It never ceases to amaze me how my muse is willing to serve up stories on demand. It’s a very good thing, just unexpected too some days. I mean, I see so many people talk about their muse being uncooperative and I have the opposite problem really. If anything, mine’s overactive, but I can live with that. I swear, I’m not being ungrateful. It just surprises me and today has made me a bit introspective.
In the last couple of days, I’ve had two separate short stories start rolling around in my brain, both in response to the story theme for the next submission period for Opening Line. This one is Villains, which is interesting, really, since I rarely do the absolute evil type of villain. I find those both boring and unrealistic.
One of the two is from Bound, but I’m not really sure if I want to write that one, as I can’t quite figure out how I’d make it a story. Or at least not one you’d have had to read Bound to understand. I refuse to write that kind of thing. The short story should be able to stand on it’s own. So that one’s probably shelved, and I’m okay with that.
The second one though, well, it’s got legs, as they say. It’s about Devan’s father. Calling him the villain isn’t giving anything away, I assure you, because you get the dynamic between Devan and Cray in the very first chapter of Where The Ether Flows (book 1 of that trilogy), and it’s not a friendly one, let alone loving. Serious family issues here.
In a way, this short was always begging to be written. Devan has a very specific view of not just his family, but his father in particular. To be honest, as much as I love Devan (you all know that very well by now), I’ve never been convinced that his perception of his father is entirely accurate or fair. I mean, that seems normal to me, because past event and our feelings get in the way of viewing them with real accuracy. We perceive things through the lens of our experiences and emotions regarding those involved. It just makes me suspect how Cray comes across, as it’s entirely from Devan’s point of view.
So I’m kind of looking forward to this. The hard part will be building something to fit within the 3,000-word limit, because there’s so much history and emotion between Devan and his father. It’s going to be a challenge in many respects to resist the urge to put more into this than it needs, even though I’m setting it much earlier in Devan’s life than the novels, or even the novella and short stories. Devan in his early teens… It’ll be interesting to see how that’s going to turn out.
And yes, for those wondering, I am working on the outline for From Heights We Fall. I just can’t outline all day long. I’ve found I get cranky and end up with a lot of empty time anyway. I might as well work on this too. 🙂