PRESENTING A NEW WRITING OPPORTUNITY...
A SPARKLE OF DOCTORS
Diamant is forever, but not the Time Lords who stand against them...
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DIVERGENT WORDSMITHS ANNOUNCES...
A SPARKLE OF DOCTORS
Diamant is forever, but not the Time Lords who stand against them...
The first anniversary collection and seventh volume of Divergent Wordsmiths. Celebrating five years of the community and the 60th anniversary of the show that inspired it. A diamond jubilee and one we intend to celebrate with gusto.
But across the Multiverse, something is Changing. The fundamental rhythm of Creation, the heartsbeat of Time and Space itself, is beginning to twist and alter. In the broken places of the cosmos, something is growing...
Chief Editor and Publisher for Divergent Wordsmiths
Eden By Annihilation, a full-length novel starring the Sixth Doctor, receives a 2022 reissue! Taking advantage of many new benefits and abilities not available during the novel's initial release. Including a variety of new bonus features and a special audio performance from Brian Corrigan as the Sixth Doctor!
Available now from Anthologies and Novels!
"Success at Divergent Wordsmiths is measured by the completion of our projects. No more, no less. We set ourselves an objective, work towards it and, in the end, achieve what we set out to accomplish. I'm delighted to say (with some degree of bias) that each release keeps getting better and better.
Since 2018, we have succeeded in more than sixteen instances across short stories, fan theories, analyses and novels. The Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2 symbolises a milestone in Divergent Wordsmiths' development as August 2022 will mark five years of the community's contributions and publications. A year that will informally last until August 2023 and one, I hope, that we'll be able to celebrate with full measure.
2023 will also mark a rather important event for Doctor Who itself. Sixty years of travelling in Time and Space, since its first airing in November 1963, and one that we intend to honour as readily as our own. However, in order to do so -- in such an uncertain age as ours, presently -- 2022 will be a markedly quieter year for external submissions. This has been due to a series of real-world false starts, many due to the requirements of quarantining coronavirus outbreaks, that have prevented allocation of the time and resources necessary to ensure our standard of a high-quality release.
Does that mean, though, that Divergent Wordsmiths is on hiatus? Well... No, actually. Instead, we'll be operating with a much wider timeframe for conception, which will allow for the development of more comprehensive and engaging ideas for the 2023 submissions. We already have a premise and a potential framework. You will hear more details on this project as details are proposed, discussed and, ultimately, confirmed.
2022 will also be used for the development of a novel project (in both senses of the word) that will hopefully see release sooner, rather than later. The details of which will be released closer to its date of publication. As part of that process, Eden By Annihilation will receive a Second Edition upgrade that will take advantage of new features not available for its original 2020 publication. That may seem vague, I know, but this initial secrecy will be worthwhile. It's an idea that hasn't been done in quite this way before.
Until then, enjoy our content, keep reading and writing, both, and we'll have more for you later, Wordsmiths!"
Publisher and Chief Editor at Divergent Wordsmiths
THE PAUL SPRAGG ReCOLLECTIONS ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME 2
FASHION VICTIM – “Something has breached the safety of the TARDIS. Eroded her power and bent its systems to its will. It's intent? To destroy the Eleventh Doctor. Without mercy and without hesitation. And the Doctor is alone—well, almost alone...”
KERENSA'S SURPRISING LAGOMORPHS – “The Sixth Doctor and Melanie Bush are faced with a puzzle in Time. One that will annihilate an entire family unless stopped. They have seen the effects, but not its cause. Do young Kerensa and her unusual pets hold the way out...?”
THE REGENERATION DILEMMA – “There is a terror stalking the streets of Trusis. A Code: Gamma priority threat. However, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa of Traken have met monsters before. This time, it's not quite so simple. Are the people of Trusis ready for the truth...?”
THE DINNER CRASHER -- “Sarenzi Akenaku is mere hours away from her ultimate triumph. She has planned her ascension to the smallest detail. Soon, she will be Empress, should this dinner party goes right. All that stands in her way is the Fourth Doctor...”
