Okay, so I did the two items I’d set for myself today, and I even went above and beyond that and read for magazine article writing, too.
Now I just have… thirteen items on my list that I can do over the break—there are 2 or 3 that I can only do once school is back in—and I have 5 days to do them all. Hopefully I’ll be able to.
In other news… it’s kind of weird. I turned in my short story today, over email… and it feels weird to be “done” with it now.
It’s the first story I’ve actually finished since I was in the 8th grade.
I’m still thinking about the one I started last spring… I suppose I will probably work on that one next week, and then I’ll alternate between that one and the vampire one that I’ve started. I’m a little iffy on both of these stories though.
One of them, the “main character” (but not the narrator), is really overdramatic and I’m a little unsure of how to sustain that… and I’m stuck on how to bring the plot key in, especially after that big list of “do nots” that Dr Griffith gave us.
In the other one, the vampire one, I’m not sure how to progress with a story wherein the protagonist is a vampire. I’ve never been a vampire, so I don’t know what that’s like and I don’t know how to do a good depiction of it… I also don’t want to do something sappy like in those stupid “Twilight” books that my sisters are so obsessed with. That would be awful if I did. I kind of like the “City of Bones” versions of vampires and werewolves, but there’s something unappealing about that book, too. Maybe it’s the stupid teen/preteen audience that it was written for.
I also don’t want to do something like “Dracula”, which I’ve just started reading… because there, the vampires are scary and bad. Of course I want some of my vampires to be scary and bad, but not the protagonist. We can’t have that because you’re supposed to like my protagonists and you can’t like them if they’re scary monsters that you can’t identify with. Iono…
I like my werewolf character though. He’ll be amusing to write. Easier, too. There seem to be a lot fewer problems with werewolves as far as being fantasy creatures goes. All they do is get bitten and then they turn into a wolf approximately once a month and there is just one fairly specific way to kill them. With vampires though, it’s more of a constant condition and they have all of these complicated rules about sunlight and how to kill them and how one becomes a vampire and blah blah blah.
I should probably look into reading some of the stories that John recommended to me while I was helping with the play. Guess I’ll be investigating some Ann Rice next time I’m at the bookstore…
“They are everywhere. I tried to warn ya but you don’t care. Soul Stalker is about to strike. You don’t believe me, why? Why, exactly I don’t know. All I wanna do is help save your soul.”