Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WIP Wednesday - SLOW premise and Trailer

As promised (I think), we decided to be have a new blogging schedule. So far, we've schedule what's to be for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and although that might not seem a lot for the hot-shot bloggers out there, it was an accomplishment to us :P. Anyways, this Wednesday, it's only appropriate to introduce my WIP, SLOW, to fellow bloggers out there. The teaser comments have been supportive and it's been great hearing--reading--them, since this is the first time I--Serena--'ve ever written something like this or close to it.

SLOW is a story about a boy named Drew Prendergast, who just happens to be a real-life person that kind of inspired me to write this story. This WIP started out as nothing but a "I'm-going-to-pass-time-now-since-my-first-book-is-out-to-betas" *deep breath* thing, and the plot isn't half what it is now. I still remember. November 18th, 2009, and I really wanted something to do with snow, and I just wrote this endless thing. I kinda forgot about it the next day and left it there until the new year began, and my sister and I knew that we'd have to put GLACIALIS, our other project, away for awhile until we're ready to revise it again.

All the while this is going on, the boy at school that's been my best friend (and crush, hehe) since last year, made a real derogatory remark that I took to the heart. It wasn't addressed to me, personally, but I knew it might as well be that way, because what he said, man it can be offensive to ANYBODY. For days, I asked myself if what he says is true. If he really meant it and if he did, would he be able to change. Being myself, I asked him a week later. His answer? Yeah, he meant what he said. But what shocked me about all that was the fact that he said it wasn't his fault. That whatever he thought came from his parents, and what they thought made him say those words. Again, being selfish, I told him he was stupid.

We didn't talk for about two weeks. One horrible day, I went to my recycle bin (you know, the one on your computer)to retrieve some English homework I deleted by accident. There it was: the document, titled "slow" in small caps. My curiosity made me open it, and since I haven't seen it for so long, I thought to myself: did I plagiarize this? This does not sound like me. But it was. And angry as I was, I knew I needed to write. SO I started writing. Named my nameless guy MC Drew because it sounds like a completely annoying boy name and pounded on my keyboard. I remembered everything my ex-guy-best-friend said and typed it all down in the point-of-view of this jerk MC, who's running away from something.

And you know what? It felt good. Besides the fact that a few "from"'s were "forms" and "of"'s were "fo"'s, it read pretty well. I was happy by the end of the day, and forgot to retrieve my english homework.

Ironically, the next day, jerk ex-guy-best-friend comes along to my table at lunch and starts yapping off an apology. He still stood by what he said, but he also admitted about his "mistake" of ignorantly saying it wasn't his fault. I told him that it wasn't, but he could change. And then a light bulb lit up right there and then. What if Drew had no choice? What if he had no choice but to HATE, or PERSECUTE those who were DIFFERENT? What if his entire freakin' town was home to the world's most close-minded, close-hearted people? Would he take the exact same step as ex-guy-best-friend who turns into now-best-guy-friend and invite me over to his house, even though his parents hate people of color?

This got me thinking. What if the girl in my story is not only colored, but is also different? As in, not of this world different? What if she thinks Drew hates her for being out-of-this-world different, instead of just being colored? Get the gist?

Then, the revamped SLOW is born. Drew is now not only running away from the truth (finding his girlfriend Jo's blood in Silver Creek, but no body), but also running away from what he might be feeling for this girl he found trying to jump off the exact same bridge Jo did. And then, like every story, there's a connection. The girl and Jo--very connected. Drew just doesn't know this--yet.

Throw in a bunch of complications, mythological elements, self-transformation, and there you have it: a story that I really love writing. Hopefully, it'll sound better once it's done and collected and has a query or synopsis or whatever.

As a closing note, I'll leave you with the cast pictures (how I picture them, at least) and the trailer :3

Drew Prendergast, 17, The life of the party until his girlfriend's blood is found in Silver Creek. No body, no goodbye. At least, that's what everyone thinks...

Liam Hawk, 17, Drew's life-is-good best friend who constantly pushes Drew to move on by throwing girls like Jess Kensington on him.

Girl, found by Drew trying to jump off the bridge. Jo's voice inside his head forced him to save her. Has no home, has no car, no phone number, total dinosaur. Now he's stuck with protecting her from the prejudice of Freedom.

Jo, 18, Drew's dead(or is she?) girlfriend who he keeps hearing voices from and dreaming of.

Now, the trailer:

Next Week: A teaser from Selena's WIP BROTHERS.


Madeline-Rose said...




That was an amazing trailer and reading about how you got the idea was quite inspiring. I like how you've taken your experiences and made them into a story that will be quite inspiring towards others.


Raven said...

You are awesome! The story sounds fantastic!

I love love LOVE the trailer and the premise...and wow...WOW...did I say that you were awesome? :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting how real life experiences that seem so hard at the time can turn out okay and inspire great fiction.

Mortem Twins said...

Maddie - Thanks! Hopefully a lot of people can relate to the story once it's done.

Raven - Me? Psht, take a look at yourself, girl--You're awesome!

Sage - At least things work out in the end, right?:P

Glen Akin said...

I cannot tell you how awesome this sounds, and the trailer - wow. In fact, saying it's awesome makes it sound like it's not awesome, so I'm going to be silent and let you feel that "word" that's greater than "awesome" that I can't say cos I don't know how :) Absolute fantastic

Mortem Twins said...

This means a lot, coming from all you great writers!

Amna said...


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