I’m not even going to say it. Nuh-uh. Straight to the questions this week!
AA 81: Have you ever Googled your name? What did you find that surprised you?
Not recently, but of course I have Googled my name. Most of what comes up is my own publicity – this blog, my Goodreads page, my Twitter feed (which is basically these blog posts). What surprised me most is that there is another author out there whose name is Erica Dakin-Voolich. Here I was thinking that my name was pretty unique, didn’t even bother checking before I started publishing under my own name, and then I came across ED-V.
Late, late, I’m always late! This week hasn’t been very good so far. Well, Monday was – I didn’t post because I was out for a lovely steak with my husband’s family. I would have caught up on Tuesday, except it took me over two hours to get home from work (normally around 45-50 minutes, stupid traffic!) and I was rushing for the rest of the evening. Then I suppose I could have caught up yesterday, except I had to catch up on Masterchef instead.
Aieee, what on earth am I supposed to answer to this week’s question? I’ll modify it to apply to my solo blogging of this series, but the question is: You write prose fiction in an era that has an astounding variety of storytelling media. Has your writing been significally influenced by any works of newer media?
This is my last but one entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge, and my last proper entry, since next week is an interlude. Or a coda, if you will. Whatever. This week is also the only entry I have added to the challenge by myself, because I realised it was missing. And yes, the title of the post gives it away: this entry is for my favourite comic book.
For this week’s post I’m going to recycle an old story. Going by the date on the document I wrote it in 2002, for the Elfquest fanholt I was a member of. There will be some tweaks in this version, but in essence it is the same story I wrote then.
First some background: Rock, the protagonist in this story, is a Wolfrider. Wolfriders are elves, but they have a dash of wolf blood which gives them some wolf characteristics, such as enhanced smell and hearing and a tendency to react like a wolf might in certain circumstances. It also makes them shorter than ‘normal’ elves, so Rock is somewhere between four and five feet tall (but perfectly proportioned, of course). Wolfriders have descriptive names, which is why this one is called Rock. Culturally they are hunter-gatherers, and humans are to be approached with caution, since most of them are hostile to elves.
I should probably also add that Rock is a bit of a lothario (which isn’t uncommon in the Elfquest universe).
This story is a crossover, and I should give credit to Marten Toonder (a famous Dutch cartoonist) for coming up with the original idea; I merely hijacked it for my own purposes.
I originally published this story on Rushwater Holt under the title Fairy Tales a Go-Go.