Wednesday, 3 September 2008

What am I doing? Answers on a postcard...

Day three of the rest of my life and I've started back on THE DARK GODDESS, the follow up book to THE DEVIL'S KISS.
It's great being free of the editing and back into raw first draft stuff where frankly, you don't worry about anything except intense CONFLICT.
However, it did bring me to review 'what's it all about?"
TDG has werewolves aplenty, its a supernatural thiller after all, but so what? What do werewolves MEAN?
Of the top of my head we've got change, hidden nature, cannibalism, lunacy, freedom and wildness.
My most immediate image is a beast, silohuetted against a full moon, just howling. Howling for the fury of it, howling for the LOVE of just being able to make that sound. Freedom to just BE. The joy of existing purely for the moment. That's the freedom the BEAST has. it's not governed by consequence. Isn't that exciting? Dangerous too, but that just adds to it. BEING WILD.
(This coming from a 40 yo man with mortgage, kids and a pot belly).
Change, that's a good one too. How often are we trapped in ourselves, in our expectations of how we should be, and how others perceive us? A werewolf literally TEARS itself free of its human self, ripping itself out, to reveal its true (?) nature. Are we, deep down, just beasts? That's what a werewolf asks of us. Run naked in the forests, howl at the beautiful moon...but be willing to pay the price. Hunt, feast in blood, feast in terror. The glimmer in your eyes are reflections of the fear you bring with you.
There's a little town in Romania, Brasov (I think, it was a long time ago) and it's in the Carpathians. DEEP DEEP Dracula country. It's got a black wooden church in the town square and during the day, is very chocolate box pretty.
But as night fell, thick mist descended down from the black peaks on either side, the streets were UTTERLY empty, the windows all shuttered and SILENT. No radios, no tvs blaring out, no cars rumbling in the background.
Then I heard a wolf howl. The sound echoed back and forth between the mountains, you had no idea where it was coming from. Part of me wonders, given the time, it wasn't really like that, but that's my memory. And I remember, whether it happened like that or not, of being very afraid. We've dwelt too long away from the camp fire in our safe houses and trashed nature to be able to order takeaway pizzas. But the wolf is out there, and he has a lean and hungry look.


Jon M said...

I guess it's also the realisation that adults are not simple characters but are multi-layered and can turn on children...just like that! (or was that Tommy Cooper).

I used to be a werewolf but I'm alright nowoooooooo! I thought you weren't going to write for a whole week???

Anonymous said...

hey, sarwat, did you get my bbq invite?

SarwatC said...

Dear Candy,
No, I haven't updated my SCBWI contact details so you're invite might have gone to my work address. I'll forward you my personal e-mail address in a couple of minutes.
I wasn't. But I felt pretty guilty on Tuesday (where I spent the ENTIRE day painting my Warhammer figures) that I thought I need to do something. Tomorrow I'm back into full writing mode and the plan is 1000 words a day.
But I've still got a lot of research to do, so will spend the next few weeks trying to learn all I can about Russia.

SarwatC said...

Dear People,
Just saw Rocknrolla (technically me going to the cinema is now research) and it's AWESOME! So's the soundtrack (already on my mp3).
Wasn't a fan of Mr. Madonna, until now.
Go see it!
Also saw the Bond trailer. Yummy...
Oh, and did a bit of writing too.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Sounds like quality Matey - get writing! (sound of whips cracking). Looking forward to book 1!)

Jon M said...

An ENTIRE day painting Warhammer figures? What, how d'you pin those big metal ones only I've got an Orc warlord on a dragon and the dragon keeps falling in half? serious!