One of my resolutions for this year is to start writing again because I haven’t written a single thing since last November. Fiction-wise, that is. I’ve obviously done blog posts here and there. Obviously, I’ve failed on that resolution because I still haven’t written anything. I have such a weird relationship with how I think of myself as a writer because I barely write everything and I almost never write my ideas down for later. But I blame my memory for that one because it’s absolutely dreadful and should be ashamed of itself.
I used to jump around genres that I would write all the time (the only genres i haven’t written are comedy, erotica, and hard sci-fi) depending on what I was particularly into at the time, but I feel like now I can comfortably say that I’ve found a writing “home” in speculative fiction. However, I prefer to call my writing simply “spooky” because it’s not exactly full of horror since I kind of use supernatural creatures to explore the human condition. It sounds ultra pretentious (my masters dissertation was me doing a critical analysis of my own writing, i’m bound to be at least a little pretentious) but that’s the best way I can put it: I write to explore as well as to express and tell stories.
Stop running away, it’s not that pretentious. Please come back.
oh, and another of my resolutions was to make gifs again, like this one:
SHORT STORY COLLECTION
Short stories are definitely my comfort zone since it’s what I’m most confident writing, so of course, I’d include a collection in my plans.
A few months ago I had a thought about how I could only think of a few Gothic stories that are set in the North of England (wuthering heights is the first one that comes to mind, and only a small part of dracula takes place in the north), and none that take place in the North East where I’m from.
There are a couple of local legends that I’m familiar with such as The Lambton Worm and also the ghost of Mary Ann Cotton (who was a real person), but I’ve done some further Googling around to find more local spooky legends and goings-ons and to my surprise, I have found a few more elements of folklore like Redcaps, The Cauld Lad of Hylton, and I’d incorporate those into my stories too.
And because I’m me I’d have to involve vampires in it. Duh.
ANGSTY VAMPIRE NOVEL (yes really)
I’ve been kind of sort of working on this for a few years because I created the main characters for this book a couple of years ago for my BA dissertation, and I’ve become so attached to them that I wrote about them again for my MA, and now I’m planning to flesh them out even more by making their story into a novel. But I’ve never written a novel so this might be tough.
Remember when I said that I like using supernatural creatures to explore the human condition? This is where all that happens.
So here we have Jay, who is a human, and his girlfriend Charlotte, who is a vampire, and one day she “accidentally” turns him into a vampire. How accidental it was is up for debate. Then we go through his transformation and how he struggles to adapt to the vamp lifestyle and how it takes a toll on their relationship. And stuff. It doesn’t sound that deep, but it does get deep. I wanted to have themes of addiction and dependency, as well as maybe existentialism if I can get it right. Which I doubt I can, but there’s no harm in trying.
I said I was pretentious, didn’t I?