Well, there are many ways.
Neither is ever really finished. With a work of fiction, there comes a time when the writer decides to publish, but every time he looks at the work he’ll find something he wishes he could change. A garden just keeps growing, weeds and all.
Each, if it is to be successful, requires dedicated effort over many months or years.
The likelihood that either will develop according to its plan is close to zero. Characters, as they develop, insist of taking the plot along new paths. The roots of a neighbour’s tree make our proposed rose bed inhospitable.
But, more than these things, the story we choose to tell, the way we choose to grow our crops, makes a declaration about who we are and who we want to be.
For a garden to be of long term value, it needs to be sustainable and environmentally friendly, improving rather than depleting the soil. We hope you will find our struggles – to convert an overgrown wasteland into a productive, no-dig, organic plot – to be both entertaining and enlightening.
For a work of fiction, if it is to be of benefit to the reader, it needs to reflect a view of humanity that is both realistic and optimistic. We all need light in our lives and the vision of a better future, but most of us have outgrown fairy tales. Please join us on our journey, on the fictional planet of Respite, from tyranny to hope.