Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vampires

I have to admit that I'm slowly growing to hate them, much as I love my own literary creations involving them. Paranormal romance, at least to me, is a genre that has far overextended the bounds and intrigue of any relevant mythology and has bastardized it in too strong of a way to the point that vampires are no longer bound to the horror genre which spawned them.

While this can be a good thing, I believe it also destroying a lot of the mystery and intriguing aspects behind them. Not only vampires either, but also werewolves, zombies, and the like.

I enjoy fresh literature, and what the mainstream has assimilated these days does not particularly appeal to me personally, though in the same vein, I can understand why everyone is so entranced. Romance is an adventure to many, and it certainly has always been an adventure for me, and I rather enjoy that. But once it becomes the same boring story retold from many different imaginations, the story eventually gets old and changes. And with trends, that change is most often worse.

Vampires have always been a part of mythology and they always will be. That won't ever change, because you will always have purists who desire horror over romance (as in movies such as 30 Days Of Night, etc).

I prefer the Anne Rice novels as well as Let The Right One In myself.

But we must remember that romance can only go so far within the realm of beings such as vampires and werewolves and zombies, which is why I'd rather keep them in the horror/thriller/suspense category. I often find myself longing for the olden days and films such as Nosferatu (the 1970's version and the original), Vampyr, Interview With The Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the like. Let The Right One In was one of the few newer vampire films which impressed me very much and gave me hope that this genre might not die out anytime soon.

I should certainly hope not as I am attempting to get my first completed vampire novel published.

Regardless of the directions their authors take them though, I will always love vampires. There seems to be something for everyone within the genre.

And I will finish my series, and after that? I shall write about vampires NO MORE. I've honestly grown sick of their mass appeal, and once they slip out of the mainstream and back into the shadows again from whence they came, perhaps I'll relive their most extraordinary tales.

For now though, I've much writing to finish up on other projects. Blue Car Racer is 2 chapters away from being completed, and I am most excited.

Cheerio =)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Plagued by an unhealthy work ethic.

I just wanted to sorta throw out there that I would never, ever, recommend my work ethic involving writing to anybody. This is more or less a Ben Moody quote from back when he was still in Evanescence. I read it in Revolver Magazine once, and I believe I'm pretty much the same way. Here's a breakdown of my day:

- Wake up around 3pm.
- Work at my day job.
- Pick up a coffee from Dunkin' Donuts
- Come home and take a shower
- Turn on my laptop and space heater
- Procure snacks. This could be anything from an actual dinner plate to a package of cookies or imitation Ho-Ho's or on rare occasions, salad.
- Drink water, more coffee, or a Monster. I'm slightly addicted to Monster energy drinks.
- Fight with myself about writing and somehow go from "I DON'T WANNA DO IT RIGHT NOW!" to "If I hear any outside noises while I'm in the world of my novel that isn't ambient music (Loscil is my favorite) or my space heater, I'm gonna strangle someone."
- Feel extremely powerful, accomplished, in the zone, and ultra-connected to the emotions of my characters
- Take scattered breaks involving internet and Facebooking, Tumblring, watching Ghost In The Shell episodes, Glee, V, or Young Indiana Jones
- Write some more
- Go to bed at any time between the hours of 7am-12pm.

As you can see, this is quite obviously a HORRIBLE routine for writing, but I've been doing roughly the same thing for close to 2 years now. Last year I wrote my first novel (The Orphaned Ones) and it took me the entire year to complete. Blue Car Racer, on the other hand, is taking me less than 6 months. I'm not entirely sure how or why. My theory is that I did a whole lot more research for The Orphaned Ones, but also a lot more slacking off since I was more or less stuck in a pit of despair.

In a rather ironic twist, my life situation of fighting with my roommate and feeling awful for the entire year did end up greatly influencing the story in a direction that I was pretty much aiming for.

The moral of that little story is that bloodsuckers always win, I suppose.

Back to how my work ethic is unhealthy...I'm seriously debating a change. While it's often fun to stay up late all the time and write since I'm such a night person, it is about time I saw the open sunlight once again. I think it's been about...3 days? That's also because of adverse weather, but still. We all need some vitamin D.

Also, just a friendly reminder, don't forget to turn your clocks forward before going to bed tonight if you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings Time =)

Goodnight/morning!! Haha.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Updates & Other Stuff

I'm sorry I haven't really kept up on this blog since I started, and that'd probably be a good idea since I'm trying to get the word out about my stuff everywhere. Just as a rule of thumb, when there's nothing here, I can PROMISE you that my Tumblr is worth checking out since I update it daily with my poetry and other things I'm working on or that interest me. =)

Click here for my Tumblr!!

