The art:

“Egg” by @beanynne on Twitter.

the writing:

the artist’s reflection

“At first I wanted it to be a scenery piece but after laying down the colours I realised it looked like yolk! I got sidetracked and messed around with the background to make the egg white. I realised it looked pretty good and I committed with to the idea of drawing an egg :’) “

– @Nynne (@beanynne) 28th June 2019

The author’s reflection:

“When I first looked at the egg, I thought ‘That’s just how I cook mine!’ and I think that’s why it jumped out at me. Having finished the writing, I’m hoping that I don’t share too many personality traits with this character!

The first thing I thought was that it looks as if it’s been made by someone who is very calm and patient: someone who would rather have the perfect end-product than a quick, easy and functional meal.

I decided the person who made this egg likes order and control – they like to be in control of every little aspect of their life and how they are perceived by others. The egg’s shiny and clean finish is reflected in this character’s personality.

The shape of the egg struck me as being near to a hexafoil in shape – which has various links with religion and can be found in several cathedrals and around biblical scenes in stained glass windows . I decided, therefore, that the character whom made this egg would perhaps see themselves as god-like and believe they had some sort of divine entitlement and power (as if their life would be framed in stained glass as represented by the egg.)

I decided I would use a semantic field based around Christianity and focus on this character’s mind as it wanders between his egotistical reflection and his fried egg. I chose this due to the hexafoil’s use in cathedrals, my personal knowledge of Christianity and the wealth of language that it provides.

This was when I started writing.”

– Andrew Shore, 28th June 2019

[Further information about hexafoils here.]

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