In my last post I explained that I was cancelling the competition website. Before I do I decided to take some of the general information off said website and post it here for people who haven’t read it. I also received some competition entries which I will post for you to read once I get permission from the contributors::
My name is Gongleshanks and I am from the Land of Grimney. WHAT? You’ve never heard of Grimney? Where HAVE you been?? Ah! No! I can’t be bothered explaining it all again. All you need to know for now is that I work for Voice Box Promotions. We promote creative people on twitter such as poets, artists, writers, musicians, comedians, anyone creative who needs promoting, we do it! So what makes us different to other promotional companies I hear you ask? Well, we don’t charge. Yes you heard that right….we promote people free of charge. Our creator, Grimnian had this vision you see, Grimnian is a cross-dressing wizard by the way, anyway, where was I? Oh yes Grimnian decided that there are so many talented people ‘out there’ trying to get seen and heard and it made him sad.So one day he thought ‘I know what I’ll do……I’ll get a group of people together who are willing to work for no pay and we will TAKE OVER THE WORLD’. He didn’t actually say that last bit – about taking over the world I mean – but I am an imp and sometimes prone to exaggerating a bit. Anyway he got this team of nutters…..erm I mean like-minded people together and took them to Twitterland where they have been working tirelessly for many months to make people’s dreams come true. The team consists of Grimnian the wizard, a lesser spotted tentacular clam by the name of Morton, a tin knight with bees in his head named Garlan, a beautiful lady called Kara, Wendel, a demented Mayor who walks backwards and Gongleshanks a naughty imp who walks upside down. Gongle’s long suffering girlfriend, Ann also tweets for the team.
Grimnian has also been building a very spectacular site called Voice Box and it has a virtual stage where our Twitter followers can perform to a large audience via webcam.
What is VoiceBox?
An obvious question, VoiceBox came to mind after the creation of the Land of Grimney. I had always intended to find a way to encourage, support and promote creativity of all kinds. The problem I found with many websites was that they often swallowed talent through sheer weight of member numbers. This we wanted to avoid. Therefore we are creating VoiceBox – The Virtual Stage. A free platform where members will be able to perform their music, poetry, comedy routines or simply talk about their books, or just share their thoughts with others. Tweets will be sent out on Twitter to announce a performance, and these will be free to over thirty thousand people. There will be a small charge if a member wishes to reach a further one hundred thousand and book promotions will require a very tiny fee, but free promotion will still be available too. We hope that you will recoup any expense with your own sales. Why charge you may ask? The website is destined to be an expensive construction, and we and its builders GloDerWorks; an award winning design company, will have to manage it. The intention is to grow and adapt and, with your support and contributions, we intend to become a powerful online influence in discovering, supporting and empowering new talents throughout the world.
The site has incredible potential. Voice Box Promotions, our hard working publicity department, have gathered over one hundred and thirty thousand followers on Twitter and we are proud to share with you that a significant core are involved with the music and publishing industry. We are followed by many incredibly talented individuals and hope that we can help share their gifts with others.
VoiceBox will be a unique concept, simply being built for you. How successful you are depends on your determination, drive and ability. We believe that success for us will be measured only by the success of those who become involved and strive to achieve their goals and dreams.
We hope that you will join us, share your gifts and participate in all aspects of VoiceBox, of which there will be many. We are here to see you succeed, but success is in your hands. We will take great pride in seeing you achieve your ambitions and helping you as much as we can along the way.
Good luck and may your dreams take flight!
A little story:
Once upon a time there lived a wizard by the name of Grimnian. He lived in a fantasy world all of his own, this land was called Grimney. Many strange creatures inhabited the land of Grimney and when they were not at war fighting to control the land, they spent their days painting, reading books and writing.One day Grimnian was sat in the woods chatting to his friends when he stunned everybody by announcing ‘I’m bored!’
‘You’re bored?’ repeated Morton the slimy clam ‘Well what do you want to do Grimnian?’ Grimnian looked thoughtful for a moment then he turned to Morton and said ‘I want to start an online empire’
Everyone stopped chatting idly and turned their attention to the strange wizard who was wearing a very expensive looking dress.
Kara Jarina a beautiful and enchanting lady was first to speak ‘If you want to spend the day creating an empire dear Grimnian then that is what you must do.’ Kara then resumed her welding.
Without another word Grimnian arose elegantly – as befits someone wearing a very expensive dress – and staggered off into the woods. He staggered because he was wearing exceedingly high heels, not the best attire for hiking but…..well, that’s Grimnian for you!
