February 10, 2012
I’d hoped to join into the I’m hearing voices blogfest late with a flash fiction, but it was a long day at work and I just don’t think I’m up for a flash fiction now, sigh. (So much for the promise that we’d get to go home early on Friday, sigh.)
But I’ve been thinking about emotion in short stories lately, mostly because of my still-untitled story in progress. (Maybe I’ll call it ‘Mirror of Storms’ for the time being.) Happiness, unhappiness and grief are all definitely driving engines of this idea – one character, Sarina the witch’s granddaughter, has used a magic mirror that was supposed to rid her of unhappiness, but at a cost. Whenever she has gets angry or sad, the mirror sucks the bad mood out of her, turns it into a storm, and releases the storm over her house. Unfortunately, she lives by the sea, and when one of these storms went out on the water, my MC’s big brother got washed overboard.
Oh – and there’s a curse on the mirror too, of course. 😉 If it’s broken or taken out of Sarina’s vicinity, then the storms will stop, but she’ll be unhappy for the rest of her life. When she’s truly happy, though, that will stop the storms too, and the mirror will crumble to dust.
What do you think so far?
October 17, 2011
Once again, it’s Campaigner Spotlight time, and this time, the spotlight falls on Elaine Charton, and her blog: It’s Better Than You Think.
Are you ready if there is a zombie apocalypse?
No if it’s coming I’d better get a freezer and stock up on body parts. I hate zombies.
What’s your most annoying habit?
My husband says it’s being right all the time. I think I can be a tad controlling..:)
What was the first story you wrote, (or can remember writing)?
A short story mystery that I wrote for an English class. It wasn’t very good and full of grammatical errors.
A voracious reader from an early age, I would often change the end of a book or a movie if it didn’t please me. After all doesn’t everyone like a happy ending. With an imagination like that, I should have known it was only a matter of time before I began writing my own stories. They may include, ghosts, and witches, dead bodies and all manner of such things but they all end well I’m married to a fellow writer and book lover for over twenty years. We live in Southern Arizona with two very spoiled feline children.
Two important things marked my 50th Birthday, at least important to me. First, a few weeks before my beloved Boston Red Sox finally broke the curse and won a world series. The other, my first book was published that year. Fifty is a momentous birthday for most people, but more so for me. My blog is found at www.elainecharton.wordpress.com and titled “IT’S BETTER THAN YOU THINK. It started out as a blog about life after fifty. It’s now about much more. I talk about things I am passionate about, books, TV and movies, cooking and the occasional quote. I collect quotes that touch me for some reason. I try and blog fairly regularly, at least three times a week sometimes more. Depends on what is on my mind.
Thanks for giving me some spotlight material, Elaine!