Welcome to my Elfwood page. I’m afraid you’ve arrived a little late to the party, as I’m now no longer very active on Elfwood. But not to fear - I’ve left a scattering of stories here to keep you amused, and I still read and appreciate any comments that you might care to leave.
I'm an English and Cultural Studies graduate living in Cambridge (UK). I have a blog where I review SFF books and post news of my writing published elsewhere. I'm also on Twitter (@JinxedJester).
I love (in no particular order) reading, writing, theatre, film, Neil Gaiman, coffee, muesli, Catherynne M. Valente, dragons, my friends, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, the Venice carnival, manga, Studio Ghibli anime, Punchdrunk theatrical experiences, Virginia Woolf, Robin Hobb, waistcoats, angels, Stephen King’s Dark Tower, bittersweet music, HBO series (many of them, anyway), Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper... and many more wondrous and scrumptious things.
Bump! has been by far the most popular of the stories I’ve posted here on Elfwood. Which is why I must offer a huge apology to everyone who’s come here searching for it – and found that only chapters 1-3 remain. I made the decision to take down the majority of Bump! because the version that was posted here is no longer the most up-to-date one. This meant that a) I could no longer post any new chapters, as they wouldn’t make sense unless you’d read the new versions of the earlier chapters, and b) I was no longer happy with the thought of people reading such an out-of-date version of the story. The three chapters that remain here are the newest iterations of the tale, and I hope that you enjoy them. Someday, Bump! will be finished, and you will find out what happens to Rupert, Harriet, Fang, Juggalug, and all the rest of the motley cast. Someday. I promise. Whether you’ll still care by that point is another matter, however…!
The Elfwood Stories
- Bump! – Chapters 1-3. See explanation/apology above.</li>
- We Are Cain - Inspired by Beowulf, this is the story of the monsters who live in Grendel's mother's lake, and of their ancient curse.</li>
- Sacrifice - Written after researching the Mayan civilization for an art project. Can Xato snatch his wife back from the hands of the Gods?</li>
- Honour Of The Flame - For Elijah Marquez, based on his picture, standard bearer.</li>
- Teeth of Iachon - A sea-churnin’ adventure, complete with a monster of the deep!</li>
- Sol - A tale of magic, gallantry, and prejudice, set in the Wild West.</li>
- The Hunter - Twisted. Mod's choice September 27th 2005.</li>
- The Hermit - A companion-piece to The Hunter. See the main story description for more info.</li>
- Black Eyes – Dark. Fans of The Hunter may enjoy this one.</li>
- Bolt’s World - Mod's choice Dec 3rd 2004. Inspired by Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake - I used her technique of switching between past and present tense to build the story.</li>
- Yes, Sir - This is pretty long. But, I will say this now and it is repeated in the description: Please don't scroll down to see how long it is and take a peek at the end before you start! Just read it, OK? From the beginning...</li>
You can find more of my fiction online by visiting my blog, here.
Friends at Elfwood
Friends at Elfwood: Lindsay Verde
(Friend) , Samuel V. R. Joseph
(Friend) , Robin Hersom
(Knight) , Paul M Benjamin
(Friend) , Lindsay Verde
(Twin mind) , Andrew Law
(Old friend) , Veronica Tawn Hoffman
(Fan) , James K Bowers
(Friend) , Neen Iqbal
(Admirer) and Cheryl Joy White
Guestbook for Jinxedjester2
|18 Apr 2011|| Farissi Frisky Fauzi|
your welcome, and alright i will post some of my story, i will tell you when it’s done. "when i said done, of course i mean translate it as good as i could do it! hehe" Jess Hyslop
replies: "Let me know when you have something posted!"
|18 May 2011|| Ethan Childress|
OK, so I have read your stuff and I just have to say. I really like it. You are really good. You establish tone very well and have fun and engaging plots. It bothers me that you have written a story about vampires that I actually want to read. Before now I could actually say that the subject bored me. But such is life I suppose. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing with the site. You have a gift.
