Thursday, October 7, 2010

October Blog Chain - Masquerade

This is the first time I've ever participated in Absolute Write's monthly blog chain, and I've got to say... everyone's posts so far have blown my mind.

Hosted by Auburn Assassin, the theme/topic for this month is: masquerade.

I tried. I tried really hard to write a story, but my character had other ideas. The first thing that popped into my head was a masquerade ball - she refused to follow directions and got lost.

So the only coherent stuff I have is a conversation with her. By the way, she doesn't have a name mainly because she hasn't liked anything I've come up with, and she refuses to give me suggestions. She's so picky. Anyways, here it is:

“Oh merciful heavens,” the girl rolled her eyes at me. “Are you still drawing a complete blank?” She huffed in annoyance and paced. The room was revealed with each step she took. Sparsely furnished, it didn’t take her too long to walk the length of it.

“Can’t you think of something? Anything at all? A plot shouldn’t be this hard to come up with.” Eyes hopeful, she pranced up to me and took both my hands in hers. “What about a huge monster for me to slay?”

I cocked my head to the side. That would be exciting.

“A quest to right a horrible wrong?”

I nodded. It’s a little vague, but it could work.

“Finding the love of my life?”

I smiled. I like romance.

“C’mon! I need something to do!” the girl reached behind her and scratched at one of her feathered wings. “I refuse to go to your silly masquerade ball. I don’t care if that’s the subject for your blog-roll thing. Plus, you don’t even know what the ball is for! I need a plot I can really shine in. I will not be written away in your state of being muse-lessness.”


She narrowed her eyes at me. “Don’t mock me. It’s a word. I just made it up. Deal with it.”

I rolled my eyes. Someone’s cranky today.

“You bet I’m cranky.” She flexed her wings and gave a few experimental flaps. “Look at my poor wings! I’m losing muscle tone because you won’t let me do anything.” She glared at me. “You can’t keep me locked up in your head forever.”

I sighed. I know.

She smiled beatifically at me. “Give me a plot and I’ll make it sparkle. Who cares if it’s clich├ęd and all been done before. I certainly don’t. I mean sure, you’ll probably try to make me do something I don’t want to do. Like going to a dead-end masquerade ball.”

I frowned. That ball was going to be spectacular… until you decided you didn’t want to attend.

She waved her hand at my protest. “Whatever. What I’m trying to say is that I won’t let you make me do something I don’t want to do.”

I sighed again. You’re going to frustrate the hell out of me, aren’t you?

She grinned impishly. “Most definitely.”

I’m probably going to want to kill you off prematurely.

“But you can’t.”

I rolled my eyes. That’s what you think.

“C’mon,” she cajoled. “It’ll be difficult for both of us, but it’ll be worth it. You’re writing again. I’m getting pushier and more demanding. It’s a match made in heaven!

I hedged. I guess I could think about it.

She gave a hoot of joy. “Awesome! We’re going to have so much fun!”

Here's a list of everyone participating in the October Blog Chain. Definitely check them out... you won't regret it!:

Auburn Assassin and direct link to post
Hillary Jacques and direct link to post
Aimee Laine and direct link to post
Ralph Pines and direct link to post
Veinglory and direct link to post
Laffarsmith and direct link to post
PASeaholtz and direct link to post
Madelein.Eirwen <-- you are here
Amy Doodle
Dolores Haze


  1. Love it! I know this girl. Or definitely someone related to her. I used to think she couldn't tell me what to do. *sigh* I was wrong.

  2. Great dialogue. Flows well, it's lively and the personalities shine through.

    But what is up with the angel wings? ;)

    Great stuff!

  3. That was really fun! Great debut into the chain, Madelein.

  4. Amy - Haha! I'm at the stage where I'm trying to prove I'm mightier than her.... doesn't look like it's turning out in my favor. :/

    Swordsman - I thought the wings would be perfect for the masquerade ball... she decided to keep them, and now I'm thinking they could be part of a different plot. and I'm thrilled to hear the personalities are differentiable.

    Claire - Thanks. I'm glad you had fun reading it! To tell you the truth, I was reeeaaaally nervous after I read your kick-off post.

  5. She decided to keep the costume you'd made for her? How I love that idea! A fun read. Welcome to the blog roll!

  6. Ha, I love this! Quite a fun read!

    An I think it actually sticks to the prompt - it's discussing your trouble with the prompt. I consider that a very interesting take on the prompt.

  7. If one of my characters spoke to me like that I'd bitchslap 'em. I'm a big meanie.

    Fun dialogue. Well done!

  8. Very meta! You really took the premise and twisted it into something unique.

  9. Well done. I hope this poor character does end up in her own story soon.

  10. Muse-lessness...I love it. Nicely done!

  11. Thanks for all the positive encouragement everyone. I'm delighted that you guys liked it!! Gives me courage to write. :)