AUTHOR’S NOTE: SILENCE WILL FALL
So I finished Project Silence this morning and I’ve officially titled it, Silence Will Fall. The title comes from a line in Dr. Who (New version with Matt Smith playing Dr. Who) where he must defeat an enemy known as The Silence. That line stuck in my brain for some reason (as has the enemy’s name of The Silence which I may use/revisit in another story some time in the future.)
The genesis of the story is both simple and complex. Simply speaking, the story originated from a dream where I saw the protagonist at a dam defeating a Floater in a novel and unique way. With a few minor tweaks here and there, I tried to capture both the feeling of the dream and the actual events as best I could in the story. The more complex version the image of the Rover (see above illustration). My family has always been into PBS, and while I don’t watch period shows like Downton Abbey, I’m my uncle would have as he was hugely into Masterpiece Theatre. However, somewhere along the lines, I must have seen The Prisoner (on PBS as rerun most likely as I remember the bounding ball of the Rover and I remember it killing someone) as a child. That image has also stuck with me although I don’t think I consciously thought about it.
However, after that dream, I wanted to write about a “ball of death,” and see if my protagonist could defeat it. I knew I wanted the story to be post-apocalyptic because that’s what I saw when I dreamed, but I also didn’t want to create a huge backstory for the Floaters. I thought about Independence Day 1 & 2 and other invasion movies that tried to explain the aliens and I didn’t want that for this story. So I decided that they would just descend from space down to Earth as if space was simply water and they were traveling from world to world (reef to reef to continue the water metaphor) in search of food. The key is they are hunters of noise. Any noise attracts them, so for humans to survive, we would have to be silent (hence the title).
KEEP IT SIMPLE
So I wanted to try to keep everything in this story simple. Three parts (Beginning, Middle, End) and about a 1,000 words for each section. I managed pretty well with the 1st and 3rd sections, but I needed to have some dialogue between characters as well as to have the protagonist discover a potential solution to the story’s problem. The 2nd section clocks in approximately at 1,800 words–a little longer than I would have preferred, but if it works, so be it.
I wanted to finish this story quickly, but right after I finished the 1st section, I started Orientation at MTSU for their program. I don’t seem to handle transitions well and when the weekend came, I was mentally exhausted. I didn’t actually pick up the story again until two weeks after school started (so approximately four to five weeks elapsed between the 1st & 2nd sections), but once I picked it up again, it took about three weeks to finish it.
I don’t intend to submit this story immediately, although I think that it is one of my better pieces. I want to “put it on the shelf” for at least a month and then look over it and revise it. I still may not submit it for a while though because I have a “backlog” of stories out. I currently have (with Silence Will Fall) ten (10) unpublished stories, with five (5) stories currently out. I don’t want to try to have more than 5 out at any one time because with school, it gets too hard to coordinate markets (finding ones that are open and are good, and then formatting the story(ies) for those markets all take time that I could use for schoolwork).
My hope is that I can just submit my “backlog” of stories and hold off submitting this piece until the first of the year (2017). I do reserve the right to revise this plan at any time however.
So I have started two stories. I want to start a longer project–I’m leaning toward the 1st issue of a four issue (or 3 or 5 issue) comic book mini-series. I’ve got about 3 or 4 options, but I’m still deciding which one I want to go with first. I think I may work on one more short story while deciding, or I may start on the long one and then switch to the story once I get a rough draft done. I’ll decide after I finish the schoolwork for this week–at least, that’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes.
Until next time.