How to have a good time in Florida: sleep all day. savor hour long thunderstorms hovering directly over house. exhaust self in ocean 2 hrs per day. find two dead fish in swimsuit (RIP me). oh yeah, and write a lot because wrist has recovered from tendinitis!!!
And remember how capitalization and punctuation works, I guess. Vacation is a wonderful time to write because there is little else to do. (Having already finished the books I brought, The Killing Moon and The Fifth Season, both mind-blowing.) I’m working on a short story reinterpretation of the myth of the Minotaur, feat. Theseus’ older sister Aristomache. She’s a badass bringer of justice who’s also a bit of a womanizer. Themes include motherhood, monstrosity, and women’s agency in myth. The first draft was just a bit of a hot mess and I’ve been having a great time smoothing things out.
The biggest decision I need to make about it is the prose. I wrote the first draft formally and removed, trying to evoke a bit of a mythicized, dramatic feel. But as my friend pointed out, it does a disservice to the narrative at times, makes it hard to show emotion. I’m thinking I’ll write two versions and see which one does a better job.
There are also a whole lot of names involved in myths. And a lot of them sound similar: Meta and Medea, Asterion and Ariadne, Phaedra and Pasiphae. There are several scenes just crowded with names, and a challenge has been keeping things clean.
Anyone else out there feel like sharing some bumps in your current WIP? Feel free to respond in the comments : ) Happy writing!