A while ago, I think it was between writing Benediction
, I was working on a side project that involved vampires. I think it was due to disappointment with recent vampire fiction that I started this project, and the premise was something along the lines of "what would happen if you combine a teenager's first vacation without parents with a group of vampires?"
Some of you might say "that sounds pretty interesting", but there were a few issues with this story that made it unfit for publication, leading to the story's abandonment. The first issue was the fact that I had a very low target word count&2014;say half the size of an Unbound book, which is already quite small&2014;making the book a novelette
at best. This is longer than a short story, but leads to the amount of space being, well, really small. I was having trouble cramming all the things I wanted in the available space.
The second problem was the lack of an outline. I wanted to see what happened if I tried " pantsing
", and the results weren't pretty. The primary problem was pacing, things were not progressing in a way I would consider naturally.
A third and somewhat embarrassing outline was that every single writing session for this book involved Scotch
. This might have had some impact on the quality as well.
Finally, the story just wasn't very good. I read the first bit after I was about a quarter of the way in, and aside from feeling some nostalgia for the first I went on vacation without parents (to Renesse
), the whole thing struck me as a bad ripoff of The Lost Boys
Would this book sell? I have no idea. Probably not, and I guess we'll never know. I'd suggest people to save their money and get a copy of The Lost Boys instead. It's a classic, has a 7.2 score on IMDB as of writing this, and it's one of my favorite vampire movies.