It has been a while since I’ve blogged, updated, written, or even considered the idea of sitting down to do so. A lot has been happening in my life over the last few months, namely that I am in the middle of a move. I wasn’t expecting to be moving to a different residence, but here I am, packing up boxes. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy about moving. I’m moving to west county St. Louis, which is a…
Chp. 15: Girl and Boy Run Away
In the morning Girl awoke, her arms wrapped around Boy. Boy snored lightly, stirring in his sleep. Girl sat up and reached over, turning on her bedside lamp. As the room lit up, Girl saw the blood that washed across the wood floor. She glanced over at her white bedroom door and realized the bottom was stained red. The Monster was still outside, waiting. It slept…
The scariest thing about Godzilla is that Godzilla is not a lizard-creature. Godzilla (Gojira) is, quite literally, a “gorilla whale.” So, essentially the creature is mammalian, simian, and aquatic. Creepy. Very Lovecraft, Japan. Very Lovecraft.
Edit: Godzilla also represents the atomic bomb. Its tough skin represents the keloid scars of Hiroshima survivors.
I’m pausing in the middle of cardio. Something is on my mind – a lot of something’s are on my mind – and I haven’t the faintest idea how to put it all into words within this second. I suppose I need to get back to exercising.
Bullet list time:
- Grehm is…
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The premise of Grehm:
The story is about a young woman named Ome Kobayashi. She has social anxiety disorder, coupled with symptoms of PTSD after being attacked on her way to her car. She even loses a body part. Her family’s dead, and she’s incredibly lonely, paranoid, and self-deprecating.
Like with any dark fantasy, this woman is transported to another world, called Lot. The book explains how – think of it as a “Lion Witch and the Wardrobe” kind of moment. Those are always my favorite. The whole, “Hey, what the f*ck is this doing here in the real world? Follow the white rabbit? Ok. WHAT IS THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? My life sucks as it is, anyway.”
In Lot, Ome meets a race of people called Yoth. I wondered if my love for Gulliver’s Travels bled over into that name selection. It just sounds so… so… Gulliver’s-Travels-y. Of course, miss Omelia (Ome) is very much not a “Gulliver”. She’s a whiny pain in the ass – agoraphobic, really. Travel is not in her dictionary.
Anyway, in Lot there’s a civil war happening. The King and Queen split up, unable to resolve their marital differences, resulting in a schism that basically divided the kingdom into two districts: the Fore district and the Wheel district.
Fore is where the Queen hangs out. It’s all very earthy and organic. Wood, trees, animals, vines, farms, food, and crops. But the Queen’s lazy. Mopey. Suicidal. And, oh, she’s a bitch – especially to her Captain of the guard, Brush. She depends on Brush for everything. Think of the corporate fat cat who leans way too heavily on his assistant. Brush, however, is a badass in every respect, but her sole weakness is that she does whatever the Queen whines for. I mean, she has to - it’s the Queen. But they’re also best friends, in a kind of sick mentally abusive sort of way. Also, Captain Brush has a shady past. It’s kind of along the lines of love lost but not forgotten. In other words - boy trouble. She may be a hardass knight, but she’s still a hot lady who kind of gets in over her head with the guys.
Wheel is where the King hangs out. He’s not so bad but his district is one big carbon footprint. Everything in Wheel is like a steam punk fantasy, but replace the steam with something called Feed – a black, oily substance that has basically destroyed all vegetation. Wheel citizens rely on Fore for food (crop/produce trade). But of course those kinds of agreements can turn sour, and then all hell (war?) breaks loose.
Ome’s basically caught in the middle of this sh*t. And no one actually gives two craps about her. Except… well… there are these violent, horrible demons that drag Yoth from their beds, disemboweling them in their sleep. Ome’s not a Yoth – so one of these malevolent things ends up following her around like a lovesick puppy. It’s like a whole different (terrifying?) level of boy trouble.
Throw in a bizarre Wizard who has an unrequited love for dressing up in disguises - namely dressing like a woman - and you’ve pretty much been introduced to the full cast of characters. The Wizard plays a much more important role than being a closet transvestite, but I can’t give *everything* away, now can I?
And lastly, the most important detail: There’s a sword – but it’s “The Sword”, called Dashosgrehm. Grehm for short. (Titular!) It’s basically the one thing that could pull the two districts back together. But the catch is that it’s not a very nice sword. It’s actually more like a giant, f*cking dog whistle for a very big, unstoppable, violent, chaotic monster.
The sad part is – everyone knows that, yet they still want the damn thing. Idiots.
And that’s the premise of Grehm.
Let me know if you’d like a free copy when it’s fresh on the bookshelf. Email me at email@example.com
p.s. It’s illustrated. ;)
Grehm edits are coming along. I am starting Chapter 13. I have about 10 more chapters to go, and then the edits are complete. Each of these chapter files contain anywhere from 4 to 7 sections of story. This is a lengthy book.
Why do I keep these next to my bed?
Chp 16: Girl and Boy Walk Through the Library
Chicken, who stood behind the Local Library circulation desk, shuffled through books in need of re-shelving.
“My, my, my,” she said. “This will not do.”
Chicken was a Librarian and had been so for many years. She did not tolerate the sight of cluttered books. No gum was allowed anywhere near the grounds of her Library. Furthermore, she loathed the…
Chp 14: Girl Finds Her Room
It’s a funny thing about the rooms in a parent’s home. The guest bedroom was not always the guest bedroom. It was once Girl’s bedroom. She realized that as she stepped into the “guest” bedroom. Nothing had changed, either.…
Girl Story – Chapter Thirteen – Girl and Her Mother
Chp 13: Girl and Her Mother
Arriving in Dawn City, Girl and Boy were exhausted. They spent an entire day traveling, which drained them to an incredible degree. By the time they arrived in Dawn City, the Local Library had closed. The two had no choice but…
Ok so, maybe I have a problem. No one would want to break in and try to rape me at least.