Hello, fellow writers! Welcome to the jungle! It’s all abloom with ideas, all you need to do is reach your hand and pluck one!
As per the time-honoured tradition, I am giving y’all my best writing ideas for free, gratis, at no cost – though if you want, you can send me a postcard. Just kidding, don’t send me postcards.
Anyway, what do we have? Let’s see!
So, I was reading Larsdotter’s Kvinnor i strid and I came up with a nice idea where I can use Eva, my unstoppable robot super soldier. So, let’s imagine the Eurasian steppe in the distant, semi-apocalyptic future. The Grandmaster, the invincible self-ruler of the north, is losing a war against a superior enemy. The Great Patriotic Army is crumbling. In a desperate bid to turn the tables, the Grandmaster’s daughter Pische is sent to ask help from one of the nearby neutral dominions (a region roughly corresponding to modern-day Kamchatka).
En route, however, the battleship escorting Pische is shot down. The ship comes under heavy attack, because the enemy has learned about Pische’s presence, and considers her a valuable hostage. The ship’s captain is faced with imminent defeat and makes a fast decision: Eva, the ship’s on-board “special unit”, is released from lockdown. Eva’s mission? Escort the Grandmaster’s daughter to safety through hostile zones.
A small band of marines join Eva and Pische, while the rest of the battleship’s crew engage the enemy as a diversion. They make their escape… and… various adventures ensue, I guess. I haven’t thought it through yet, but it’s like Halo, except Cortana is flesh and blood and not a sex object, and the story won’t suck the balls of alien superweapons. (Well, hopefully.)
Oh, and I want to have an all-female scout company assist Eva and Pische at some point, as a nod to Soviet snipers. And I’m still thinking about that whole mother thing, but maybe I’ll can it for now. I’m also canning the lord thing. Also for now. A new working title is to be expected.
The Moonlight Monastery
Do you know how much of our action entertainment is driven by the premise that the hero must avenge a wrong? Seriously, we’ve got films that classify as vengeance porn. Like, think of the first John Wick (eugh). We get handed two minutes of exposition where John’s dog dies, and then? The rest of the show he just shoots people.
Now, in The Moonlight Monastery (working title), the hero Aguilliere falls in love with the blasphemous vampire Arienne. Arienne’s kin, however, don’t take kindly to Arienne getting amorous with a human, and they butcher her to set an example. You’d think Aguilliere has now the perfect excuse for a vengeful reprisal?
She does, but she doesn’t do it. Sure, she’s heartbroken, and she’s angry, but guess what, peeps? She’s also a professional. She was gonna kill the vampires anyway. Arienne’s death doesn’t change it at all.
Now, the vengeance part comes along, but from a different angle. You see, Arienne’s furious spirit is bound to a sword, which Aguilliere wields to destroy the vampires. In this fashion, Arienne’s spirit wants to get back at her sisters – but the twist is, Aguilliere, the wielder of the sword, needs to fight against the vengeful urges that overtake her while handling the Arienne-charged blade. Otherwise she’d be consumed by Arienne’s rage, and what she needs in battle is not that, but what the boxers know: never get mad.
That’s it for this Sunday, fellow seashells! What are some of your best ideas? Give them to me!