Battling Vampires and Other Musings

>> Thursday, August 21, 2008

How does one battle a vampire?

No, really. How? Sure, there are lots of ways to defeat a vampire, which I could rattle off in a jiffy, but how does one battle a vampire? This is an interesting thing to explore as I work on my story, for it includes at least a couple of fight scenes between my main character and the vampires. My goal is to portray it in such a way that my character doesn't just blow them all away, so to speak, and be done with it (though believe me, she would love to). She has power, and yet, she isn't a god. But she is a force to be reckoned with, and not just because she's a necromancer. I want to have something of a struggle, after all, or what's the point?

If it were regular vampires, perhaps I wouldn't be quite so stumped, because I'm more familiar with how a human vampire would move and attack, possibly. But how does a vampire cow? There must be differences, and yet...what are they? How can I realistically portay them? How does it affect these battles?

It's a lot of food for thought, but I'm slowly writing my first fight anyway. Likely, it will come together better in the editing, as most of my battle scenes do.

On another note, check out this post on one of my favorite blogs. She makes a good point about letting a story simmer from time to time. If we don't do that as writers, we run the risk of really mucking up a good story with too much editing or extra fluff. Sometimes a story just needs to be what it is.

Enjoy the new layout. I finally found something free that I think looks really nice. After months of searching for something with ink splatters, I found this layout today by accident. Amazing how things go sometimes. Eventually, I'd like to create my own layout, but I have neither the time nor the proper tools lately, so this will more than suffice in the meantime.


cindy August 21, 2008 at 6:27 AM  

My favorite vamp world is Buffy, but I also really liked the Suzy Stackhouse series. Each world had its own rules, so I don't think there's one special way to do anything. You get to make it all up. Scary but also pretty cool.

Chad Aaron Sayban August 21, 2008 at 1:23 PM  

I found my way over from Cynthia's blog. I'm enjoying your blog.

Fighting vampire cows?? You've got me on that one. Hard to imagine an aggressive cow, although a vampire bull would be pretty terrifying.

BTW, congratulations on your new daughter. You will get to sleep again me.

ALR August 21, 2008 at 2:15 PM  

I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series, too. But I still think my favorite vampire series at this point in time are the Noble dead books by Barb and J.C. Hendee.

My favorite vampire movie is The Lost Boys. It's a cult classic, gotta love it. And I just pretend the new one doesn't exist.