Thursday, January 28, 2010

This Present Darkness

Now that Vault of Story is rolling along, I find it to be a good outlet. Composing short pieces has provided a nice break from the seemingly perpetual slog of editing the novel. It has given me unexpected pause, too.

The other day, poring over the handful of DVDs I own, my gal said something interesting. She commented that most of the movies were dark and heavy. This was not a quality I'd noticed, but I couldn't disagree: they tend toward the dark end of the spectrum. Grosse Point Blank might be there (best romantic comedy ever), but most of what you'll find are zombies and post-apocalypses.

Things that make you go "Hmm..."

How does this connect to my writing blog, you may well ask? Reviewing the content on Vault of Story thus far, I wonder if it isn't dissimilar from my DVDs, dark and morbid. Writing, so they say, is a process of discovery. Folks would not describe me as a morbid character. I'm gregarious to a fault, a goofy raconteur. Who's this creep oozing out of the ink?

Hmm, hmm, and double-hmm.

When I was younger, my creative output was mostly silly comic books. Maybe I got depressed and swung the other way, like an axe swing. Either that or I'm about to become very depressed now, seeing as I'm such a one-note wonder. Time will tell.


Eme said...

I haven't found your writings on Vault of Story to be particularly dark or morbid, but just thoughtful. And The Truant is quite light in tone.

I do find it ironic, however, that as I viewed this post, a box labeled "128,890 people died the day I was born" was directly to the right.

wngl said...

Ms Eme, as always you strike right to the nerve cluster. Duly noted!

David DeWall said...

Love that snowman picture.

Silly comic books? I grew up on those, but moved on from DC to Marvel and all their troubled characters.

Now? The dark side creeps in from time to time, but I usually just show my "Bonehead" living in a Philippines jungle side.

wngl said...

David, your blog is a continuing inspiration!

A quote from Dean Koontz (of all people) seems in order: "In the belly of Leviathan, one must despair and perish, or be cheerful and persevere."

I think we're both of the later persuasion.