I was sitting with the wife this evening watching The Wedding Singer after a nice dinner of chicken pot pie soup. I had somehow missed seeing this movie over the past eleven years since it came out and, last night at the video store, I set out to fix that. There are a few movies that everyone else has seen that I haven’t, but sadly not as many as I would have thought. Apparently, I like stories, even ones I don’t have to read. Go figure.
Anyway, while my wife and I were enjoying our movie, my children were watching Shrek in one of their rooms and it occurred to me that we were watching the same movie. Think about it–boy meets girl, girl is spoken for, boy spends time with girl, boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy, boy and girl fight, girl plans to marry jerk of a guy, boy sets out to stop the wedding, jerk gets eaten by dragon/billy idol, boy and girl get married.
I think this is what they call “archetype”.
I’ve nearly finished the last big edit on Gifts of the Hirakee, although I’m now leaning toward the more ambiguous, but catchier Mixed Blessings as the title I’ll submit it under. I’m still waiting for feedback on this title from my readers, but nobody’s come up with anything better so far, so it’ll probably stick. If an agent likes the story and a publisher buys it, they can name it any damn thing they want, so I’m not going to obsess. Well, not any more.
I’ve also started on the next book, an urban fantasy novel set in Nashville which I now dub as (working title) Wielder of the Soul. I’m pretty exited about starting this one, as I am every time I start one, but I’m seeing this one better and better every day and I think it could turn out really well if I do what I think I can with it. I will, of course, post regular updates on my progress on here for no one to read. I even have a soundtrack already. Now, I just need to write the damn thing.
I wanted to do a couple of short stories in between the two novels, but I’m a bit short on shorts right now with this big story blocking out my view of everything else. I have a novella I might work on in between times, but we’ll just have to see.