Well, I got my rejection email from the James Jones First Novel Competition yesterday -
“Thank you for sending us “Biomalware.” We appreciated the chance to read it. Unfortunately, your manuscript has not been selected for the final round.”
A little disappointed but not devastated. Onward.
I still have plans to research and do a complete re-write of Biomalware, at a more leisurely pace, this summer. I want to do some serious in depth research into the issue of GMO’s. I know how I feel about them based on the information I have seen but I want to make sure that the feeling is supported by all the information available. More research might prove me wrong, bolster my opinion, or just make me more confused.
First comes the short story collection though. In that vein, I’ve got some that I’ve written that I want to edit and some that I’ve been working on for a while. I also wanted to write something completely new. I felt there was a gap in my collection. I’ve got re-writes of fairy tales, ghost stories and vampire stories. Basically, it’s a paranormal collection. What I do not have, is a superhero story.
Then I met the perfect person to base my main character for the missing story on.
Now, we all take aspects of people we know and have known and work them into our characters. I long ago realized that my perception of who a person is doesn’t necessarily conform to who they think they are or who they really are, which can also be two different things. I figure I’m creating a character of most people based on my own perceptions and imaginings. Why not use that in my fiction?
I like to take an actual person that I’ve met but don’t really know and imagine everything else about them. I’m making up a character based on just a few traits and perhaps a physical description then fleshing that character out in my mind.
Does anybody else do that?
It’s a lot of fun. Give it a try. It might just liven up your weekend.