Monthly Archives: February 2009

POPULAR GENRE

So, I don’t agree with buying into a genre once it becomes big, but sometimes the muse does what the muse wants and my muse for the past week has been working on a vampire story. Go figure. I’ve called it Eternal Night though that is subject to change and it is my version of a turning…this is just a little scene within the short 4000 word story. I hope it provides an insight to these two characters that are starting to ramble around inside my head. There are so many other stories that I could tell…such as what happens after the turning, what happens to the ‘he’ that they talk about in the scene below, etc. So who knows, you might be seeing more of these characters soon, and speaking of the characters without further ado I give you a scene from Eternal Night.

“Who is he?” Leanne asked. “What does he…what did he want from me?”

“Perhaps the more astute question would be to ask what he is.”

“What?” asked Leanne in utter confusion and anger, “What are you talking about? Who are you?”

“My name is John Doe.”

“Oh come on!” Leanne scoffed turning all her anger towards the mysterious man before her in the hopes of temporarily forgetting the fact that her two best friends were now dead. “You have to give me a proper answer. John Doe is a name for someone who has no identity.”

“And what,” began John very quietly. “What if I have no identity?”

“Who are you?” Leanne repeated her voice hovering on the edge of hysteria. “What is your name?”

John sighed. “My real name was Benjamin Scott.”

“So why don’t you go by that name now?” asked Leanne.

“Because years ago I ran into a little girl who was being abducted,” John began pausing as he watched Leanne’s face. He could tell that she was remembering a memory that was long forgotten. “I went to help the young girl,” he continued in a saddened tone. “And in doing so I became a monster.”

At that moment lightning flashed and Leanne could see two dark-red eyes staring back at her.

“Wh-what are you?” she asked in a quiet yet terrified voice.

“I am a creature of the night,” John answered in a solemn tone. “I am a part of a world of eternal night, though I do not partake in the acts that the others of my kind partake in,” he paused and looked into Leanne’s terror filled eyes. “Do you know what I am?” he asked cautiously watching as she nodded. “What am I?”

“There’s only one…one thing that makes sense. And it…it sorta explains why I’m still alive right now. You’re…you are a vampire.” The last word was whispered and yet it seemed to echo in the cave despite the pounding rain.

“Are you afraid?” asked John.

Leanne looked at the face of the man—not the monster—before her. “Are you going to kill me?” she asked knowing that her answer hinged on his.

John shook her head and she let out a sigh of relief.

“Then I’m not afraid of you,” she stated as she inched closer to him like a moth drawn to a flame. “You’ve saved my lie three times now, and the least I can do is offer you my friendship without fear…Benjamin.”

Well there you have it. I think I’m going to submit this story to the Fantasy Magazine and Strange Horizons once I get some feedback from my friends. So wish me luck!

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DISMISSING ANNE

I don’t understand it, but people do it and nothing makes me more angry then when people just ignore, or totally dismiss Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series and the red-haired character of Anne Shirley that we all know and love. This is exactly what happened today in my Canadian History Class when my professor brought up how there was no quintessential Canadian Novel and asked for audience participation.

I of course put my hand up and said that Montgomery should be considered as one of the great Canadian Authors but he replied that she wasn’t a book. I contined by saying that ANNE OF GREEN GABLES should be considered as a great work of Canadian fiction but he just dismissed it saying that it wasn’t very good.

I take great offence to that statement. To be sure, the writing style of Montgomery is a little out dated for me, and true enough I have only read the first book in her series about Anne but I adore the character and I believe that the live-action mini-series with Megan Follows is brilliant as well.

More than that, the story has endured for a hundred years and is likely to endure for a hundred more. Why even Random House has inducted the series into their modern library. Clearly Anne has made an impact on people and to just blithely dismiss her and her story as not being a Canadian Classic is just insulting.

Therefore, I maintain that LM Montgomery’s Anne should always be considered one of the most beloved characters in not only in the circle of Canadian literature, but world wide literary circles as well.

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If she can do it…

…then so can I. This is just absolutely amazing, and it gives me great hope. But let me start at the beginning. Years ago, at least four or more, I found the most amazing story of fictionpress.com. It was called QUEEN OF GLASS and it was written by SJ Maas. It is a retelling of Cinderella and it took SJ five years to finish it. I read every chapter and every chapter that I read I reviewed, loving every word. I remember staying up several nights until two or three in the morning on the desktop computer reading and catching up on chapters. When the story was finally over I was terribly sad, but incredibly thrilled for SJ because she had finished what I believe is the best retelling that I’ve ever read.

In the meantime I was fortunate to read her next big project A FAR AWAY LAND that was posted on her yahoo group but has since been taken down, as QUEEN OF GLASS has. However, on her live journal SJ kept us appraised of her journey; blogging on how the revisions were going and how she had sent out query letters to agents, hoping that something magical would happen.

Let me tell you, the best has happened. I checked out her LJ earlier today and saw nothing but mere moments ago I saw that she has updated it with the most spectacular news—she has gotten herself an agent—and this inspires me. SJ Maas is an authoress who has followed her dreams and is now embarking down the path to getting published, and knowing that she’s on that road has inspired me to seriously get down to work the novels that I myself have been working on. As of this moment I have three, one completed in January 2005, another written during 2007 and another in 2008.

Each one of the novels have great potential to be published I think, the oldest needs a few final tweaks, the one from 2007 needs a complete rewrite and the last is just 1/3 done (part of a trilogy). I hope that over the next little while I can get these novels into the best shape that they can be and that I will be able to do as SJ has done and send out query letters.

In the meantime, this blog will serve as a place to hold my thoughts about the books that I read, the shows and movies that I watch, the words that I write and all the things that I imagine. I cannot foresee the future, but I do believe that this journey that I am undertaking will be a great one.

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