Thursday Three #52

The “life updates” edition!

  1. My son was only about 2 months old when I found out that I was about to become the aunt of identical twin girls! They were born on Tuesday, at 4 pounds 6 ounces and 4 pounds 8 ounces. So my son will have cousins close to his age. (And my brother will understand the joys of parenthood!) Life is better with siblings and cousins. 🙂
  2. Because my son is getting older, he’s going to need his own bedroom. So my husband and I are looking for a house, and hopefully we find something before the lease on the apartment runs out in November. This housing market is insane, but it seems to have gotten a tiny bit better lately (or maybe I’m getting used to the craziness). The issue is trying to find something in our price range that is also in a decent neighborhood. We don’t want to be “house poor,” but we also don’t want to be in a subdivision that will turn into a post-apocalyptic hellscape a few years from now either.
  3. In addition to THE ARCHIVES, I am working on another story, which I also plan to post online as it is revised, just not on this blog. I’ve been working on this one on and off forever (since 2004 or so), and it’s not my best work, but I still think it should have some kind of life outside my flash drive. More to come on this.

Reissue of THE ARCHIVES

I’ve been doing more thinking about writing than actually writing, and I’ve been looking back at several things I’ve written. There isn’t much incentive to start something completely new, mostly because I have zero new ideas, but also because my mind keeps cycling the old stories and characters through my head. They still fascinate me.

So I figure that if I can revisit one (or more?) of them, it might give me more incentive to continue to write (or at least make my existing writing better), and it will make my characters shut up because they will finally get much-needed attention.

THE ARCHIVES seems to be the best candidate for revisiting. It’s a tiny story (only about 36,000 words) that I posted on FictionPress circa 2010–2011 (though it takes place in 2002–2004). In the vein of Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones, I wrote in verse, but I limited myself to one 100-word chapter per day for a year. I never wrote anything like THE ARCHIVES before; it was super short, almost entirely based on real life (many of the events are true or close to it, but the characters are composites or entirely invented), and in first-person point of view. To be honest, it didn’t even have much of a plot until midway through because it wasn’t planned, and I had no clue where I was going with it. THE ARCHIVES was more of an experiment than anything else. If I had to summarize it, it’d be something like “High school girl, dubbed ‘The Archivist’ by her peers, comes out from behind the scenes to solve a mystery.”

Somehow THE ARCHIVES became fairly popular. The readers related to the crazy high school shenanigans, and it got a lot of comments. People followed it, and someone actually remembered it several years after I’d taken it off FictionPress. To this day, I really don’t know why it was the most “successful” out of all the stuff I posted on FictionPress, especially when I put so little effort into it compared to the other things I was working on. Probably a “right place at the right time” kind of thing.

Because it’s so low maintenance and supposedly one of the “better” things I’ve written, I’ve decided to reissue it here, at the agonizingly slow pace of one chapter per day,* starting tomorrow (and I doubt I post every day, but I’ll try to). I’m not planning to change anything major, just fix typos and anything else that makes me go “WTF” when I read it. As always, comments are welcome.

*So this means that sometimes there will be two posts a day. I apologize in advance if this will annoy you.

Thursday Three #50

More recent reads, so there will be spoilers!

  1. Love Lies Beneath – Ellen Hopkins. I read this book’s sequel first (by accident) and enjoyed it only because the main character is delightfully evil (so evil, in fact, that she doesn’t realize it). This book provided more backstory on the character, so some of her evil actions from the sequel made more sense in context. There’s nothing “intellectual” about this book; it’s all about pleasure and enjoyment. And that’s fine. My brain’s fried anyway.
  2. Love Is Red – Sophie Jaff. This book was pure awesome, and (but wait! there’s more!) it’s the first in a trilogy, which is even more exciting. The novel can best be described as a murder mystery mixed with fantasy and romance, but that doesn’t do it justice. Some parts of it were a little confusing because of the writing style, but I’m hoping that the next two books clear it up for me.
  3. Day Four – Sarah Lotz. The sequel to The Three and far better than its predecessor. Lotz’s style reminds me so much of Stephen King, and in a good way. This book is far less political than the previous one, the characters are drawn better, and it’s set on a cruise ship, which is never a good place to be when a norovirus outbreak happens or when little ghost kids start wandering around. You want horror? This is some pretty good horror. I wonder if there will be a next book…