My current eyeball issues have my Muse (and a bunch of my friends) thinking about pirates. Yes, pirates. So I wasn’t surprised when a young teenaged pirate wandered into one of the thirteen stories I’m writing for Blooming Howls—the short story collection I’m publishing next month.
The pirate girl is daring and ferocious. She is also resourceful, which explains how she has been able to survive as one of the thousands of homeless souls in New York. As my Muse followed the pirate girl around The City, trying to figure out how she got her eye patch, what she did for food, how she managed to hold on to hope… the part of my mind that is always thinking about every character I’ve ever created wandered head first into a realization: I have no idea where some of the characters of my short stories actually live.
I stopped writing about the pirate girl’s day to day adventures, and began to search for a home for her… and for many of my characters who as of right now seem to reside in limbo (i.e. Lum, Emma and Regina, Darlene, the women from Touched through Blood and Dust…). The home hunting lasted some time… And I’m not sure how it happened, but by the end of my exploration Lum and Darlene were together. Yes, that kind of together.
So the story of the pirate girl—whom, by the way, is yet to be named—morphed into a tale of beings who come from different worlds, but live in the same city. I can’t wait to see how they’ll help or hinder each other. I’m psyched about exploring how our favorite bad faery and our questionably insane assassin fall for each other… And my curiosity, when it comes to where they’ll build a home for their newly found love, has turned into a living thing.
This image is from Bad Fairies: The Real Reasons for the Bad Stuff That Happens in Life, a cute and sometimes hysterical wee book, by Fay Langmore. It made me roar more than once, and you know I’m all about sharing the yum. If you want it, end your comment about this post with a name for the pirate girl. If I like your choice best, I’ll send Bad Fairies your way *giggles*. You can choose a name for the pirate girl, even if you don’t want the book. I will select a winner on Friday, September 5th.