Thursday, December 26, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Contest Winner: Where She Was Waiting

A few months ago, this humorous story won first place in the Holy Worlds Historical Drabble Contest.

Billy walked slowly on the dusty road that led from the farm to town, his mind filled with nervous thoughts of the beauty who awaited him.

When he reached the town, he stared at the building where she was waiting and gulped. He had always dreamed of this moment. Now it was here.

He walked to the building and entered, knowing that after today, she would always be by his side. He would love her and take good care of her as she deserved.

Moments later, he walked out of the gun shop with the six shooter on his belt.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Movie Review: The Night Walker

The Story: A woman with a cruel husband is haunted by dreams of a lover who is kind, which drives her husband mad with jealousy when he finds out. When her husband dies in an accident, the woman finds herself also haunted by dreams of her dead husband pursuing her. As the dreams of her fantasy lover start turning sinister, she begins to suspect that all her nightmares may somehow be real, and searches for a way to prove it.

My Thoughts: As is fitting for a film that heavily involves dreams, this film has a nightmarish feel to it. Many of the “scare scenes” are quite memorable, such as a couple getting married in a chapel where the only other “people” are made of wax. Fortunately, the scenes do not cross the line into being truly disturbing, and this gives the film an edge over the many modern horror movies that tend toward excess instead of skillful storytelling.

Watching the protagonist try to sort out where dreams end and reality begins makes for a compelling story, as little clues add up and twists send her down unexpected paths. The writing isn’t good enough to make this film a masterpiece of horror and suspense, but it is still an excellent example of how a dark story can be effectively told without using graphic content or perverse scares. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror or thrillers.

Content Overview: I don’t remember any swearing, but there might have been one or two mild instances. Violence was mild. Seduction plays a part in the story, and there is some related passionate kissing. Scary scenes were frequent and intense enough that some viewers might be bothered.

Monday, December 2, 2013

National Novel Writing Month Update: Winner!

I won NaNo for the second year in a row! This year, I reached a little over 54,000 words in November, compared with a little over 50,000 last year.

My novel still has tens of thousands of words to go before it will be finished, so my work isn’t over yet. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Did you do NaNo this year? If so, how did it go?