A spot of writing

For the first time in a long time, I had a relaxing yet productive weekend.

Ange and I caught M Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, which was unusually lacking something. I saw a poster for it that billed it as a bedtime story, and in that context, I thought the movie was a great success. Unfortunately, the marketers tried selling it as a supernatural thriller/mystery, which is most certainly wasn’t (supernatural, yes, thriller, no).

Today we caught Silent Hill, which again lacked bite. I’m a bit of an anomaly as I choose to write horror stuff but generally get creeped out by horror movies. So I went into Silent Hill expecting scares. Instead, there was plenty of eye-candy horror imagery but push-button storytelling (like Lady in the Water) and little in the way of character development.

I wasn’t disappointed by either film, but both certainly could have been much, much stronger. I’ll probably get around to penning reviews on both for HorrorScope.

Seeing such lacklustre storytelling, I felt inspired to do some writing this afternoon, which was the first time in a long time. Acting on recent advice, I played around with form and content and came up with not one but two completed short story first drafts.

The first story, STOP, came out completely different to how I imagined it. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but it has a complete story arc and message of some sort. It isn’t really spec fic as such, although it could be argued to be vaguely magic realism or slipstream.

The second, slightly longer piece, done this evening is titled Memoirs of an Antichrist, and was a real hoot to write. It’s one of those pieces that I can keep going back to and adding further passages as strange (or strangely appropriate) ideas come to me.

It’s very satisying to have a couple of short stories added to the repertoire, particularly after a lengthy dry (non-writing) spell.