Rain Song is played by Steve in Chapter Four, so here is the whole thing: lyrics by Narrelle M Harris, music by Jess Harris. I’m thinking about submitting this song to Welcome to Night Vale for the podcast’s Weather report, when they start taking music submissions again. It is, after all, about the weather.

Listen to the ocean
Surrender water to the sky
Listen to the streams
Soak the clay and earth nearby
The lullabies of lakes
Evaporating droplets with a sigh
All these drips and beads and mists
Spinning invisibly by

Rain come down
Rain come down

Rain come down
Crash and pour and lash
Remember what you were
And fall

Rain come down
Rain come down
Wash the city streets
And wash the squares and towers
Endless showers
Wash the world free

Rain come down
Rain come down

Rain come down

Then go back to your seas
And river beds and banks and quays
Waiting for the cycle to repeat
Flow and ripple and fall again.

Here is Jess singing it live:

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

Eddie Tichelaar and the Unhaunted Piano

Kitty's piano

The piano for the jewellery project! Thank you Eddie and abc Pianos!

Recently I had the opportunity to pop out to abc Pianos in Montrose and meet the owner, Eddie Tichelar, who has donated a whole piano to the Kitty jewellery project! In due course we’ll be dismantling it to use the walnut panels, ivory keyboards and various strings, hammers and fitting to make decorative arts.

I had a lovely afternoon with Eddie, and discovered that repurposing dead pianos for jewellery isn’t the only use for the instruments he picks up.

Naturally, he restores and reconditions a lot of pianos – the ones that are salvagable at any rate. Others that can’t really be made servicable again get stripped for parts, like an old car! Ivory keys, brass fittings and especially the matching stools get used to match with pianos of the same vintage and wear to bring that back into shape.

But of course, many pianos have been left too long without tuning or care. With the strings not maintained at the correct tension, and the pianos sometimes stored where temperatures vary too greatly, the wood warps and the instrument becomes irretrievably out of tune. There’s nothing much to be done with the oldest and most out-of-tune pianos except toss them. Eddie only has so much room to store pianos for parts.

Some pianos get a second life as props. They might be emptied of metal frame, strings and all and sit on theatre or film sets, or in museums, looking the part without needing to be played.

IMG_3309Yet others can be made into something non-musical yet creative. Eddie’s own home features a few pianos that have been turned into display cases, and he tells me that FEral Arts Studio turns piano parts into art. He showed me pictures of piano frames used as headboards, garden beds and other decorative items as well.

When I asked Eddie if he had any ‘haunted piano’ stories, he laughed and took me to his store room. As we walked in, an ordinary piano (as opposed to the kind that have music rolls) began to play. There was a trick to it, which you can see here, but it was a wonderfully creepy moment.

So: if you have a piano that needs tuning; if you want to rent a piano so you can learn to play; if you want to talk to Eddie about parts and art or renting a dummy piano for a production, get in touch with abc Pianos in Montrose!

Interested in donating to or being part of the Kitty Jewellery Project? Visit the project page and stay tuned for details.

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

The Pink Ass-Purse

This is the pink marble purse that Steve sees in the Bourke Street Mall in the latter part of Chapter Three.

IMG_1315 IMG_1478 IMG_1479The sculpture is called The Public Purse, created by Simon Perry in 1994 and is carved from pink granite. The clasp is made of stainless steel.

And perhaps it’s just Steve and I who think it looks a little like a skinny pink arse from the back.

Feel free to leave a comment about this post and the Kitty project below.

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.