Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. --Holley Gerth
Last year, I wrote a novel in two months and finished a third in a soon-to-be-published series. I also got said series contracted to be published (insert violent dance moves here), which was more than kind of surreal because I started the series when I was around 14 or 15, and I turn 21 in three months. It was kind of a big year, 2015. I traveled a LOT (oh England, how I pine for you and I am now a tea drinker and a scone addict) and got loads of inspiration.
I also watched a lot of superhero stuff. Funny story--on my way home, from Heathrow, London to Buffalo, New York, I honest-to-goodness traveled over 24 hours; I left London at 1 PM after getting up at roughly 7am London time, and walked into my garage at home sometime around 3 or 3:30 AM NY time, which is 8 AM London time. I was beyond depleted. I hadn't eaten all day (and night?) and broke down in a JFK bathroom because US customs were really grumpy and unprofessional (like, oh my gosh America we need to get our airport acts together) and I drank tea to calm me down. My head hurt so badly that on the plane from Reykjavik, Iceland (my stopover) to JFK, I watched the first three episodes of CW's The Flash...without sound. My brain hurt so terribly that, besides listening to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer in Icelandic on the overhead plane speakers, I couldn't handle any more noise plus bright lights from the screen. So I watched The Flash like it was a silent movie and generally failed to read lips 90% of the time and tried to grasp the plot by people's hand gestures and facial expressions.
Here's where you might be thinking, yeah, Rach, that's nice, but why are you writing about this? The thing is, this month's Round Robin is:
What are one (or two) writing projects you want to accomplish this year? What will be any obstacles you might encounter?
And I think I might want to write a superhero story. Or--more specifically--a superheroine story. Are girls also called superheroes? They should be. I need to brush up on these things.
The point is, I was really impressed with The Flash. Like, REALLY impressed. It was funny, and scary, with quirky characters and was just all-over great. A little cheesy at times, how most comic-based things are. It was also incredibly smart-sounding with all its science-y stuff, which I am not great at. I love thinking about science--things like string theory, the curve or non-curve of our universe, and the Schrödinger's cat theory about multiple universes or "worlds" that are real and existent but do not interact with each other make my brain ache and also really excite me.
However, I don't know how much science I could spew off that would make sense for someone to realistically have their anatomy changed to superhero levels.
When I was little, I wrote books on the solar system, owned a telescope (I still have it), knew all about the Paleozoic and all the other dinosaur eras, and wanted to be an astronaut, paleontologist, and a dozen other things. Then science in school took on a lot of math, and I don't like math, so my interests switched to English and History and Art.
If I do write a superhero story (and oh, I kind of really do want to), I want her to be the anti-stereotype. She's not going to know how to build cool gadgets, or be a forensic scientist, or a nerdy photographer, etc. I want her to be a Lit Major. I want her to be totally out of her element. I want her to know about Chaucer and Bronte and Shakespeare, and use ideas from books or poems to solve her problems. I've been playing around with powers like being able to sync up to anyone's brain waves so she can instantly learn what they know; surely a handy thing when fighting crime. Or something else. Who will she fight? No clue. Am I actually going to write this story? I dunno. It's in its incubation stage. But I've written stories with demons, angels, Gorgons, Not-Quites, art forgers, mouse spirits, story thieves, queens-to-be, nearly blind boys, and London factory workers, but I've never written a story about a superhero. And my family's watched enough of the Avengers, Batman, Superman, and Spiderman that I think I have the basic rules down. I've also watched a couple episodes of Arrow and did an anthropological study on a comic shop my freshman year (I'm not even kidding), so I think I might be on good starter ground!
Superhero-y lit majors aside (I might also name her Kazmira or Kaz for short!) I'm 92% done with the currently-final edit of the art forger story I wrote last year, Monet Evanesce. Which, I kind of want to make a sequel to because the ending of the first has very real-world repercussions that my main characters SHOULD and WILL have to deal with. It could be a tra-la-la happy ever after, but really shouldn't be realistically. And where's the fun in that anyway? >:D
In the possible sequel, I'm thinking of someone who either identifies himself as a Doppelganger, with the skill set of one of my side characters who's extremely talented with disguising herself, or possibly someone who is rather enamored with my main character. Or, maybe both. I just want to push myself this year into being more broad with my characters' sexuality and heritage. I realized I write for a lot of straight white boys, main or side characters, which there's nothing wrong with that, but I'd like to branch out. I'm better writing for my girls, usually. :)
What about you? Apologies for this post being kind of long. But what are you planning writing-wise this year? Need direction? See what my other fellow bards are plotting for the rest of the year!