I’ve been writing Spacetime stories for a while now, with a few fanfics tossed in here and there. Spacetime being urban fantasy, after a while it kind of feels like a rut. I’m rewriting book 3 right now–the original draft had no concept of scenes and sequels, and was really boring–and enjoying it a lot.
But I’ve had this other story chewing on the back of my consciousness. Ever since I read Diana Wynne Jone’s book Reflections, with all her essays on writing, I’ve wanted to try some of her techniques. One of them is to look at what everybody else is writing, turn it sideways ninety degrees, and write it different.
I had so much fun writing my Zombies and Unicorns story (I thought I hated zombies, until I found out how easy they are to write), that I figured I’d tackle something else I dislike. I really don’t like vampires.
So I started thinking about what might make me pick up a vampire book off the shelf. Maybe if it had a dragon on the cover. What if there was a vampire who could only bite dragons?
This simple question led to a whole slew of others–I had to come up with an “monovorous” vampire that could only feed upon one host. There had to be a reason for this dragon to be hanging out on Earth disguised as a human. There had to be some kind of opposing faction, and vampire hunters are overdone–so what if the entire military is vampire-based and all vampires are heavily monitored by the government? Oh yeah, now we’re cooking.
I’m posting up a chapter at week on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/5930952-dragonblood-vampire
This gives me plenty of time to write other projects over the course of the week, and dabble in this fun, new genre on weekends. I’m really trying to make it action-movie, with impossible fight scenes where they punch a guy and he flies through one side of a building and out the other. Awww yeah.
Anyway, it’s fun to dabble in other genres. Kind of refreshing to the brain. I’m sure this story will eventually tie into the Spacetime universe–I know I’m already dealing with at least two parallel worlds–but in a very sidestory sort of way. No Strider of Chronos is going to bail out my vampire hero. He’s going to have to save his own neck, and possibly the necks of everyone he cares about.