#NIGHTGALE Becoming #WIP

January 16, 2012

Participating in #NIGHTGALE(thanks Stevie McCoy@Glitterlady) started me thinking about immortals and how someone becomes immortal. The obvious immortals, in my mind, are the Silver Screen Legends of Hollywood including the likes of Bogartand Harlow. Then of course there are my favorite artists including Dali, Escher and the others whose work trips me out. The authors I hold with high esteem; Barker, King, Lewis and Carroll. And of course, musicians; I would never leave out my saviors from High School—Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Depeche Mode and countless other New Wave bands full of strange songs and lyrics. All I would consider immortal, even though some are currently living. Their work will live through the coming generations and be remembered, even if just in a library catalogue. 
I look at characters in books and film and think, “wow, they are immortal.” The creators of the characters are immortal by default. While I do delve in the “horror” genre, it is true for any. The whole immortality in the horror genre leaves me with questions. Why does a character that is immortal have to be a vampire? (Don’t get me wrong, vampires are great as long as they don’t sparkle.) Or live only in dreams or be too deranged to die? What if there was something else that drove the character besides bloodlust? Of course not leaving out bloodlust, let’s not be silly. Maybe throw in a sorrow-filled heart from a lost love and top it off with a vow to a dark entity. 
As you probably deduced, my work in progress is about just that. I don’t want to give too much away at this point, I am still working out the details, but his name is Reynard Ashwin and his journey begins in London 1666.