Say what you will about Rish . . . it can't be worse than what he says about himself.
"I hope it's gonna make you notice,
I hope it's gonna make you notice . . .
Someone like me."
Kings of Leon
"I don't think anyone knows what they really think--or perhaps even what they really know--until it's written down."
Monday, June 02, 2014
Live-Writing Exercise: Day 2
yeah,” he’d groused from the bar.“But
there’s prolly a one in a thousand chance of it coming here.”
More like one in ten thousand, she
thought, but didn’t say.
monster, as the networks were calling it (or Quetzalcoatl, as CNN had dubbed
it), had emerged from a volcano in the Pacific, and seemed to be a giant snake
or worm that either swam or flew—depending on whether you thought the smudge in
one satellite photo was wings or not.It
had emerged from the oceanic eruption two days ago, and had not been seen
since.Scientists argued about whether
it would head for the mainland, go to an island, or never be seen again,
perhaps burrowing into the sea again.Carly didn’t know why, but she had immediately thought of a lighthouse,
and found the closest one, and was at least going to at least look.If the monster came here, she might get a
great photo or footage, if not, she would interview a fascinating old man, and
maybe get the piece onto the news, the human interest story at the end of the
hour.She still could do that much.
lighthouse was damp and foul-smelling, and had fallen into disrepair on the
inside as well.“How long have you lived
here?” she asked, following up the stairs, careful not to brush the rickety-looking
on thirty now,” he said, huffing but staying ahead of her.“Fore that, I worked her for nearly forty.”
okay?” she called up to him.The way he
was breathing, she worried he might topple backward into her.
old,” he wheezed.Well, that was an
understatement.She thought her grandfather
had looked better the last time she’d seen him, and that had been from beside a
of stairs,” she said, for lack of something better to say.
is all,” he called back.“You can make
it if I can.”
reached the halfway point of the building, and there was a little kitchen, and a
table with a television on it in there.A mouse darted from the table to the chair.“Is this—“ she began, but the old man kept on
up the stairs, leaving the room behind.They emerged onto the top level, where a bed, a bookshelf, and stack
after stack of cardboard boxes lay.There was also a group of windows on one wall, and a door out to the
roof on the other.
in the boxes?” she asked.
mostly,” he said, stopping now to cough and hunch over, his hand on his bony
like I used to.”
busy bein’ a big time reporter?”
time, no.Reporter, barely.”
(INSERT NEEDLE SCRATCH SOUND) ***
I feel like a jerk for doing this, but I looked over the rules of the contest, just to make sure their ludicrous word limit was just a bad dream I had, and I made a discovery. One of the stipulations is that the story cannot have been published elsewhere, which I worry may include my live-blogging. Honestly, I don't know, since what you read here will not be the final seriously-cutdown audio adaptation, but I don't want to get kicked out of the contest I have lost three years in a row just because I made a dumb mistake like this.
Me being me, my first inclination was just to do it anyway, because I honestly do not care about winning any contest, and more importantly, because I honestly do not care about rules. But the folks over at Horror Addicts have been kind to me, and respect dictates that I ought to stop doing this, in case it feels like I'm insultingly flaunting my disobedience on a blog that only four people read.
But I could be wrong. I could totally be okay with doing this, and it could act as a sort of advertisement for their podcast, saying, "Hey, I hope you enjoyed the stuff I've been typing these past five days. Come on over to the Horror Addicts podcast and listen to how I adapted it into a short reading, used helicopter sounds, and cut out all the parts about Carly saying a bad word on live television! And, if you want to do so, you can vote for me afterward!" That seems like it could be better than just abruptly stopping this mad experiment, but it could also be the Donald Duck Devil on my shoulder, quacking into my left ear.
Feel free to give me your opinion, but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna stop here. Sorry.