Jasper Fforde and Scribernation

Today, I’m off to Bristolcon for the first time in a couple of years and am looking forward to my panels, including one I’m moderating that features, among others, bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

While researching Jasper for his introduction, I stumbled on this from the Straits Times:

British author Jasper Fforde has coined a new portmanteau – “scribernation“.

A mash-up of scribe and hibernation, it describes bundling up against the elements during winter, ignoring the world and sitting down to write.

“I regard winter as a time to write,” says the best-selling author of the Thursday Next series, in which the eponymous heroine is a literary detective who jumps into books to fix errors and pursue criminals.

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I love scribernation. And it’s true. There’s something about winter that makes you want to batten down the hatches and get creating.

In fact, thinking about it, I do it all the time. Even in the middle of summer, when it’s brilliant sunshine outside, I often pull the curtains and put on an ambient soundtrack of a rainstorm, complete with thunder. The thrum of the rain and the rolling thunder focuses  on the words in front of me, whatever the real weather outside.

Add a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and the rainstorm also helps drown out sounds of my kids during school holidays too!

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Bestselling author Cavan Scott is a writer of novels, comics, audio dramas and non-fiction books for adults and children. He has written for Doctor Who, Star Wars, Tekken, Star Trek, Penguins of Madagascar, Skylanders, Adventure Time, The Beano, Pathfinder, Angry Birds, Judge Dredd, Blake's 7, Warhammer 40,000 and more.

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