Sunday, July 05, 2009

story update

So, I had made a goal of finishing my Danielle Spider story by the 4th of July, and I worked a bit on it in the days leading up to the deadline, but not much, to be honest. The family went camping over the weekend, and my uncle, who is something of a Neo-Mennonite, has a policy about turning out the generator (and thus, the lights) at a certain hour, so it looked like I was S.O.L.. But my dad has these semi-retro gas lamps set aside for when the generator goes out and/or flashlights just won't do, so I grabbed one and lit it as soon as my uncle announced, "Luke, I'm shutting the power down!"

I wrote, in longhand*, the rest of the story, until I reached "The End" and the dedication.** Then I turned off the lamp and used a flashlight to find my sleeping bag, calling it a night.

So, the good news is, I finished the story and achieved my goal.

The bad news is, the story just isn't very good. I tried to go above and beyond the silly, stupid little joke Rhett and I used to tell in high school, continuing the story well beyond the original ROSEMARY'S BABY/"Twilight Zone" fade to black. And it's all over the place. Sigh.I'll still give it to my friend, sure. I don't suppose it's terrible . . . if you liked the 1998 GODZILLA, that is.

Rish Wordsworth Outfield

*Not by any lofty political rationale, just because I don't own a laptop. And if I did own one, I'd be constantly guilty for not using it to write more often . . . just like my nice Moleskine notebooks.

**I was a bit torn on the dedication: do I dedicate the story to my friend, who would appreciate it most? Or should it be to his ex-girlfriend, who was the mocking inspiration for the tale? Or should I dedicate it to my own aloof, heartless, ice-cold crush from the time (who, if there's any justice in the world, is even more miserable now than I am)? Ultimately, I went with my friend.

1 comment:

Big Anklevich said...

But you finished it, pat yourself of the back. No...not there...on the back.