As far as Blue Car Racer is going, I'm currently 3 chapters away from the end, which is very exciting!! This is minus the time I need for editing of course, but it's always nice to feel accomplished about something.

Speaking of editing, I still have yet to begin the arduous task of cutting into the first complete novel in my vampire series entitled The Orphaned Ones. I have five books planned, and they are more along the horror/suspense/thriller line and are a bit more geared to adults.

The historical research I've done for it is quite complex and I'm extremely excited and proud to make this idea a reality. If you enjoy horror and suspense along with a thrilling historical plot line, this vampire series will be for you. However, if you enjoy paranormal romance, I'm sorry to say that it involves very little, though I have plans to include some of that in at least one of the books in the series for those who would not mind waiting.

It's tough to describe in so many words, but there's quite a lot of emotion within The Orphaned Ones.




Here's the query letter I've been sending off for it:

Following the misery and torment of World War II, a young boy named Nigel Wilson searches for several friends with whom he grew up so that he might regain some semblance of the family he lost…or so it first seems to the British colonel whose aid he has requested.

Nigel, in being considered an Orphan vampire, is faced with a problem greater than any mortal might understand, which could explain why he is so hesitant to tell his story to a human. But in doing so, he hopes to track down the last of his kind and save them from the clutches of the ruthless Council, a ruling class of vampires who has branded all outcasts as “Orphans”; those who have been abandoned by their makers, left to suffer the fate of their bloodlust alone. Killing indiscriminately and prone to insanity, the Council sees all Orphans and their transformed offspring as a threat to expose their existence to humans and so actively hunts them down.

Nigel begins by recalling his story as a young boy whose orchard farmer parents could no longer afford to care for him following the Great Depression. Desperate, they left him in the hands of their longtime friend Emma Eldridge and her three sons Thomas, Daniel, and Arthur. When Emma dies however, Nigel’s life—along with the only family he’s ever known—begins to rapidly deteriorate.

Following his relocation with Arthur to an orphanage in London, Nigel begins to have rather strange dreams of being saved from drowning. Even stranger is that following the arrival of a mysterious young immigrant boy one night, several children fall ill with typhus-like symptoms. Remembering only a shadow of the hand which saved him in his dreams, Nigel is convinced that this new boy may be a sign and grows compelled to follow him, much to the discouragement of his newfound friends.

He soon discovers that the boy’s name is Ara and as the two grow closer, Nigel unwittingly abandons everyone else. But there is more to Ara than meets the eye. After following a very lucid dream and awakening from a coma, Nigel finds himself in the extremely painful throes of his transformation. When he and Ara then turn the rest of his friends, the boys escape the confines of the orphanage.

But with the human war threatening the country, everything becomes far more dangerous for Orphan vampires when the Council begins to use the events as an opportunity to capture any who attempt to flee to neutral lands. And so the boys are forced to run straight into the danger, mystery, and darkness of Nazi-occupied France while at the same time battling constant dissension amongst themselves as they struggle to maintain a sense of their lingering humanity.

Full of intrigue, emotion, and adventure, my first novel THE ORPHANED ONES is a thrilling suspense tale complete at 120,000 words.


Before anyone comments, I know. To be completely honest, I'm sort of balking at that 120,000 word mark myself. I realize it was premature of me to be sending this off without having fully edited the manuscript yet, which would likely cut out a great deal of words (as well as my dreaded and possibly pointless Chapter 15 ::shudder::...yes, I'm always shuddering about Chapter 15 like it's a looming monster). I still have yet to edit it.

I will also say that I've only gotten rejected about four times for this, which I know is nowhere near a fair share of rejection letters (if there even is a fair number to have), mainly due to my laziness in sending out more queries. I tend to slack off with that a lot since I'm usually working on other novels.

While I am aware this takes much more work than I've been putting into it lately, I am technically only just beginning.

I have to admit that my decision to write novels only recently came about this past year. I made a deal with myself that if I could actually sit down and finish one, then I'd strive to become a novelist and not only a poet (though I've written enough poetry to span several books). I just find that writing novels is a bit more practical and lucrative, so that is what I'm striving to do.

Above all, I long to share my dreams and ideas with the world. That's why I write, so that even if it is only for a while, I may bring others into the many worlds that are taking shape inside my head.

I'll try to update a bit more often, but in the meantime, check out my Tumblr =)