But y'all, I am the most excited. I found my NaNo project yesterday. I know it's going to morph and change and be WAY different from what I outlined, so I'm not going to say much about it now. Except.
|Lucrezia di Cosimo de'Medici, probably the real-life duchess in question. (Source)|
Do you know Robert Browning's spectacular, subtle, DEEPLY creepy masterpiece "My Last Duchess"? It is my favorite poem of all time, ever. You can read it here. It's pretty dense but rewards a careful read. I've taught it a couple times around Halloween, and while it takes a while to get to the meat of the story, the reactions when we do have always been pretty great.
Anyway...during the month of November, I'm going to be working on a contemporary version of the story told and hinted at in the poem. What I love most about the poem is the tone, and the way the creepiness sneaks up on you, so I want to try to get to that point (although I'll be happy if I can just bang out the nuts and bolts of the story next month, and then target the tone in my revisions.) But this was definitely the kind of thing where, BAM, I just suddenly knew, yeah--this is MY project. This is what I want to be writing.
I'm sharing because I'm excited, but also because I want your help in compiling a reading list: what's your favorite dark contemporary? I've read a few (Breaking Beautiful comes to mind) but it's actually not usually the top of my list. I want to build my genre awareness a little as I work on this.
And if you know what you're working on for NaNo (if you're NaNo-ing), let me know in the comments! I was pumped before but this is like a whole new level, so I want partners in excitedness!