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X Files Returns: Writer Mind Revealed

The X Files returns on Fox for its tenth series tonight, and it’s looking greenYgreyer than ever. Thanks to Fox for creating an intelligent series that makes its audience think, and question the world around them.

XaW Files: Mystery of the Writer Mind

While X Files only provided a framework for XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, the book does try to investigate my own mind, providing an insight into the difficult process of writing a whole book telling an original story, featuring multiple diverse characters who travel over the vast distances of the whole of Eurasia and beyond.

The book kept to the format of the first nine X Files series, as shown on Wikipedia:

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Average viewers
(millions)
Rank
1 24 September 10, 1993 May 13, 1994 N/A 111[19]
2 25 September 16, 1994 May 19, 1995 14.50[20] 63[20]
3 24 September 22, 1995 May 17, 1996 15.40[21] 55[22]
4 24 October 4, 1996 May 18, 1997 19.20[23] 20[24]
5 20 November 2, 1997 May 17, 1998 19.80[23] 11[25]
The X-Files June 19, 1998 N/A
6 22 November 8, 1998 May 16, 1999 17.20[23] 12[26]
7 22 November 7, 1999 May 21, 2000 14.20[27] 29[28]
8 21 November 5, 2000 May 20, 2001 13.93[27] 31[29]
9 20

 

November 11, 2001 May 19, 2002 9.10[30] 63[31]

XaW Files TABLE OF CONTENTS

The format of this book follows the nine series and 202 episodes television series history of the X Files. The number of episodes in each chapter also mirror the number of episodes in each series.

Introduction   –   pages 1 – 8.

Chapter 1: Russia – 24 episodes, pages 9 – 58.

Chapter 2: Baltic – 25 episodes, pages 59 – 113.
Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Chapter 3: Central East – 24 episodes, pages 114 – 167.
Belorussia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Chapter 4: South East – 24 episodes, pages 168 – 221.
Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Greece.

Chapter 5: Balkans – 20 episodes, pages 222 – 265.
Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia.

Chapter 6: Alps Western Med – 22 episodes, pages 266 – 316.
Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Chapter 7: Western Europe – 22 episodes, pages 317 – 370.
France, Switzerland, San Marino, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium.

Chapter 8: Scandinavia – 21 episodes, pages 371 – 422.
Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Chapter 9: North West – 20 episodes, pages 423 – 475.

Appendix   –  pages  476 – 488.

It’s available to buy, or rent for Prime members, on Amazon; and various other outlets too I think.

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X Files Parody Reaches Russian Siberia Krasnoyarsk

There were three writers
on Wikipedia’s Krasnoyarsk
so I thought I’d combine
them with recent thoughts
plots and characters
from XaW Files’s Russian odyssey
and the style of it and its two
predecessors in living memory
to make the tenth episode
out of a planned twenty-four
in line with X Files Season 1.
Is three hours of
research, thought and writing
an enjoyable luxury struggle
too self-centred
for a modern capitalist country
grown too over-populated
for anyone to really matter;
and in an age when everybody
is led to believe
that they do matter
because they can all create
art, media and communicate
in the quickest time
with no need to think
of the sublime.
Bring me back from my rambles
make me work 9 to 5
even if I don’t earn enough
to pay tax
you’ll have clipped wings
from air to cabinet
where you can watch
every move I make
and feel that now
you can fly higher
and feel more alive.
Sometimes I resent
working like this
for little reward
but then I remember
it’s my choice
and I’m trying to entertain
publicise and sell
doing something I like
with my World Cup dreams
having passed for longer
than they lived.

 XaW Files Chapter 1, Episode 10

Dreams of the Blighty Summer

Pleased to meet you Krasnoyarsk,
I’m sorry to disturb you, it may be crass
“no y’ ask” you say, thank you,
have you seen our Andy Wolfhol,
who I think may have passed this way,
for your city is known for natural beauty
and your name is structurally like greenYgrey
only with an extra o before the y,
and when I saw your city at twilight time
it really did look greenYgrey
with the extra o represented by orange in the sky;
although there is also pink in the sky,
and black and white mountains, snow and houses
so that would make it more like Krasnopbwyarsk
if we were true to the detail,
and did not take artistic licence.
‘Ya,’ Krasnoyarsk replied, ‘there was a werewolf
passed through some time ago
looked a little like the picture you painted
and had a mantra that went something like ‘wolf not war.’

