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Wow, it's May, suddenly!
It's been a while, both since I posted here, and since I have written anything: a short story, a poem, anything. Life has happened. It has been crazy. And, with the craziness, have come a few unexpected changes. Both that, coupled with the fact that I was a bit worn down as a writer after striving to put up at least one, but often two pieces a week here during my Spooktober promotion have led me to not write much the past several months.
Nevertheless, I still will write on! I only recently felt the motivation and inspiration to write something. I really wanted to write a short story and had the itch, but had no story in mind, no plot, nor any inspiration. Then, I started binge watching South Park (yes, you read that correctly!) from its beginning when I found myself with a (very) little extra time on my hands, and, drawing inspiration from the show's pilot episode, decided I wanted to do something with aliens and abductions, a theme I've been a fan of and found fascinating since childhood, but have never written about in any literary capacity.
Several hours later and many (miles? light-years? gigabytes?) of whatever measurement one might use to find out how far down the Reddit hole one has gone, and I found myself on the r/aliens Subreddit. Having read numerous stories about encounters and abductions (and, consequently losing some hours of sleep) I eventually came across the painting someone had done above. I don't know why or how, but somehow I knew that the girl in the painting's name was Maisy.
Walking my dog, Hermione, with my younger brother a day later, I bounced ideas off of him, and eventually came up with a rough outline of events in my head for 5 chapters. He nodded contemplatively, saying this was a story he liked the idea of, and would even be something he'd be interested in illustrating (He is an artist and did the cover art for Star Sharks). We agreed we would write a graphic novel of it together.
A week passed by, and here I am, three out of five chapters of prose complete, and my brother in the preliminary character design phase. I will hopefully finish writing the story within the week, and post it for you here. It is going to be titled "Visitors." I hope you'll read and enjoy it!
Thank you for reading, and, as always,
Yours in creative musings,
Friends of T.D. Smith