The idea of someone writing a conspiracy theory that turns out to be true had been on my mind for a while. I remember mulling it over in March of 2013, eventually turning to procrastination. “Meh,” I said to myself, “I guess I’ll wait until NaNoWriMo.” Thankfully my more ambitious side told me to “shit or get off the pot” and I listened. I did not intend for it to become a political allegory, but I think I rather did.
I started writing flash fiction, and I’ve amassed so many that it’s time to put together a collection. They’ll be mostly dark, but in multiple genres, including horror and comedy.
I get a lot of twisted ideas while reading other things. For example, while reading about a journalist’s trip around Antarctica in AFAR magazine, I got the idea for a picture book about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated trip in the early 1900s. It would focus purely on the increasing disasters that arose while trying to find a way home, and it may or may not be suitable for children.
A friend also told me about a fantastical event that happened to her as a kid, which she generously allowed me to expand upon for another picture book. I want to do her justice, so it will focus on female empowerment.
I’m also working on a sci-fi novel that deals with addiction and memory distortion, and since there are three timelines/POVs in this story, I have to -gasp!- outline. I may have made a terrible mistake.
Character development is so much fun. It’s like therapy for imaginary friends, and you get to be both client and counselor. Spiraling deeper into their psyches and lives makes them more interesting with each pass, and I become more involved in what makes them tick.
You can derive a whole story from a character’s decisions in response to an event or other character’s comments or attitude, especially in relation to things that came before.
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