Seth Ghibta

THE COMPENDIUMIST SETH GHIBTA
(LETTY WILSON)


BIOGRAPHY - PERSONAL DETAILS - SANTHARIAN WORKS - DEV AWARDS
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 was born somewhere near Glasgow. The details, I'm afraid, escape me... I wasn't paying attention at the time, so I'm afraid you'll just have to make up the details for yourself. My parents were a boatbulider called Nathan Wilson, and a nurse called Gill Wilson. They were respectively from Shropshire in England and Wales. Nonetheless, I'm definitely Scottish, so there.

Drawing of Letty

Self-portrait of Letty/Seth

I don't remember anything of the lowlands, as soon after my arrival my mum and dad moved to a small village called Ullapool, which, I am utterly convinced, is the most beautiful place in the world.

We lived in a small crofter's cottage next door to the oldest man I ever knew, whose name was Fahkie. I don't actually know how old he was when I knew him, he just always seems like the oldest guy in the world. He used to give us the poorly lambs to look after so we could keep them warm by the fire. My earliest memory is of the smell of wet wool and woodsmoke. As my sense of smell is very poor, I think the memory is probably stronger than anything real.

I grew up in Ullapool, playing with friends on the beach, on boats, on small, uninhabited islands where the sound of seabirds in the morning is like the whole world suddenly realising how great it all is, only with lots of avian swearing thrown in. I once ran almost straight into an otter. It looked vaguely apathetic, and then walked away.

When I was about 14, my dad got a job offer at the boatbuilding college he'd trained at. We'd never been well off, and this job paid pretty well. All I remember is that I was very scared to lose the mountains. I still am, a bit. But we moved, nonetheless.

When I was 15, we went on a camping holiday to the Massif Central in France, and I went for a walk very early in the morning, during which I was repeatedly charged and roared at by roe deer. It was very scary and brilliant at the same time.

Suffolk is very very flat. But I've made some great friends, some of whom are almost as insane as I am. I finished sixth form a few weeks ago. And turned 18. I'm probably going to have to learn to grow up at some point. How horrible.

Apart from that, though, the future looks fun. To my shock and vague bewilderment, I got a scholarship to study creative writing and English at Aberystwyth University. I can't wait.


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Gender
Female
Date of Birth
15th May, 1991
Profession
Student, Wannabe Writer, Expert Timewaster
Languages
English, well, Scottish. And I know the meanings of quite a few latin names. Otherwise I'm terrible at languages. I know the Arabic for happiness, though. And I can write "earthling" in Chinese, I think.
Location
Suffolk, England. Though soon Aberystwyth, Wales. Thank the gods, there will be mountains!
Nationality Scotland Scottish
E-Mail
Messengers None
Website
Elsewhere
The Elsewhere Project - A reader-led interactive narrative that runs on your comments. Explore the world of Elsewhere!

Patchwork People
Patchwork People - A webcomic following the exploits of Aulish and co, and very exploitative they are. Updates Thursdays.

Letty Draws
Letty Draws Blog - The blog and portfolio website of Letty Wilson, illustrator, comics creator and writer.
Favourite Authors
Anything by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Tom Holt, Gerald Durrell, and many more, plus all the ancient mythology I can get my hands on. Oh, and comic books. Alan Moore is great, but really Deadpool has my heart.
Favourite Music
Almost anything. I like sparkly music like MGMT and Flamin' lips, or dramatic stuff like muse, really anything that inspires me.
Favourite Games
Adventures of Caelereth, of course! Aside from that, though, it's between Okami for the PS2 and common-room-bin-and-football-silent-danger-tennis. Don't ask.
Favourite Movies
"Watchmen", or anything by Studio Ghibli, especially "Princess Mononoke", or anything with Jack Black, or Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Or the star Wars films, but not the newest two, they were rubbish. Really anything with monsters or people falling over, or better still, both.
Hobbies Jumping in puddles and counting the disapproving looks of old ladies.
Santharian Focus
The Bestiary, mostly wriggly things therein, plus various myths and legends.
Joining Date
December 5th 2008

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The Best of the Rest  Entry Award 2009
Winning entry:
"Naule and the Ancestors' Song"

"Naule and the Acestors' Song" was not the only myth Seth delighted us with this year, but it stands out as the best, or as Masterbard Judith put it: Quite simply, masterful. The Tolkienesque diction, evocative descriptions, insightful characterizations, and excellent sense of pacing and rhythm makes for a gripping and richly-layered tale. If erring towards wordiness upon occasion, it is nonetheless woven with deftness and never loses its consistency. The Mullog culture has become suddenly deeper, shot with possibilities and suggestions that glimmer like moonbeams through the mist.

