I was chatting with Spartezda the other day about common elements in our stories. One of my… authorial tics is blinding characters. A lot. (Among other things. But let’s be honest, the eye obsession is pretty prevalent.) She came up with what I have now adopted as my personal writing Demotivator:
Your Vision Will Be As Dark As the Ending
But this had me thinking about other thematic elements in my work. One common theme I’ve consciously noticed, and like to explore, is that of loneliness. (How does it affect you? What do you do about? What do you do to avoid being alone?)
Like my forthcoming story that’ll be in the excellent RIDE THE MOON anthology at the end of February 2012: “With the Sun and the Moon in HIs Eyes” is about the devastating lengths the narrator goes to in order to reclaim a lost life and avoid being alone.
It’s a theme and idea that resonates strongly with me (a narrative squid, for sure) and the different ways people do, or don’t, handle loneliness/being alone/not being alone. The need for people to find connection and companionship, and how these relationships (or lack thereof) shape and develop someone, are endlessly fascinating to me.
(So are velociraptors. Now if you give me lonely velociraptors in a story, I WILL BE A VERY HAPPY MERC. Although I’ll pretty much read/watch anything with velociraptors, period. I am very easy to please in some things.)
What are some of your pet themes in your work?