Today we offer up a special treat with author Rebecca Snow. She is our eighth entrant in the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge. Rebecca Snow lives in Virginia with a dwindling herd of geriatricats. Her short fiction has been published in several small press anthologies and online. You can find her on facebook and twitter @cemeteryflower.com and has an online journal at cemeteryflower.blog.com.
Rebecca’s apocalyptic challenge was bio-terrorism and her helpful item was a pair of scissors. Her location was a golf course while her untimely disability was no medicine. You can read along with Rebecca’s story titled, Hazard, while listening to the podcast of the story on Horror Addicts.net website. Be sure to listen to all the stories and vote for your fav!
How did you first hear about the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge?
Chantal Boudreau sent an invitation last year. I thought it might be fun to record a story set to given parameters. It was a bit more intimidating than I thought it would be even if I used to sing on stage.
What drew you into the fun of this challenge?
I wanted to improve my efforts and try some sound effects. It helped that I love crafting stories around words or pictures or prompts of almost any kind.
The Norns were pretty challenging this year – what did you think as soon as your assignment came through? I remember when you were considering zombie gophers when you first heard the golf course.
The first thing I thought was, “Crap, I don’t know ANYTHING about golf.” No matter how many times I flipped past the hushed commentator on the sports channel, I’m sure there’s some lingo I missed. As for those zombie varmints, I couldn’t write them without the story turning into a mix of Benny Hill and Caddyshack. When I tried the giant sand fleas, I couldn’t stop itching. So, I settled for plants.
What was the hardest part about your challenge? What did you like best? Did you learn something new about yourself while doing this challenge?
The most difficult part was choosing the biological weapon’s effect. I had too many ideas, but they all seemed to go in directions that demanded more words than I had to use. Another trial of sorts was reading the story out loud. Just a minor childhood holdover, but I found it much easier to do since no one was listening to me record. I didn’t have to dodge gas cans. I enjoyed picking music and sound effects. I did learn something, I laugh in a lot of inappropriate places. Oh…well, that wasn’t something new.
You chose to not use a lot of sound effects or music in your story, but you used your voice to create a fantastic effect for first person POV with asthma. How did you come to this decision?
Originally, I had more sound effects to use, but when I added them all, they reminded me of a silent movie. Even if there were words, they were overshadowed by all the background noise. When I thought about it, what’s quieter that listening to the grass grow? So, I removed a lot of the extra sounds and let the story tell itself.
As for the asthma, her ailment was a big part of the story. When I was writing it, I kept thinking I was going to have to have someone else read it because I’d never be able to pull off gasping without laughing at myself. It took a few tries, but I finally got a take without a lot of chuckling or passing out. I can’t promise I wasn’t smirking.
Tell us more about YOU, your past stories, books, other artwork or music, your current project, and what’s on deck in 2014?
Me? I have a super power, but no one can see it. For my past stories, I have an easy link. http://cemeteryflowerblog.wordpress.com/publication-credits/
For my future stories, I have a skull saw. I’ve been taking pictures since I was eight-years-old, but I haven’t made a website for them even though I get harassed for one at least once a month. I used to sing in bars, but all my musician friends moved away from the area.
My current project might be a collaboration, but if it isn’t, it might be a novel or more short stories. As for 2014, I’ve got more traveling to do, more renovations on the house, more stories to scribble. Nothing really specific.
If you win 2013 Most Wicked, have you given any consideration to what your theme might be for when you hostess the 2014 Wicked Women Writer Challenge?
I’ve actually had the theme in my head long before I’d ever heard of the WWW Challenge. One of these days, I hope to be able to use it. If not here, I’ll think of some way to implement a writing challenge of sorts.