After some time he re-appeared accompanied by a very handsome man who walked towards the group of friends on his hands.
‘This is Gongleshanks’ said Grimnian, ‘he is joining my empire. He used to be Meadow Goblinglitter but I changed her into a man’.
‘Ooooh’ piped up Morton, ‘Why did you change Meadow into a man?’
‘Every empire has a handsome and charismatic man on the team’ replied Grimnian with a vague expression on his face.
‘But why is he upside down?’ Morton continued.
Grimnian’s eyes became clear now and he spoke with great determination. ‘Ah, yes, why indeed Morton’ he began. ‘I can tell you exactly why Gongleshanks is upside down young………..clam. Goodness, yes indeedy………….and well spotted, you are indeed a very observant young……..clam! The reason why Gongleshanks, the handsome, charismatic man is upside down is…………because…………my spell went wrong. Yes, that’s it…………that’s what happened the spell went wrong, it was a mistake, that, Morton is why Gongleshanks is upside down.’
Grimnian smiled contentedly to himself, quietly pleased with his clear and intelligent explanation.
Wendel, the Mayor of Dingletown grabbed hold of Gongle’s foot and shook it vigorously. ‘I was very pleased to meet you tomorrow’ said Wendel because he was extremely stupid.
‘OK’ announced the elegantly dressed wizard’ There is no time like the future we had better make a start for we have a long and arduous journey ahead of us.’
‘But…..where are we going?’ protested Kara as she lifted her welding mask.
‘We are going to Twitterland’ beamed Grimnian. ‘I have heard tell that there are many unhappy people in this land. There are writers and painters and poets and minstrels of great quality but nobody will give them the time of day because a tyrant has taken over the land. He has created a huge empire and mesmerised the population into believing that the only creative people worth seeing are the ones that he chooses to show on the watchy box and has commanded that nobody else will be allowed into his empire unless they have been chosen by him or one of his close friends.
At this, the band of creatures rolled around on the ground laughing and holding their tummies because their chuckle muscles were hurting.
‘Oh Grimnian!’ they gasped, ‘Where do you get these outlandish ideas, ha ha, hee hee, as if that could really happen!’
Grimnian stepped over them and continued, ‘We must make tracks if we are to save the creatives of earth.
The group stopped laughing and picked themselves up because they could see by the absent expression on the wizard’s face that he was in no mood for jollity and was indeed serious about saving the creative people of earth from a life of anonymity.
That is how the Grimnians came to be in twitterland and the rest – as they say – is history.
The group worked hard from their little office and made lots of friends in Twitterland. Grimnian spent his days scouring the haberdashery shops for sequins because he was obsessed with sparkly things. Success quickly went to Morton’s head and he lavished allsorts of expensive gifts on himself including the latest model Clambretta. He soon found that his clambretta attracted lots of ladies and he began to disappear on ‘business’ trips with alarming regularity. Beautiful Kara became a workaholic, locked away with mountains of paperwork for months on end and Gongleshanks met the love of his life, a girl from Miami who was the perfect partner for the imp because she always turned a blind eye to his philandering, presumably hoping that one day he would settle down and mend his ways – Yes in a way, Ann was as big a dreamer as Grimnian!
One sunny day Grimnian decided to bring in a new staff member and turned up with an old, rusty, tin knight by the name of Garlan. The team were told that Garlan had worshipped gold before coming to Twitterland. To teach him a valuable lesson (see what I did there!) some wizard had turned Garlan into metal ‘because he loved the stuff so much’ The only way Garlan could regain his original form and be reunited with his lady, Ambrosia was to perform many good deeds without accepting any payment whatsoever – making a position on the staff at Voice Box Promotions ideal.
Things were going well in Twitterland for many months then one day Gongleshanks walked into the office, and put his hands into a pool of clam slime. As he stood unsteadily on his feet wiping his hands on Grimnian’s blouse he surveyed the strange scene in his place of work, the clam hanging from the ceiling dripping slime, Grimnian counting his sequins and Garlan scrubbing himself with a brillo pad and he thought to himself:
‘This is not how I envisaged my life when I was a young girl.’
Gongle thought he needed a rest so he took himself off to his private island in the middle of the Carribean to have a think about his life……….
When he returned more staff had joined the team, There was Garli, a sun Goddess, Ursula, a bit of a mystery that one! and a Master swordsman by the name of Killgin.
This story is still being written so watch this space………..