See Andrei Makine Dreams of My Russian Summers

Let Trees be my Statues, and Clouds their Pigeons

Astafiyev, V.P.
Astafiyev, V.P. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is a life not better remembered with a living form: a tree rather than a statue. Although statues can be great works of art, are those of life forms such as humans more representative of those life forms than other life forms, such as trees.

While a good statue can provide an image of a person during their life; often an idealised representation based on their mythology; as a Yahoo Answer stated, ‘plants have the same cellular respiratory paths to provide metabolic energy, using oxygen and giving off CO2, as animals do.’

see Viktor Astafyev statue

Thinking and Writing Better than Listening and Talking

Bert the Butterfly whispered to me that he was not a real butterfly. He had been a real butterfly once. A beautiful black, grey and white butterfly that liked to eat from yellow flowers, with green stalks. His image was captured by a human; using a camera.

WWW (Wet Wide Web) [Explored]
WWW (Wet Wide Web) [Explored] (Photo credit: Rickydavid)
That image was posted onto the WWW, and in the greenYgrey world he became Bert the Butterfly. Bert made it clear he was a metafiction: where readers are made aware that they are reading a fictional work; a literary form that makes use of elements of fairy tale construction and literary parody.

Bert said it was now time to popov, and flew back towards the natural world.

see Yevgeni Anatolyevich Popov literary style.

Butterfly eye - canon 550d
Butterfly eye – canon 550d (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

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X Files Parody 8th Episode Epic Comedy Poem

From snail to Sibiryakov
Greenygrey did accelerate
no sign of art or Wolfhol
recursive Droste effect
Andy’s Matryoshka doll trait.

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writing poet satirical comedy correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by Jack Kerouac. Here’s the latest post from the Greenygrey/Grey/greenYgrey’s third epic fantasy travel by Google Maps; the search for Andy Wolfhol across Eurasia.

The poem is a seven stanzas quintain rhyming ABAAB, unlike the limericks of the last episode, which rhyme AABBA.

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XaW Files Chapter 1 Episode 8

Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
sang Gene Pitney in 1963
now I’d travelled all day
but was still 36 hours from Irkutsk
by car driving continuously.

Twenty Four Days Walk to Irkutsk
according to Google Maps
2,868 kilometres, 1,781 miles
578 hours divided by 24
like running Earth axis laps.

There’s a bus once every 24 hours
but it takes two and a half days
for the Siberian journey
I was feeling daunted until
meeting an explorer in history’s haze.

English: Alexander Sibiryakov
English: Alexander Sibiryakov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sibiryakov – Alexander like Orlov
but surname has a structure
mirroring Greenygrey
with five letters before a y
followed by four after.

Hello old adventurer
I did read and greet
have you been sailing to Pechora
or trekking across the Urals
it looks the latter from your feet.

Ah Greenygrey, your name
seems familiar to me
I think I heard about you in Tobolsk
from a Womble called Tomsk
before my island in the Kara Sea.

So off together we did ramble
and it didn’t seem like a day
before we reached Irkutsk
not cutting corners before Chita
or milking it under Ulan-Ude.

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Alexander Mikhaylovich Sibiryakov (RussianАлекса́ндр Миха́йлович Сибиряко́в) (October 8 [O.S. September 26] 1849, Irkutsk – 1933) was a Russian gold mine and factories owner and explorer of Siberia.
Sibiryakov graduated from the Zurich polytechnic institute in Switzerland. Later in life, he financed the polar expeditions of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (see Vega Expedition) and A.V. Grigoriev. He also sponsored the publication of works on Siberia’s history. In 1880, he made an attempt to enter the Yenisei estuary through the Kara Sea on a schooner. In 1884, Sibiryakov reached the Pechora estuary on the “Nordenskjöld” steamer and proceeded up the river. He then crossed the Urals using reindeers and reached Tobolsk by the Tobol River. Sibiryakov contributed significantly[how?] to Siberia’s economic development.
Sibiryakov Island, an island in the Kara Sea at the mouth of the Yenisei River, is named after him, as well as icebreakers A. Sibiryakov andSibiryakov.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Sibiryakov

