I have decided that I do want to talk about Grotesque briefly (Or as briefly as I can manage. What I’m saying is it won’t be brief), but first I wanted to get a different post out of the way. It’s something I’ve been wanting to write for a few weeks now, and I have to admit it is more for my benefit that for my readers’. That said, you might find it interesting. What it is, as the title of the post suggests, is my wish list. There are several books that I want to write, some that I even have a shaky plot for, and I’m hoping to get them written in the coming years. What I’m going to do is share this list with you, as well as my reasons for wanting to write that particular book. Obviously I will be excluding all the books that I have already written (including the three I have reminisced about in my last few posts) since I think I have made it clear that I want to write them. Having written them once already. So, let’s start. Keep in mind that they’re not in any particular order.
1. A werewolf book – Say what you will for vampires. They’re okay. Hell, I’ve enjoyed some vampire novels in my time. But none so much as werewolf novels. Mercedes Thompson is one of my favorite fictional characters to date. And I am a fan of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Raised by Wolves series as well. Why? Well…um….because wolves are cool? Look, I like the idea of exploring pack-mentality that’s been forced onto people. In a book I’ve tried to write several times over, entitled Lupine, a group of friends makes a pact that turns them into a pack of friends. One of them suddenly becomes the Alpha and they all have to learn to reconcile their human friendship with their newfound wolf pack instincts. I want to write that book. As soon as I have a strong enough plot.
2. A book in which the protagonist is deaf – I have a shaky plot for this one, too. Inspired by a dream, as so many of my books go. A human baby girl is found on a prison-planet of sorts that is ruled by tyrannical “enforcers.” The girl is adopted by the rebellion leader and his ragtag group of aliens who are not convicts, but descendants of convicts, treated just the same as their less-than-law-abiding ancestors by a ruling class that is no longer kept in check by an apathetic government (galactic government? I don’t know. I don’t usually do sci-fi). It soon becomes apparent that the baby girl is deaf. The book, which I’ve been calling, The Bamboo Pole, for reasons I’ll explain only if asked, would center around the deaf protagonist and her Enforcer love interest. Why? Because I think Sign Language is fascinating. Not just because it is a beautiful, visual language (and that’s a HUGE part of it; I love studying language), but also because it evinces humankind’s remarkable ability to adapt. I would want to encapsulate that in the book, but I think I’d need a Deaf consultant first. Wouldn’t want to accidentally insult anybody, after all. And while I’m not a huge proponent of “Write what you know,” I do feel some background knowledge (besides my stumbling grasp of basic ASL signs) would be required for a project like this.
3. A book about a writer – I have a feeling that I am not alone in saying that there is a very strong, egotistical drive within me that wishes to put my struggles and experiences as a writer into well…words. That’s what I do best. Or what I claim to do best anyway. The problem is that my several attempts to write such a book have fallen flat. Firstly, because I can never get a good plot in mind. Secondly, because I am terrible at writing realistic fiction. And Thirdly, as my sister once pointed out to me, a book that is cathartic for me to read and write would not necessarily interest anyone other than myself. Not that I shouldn’t sometimes write just for myself…hmmm…maybe I’ll write a book just for myself.
Anyway, that’s where I’ll stop. If I think of others I’ll write them in a new post.
Word of the Day: Catharsis (n) – the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.