I had no idea what I was going to write about for a blog post today. It’s been a very stressful weekend at work and the creative portion of my brain was hiding. (Can’t say I blame it, and I’m tempted to go hide with it.)
But then I read an article that a friend posted and it triggered all sorts of interesting plot bunnies. I don’t know if I’ll actually write anything based on it, but it might be something that I can work into Paranormal Picnic…
(Yeah, it’s trying to turn into something other than a short fun story.)
(And, yeah, I’m trying to tell it that I really don’t have time for another WiP.)
(And, yeah, it’s not listening.)
(And, yeah, I’m losing the battle.)
(And, no, I do not have an addiction to parentheses. Why do you ask?)
It’s kind of amazing how one little thing can change the whole tone of your day.
(Well, okay, maybe not the whole tone. I am still dreading going to the evil day job this afternoon, so that hasn’t changed.)
Since I’ve mentioned Paranormal Picnic a time or two now, I thought maybe I should give you a snippet of it.
“Dad? What are you doing here?”
Maya rubbed the sleep out of her eyes and stared at the scene outside her door. Her father stood at the grill, smoke rising from around the meat he was turning and an assortment of people she didn’t know were gathered around the picnic table.
“I’m barbecuing ribs, what’s it look like I’m doing?”
“But…” She took a deep breath and decided to ignore the rest of the scene and focus on him. “Dad,” she said gently. “You’re dead.”
“I know I am. That doesn’t mean I can’t cook.”
“Well, yes, actually, it does.”
“No it doesn’t. Now bring out some plates and silverware. Everyone’s eager to meet you but don’t worry, no one bites. Well, Alfred might, I don’t think he’s fed recently, but it won’t hurt, and, oh, hell, you’re my daughter.” He turned toward the table and raised his voice. “Alfred! No feeding from my daughter.”
An older gentleman, lean and well-dressed, nodded and waved off the comment, not really looking up from the chess game he was involved in. His opponent, however, looked up and laughed. She was a short stocky woman with reddish brown hair and almond-shaped amber eyes.
“Dad? Who are all these people and what are they doing here?”
“Having a picnic. That’s Alfred and Ginny playing chess. Ginny brought fried chicken, and potato and macaroni salads, would you get them from the fridge?”
“The two little girls playing tag are Dina and Annie. Dina’s the one with the dark hair. Oh, and don’t worry, Mariposa is keeping an eye on them.”
She followed his gaze and saw a woman perched in the old oak tree, her clawed feet clutching the branch as easily as any bird. She waved a wing at her in greeting and turned her attention back to the children.
“And the girls are ghosts and Ginny’s a werewolf. Alfred’s a vampire in case you hadn’t figured that out.”
“I’m going back to bed until I wake up,” she muttered. “This can’t be real.”
Juice from the meat dripped down onto the coals, splattering and hissing, and the smoke that rose from it carried a scent that made her stomach rumble.
“On the other hand, maybe I’ll just set the table. If I’m losing my mind I might as well enjoy it.”
“You’re not losing your mind. And can you grab me a Pepsi?”
Dead people don’t drink Pepsi, she thought. But then, dead people don’t cook ribs, either.