What happens when boy meets girl but girl doesn’t notice boy because she shares a body with another boy?
When he’s not gorging on desserts, calming his hypochondriacal mum, or getting bone-crunching hugs from his warrior dads, Virj Ofreesin spends his time writing a fantasy novel about Frayda, the elegant half of the two-headed Dwa. Life is adequately mediocre until he learns the Dwa are gravely ill, and a mystical cure grows on a planet between two infamously warring worlds. Ignoring all warnings of danger, Virj embarks on the journey to be Frayda’s real-life hero, armed only with his stylus, and a boingy-haired nuisance who decides to tag along.
Some history of LITC
In the 90s, I created a comic strip about a broody character named Virj Ofreesin (yes, it is pronounced verge of reason), his gelatinous pet, Splot, and sentient daisy homemaker, Sonny. About 16 years ago, I also started writing a story about Virj trying to write a story. I got about a chapter and a half done and set it aside while I let my life get in the way.
In May 2014, I began again, but completely from scratch. The characters are much more than I originally scribbled in a simple comic strip, and they have come to life in a whole new way. I even imagine their appearance differently now.
Life in the ’Cosm is about Virj’s microcosm: his humdrum job and introverted bachelor life, his insatiable appetite for anything sweet; the constant coddling by a fretting hypochondriacal mum and his gay dads; and his obsession with the oh-so-unattainable Frayda, who sits beside him at work.
First book of three
After I came up with the ending for ‘Cosm, I realised I needed to write another book. Then three chapters into the second book, I decided how to end that story. Now I realise I’ll need a third book. And maybe a Xax and Viv prequel novella. I think I’ll be nice and busy well through my golden years.