I’m taking a bit of a break to catch up with my other projects like Deadlands and my Fear Street blog. I had so much fun doing the moodboards when I was in my creative slump that I sort of haven’t stopped doing them. I come up with a new story idea every other week and definitely have some ideas I’ve concepted out and then shelved. Here are the further adventures of what goes on in my brain.
In this final chapter, Andrea faces all her fears in the worst possible way.
Things go from bad to worse for Andrea and the town of Rome.
Andrea goes on maybe the weirdest date, and someone sparks up a fight between the werewolves.
Andrea Gibbons tries to keep her family together while also having a social life.
How Like Wolves
Andrea Gibbons is a werewolf in a town where that isn’t so uncommon. Her little sister is sneaking out, her dad is a drunk, and her brother died a year ago, leaving the family in shambles. With the arrival of a stranger in town, she’s been thinking of putting her life back together, but something is waiting for her in the darkness.
NaNoWriMo kicks off with How Like Wolves, a story about the south, family, relationships, and werewolves.
How Like Wolves
Andrea Gibbons is just trying to get by in her small town of Rome, Texas, where there are more cows than people, because half the people are werewolves. Her family is recovering from the death of her brother last year, and things start changing as a stranger comes into town. Between family rivalries, ancient bloodlines, past relationships, and new terrors, Andrea isn’t sure she’s going to survive.
I do NaNoWriMo every year, even though I think I’ve only completed it once. The past few years I’ve been using it to motivate myself to finish stories I already started. It hasn’t worked entirely, and this year I’ve given myself numerous projects to work on, so dedicating myself to a thousand words a day seems extra difficult. But I’m willing to try, even if it means giving up on it halfway in.
The story I want to do this year I did start drafting out a while ago. I am a fan of werewolves. I’m a fan of all monsters, especially vampires, but I feel werewolves often get the short end of the stick when it comes to horror and fantasy fiction. I’ve put werewolves in other stories, but I think it’s rare to see werewolves by themselves unless they’re, 1) a single beast for a large number of people to fight, or b) a large number of beasts for our heroes to fight. They certainly don’t get the same treatment as vampires, who are often given societies and culture, as well as complicated rule sets. I didn’t go completely in this direction, since I still wanted to try something new, and as someone from the south, it seemed easy to adapt them to a location I was familiar with. I had also just finished Men and Monsters, a Victorian style historical mystery, and I wanted to do something that was kind of the opposite of that.
So all of November I (hopefully) will be updating How Like Wolves, a southern werewolf story about family, relationships, blood magic, growing old, disappointment, and being comfortable with yourself. I think I’ll save up what I write and publish it all at the end of the week. We’ll see how long I can keep it up.