So I had started working on a story, but I honestly haven’t given much thought to it in awhile. I don’t even know if this is going to be a short story or turn into something longer. I think I’m trying to work out some things with the plot and I don’t know which way to go yet. Basically the story is about this young woman who can read minds and she thinks that she’s the only one of her kind until one day she meets a Desai, a guy who shares her same abilities. They’re obviously connected in some way and they can’t stop until they find out why they’re so much alike. Periodically, I’ll post bits and pieces of my story and I welcome feedback. Here’s the first part:
I’ve always been a strange child, not knowing who I was or where I came from or why certain things happened to me. Growing up I was always different. The change happened on my 7th birthday. That first voice changed everything for me. It scared me, freaked me out more than anything I had ever experienced in all my seven years of life but funnily enough it was my father’s voice, but it wasn’t him saying the words…at least I didn’t think so. At that very moment when I thought I was losing my mind I concentrated on my father’s mouth, his words, and even his facial expressions. However, the words I heard in my head were not in sync with the rest of the world. They were different, earth shattering.
I want a divorce.
I saw my dad. He was smiling, laughing. He had his arm around my mom singing “Happy Birthday” to me as I was waiting to blow out my candles. It—it just didn’t make any sense. Maybe I was imagining things, but as I looked closer at my dad there was something else there buried behind his eyes that I never noticed. I wouldn’t realize until later what that emotion was. Regret.
Regret for what I didn’t know. Maybe he felt regret for even considering a divorce, maybe it was regret for building a life with another woman that me and my mom later found out about. At the moment that I recognized the regret I studied my mom. The way she moved, her face, and what I saw was the exact opposite. I saw genuine happiness there. Only the happiness that I could now understand as a 30-year-old. At that moment, at that party, I heard my mom’s voice.
I’m so happy to be here with my family.
The realization hit me. My mom didn’t know. She had no idea that her world was about to turn upside down, but I was only seven years old at the time. How could I stop the heartache that was evidently coming?
I am so excited for all the things that Stephen King has going on this year! There’s a tv show coming out next month based off of his novel “The Mist” and then “The Dark Tower” is coming out in theaters in August based off of King’s book series and then “IT” is coming out in September! I am extremely excited about all of these. Stephen King seems to be on a roll this year and it’s awesome because all of sudden King is getting thrust back into the spotlight. He’s being recognized again for the brilliance that he is but now a new generation is getting to know who he is. This resurgence may have started when they remade the 2010 version of “Carrie” starring Chloe Moretz as the lead character but now this year it’s like Hollywood is trying to dig up the old King stories and revamp them for a newer generation and I think that’s great! Plain and simple, Stephen King should be known for the genius writer and story teller that he is.
So I just started watching the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” and one of my favorite parts about the story is the relationship/friendship between Nancy and Jonathan. I’m a sucker for a potential love story within a story. Some would consider that a subplot. I’m so into these two characters and their potential to develop a romantic relationship that I was curious about what kind of fan fiction is out there for these two. There was one fan fic that I really liked because I think it stayed true to the characters. The author made the characters believable. I don’t know if it’s because that person took from an actual scene and just reimagined it, but I think that’s only part of it. Some of the other fan fics weren’t believable to me because I felt like they didn’t stay true to the character’s personalities. I feel like that’s the key to good fan fiction: staying true to the characters and their development.
First of all let me say that I am super excited for the new adaptation of IT to come out on September 8th, 2017 (for anyone that is curious). Second, I am thoroughly preparing myself for what looks like is going to be a fantastic movie. I feel like the 2 minute teaser trailer that the audience got was just enough and for me it developed an obsession. I always knew Stephen King was an amazing writer in the back of my mind. I’ve read other stories by him like Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary, so I am familiar with his work but just seeing the preview to this new adaptation of IT impressed upon me a new appreciation for Stephen King. After watching the trailer on YouTube I read the comments of course and a lot of the comments were about the original miniseries that came out in 1990 and of course the ORIGINAL source material written by none other than Stephen King. I read comments like the book is scarier than even the movie and that the book is super long but well worth the read, and so reading more and more comments like that I told myself that I have to definitely read the book before the movie comes out because the fact that a book can be scarier because you have to use pure imagination is incredibly awesome to me. I’m only a few chapters in and I am impressed more so with King’s story telling. I will admit though that I haven’t really gotten to the really scary bits yet. I’ve read some things in it so far that have been disturbing, but I’m expecting way more to come from the comments that I’ve seen and heard. However, I’ll tell you what I like about IT so far. First of all, King does a great job at character development. King shows us the kids as they’ve all grown up first but he also gives us glimpses of their childhood, which tells why they are the way they are and what makes them tick. I also think King does a great job at foreshadowing. From the beginning we see the brotherly bond that Bill and George have, but we also see the impending doom soon to follow. One scene that really struck me and I seemed to analyze in depth was Tom Rogan and Beverly’s relationship. Tom Rogan is Beverly’s abusive husband. Beverly gets a call to come back to Derry to defeat IT. What’s interesting is that we learn that Tom grew up in an abusive household with his mom, which obviously was passed down to him. Something that I noticed was that Tom seems to have a fear of being invisible. Maybe he was invisible to his mom growing up besides being visible enough to get a whooping for minor things. After Beverly gets off the phone call she seems to look right through him. That scared him. He keeps asking himself, “Are you there? Are you sure?” King’s writing is really striking and it does make me think and analyze certain themes. I’m looking forward to reading more. Stay tuned!