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Fantasy Travel Swan Flight Over Okhotsk to Khabarovsk

You know, I don’t know if this has been mentioned before, but the growth of the Y in the greenYgrey rebranding could be symbolic of the boomerang social media craze that crossed from the Greenygrey world to the human during the latter stages of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps serialisation last year.

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Realisation and Editing

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, fiction writing correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by J.K. Rowling. I only noticed in yesterday’s blog, when Sharapova seemed to be making a Y with her arms; one holding a grey racket; in front of a green and grey background.

I also noticed that the greenYgrey rebranding hadn’t been included over the Roger Federer photo, with it just being an old-fashioned greenygrey. This missed some of the very funny greenYgrey punchline, as there is a yellow tennis ball in the air, which can be seen as symbolic of the Y in greenYgrey. The joke had thus been reduced to just quite funny.

It has now been edited. I just wrote not instead of now there, which would have given the last paragraph a completely different meaning, and an incorrect assertion, as it has indeed been edited.

Fantasy Travel by Google Maps New Chapter

Anyway, all the above was just extra work I did while in the office last night and this morning.

I am mainly here to introduce the latest thrilling chapter of greenYgrey’s epic third fantasy travel by Google maps.

If you remember the last thrilling episode, and how could you forget it (if you read it), there was a poem that ended with gYg asleep in Penzhina Bay and dreaming it was in Magadan. Did it awake in Penzhina or Magadan, or somewhere else? All will be revealed below!

The story is really warming up, as gYg heads south in Siberia, where there is a warmer climate and big cities. Here it is:

XaW Files Chapter 5: Swans Alive, Khabarovsk Strive 

The sea of Okhotsk. And Ainu-statues.
The sea of Okhotsk. And Ainu-statues. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wasn’t in Magadan when I awoke.

I was two bays farther west, sheltering on the Zal Shetinga coast.

My legs and arms didn’t feel tired, but my poetry felt drained.

There didn’t seem to be much Andy Wolfhol-related action around, so I shape-shifted into a double tundra swan, and flew down over the Sea of Okhotsk to Khabarovsk.

After the beautiful but barren chilly north I thought the land was getting greener… and greyer. Green looked at me, and I looked at Green; Grey looked at me, and I looked at Grey. We exchanged a warm smile. It looked like our kind of place.

Y? Yes, Y too.
We were two.
Y made us three.
Y especially liked the trolleY
bus system; but was also made jollY
riding the tram to a boulevard called AmurskY.

Y later said it imagined a sky full of amur leopards and tigers while riding the tram.

I landed on the River Amur, after getting clearance from the amur leopards controlling air space over the tenth longest river in the world.

I took a cab to downtown Khabarovsk, and soon discovered it is a hub of art in the region: the kind of place that would surely attract our Wolfhol.

We strived all day to see signs of art reminiscent of our Andy Wolfhol. We found some.

Sculptures of the characters of the Soviet cartoon Editorial Stock Image

The search was hotting up, like the weather.

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Kamchatka Mysteria Just Gets Eerier

In yesterday’s blog we wrote how our XaW Files search for our Andy Wolfhol had reached Kamchatka a few months after Kamchatka the band released their fifth album, called The Search Goes On.

English: Kamchatka River in Kamchatka, Russia
English: Kamchatka River in Kamchatka, Russia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

X Files Style Mystery

Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, intrepid investigative newshound at the satirical comedy Greenygrey News (GNN) inspired by Wolf Blitzer in the CNN world.

The X Files style mystery deepened upon further investigation into Kamchatka the Swedish rock band, as their fourth album’s cover looks as if it foresaw the greenYgrey rebranding that was recently revealed.

