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 26 Zolnier, Wed, 14th Dec '11 6:49:39 AM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
So what do they eat?
Life's Gonna Suck When You Grow Up... But Is It That Great Now?...

Also I'm Skylark2 now.
They don't. They don't need food or water.
 
 28 Exelixi, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:32:35 AM from Alchemist's workshop Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Lesbarian
I think he means "eat" more than actually eat, as in, what qualifies them as vampires.
Mura: -flips the bird to veterinary science with one hand and Euclidean geometry with the other-
As of now, I'm not exactly sure. I'm still working on that. For me, it was more that the term stuck to them, for some reason. I'm not quite sure if it applies in the sense of the specific supernatural creature.
 
Going with the very traditional conception of vampires, I get the feeling that they're carrying some sort of disease. Traditional vampires, in many European communities, were carriers of disease - specifically syphillis. ...Although I don't think I want to give that disease to these guys.
 
I did some research into motorhomes, and here is what I've found, that I think would specifically fit that family.

The motorhome is an Airstream, a Class A, a larger one ranging from 28 to 37 feet long, a fiberglass model. I'm still trying to find a suitable model that's not a trailer, though. Argh...
 
oh no the snack table
For a whole family? An RV is cramped. Moving around is difficult and a basically one-at-a-time deal, weather trapping everyone inside is miserable, and basically the only time you get to stretch is when you're parked and everyone can get out. You really have to move around inside one to get a feel for how tight the space is. Go to an RV dealership to check one out, and then think about what it would be like to have two or three or four people living in that space, almost all of the time.

Do some writing exercises with a family getting irritated with each other over the close quarters, and I think you'll have a good start for your story. I wouldn't worry about the "vampire" stuff too much; there's a tendency to over-worldbuild. "Family travels long distances in an RV" is more than enough material for a hundred stories, so you don't have to overcomplicate from there.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
For a whole family? An RV is cramped. Moving around is difficult and a basically one-at-a-time deal, weather trapping everyone inside is miserable, and basically the only time you get to stretch is when you're parked and everyone can get out. You really have to move around inside one to get a feel for how tight the space is. Go to an RV dealership to check one out, and then think about what it would be like to have two or three or four people living in that space, almost all of the time.

Do some writing exercises with a family getting irritated with each other over the close quarters, and I think you'll have a good start for your story. I wouldn't worry about the "vampire" stuff too much; there's a tendency to over-worldbuild. "Family travels long distances in an RV" is more than enough material for a hundred stories, so you don't have to overcomplicate from there.

Mm-hmm. I know, and that's what frustrates me. The opportunities for me to walk around inside an RV are basically nil. For a good while right now, anyway. I do take your point, though, that that experience is necessary to write it accurately. I have spent some time in R Vs...just not in several years. When an opportunity arises, though, I'll be sure to take advantage of it.

I've been thinking about that some, and I think you're right. I'll do that - I don't need the supernatural stuff. For now, I think I should just focus on the people and their immediate situation, and put the supernatural stuff to the side. I do tend to over-worldbuild, so...yeah.

Thank you. smile

 
oh no the snack table
Mm-hmm. I know, and that's what frustrates me. The opportunities for me to walk around inside an RV are basically nil.

There's nowhere nearby that sells them? At all? It might be worth hitting the phonebook.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
Sadly, no, it doesn't seem like it. I do live near a boat dealership, though. [lol]

Few people where I live, it seems, would be caught dead in an RV. *sighs* I'll look in the phonebook tomorrow, though. I don't have high hopes, though.

 
oh no the snack table
I do live near a boat dealership, though.

Figure out the floorspace of an RV, and see if you can take a look at a comparable houseboat, maybe? Try and see if you can find something to at least give you an idea of the scale. Research is important, if only to give you an emotional sense of what you're writing about.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
I'll definitely figure the floorspace, and I'll see what I can do about something comparable. I agree with you, definitely, on the importance of experience even just from an emotional standpoint. The problem for a lot of authors, unfortunately, is actually getting that actual experience.

I'll look into it, however, for sure.
 
 38 Zolnier, Wed, 21st Dec '11 6:02:47 AM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
So, do we ever find out what exactly is going on?
Life's Gonna Suck When You Grow Up... But Is It That Great Now?...

Also I'm Skylark2 now.
Yes, late into the story, but I'm still trying to figure out what is going on.

This is still in its early planning stages, guys.
 
One of the main characters will be unable to communicate. Likely the man, Raphael/Michael. Possibly have a neuromuscular condition of some kind.

Also, I have a theme, or at least a direction for the story: "The most fearsome terrors are those that we ourselves create, those that know us the best of all and we the least."

edited 23rd Dec '11 10:35:02 AM by punkreader

 
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