Here is my entry into the My Writer's Cramp March Writers Challenge. While I'm not elligble to win I still wanted to participate, so here you go.
"You should just kill every last one of them Bernard. You know this would all be a lot easier if you did." The dark cloud of pain and hatred hung around Felix, anyone looking closely could see it there, but most chose not to pay attention lest they become involved in something that might disrupt their peaceful little lives.
"Easier for who? You? I want no more blood on my hands Felix." Bernard looked in the mirror, trying to see past the dark black bags beneath his eyes to the soul hidden within them. Every once in a while he thought he saw it there, a faint glimmer of who he used to be, long before the darkness consumed his life. Continue reading
Well it is a time for decisions I think, but before I get into that let me give you a little update on where I am with all of my various projects.
The story is progressing along nicely and I recently introduced a new character who will hopefully add a different form of tension to the story in addition to all of the innate tension that goes with life in a post-apocalyptic world. I really feel like the story is coming along now and the main character is developing into something more than he started out as, and isn't that the way it should be going? Something about the story is really driving me right now and I feel it pulling me like none of my other projects are. I've been sharing one part a week for some time now and I'm wondering if I should pick up the pace on the writing and/or the sharing.
TWISTED IN TWO (the tentative title for my fantasy novel)
I have written more on this than on any other project, turning an early attempt at novel writing into something bigger and I think better than it had started off as, but as I've been working on it I have felt the focus of the story shifting dramatically, to the point where the old outline of the story may no longer even be relevent. I hate to lose the momentum on this one, but I'm starting to think that I should stop working on this one for now, re-do the timeline and flesh out some of the new character information before I continue on and turn the story into a rambling mess. This one is my baby and I'm worried about leaving it alone for too long.
MARCH WRITER'S CHALLENGE
I have started working on my participation piece for my March Writer's Challenge
and I'm liking what I have going, but I think it may turn out longer than I expected. I'm okay with long, but it needs to stay within the criteria and I need it to be done on time. I should be all right with that and I want it to be good. Even though I am not eligible to win the challenge, it is my contest and I'd really like to not look like a complete hack when compared to everyone else. I decided to take the piece down a dark road and I've managed to work in a number of the words/concepts listed in the challenge so I'm doing pretty well with it, but it may just end up being left dangling...a scene of something bigger that I may add to over time. I kind of like the idea. I can try and revisit the world and characters whenever I participate in another contest....
I have completed five book reviews since I started doing them and I am reading King Whisperers by Kerwin Swint
for my next review and it is a little departure from the others. My first five were all fiction, but this one is not. I'm not a fact checker and I have stated previously that all of my reviews are based on how well I like the book in question, so when I post the review you'll all know exactly what I thought of the book, but not if what he says is true...I'm taking it on faith that the man did his research and did not twist the facts to suit his own ends.
So where am I going with all of this? Well to be honest I'm feeling like I've spread myself a little too thin and that I'm jeopardy af failing at all of my writing because I have taken on too much at once. In addition to my writing I have a wife and two kids that I devote a lot of my time to and while I would love to be a professional writer who can live off of any money made writing, I am not, and so I have a full-time job I have to deal with. Don't get me wrong here. I am not throwing myself a pity party and I don't expect any sympathy. So why am I sharing all of this with you? I share this with you because I would love to hear from you about times you have taken on too much with your writing and how you managed to deal with it. I have a pretty good Idea about what I am going to do, but hearing from you would be great and help remind me that I'm not out there alone.
Then Pain shot through her and she fell out of the blackness towards the speck of light.
She heard Viktor shouting. He was no longer speaking to her but to Igor.
“There was a reaction!” said Viktor
Another jolt of pain coursed through Eva. It pulled her closer. The shouts between the two men became clear and loud, as if they stood on the other side of a door.
“Give her more!” Igor shouted.
Viktor retorted, “Give her too much at one time and we will kill her! I know what I am doing!”
It is a courageous thing to take one of the best known pieces of fiction, an absolute classic know by many, a book turned into numerous movies and inspiring in its own right, and to re-write it. You run the risk of falling short of the original or even worse make it too much like the original so that very little of your own writing shines through. Michael J. Lee takes Frankenstein
: A Modern Prometheus, the novel written by Mary Shelley nearly two-hundred years ago, and makes it his own in My Frankenstein.
The story of Frankenstein is well known, but Lee takes the story and tells it from a slightly different angle, gives it a little industrial age twist and turns the story into something fresh and new. I'll admit that when I started reading it I approached it with a little dread and trepidation, but it did not take long for the writing and the story to take control and I was hooked. The basic premise works out much the same, there is a Viktor Frankenstein and a monster, but from there the similarities end.
My Frankenstein centers around Eva, an uncommonly intelligent girl living in a small farming village whose life is irrevocably turned upside down by the coming of the new Baron Frankenstein and his plans to modernize the little village by dragging it into the industrial era. Viktor see the potential in Eva and nurtures that potential and Eva sees in him the embodiment of progress. Before long their teacher student relationship becomes oh so much more, and when Viktor's secret project is revealed to her the tensions begin to run high as humanity and ambition clash.
There are numerous layers within this book that could spark any number of philosophical discussions and every one of them as relevant to today's world as they would have been to the time when the original story was written, but all of it is woven into a well told story that will make you involved, rooting for the heroes and despising the villains. Ultimately you will have to ask yourself what it is that truly makes a monster.
If you love a good story about romance, intrigue and conflict this is a book for you. I would highly recommend giving this a read, probably more than once, and if you love Frankenstein then this is an absolute must for your reading collection.
- Review: Frankenstein (jackieisreading.wordpress.com)
- Allusions in Frankenstein (brighthub.com)
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