The Best Bestiary Entry Award 2009
Winning entry: "Hiveling Creature"
And this year’s Bestiary Award goes to our indefatigable Mollusc Lover, the creative and clever Seth Ghibta. The award honours the fascinating concept of the Hiveling, which spawned a good many hiveling myths among other developers already before it was completed. Well done, Seth!

The Best Bestiary Entry Award 2010
Winning entry: "The Dreamlouse"
For the second year running, the winner of the Best Bestiary Entry Award is Seth Ghibta. You would think that her “Hiveling”, which won this category in 2009, would be a hard act to follow – but the “Dreamlouse”, written in flawlessly quirky style and furnished with deep mythological imagination, is a very worthy successor. The “Dreamlouse” has given Santharia a most wonderful mythology of bedbugs, which any culture, real or imagined, will surely struggle to equal. With the sly cleverness typical of her writing, Seth lures her readers into believing that the “Dreamlouse” is an entry about annoying but small and mundane invertebrates, who inhabit the nooks, crannies and mattrasses of Santharian bedrooms. Yet read on, and you learn that these little bugs are but the executive organs of something far more sinister – a being too old and dangerous and mysterious for humans to understand. As we devour Seth's fluent prose and shake our heads in amazement at the wonders she puts before us, we also notice that she has truly become a Santharian erudite, as the “Dreamlouse” contains a plethora of cross-references, all of them subtle and inobtrusive, woven into the text like ornaments, so that the text remains enjoyable and engrossing even to a Santharian novice. It’s a wonderful piece of writing and fantastical imagination, and a worthy winner of this year’s “Best Bestiary Entry” award.

The Best Poetry Award 2010
Winning poem: "They'll Hear From You No More"
An inventive piece of lore as well as a deftly composed poem, “They’ll Hear From You No More” won the “Best Poem Award” of 2010 (shared with Tharoc Wargrider’s “We Heard What She Said”). As Bard Judith said, Seth’s poem is plaintive, lovely and sinister all at once. Like the “Evil Listeners” of superstitious legend, whom the poem refers to, the verses seem to take a piece of our dreaming soul, twist it into a contorted shape, and return it to us in the form of a nightmare. Every line sounds simple and clear, like in a straightforward lullaby – yet how deceptive this simplicity is. When we listen more deeply, we notice the many meanings that the repeated phrase "and they'll hear from you no more" assumes in the different verses. We wonder who 'they' are, and we shudder. The poem’s elegant flowing rhythm has evoked a melody in more than one compendiumist’s ears, and who knows if we might one day hear from this poem again, with its verses cast in song? For now, however, let us simply applaud the music of the words. Well done, Seth!

The Best Poetry Award 2011
Winning poem: "The Ballad of the Headless Hiveling"
Once again, the phenomenal mind of Seth Ghibta has worked its wonders. Not content with the spine-chilling masterwork she wrote on these unearthly beasts, she has led the creation of an entire book of Hiveling tales, and her own writings have formed the core of it, showing us yet again why we all adore her writing. "The Ballad of the Headless Hiveling" is an absolutely spine-chilling tale; its inexorable rhythm drives us on to the conclusion whether we will or not - that conclusion I’ll not spoil for those of you who have not read it! Suffice it to say that of all the poetic entries submitted to the Compendium this year, the "Ballad of the Headless Hiveling" was chosen by popular acclaim to be the very best.

Commitment Badge 2009
With  Seth another newcomer made it straight to the Commitment Badge of the past year, her specialty being the imaginative myth and lore writing and the dreaming up of a couple of beasts, among them really strange creatures like the memorable hiveling. But we should not forget such extraordinarily unique concepts like the 'Philosophie of the Molluske Race', which made many a reader smile. The nominations and wins in various other categories show how much her work was enjoyed but the other members of the Dream - so we hope for more of the same kind in 2010!

 Nominations

Newcomer 2009, Masterwork 2009 - The Hiveling Creature, Story 2009 - Philosophie of the Molluske Race, Bestiary 2010 - The Silkyback Newt, Story 2010 - Sconder the Bean Thief, Religion & Mythology 2010 - The Dronomin and the Losthane, Miscellaneous 2011 - The Seven Bright Days Festival


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 Date of last edit 18th Sleeping Dreameress 1669 a.S.

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