I know I’m far too young for this part, but I want to write a story with a major character “who drifted through high school, went to community college, dropped out and had a kid, then years later matured enough to return to school, got a degree (in physics, gargoyle studies, bootyology, whatever) and then saved the world.” Of course, purely for personal ego-fulfilment, I’d also want to have a major character who’s “special”, just like in every other SF/F/anything story I’ve ever read. I want to have morally ambiguous characters whose morals are ambiguous enough that readers never know who to support… and I still want a “happy ending”. I have no idea how I’ll accomplish that… maybe by having chapters from everyone’s viewpoints, “heroes” and “villains” alike. I want to write a novel that would pass the Bechdel Test if it was made into a movie, and fulfil as many other conditions mentioned after the jump as I can. I want nonlinear story-telling that you don’t have to read thrice to get. Twice, if you’re not too smart, but not thrice unless you’re really stupid. (Where MY definition of stupid is,say, anyone with an IQ below 100, and really stupid is below 90, which is slightly elitist and not the conventional definition. I think.)
Also, at some point I want to try my hand at writing an actual story that is neither Science Fiction nor Fantasy, which is something I haven’t done since middle school. But I highly doubt I COULD write a comtemporary novel, so this will have to be a short story, at best.
In other news, the entries are rolling in for the conventional category, but still far too few for both Short Sketch and Fan-fiction. I’m considering extending the deadline by say another week for both of those categories, especially since the judges for those don’t have any problems. I’ll decide after seeing the total entries by midnight. I just finished the “dry run” for the On the Spot event, and have just been told that I DO only have one vol, so THAT’s going to be a problem. 😦