Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Monsters Everywhere

What am I working on? Monsters.

They're everywhere.
Max (my three-year-old) is responsible for the monstrous picture. Random scribbles or a child's interpretation of an Old One who visits in the wee hours of the night? You make the call. It creeped me out for some reason.

Speaking of crazy, who is crazy enough to write a short story with the same title as a novel? I am. Read "The House Eaters" at Rose & Thorn Journal. I imagine this is what might happen to Nick and Tabby (brother and sister from the book) in an alternate universe...

...and what's my fetish with the name Maggie lately?

17 comments:

Alan W. Davidson said...

From a distance, Max's picure reminds me of a tick (a fat, blood-sucking one of course).

mylefteye said...

Yeah, I'm seeing a bloated tick, too. *shudders*

katey said...

Max is a prodigy-- that is horrifying and awesome.

Enjoyed the story very much. Nothing like a creepy, tense, big ole' metaphor to start your (my) Wendesday!

Barry Napier said...

Very well done. I am REALLY looking forward to the novel now!

Elana Johnson said...

I don't know what I'm seeing, but it's pretty horrific.

Aaron Polson said...

Alan, Michael - Tick came to mind. Bloated with blood...yes, that too.

Katey - I keep doing that metaphor thing. It just happens.

Barry - Remember "alternate universe". There are some creepy house moments, of course.

Elana - He frightens me on a daily basis.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I'm going to go with a blue hamburger someone punched.

Cate Gardner said...

I'll catch up with the story tomorrow. :D Max is quite the horrific little artist.

Aaron Polson said...

Natalie - Nice. Can it grow legs?

Cate - I'll do everything I can to foster his weirdness.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Excellent monster. I feel the need to hand my own children some crayons and read Poe out loud while they draw. Just as an experiment.

K.C. Shaw said...

Max has drawn a picture of Sauron, obviously--the 'lidless eye, wreathed in flame.' :)

Now to read your story!

Danielle Ferries said...

The more I look at it the more it seems to have a pulse.

A lovely, creepy story.

Aaron Polson said...

Jamie - I won't pay the therapy bills. Just in case you were wondering.

K.C. - Man...good call. I better check all the rings in the house.

Danielle - Okay, a pulse? That's creepy.

Andrea said...

Yeah I can see its creepy potential.

katey said...

You're an English teacher. If you couldn't wield the might power of metaphor, I'd despair for humanity.

Well, I'd despair even more for humanity, I mean to say.

Cate Gardner said...

Wow, the short version of 'The House Eaters' is a very different beast. Nicely done.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Cate. It's kind of an homage to Julio Cortazar.