PS I agree with Farissi, I’d way rather have all the vampire groupies reading this than Twitight (cringe). Jess Hyslop
replies: "Aw, thanks, Ethan! Hah, yeah... Twilight... Ugh. (Not that I’ve read it, but that’s very deliberate.) It bothers *me* that Twilight came into being years after I started Bump!, so now it looks like I’m just jumping on the vampire bandwagon... Not to say that there wasn’t a bandwagon before, but at least it was a less irritating one...
Apologies to anyone out there who likes Twilight. Please don’t flame me...! I’m not really willing to discuss it, anyway. Lol.
I really, really have to get on and write more of Bump!... *motivation*"
|10 Oct 2011|| Lindsay Verde|
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Jess! Jess Hyslop
replies: "Hehe, thanks! And to you, Lindsay!"
|11 Nov 2011|| Meagan iamthepixiechick Michelle|
There is no Bump! Part 17. Am I correct? Am I missing something? PLEASE, this story cannot remain unfinished! Jess Hyslop
replies: "Part 17 is waiting to be moderated -- but it’s been waiting a while now, though, so I have no idea when it will finally go through... Hopefully soon! I’m afraid it may end up being the last part I will post on Elfwood, but there will be an opportunity for those who’ve been following the story to read more. Will let you know in due course (if you’re interested, that is!)"
|25 Dec 2011|| Lindsay Verde|
Merry Christmas Jess! Jess Hyslop
replies: "A very Merry Christmas to you too! i hope you had a magical day! "
|22 Feb 2012|| Elijah Marquez|
I see that your represented now, that is awesome! Obviously its been awhile. Belated congratulations! Jess Hyslop
replies: "Thank you! Yep, that’s right - it’s very exciting! (It’s clearly been a while since I’ve replied to comments here too... Sorry for the tardy reply!)"
|22 Apr 2012|| HappyOne|
I LOVE yoyr work!!
Big fan of your writing so keep it up!!
Where’s Bump! part 17?
Please post soon!!!
not to seem to crazed.... Jess Hyslop
replies: "Thank you for your comment and enthusiasm! I’m sorry that there isn’t any more to read at present. I’ve just explained the situation in another comment, so I hope you don’t mind me copying and pasting it here: Basically, I’m at a bit of a loss about how to organise Bump! at the moment. I have written more (it totals abut 100k words now!) but I’ve also edited the earlier parts quite a lot, so the later parts now require people to have read the *edited* earlier ones... Add to that the fact that I now have a literary agent (*big grin*) and so I cannot post the new parts on a public forum (well, perhaps the first three chapters, but that’s all). So I need to decide how to proceed before I send people any more to read..."
|30 May 2012|| Nica Tawnya Hoffman|
Hey there, Jess. You’re doing an awesome job with Bump!. Hope to see Part 17 soon!
|30 May 2012|| Nica Tawnya Hoffman|
Hmm... I posted the above before I found Part 17. Now I’m wondering where I can find the rest of the story... Jess Hyslop
replies: "Wow, thank you so much for reading Bump! It’s such an encouragement when people take the time to read and comment Re. Bump!, I’ve just explained the situation in another comment, so I hope you don’t mind me copying and pasting it here: Basically, I’m at a bit of a loss about how to organise Bump! at the moment. I have written more (it totals abut 100k words now!) but I’ve also edited the earlier parts quite a lot, so the later parts now require people to have read the *edited* earlier ones... Add to that the fact that I now have a literary agent (*big grin*) and so I cannot post the new parts on a public forum (well, perhaps the first three chapters, but that’s all). So I need to decide how to proceed before I send people any more to read... I will not forget the Elfwoodians in all this, though! I’m hoping to eventually set up some kind of mailing list so I can send new chapters through to those who’ve been following the story here. I will let you know when I’ve got my act together and organised this!"
|13 Nov 2013|| Anon.|
You’ve got an agent. That’s awesome! I read this story a year or two ago (Wow so long), and was sad to see it stop. I’m happy to hear you’re getting some recognition.
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