Hooray! My new story Breathing is out today in Aurealis #95. This one is science fiction, which is a bit unusual for me. I’m still figuring out how to describe it.
This is one of those stories that grew out of my response to a song. I’ve got a few like this. I often find my way into a story through the mood generated by music, or an evocative lyric. I’m a particular fan of using crazy word associations through misheard lyrics (or mondegreens) to spark my creativity.
In the case of Breathing, though, I was caught by the lonely mood of the music and one particularly powerful lyric in the song Hello, by Evanescence:
Has no one told you she’s not breathing?
That line is intriguing. It is rich with unacknowledged tragedy and cruel revelation.
I’ve since found out there is a sad story behind Hello: it was written by the multi-talented Evanescence frontwoman, Amy Lee, about an early tragedy in her life. But I didn’t know that when I wrote Breathing.
I won’t say any more (spoilers!), but if you read the story, let me know what you think!
9 thoughts on “New story: Breathing”
You are welcome
Great story. Congrats and well done. Reminded me a little of Marissa Meyer for some reason, which is a good thing in my household. We’re fans of hers. I also use music, not so much for ideas as for mood.
Hey, Chris! Thanks. 🙂 It’s definitely a good mood builder. I haven’t seen the TOC for Aurealis #95 yet (issues with my Kobo) – do you have any articles in it this time around?
I interviewed Jennifer Hepler for that issue. She has been a writer for major video game franchises like Dragon Age and Game of Thrones Ascent.
Awesome. Still having issues with my Kobo. 😐 Looking forward to reading it!
Congrats. I like the story behind the story too. I get a lot of my writing inspiration from music and lyrics so can definitely relate to this.
Thanks, Faran! Yep, music is a definite short cut into story world for me.