Thursday, April 11, 2013
Thursday's Children: Inspired by Old Time Radio Drama
Starting a new novel is a little intimidating. Especially after the intensity of Hate Jacket. To be honest, I'm flailing and procrastinating. I'm sure this is normal. Not only did I finish it, I participated in Pitmad, and sent my baby off to be (hopefully) accepted. We'll see.
So, in attempt to distract myself from all the negative thoughts floating in my head, I need to write something. Last week, I talked about the silly idea I was playing with. I'm not writing it right now. Silly stuff is hard for me to write (despite being a super-goofball on twitter).
The reality is I need something serious to write. I want to write silly, but it isn't as easy for me as it is for some. Yes, my stories can have humor, but as a whole, they seem to have some dark elements in them.
The exception being Sir Grumpsalot that was recently published in Veux Magazine, Issue 11 (page 32-33). Seriously, it's cute and the magazine did a wonderful job with it. Serious props go out to Ada Adams and the other editors.
So, back to your regularly scheduled blog post.
Ok. I have an idea. It started as a dream, but is morphing into something awesome. One of my inspirations is the old radio show, The Shadow. I was first introduced to them in a drama class in 8th grade. They were fabulous and so well done (for that era). I did some research on it and didn't realize that the guy who wrote it did so for 20 years.
Anyway, my main character has the ability to see a persons darkest desires/wants/fears, etc. Basically all the bad stuff people hide behind closed doors in their heads. She doesn't like this ability because she can't control it. She looks into a person's eyes and she sees it. What she sees doesn't go away.
I've been doing a lot of research on this in the hopes that I'll find some mythos behind it. As of yet, I haven't found anything. Which is weird, because I would think someone would have had this myth somewhere.
The end result is that I need to create my own. I don't want to link too directly to the Shadow because of it's long history and I don't want to interfere with it. So, no, her great great great uncle was not the guy the radio show was based on. Not gonna happen.
What I do know for certain is that this will be a Dual POV. The MC is going to be around 19-20, so it falls under the "New Adult"/"Adult" category (depending on your preference). Not sure if there are going to be romantic elements or not yet. It's still early, but I do have the first two chapters sketched out in my head.
'Till Next Time