THE SIN EATERS – “In one of the darkest moments of his life, Alexander Hamilton is offered the opportunity to wipe away his sins. The temptation seems so rich, how can he refuse? So, why is the Ninth Doctor so determined to keep Hamilton from absolution?”
GIRL OUT OF NOWHERE – “On a cold Christmas, 2017, Kevin receives a visit in the sleepy Cardiff night. That doesn't seem quite right. Her name is Nyssa of Traken. She appears, as if from nowhere. Nyssa needs to find the Fifth Doctor... But, well, her friend is who knows where?"
THE SINGING PLANET – “The Sixth Doctor and his new friend, Margaret, think there's something odd about this latest performance on Cantabile. Virtuosa of the Maestri has given it her all and her audience are beguiled. It has all the makings of a farewell performance, but a farewell to who...?”
NIXED – [The circumstances surrounding the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith's presence at the Nixed Corporation have been sealed from public access. We thank you for your cooperation.]
FOUND BUT FORGOTTEN -- “The past stays with the Twelfth Doctor. However much he would like to leave it behind, it returns. Like a haunting, and it returns with a face. That of Donna Noble, a once dear friend. Now, gone. But, perhaps, the past has other plans for them...”
TOWER BLOCKED – “It should have been a routine visit to the Powell Estate. A quiet night away from the perils of the Universe. For the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, however, their troubles never end. Isolated. Confined. Imprisoned. They must find a way to break free.”
DAUGHTER OF THE AMAZON – “Jo Grant's time in the Amazon has never been dull. However, she never expected the Third Doctor to return into her life so soon. Things can't be as they were, but there's no time to explain. The Doctor discovers a remarkable people are being stolen...”
THE ONCE AND FUTURE CRISIS – “The Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield are in a bit of a bind. It's the 1940s in an American military base and a routine trip to visit friends has gone terribly awry. Their only hope is Doc Holliday of D.C. – the First Doctor and Dodo Chaplet.”
And that's a wrap for 2021. Thank you, sincerely, to our... *checks notes* Whoa, 300(ish)+ followers across social media.
It's been a rough year, but also one of considerable joy. Thank you, all, for your continued support of this wonderful community and for being a part of Divergent Wordsmiths's journey.
Happy New Year's Eve, all!
By AFJ Kernow and Alan Camlann
Merry Christmas from us at Divergent Wordsmiths!
Have you opened your Christmas present? Our gift under the tree, from us to you. A full-length, free short story!
Artwork by Jay Smith
"Two parties separated across Time. Fellow travellers at their lowest and highest. Their common link? The Doctor. But all is not well this Christmas at UNIT..."
Starring the exiled Third Doctor and the forces of UNIT with Sarah Jane Smith of Bannerman Road and an array of companions from throughout Time!
Congratulations to Joe Vevers! The Paul Spragg competition winner for 2021. With the announcement, we invite our Wordsmiths to check out The Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 1!
Artwork by Caroline Tankersley
Did you know that you can listen to Eden By Annihilation with music? Rare soundtracks selected from Doctor Who composer, Peter Howell! Check out the back of the novel for more!
EDEN BY ANNIHILATION
On the edge of space lies Natasia Tor, a sargasso of dead spacecraft, through which members of the Affiliation of Outer Free Worlds and the Tyrikan Resurgence are forbidden to travel.
When the TARDIS materialises in the eighty-second century, the Doctor, Peri and Frobisher discover the region to be far from unoccupied. At the heart of the mausoleum in space, something vast and terrible has begun to wake.
Who are the Vaisyan Lonewatch and their opponents? What links the mysterious object with a planet known as Trailblazer Prime?
And can the Doctor and his friends escape a violent and bloody fate from a war set to ignite the Galaxy?
As of November's end, we can happily report that we are well and truly on our way with the editing of the Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2.
In fact, on our twelve stories, we're over halfway there!
As editing continues, we're delighted to announce the alphabetised list of stories for the upcoming Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2!
Featuring a wide plethora of familiar faces in Space and Time from all across Doctor Who!
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