We’ve all heard of good things gone bad,
of bad things gone worse,
and of awful things that transmogrify into crap.
But every now and then, a crappy thing just excites the feisty muse.
Yesterday, I experienced the latter.
I was listening to essays for school, some of which existed somewhere between lame and burn-worthy, so of course I needed to do something to busy the side of my mind that kept on asking, Why am I reading this? The whiner side of my brain can be easily distracted with pretty colors and shifting shapes; I played with my blogs’ layouts while I listened.
My sidebar was the first to feel the effects of my boredom. I got rid of pictures, added this and that, tweaked titles and so on. I changed the header for my writing site widget from “sexy, dark and wicked” to “where dark fiction is born kicking, screaming and many times slashing.” A few minutes later, a Wicked Darling who keeps a watchful eye on my sidebar *sidebar grins smugly* emailed me to ask, “Is that the kind of message you want to promote?”
I shared part of the exchange on Facebook. Soon after my timeline got some attention, the same person messaged me with a string of insults so nasty that my mind couldn’t decide between feeling outrage or admiration—it ended up choosing neither.
However, witchy writer me understands that every bit of criticism should be examined. I followed that thought. After a close inspection, I noticed that between the swearing and the name-calling, the individual made some sense. She suggested that my “Luna story sucks because the character has no motivation and no soul.”
I should have pointed out to this watchful being that “The Haunting” is currently a very rough draft, but I didn’t do such thing. Instead, I used that time to work on editing Luna and Leo’s story.
I’m very happy to say that the beginning of the story is now established—I wasn’t completely thrilled with “Luna Bravo hunted flesheaters.” Also, I will start sharing the updates in a few days, for I don’t want to share the ending without completing some of the rewrites. The story is gaining muscle and bone, my Wicked Luvs, and I can’t wait to show it off!
Oh, before I forget, I’ve changed the header of my writing site widget. I wanted it to match my new tagline, which now reads, “Sexy, Dark and Bloody Fiction Sprinkled with Wholesome Souls and Severed Limbs.”
|Bloody, fanged, grinning smiley borrowed from SuperFicie.|