Busy busy…The perfect beginning?

4 04 2008

Snuck in 1,000 words plus the notes and outline for a new short story today. This one is a somewhat traditional ghost story about photography, an old slave cemetery, and the Civil Rights movement. 

I’ve only made one other attempt at writing a ghost story, and it failed miserably. It was about a haunted house and was ridden with cliches. I’m hoping this one fares better. My notes and story outline feel promising. Let’s just hope it looks as nice as it does in my head once I have all the words on the page.  

After “In the Valley of Shadows” and a few brief pieces of sci-fi and bizarro, it feels nice to come back home to my comfort zone of stories set in the rural South.

I also started re-reading the first two finished books of my YA trilogy. I’m getting antsy to start the third book and finish this initial trilogy. I miss writing about my characters and can’t wait to get back to them. We’ve still got a lot to go through and face together before we end this thing.

As for now, I’m finished for the night in regards to writing and reading with an editor’s eye. I’m going to sit back, relax, and start reading McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. I’ve heard this might not be so relaxing, but it has been on my reading list for some time now.

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The Perfect Beginning?

The other night, I was reading through the book of Ezekiel and was struck by the very first verse:

“Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”

Talk about a great example of an opening sentence! I had to share. It gives you the time, the place, and prepares the reader for what is in store. If only I could do that in such concise language without sounding clunky.
 

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16 responses

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.

Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
bondo_ba

My first ever attempt at a haunted house ghost story turned into a sci-fi story set on pluto. I blame bad planning. At least the thing sold, making up for the embarrasment.
Good to see that progress on the writing continues apace.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.
Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

6 04 2008
southernweirdo

Wow. Talk about a shift in your original intentions.

Glad to hear it sold.

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