Thursday, February 28, 2013

Collection Idea

Now Playing:
  • Thomas Newman - Dead Already
  • Clint Mansell - Welcome to Lunar Industries
  • Gustavo Santaolalla - Apertura, Sendero and De Ushuaia la Quiaca
  • John Williams - Sayuri's Theme And End Credits
Oh man. Last creative writing class: not so good. Jealous, then put on the spot, embarrassed once, embarrassed twice, disappointed once, anger at rising, spent the last twenty minutes with a conflict of terdtgyoiuhjbnuhioulgwvjerbaiojaer, and then embarrassment when a girl tried to make me feel better. That last one because it meant disappointment/sadness/irritation is so clear in my face it was totally blatant to everyone in that class that I was not happy.

Ahhh. Woops.

(Jesus christ what a run on sentence)

Okay well whatever. Out of  the avalanche of emotions described above, I sat in that class trying to distract myself with writing and scribbling around ideas for the last twenty minutes. So now, thanks to that, I am about 300 words away from hitting 60k in Ataraxia. I've also figured out that lately I've just been writing short story after short story after short story of kids from the ages of 6-13.

I don't know why. Maybe some hidden philosophical trauma about not wanting to grow up and leave home.

But it's gotten me thinking about something. It might be good to brush out (wtf brush out?) a couple of them and force beg implore ask my professor to look over the stories.

One, it would help paint me as the actual narrative writer I am, not the mediocre as hell poet I've been in CRW2001 so far. I mean, I've probably turned in like 6, 8, 9 I dun even know poems. BUT ONLY ONE SHORT STORY.

Bad.

And two, I could put them in a collection and be all happy and stuff. I'm even figuring out some patterns even if the genres are going all over the place. I mean, one is sci-fi, the other one is fantasy, two of them are realistic fiction, and the last one is...unclear.

I like lists, so I'm going to make one.

  • The Magic Trick
    • Seven to eight year old boy (birthday happens midway)
    • First person.
    • Realistic fiction
    • The main character does not have a name. Mom and Father do not have names. Little sister (Lydia) and Uncle Jarred are the only named characters.
    • Setting: Suburban, upper middle class household in America.
    • Info: Little magician-in-training with grumpy father tries to make him happy by performing a magic trick on his gloves and disappearing them. His father is...displeased.
  • Equilibrium
    • (Possibly) seven to nine year old girl (not specified) and an old man (probably in his 70s)
    • Third person
    • Realistic fiction
    • Little girl has a name. (Natsuki). Neither the old man nor her nanny have names.
    • Setting: Playground in the middle of a forest/park.
    • Info: A girl with congenital insensitivity to pain speaks with a war veteran (or ex-cop?) who suffers from chronic pain in his leg due to a gunshot injury.
      • Note: Influenced by Hills Like White Elephants by Earnest Hemingway
      • Name might change because I feel like Equilibrium is kind of a really serious title in contrast to the tone of the story
  • Untitled for now
    • Nine year old girl and thirteen year old boy
    • Third person
    • Science Fiction
    • Both the little girl and the boy decide on their names near the end of the story. (Nicole "Nikki" Steinbeck and Vladimir Bulychev)
    • Setting: Futuristic training facility for soldiers.
    • Info: In an unknown future, a young girl and her partner are Chasers in training--future soldiers from the unified government of Earth that will locate and battle resistance members. At the age of nine, they are assigned three Hunters--thirteen year old trainees without vocal cords, deadly abilities, and undying loyalty to their Chasers. Bonds are formed and challenges are faced by the child soldiers.
      • Note: Back story for characters from Redemption.
  • Jasmine Tracks
    • Nine year old girl
    • Third person
    • Fantastic realism (?)
    • The little girl has a name (Tanika) as does her imaginary friend (Juhi) but no one else does.
    • Setting: Slum in Delhi, India.
    • Info: Tanika injures her hands while in the stone fields and is unable to work for one day. In desperation to earn her usual 18 rupees, she goes to a crowded market place to beg for money. When chaos erupts, she is somehow separated from Juhi. The next day, despite risking going back to the market place and missing another day at the fields, she goes in search of her friend.
  • An Evolution
    • Six to thirteen year old girl (grows up)
    • First person
    • Fantasy
    • Both mother and daughter are unnamed.
    • Setting: A small town. Country and city unspecified.
    • Info: The young girl begins suffering from acute, prolonged pains at nighttime when the skin, muscles, and bones in her back start morphing. Her mother desperately tries to comfort and take care of her as she goes through seven years of a transformation.
      • Based off scenes and concepts from Enkindled With Chains (the novella)

I may change the order so that Equilibrium is the middle story (hehe) but An Evolution is definitely going to be last and The Magic Trick first. Then maybe if the word count is too small, I could polish up Daylight Runaway (uh...fantasy?) and add it too.

(Granted it'll still be super short, I think. I doubt it'll even make it to one hundred pages. But oh well...)

My first short story collection!

This actually makes me really joyful :D
~Becky

P.S: I'm so glad today's episode of the final appearance of Jane and Bing in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries made me happy and wasn't rage-inducing. All the subtle misogyny (and total unprofessional behavior from writer Rachel Kiley) almost made me quit the show around the time Lydia's updated scandal was revealed. At least there was happiness today. Woo~

P.P.S: This thing is so cool, I want to make a Pulp Magazine cover for this (even though they are so not pulp fiction xD)

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