The album cover features three totem poles, as the greenYgrey became three colours, and the three colours of the greenYgrey are all there: green, yellow and grey.

Kamchatka- Bury Your Roots
Kamchatka- Bury Your Roots

The Greenygrey Alibi

Suspicion for the greenYgrey cover entering the human world might fall on the greenYgrey in the human world.

Link for Amazon book and kindle.
Link for Amazon book and kindle.

However, the Greenygrey world was divided in 2011, with Grey spending it all exiled Down Under in a story documented in the legendary Werewolf of Oz epic virtual ramble across all the regions of Australia. It started 2011 in the Northern Territories, and ended the year in N.S.W. Meanwhile, Green was fighting for freedom in Blighty.

In fact, I found the fingerprints of a werehippo rather than a werewolf when I followed the clues trail to Wikipedia, as the cover art layout and design of Bury Your Roots (2011) is credited to Hippograffix.

Significance of Three to the Mystery

Investigating all the Kamchatka albums I made the elementary induction that there are three members of the band, and there are three individual subjects or objects on all of their five album covers.

So the three has been a consistent symbol for Kamchatka albums, with that significance most likely explained by the band consisting of three: Roger Öjersson – lead vocals & bass, Thomas “Juneor” Andersson – lead vocals & guitar and Tobias Strandvik – drums.

Colours of the greenYgrey

Kamchatka (album)
Kamchatka (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The five Kamchatka albums have a variety of colours. The first featured three birds in an orangeyred sky; the second had three octopuses in a blueygrey sea; the third had three balloons in a yellowygrey sky and the fifth has three divers in a blueygrey sea.

Moreover, there are other colours featured on the album covers which could also claim significance.

However, as the X Files usually had a little feature still unexplained at the end of each episode, the only album to be mostly greenYgrey was the one released around the time the greenYgrey rebranding was gathering pace.

Moreover, the greenYgrey rebranding had been finalised before the fifth Kamchatka album had been released.

Scullymulder used to think the truth is out there. Kamchatka are still searching, and so is the Greenygrey… in Kamchatka.

Here’s Kamchatka in some old style Greenygrey action:

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X Files Comedy Parody Fantasy Travel Russia Start

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writer correspondent at the Greenygrey. Here’s the first episode of the all new XaW Files: Greenygrey’s Rambles 3. We’re receiving more information all the time from the Bering Strait, so please bear with us.

Chapter 1: Russia

Chapter 1, Episode 1: Collie in the Sky over Diomedes 

Green leaf
Green leaf (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

The new Google Maps had three views for my third and final journey: satellite, street view and 3D. As regular readers will know, I am also now 3D; or to be more exact, 2 Gs and a Y. On my first ramble I had been just 2G: Green and Grey. Then, on my second journey we’d been divided into 1G x 2; but by the end of it we’d been joined again, and discovered Y, making me three-dimensional.

You can also star your favourite places on Google Maps now.

This journey was the first time I travelled together to start a ramble. The second one Grey travelled to Oz through space, and Green followed. The first one I just woke up on the edge of Vancouver, so don’t remember any travel until the documented ramble got under way.

English: Close view of profile of a Kodiak bro...
English: Close view of profile of a Kodiak brown bear cow sitting up with young cubs sitting close in front of her, in McNeil River Sanctuary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remembered some places as I travelled over North America, but only really got my bearing over the Bering Strait; round about Kodiak Island in Alaska, the first American state I visited after virtually travelling most of Canada. There seemed to be less ice there now: more ni than nice.

I didn’t see any Kodiak bears on Kodiak Island, when I visited on my first ramble, but I saw a lot in the Bering Strait: they seemed to be circling Big and Little Diomede Island. The islands mark the border between Russia and the U.S.A., with the western Big island Russian and the smaller one just to its east American.

A flying collie appeared in the sky above the Diomedes, and led me to Kolyuchinskaya Bay. I shape-shifted into a collie to have a good conversation with the small community of collies there. I told them I’d visited Collie in Oz, and they said they also hoped to one day visit there.

