Friday, March 22, 2013

Vampires, Werewolves, and Sex

Briefly this morning I thought of something to blog about today, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was. Got a writing job and I've been concentrating on it pretty hard. I forgot all about it being Friday and my needing to post something. So to inspire me, I was surfing around Facebook looking for maybe a random writing question or comment that could spark a post. As you can see from the title, I kinda sorta did.

Is it me, or is it the crowd I've manage to fall into, or is it all the rage lately? I'm thinking it's the rage, making my simple little books seem kinda dreary by comparison. I mean, none of my characters (yet) change screamingly into fiendish hairy beasts hot for human blood especially women who they then fall in love with. None of my characters die and then walk among the living (probably not ever), seeking the opportunity to drain an unsuspecting someone of their life's blood, unless of course they fall in love with them first. Ah the complications. And sex??? Now that's a different story, but, well, my style there is very different. Hot and steamy, maybe, but only in your imagination.

The other things I see is the occasional horror stories, but you know, I don't think I've seen one science fiction story (not counting mine). Whatever happened to intelligent computers and space travel?

Yeah, okay, so I'm rambling. As a treat, I'll post a sample from The Mystery of Planet Wer. Yeah, that's intentionally misspelled. You see, while I was writing that book, my computer kept taking exception to my preferred used of Were, telling me it wasn't supposed to be capitalized, and then I found somewhere that the word werewolf used to be spelled werwolf, so I adopted that for the title. Besides, it reads better (I think).

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“Attention all passengers, standard orbit around Planet Wer will be achieved at oh-six-hundred hours tomorrow morning. All passengers wishing to disembark for the surface need to have their luggage checked and be ready for boarding shuttle Alpha by oh-eight-hundred hours. We will remain in orbit for eight days while trade goods are exchanged. Planet Wer is a quarantine planet. Lieutenant Radolfuss, a native of Wer, will be in the commissary for the rest of the afternoon to answer any questions you might have.”

The message was repeated and the silence that followed magnified the clear voice of a tiny girl. “Is it true, mommy? Is it true that everyone who lives there is a werwolf?”

No one heard the answer, if there was one, because everyone chose that moment to spread any and all rumors and gossip they had heard about the mysterious planet called Wer.

Moments later, another wave of silence crept into the room as a tall, very unusual man strode through the commons on his way to the commissary. Irresistibly, every person in the room watched him walk by, and seemingly by compulsion, they followed, heading for the commissary in his wake.

The clear voice of the little girl echoed through the now empty commons again. “But mommy, isn’t that what a werwolf looks like?” There was no one left to hear the response, if there was one.

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 I just realized, Justin doesn't change screamingly either. For him, it's just flexing his muscles (and his bones) a bit. And, there's no blood lust either. Well dang. I guess my werwolf is kinda tame like the rest of my books hahaha. Ah well. I like what I write. I read what I like, so I guess that tells you what kinds of books I generally buy, not that I don't try out some written by my friends, but I probably won't be buying too many. Since I got my Kindle, I have a handful of all of the above, courtesy of my wonderful on-line writer-friends. And yes I actually bought most of them. Since I was concentrating on filling my kindle, I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on eBooks, so I went for the $.99 ones mostly. Some of the more expensive ones that looked really appetizing I put on my wish list. I'll get them eventually, when I get more caught up with reading. You can look forward to book reviews here.

Just a reminder, I'm running a poll over on my website to see which book you might like to see published next. Have you voted yet?


Willow Drake said...

I love your work. It always takes me away and inspires me!!

William Kendall said...

It's a good excerpt!

I think because of the popularity of Twilight, so much of that genre has been taking up room in reader attention, but it's past its peak.