Another month down in the 2011 Write1Sub1 challenge. Per my usual, my Sub1 went out early on. Still waiting on a response.
But that’s the boring part of my monthly progress…
My Write1 this month, currently titled Botan, took me all month to write (pretty typical for me). But, man–when I was done, I was pretty dang proud of myself.
The prose needs some SERIOUS polishing. To be honest, most of it is still chicken scratch on paper. It has yet to make it to the computer. No matter, though, the rough draft is done and that’s what I set out to do–get Botan and her crazy story out of my head and down on paper.
The genre for this one? Hmm…that’s a toughie. It’s part horror, part fantasy–with a literary, feminist and erotic bent. That’s pretty clear, isn’t it? 😉
It is part James and the Giant Peach, part Anansi the Spider, part Girl, Interrupted (I even have a character named Daisy in it!).
Oh–and did I mention it’s based on the dichotomies of Japanese culture: the ura/omote (front/back) and the uchi/soto (insider/outsider) as it applies to women and their role as child bearers? And that it takes place entirely in a garden?
Leave it to me to wickedly overcomplicate something 😛
This story has been inside of me for something like 10-15 years. I’ve attempted to capture it a few times, but never got the characters or the plot right. I think this time I finally did.
From Girl, Interrupted: How am I supposed to recover when I don’t even understand my disease?