I asked them about Andy Wolfhol, which is of course the main storyline of this ramble. They said an artistic werewolf proclaiming ‘Y: wolf not war’ had passed through not too long ago.

Notes

Monty Python and the Holy Grail contained the Knights Who Say Ni.

Marc Latham has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham), including previous Greenygrey’s rambles.

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X Files Research for New Fantasy Travel Parody

It was exciting to receive the Greenygrey’s first message from the Chukchi Sea yesterday, and great to read that it’s yet again on a thrilling virtual travelling epic fantasy ramble by Google Maps. We’re just decoding the message from the Mapshere, and hope to have it posted pronto tomorrow right here.

Fantasy Travel Book Plans 

Cover of "The X-Files: Fight the Future"
Cover of The X-Files: Fight the Future

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writer correspondent inspired by Jack Kerouac in the human world. While we wait for the Greenygrey’s first message, here’s the plans it left behind from its research into the X Files, which seems to set the template for the mysterious disappearance of the A.W.O.L A. Wolfhol.

Greenygreyologists are discussing whether this is a victory for freedom of information, or an easy way to write a blog post. They may be some time… unlike the Greenygrey’s research, which doesn’t seem to have taken long at all.

The research was done on Wikipedia, which is the information arm to the geography leg of Google Maps for our virtual travelling like Green is to Grey!

The first few sentences are notes made by Greenygrey, while the last few paragraphs are copied from Wikipedia. I had a feeling of X Filesish deja vu when I read about the mythology and standalone episodes that made up the X Files series, as that was how the first two Greengyrey’s Rambles books were written!

As with the Werewolf of Oz – Wizard of Oz the XaW Files is unlikely to mirror the X Files very closely.

X Files Research for New Parody

9 seasons 202 episodes – could have 9 chapters and 202 sub-chapters

as well as local people for mine I could have characters from my previous work appear, like the 50s books etc

Eurasia

geographical template set by book 1, but travelling opposite direction. chapter size set by book 2 – 142 then, so 202 seems good for this one.

scullymulder

gender reversal – scully more rational/sceptical, mulder more fantastical/open

Alien-de1
Alien-de1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

green positive/naive, grey negative/wise

In addition to the series-spanning story arc, “Monster-of-the-Week” episodes form roughly two-thirds of the episodes. Such stand-alone episodes enrich the show’s background while not affecting its ongoing mythology.

New main characters were introduced: FBI agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). Mulder and Scully’s boss, Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), also became a main character. The first five seasons of The X-Files were filmed and produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, before eventually moving to Los Angeles, California to accommodate Duchovny.

The main story arc involves the agents’ efforts to uncover a government conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrials on earth and their sinister collaboration with those governments. Mysterious men comprising a shadowelement within the U.S. government, known as “The Syndicate“, are the major villains in the series; late in the series it is revealed that The Syndicate acts as the only liaison between mankind and a group of extraterrestrials that intends to destroy the human species. They are usually represented by The Smoking Man (William B. Davis), a ruthless killer and a masterful politician and negotiator and the series’ principal antagonist.[12]

As the series goes along, Mulder and Scully learn about evidence of the alien invasion piece by piece. It is revealed that the extraterrestrials plan on using a sentient virus, known as the black oil, to infect mankind and turn the population of the world into a slave race. The Syndicate—having made a deal to be spared by the aliens—have been working to develop an alien-human hybrid that will be able to withstand the effects of the black oil. The group has also been secretly working on a vaccine to overcome the black oil; this vaccine is later revealed in the latter parts of season five, as well as the 1998 film. Counter to the alien colonization effort, another faction of aliens, the faceless rebels, are working to stop alien colonization. Eventually, in the season six episodes “Two Fathers“/”One Son“, the rebels manage to destroy the Syndicate. The colonists, now without human liaisons, dispatch the “Super Soldiers“: beings that resemble humans, but are biologically alien. In the latter parts of season eight, and the whole of season nine, the Super Soldiers manage to replace key individuals in the government, forcing Mulder and Scully to go into hiding.[12]

 

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