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Friday, June 6, 2008

Head in a bucket

I'm working on a short story right now. It's a ghost story, coming out of an assignment about peace from my writing workshop this week. I'm not sure how that happened,but it did. I've written several stories this week, and I was inordinately proud of my ghost story, but then Alberta told me it was only eerie, not scary. Damn it.

I told her I had been going for spine-chilling, and she attempted to make me feel better by saying it was "faintly ominous." Whatever.

So while Alberta's been painting the Planter's Peanut Moon, I've been trying make my ghost story scarier, what Alberta and I call more "head in a bucket." Any time we can't find a serial killer show on tv that's grisly enough, we say it needs "more head in a bucket." It may have come from Cold Case Files; some girl called the police because on their date, her boyfriend kept reaching into the back seat and fiddling with something in a bucket, which turned out to be...well, you can figure it out.

So in my story I made the grandfather hang himself and the little girl find him dangling above the sideboard. Is that head in a bucket enough, Alberta? You remind me of Christopher Walken on Saturday Night Live, yelling, "More cowbell!"

When I finish it, I'll put it on the itmustbemice blog. But I have to run. My goal is to mail off two other stories to literary contests this week, and it appears to be Friday already. Keep your heads up and out of buckets. Ciao!
Ava

4 comments:

Alberta & Ava said...

I don't know, Ava; I think the little girl should find a body parts walled up in the basement or, even better, can you throw in just one a Ted Bundy copy cat? Just be sure Mark Harmon plays him in the movie version!

Jean said...

you guys are just two funny (ha!).....good luck on the story - sounds good so far....if you need a dose of grisly, try the movie "legend"......that gave me the major league creeps.....painting the planters peanut man....bwaaahaaaaa haaaaa....snort...

or maybe you need inspirational re-runs of the crypt keeper, member him?? how bout she finds the parts sewn into the couch cushions....or packed into some scary carousel creatures that are stored in the attic.....or made into BBQ like in fried green tomatoes....

I plan on coming back, you are such fun!!

Ciao!

Jean said...

or you could do the classic.......put him into da wood chipper and he could be the ghost in da machine.....we like that kind o thing up here in da nordland....


snicker, snort.........

Ava said...

Alberta--
I love Jean. She's our kinda people. I bet she would play "Avenging Hand of Death" with us, don't you think?
Ava