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July 29, 2017

The surface story of Lydia’s journey is a fun and easy read (with some dark moments), and it is not at all necessary for the reader to even be aware of the complex allegorical scheme behind it in order to enjoy that story on its own terms. However, the allegory is there for enjoyment, too. It’s like a big puzzle for the reader to discover the clues and signposts and figure out what it all might mean when she puts the pieces together. I find that sort of thing stimulating and fun.

The allegory would only be completely obvious to people who are already very clued-up on various subjects. I hope most reasonably bright people with a passing familiarity with those subjects would get something fro...

July 28, 2017

Everybody knows superstition is stupid, even superstitious people. So, after about eight drafts of my novel, I Am Not Gog, I was surprised to find myself suddenly editing under the grip of a powerful and exacting superstition that was impossible to escape.

The grind of writing a novel is mostly in the process of rewrites and editing. The process is endless. The rewrites are many. The number of rewrites that I Am Not Gog underwent isn't strictly accurate, because in early rewrites of the whole manuscript, I would rewrite a single scene anywhere between one to ten times until I was happy enough to move on to the next scene (or was sick of it). My final edit has the title ‘30th Draft’, but it...

July 28, 2017

This is going to be a repository of insights about the novel, I Am Not Gog (and later works as they come). It might get a little tricky at times because I don’t want to give any spoilers, not just about the plot but also the allegory — I don’t want to give all the answers to what things really represent or there wouldn’t be any point in making an allegory in the first place. I’ll have to do some careful ‘talking around’ some things to give some clues but not hand you the answers on a plate.

It took me over twelve and a half years (on and off) to write, edit, and publish the novel. This is largely because of the complexity of the allegorical structure beneath the fairly simple surface story....

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This is a repository of insights about the novel I Am Not Gog (and future work). There will be new insights every month or so until we have a full library and nothing is left unexplored. If you came here to find out more about the allegory of the novel, start by clicking HERE.

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I Am Not Gog. A novel by Matthew James Hunt.

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