Monday, 15 January 2007

funny business...

Now, this vamp thing I'm supposed to be writing was in my mind first as a 'funny' vamp story... sort of lots of cute humour, not exactly Buffy style, but definitely a bit of a bloodsucking giggle. Needless to say, though, the best laid plans of mice and third rate authors never run true to course, and as I'm attempting to write it [hah!] it just doesn't seem to be turning out cute and funny at all... well, not very. [not that very much of it *is* turning out... this has got to be the slowest and most agonising production of mine so far!]

Thing is, I can't be funny to order. If I try to be funny, it comes out frivolous at best and clunky at worst [I've recently been told this... so it's the actual truth...] I *can* be funny, on occasion, but only when I'm completely not thinking about it and I'm in touch with my inner comedienne on a subconscious level. Otherwise, embarrassing, embarrassing, embarrassing...

So, need to rethink the tone of Buddies Don't Bite... And I'm wondering if a change of title might help... BDB suggests the lighthearted approach... maybe I need something just a tad more angsty? It's not going to be a total doom and gloom jobbie, and there may even be some wit and irony if I can get with the programme, but I've definitely got to go back and look at things again...

Any suggestions for a title? It's about a girl whose friend is a vampire, but she doesn't know it! But when they get to be more than friends, the truth sprouts fangs...

In other news, I've wasted most of the day again... on stuff. Fiddling with my Google Calendar and with Omnidrive, and uploading a new and extremely pink 'look' for my PortiaDaCosta.com web site. I really don't know what the hell got into me with the latter... I've gone pink crazy, what with my MySpace too... It's not as if I'm particularly the pink and feminine type, as anyone who's met me will attest... Just one of yet another of my current mental aberrations, I think... I'm probably just going completely dotty in my old age!

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Telly: new LOCI... swoon... thanks Eliza!!!
Chocolate: Lindt and one of those green triangle things
Mood: fed up with own procrastination
Writing: not a f***ing thing today... again...
Reading: Thunderball - Ian Fleming... slowly, but at least I'm reading something!
RSI: bit sore...

2 comments:

Shanna Germain said...

Ooh, I have to say that I LOVE "Buddies Don't Bite" for a title! It's funny and snarky and makes me want to read it.

But I also know how hard it is to write funny on demand. So, for something more in-the-middle tone wise, you could play with the "Friends with Benefits" idea...I don't know if it's overused or not though, probably not for the vampire idea at least :)

Best, s.

Portia Da Costa said...

'Friends with Benefits'... mmm... I really like that... it has a lot of promise. Thanks, Shanna!

I do *love* the title Buddies Don't Bite... I just wish the book was coming out as funny and snarky as the title though... Like I said, it's not total doom and gloom. It's not what I'd call exceptionally dark... but somehow not quite peppy enough to be BDB.

I think I'll just persevere with it, and maybe send some of it to my CP and see if she thinks the tone merits the title!

At least I've managed to do a couple of hundred words since I posted, so all is not lost... :)