Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I'm Hearing Voices (Blogfest Entry)

True Fact1: 68% of all blog posts currently on the Internet were written on a Wednesday.
1 Not true at all.
The SECOND ROUND of the "I'm Hearing Voices" Blogfest calls fro two characters from a book to introduce each other via a dialogue.

In my book the After, Saoirse (pronounced: SEER-sha) dies in a plane crash and wakes in 'the After,' a world where everything is exactly the way you want it --even if you don't know you want it that way.

And here we go:

Saoirse: Will you turn the music down?

Ansel: Why? What’s going on?

Saoirse: I have to introduce you.

Ansel: To who?

Saoirse: To them.

Ansel: Who’s them?

Saoirse: All these people. [Sweeps arm to indicate everyone, even you, back there]

Ansel: What are they doing here?

Saoirse: We’re standing in an abandoned farmhouse surrounded by a carnival, a house you know doesn’t exist anymore, where the furniture fades in and out as needed, and you’re wondering where the people came from?

Ansel: When you put it that way…

Saoirse: [Facing the crowd]: So this is my husband, Ansel, and while I may be critical of him at times, I really shouldn’t be because while I ended up here unwillingly, or at least unexpectedly… I mean… well, I didn’t expect to come here when I did, although unexpectedly isn’t exactly the word I’m looking for, but to be fair, this…[waves hand around vaguely] was really pretty unexpected.

Ansel: What did you expect?

Saoirse: I don’t know. I mean, not clouds or angels or something but I didn’t expect there to be, you know, restaurants.

Ansel: And this is my wife, Saoirse. She’s stalling.

Saoirse: I am.

Ansel: You don’t have to feel bad about it.

Saoirse: I do.

Ansel: You didn’t make me do it. I just…

Saoirse: I can’t stop thinking about the plane crash.

Ansel: I couldn’t, either. [looks around the house]. It’s too bad we never bought this, isn’t it?

[Saoirse begins crying].

Ansel: Don’t be sad.

Saoirse: I’m not. I’m happy.


Want to know more about the After? Click here to go to the Amazon page, or watch this: (For best effect, hit "Autoplay" and "Full Screen" in the lower right corner.)


Cassie Mae said...

Wow. I love the hubby/wife dynamic here. Especially the beginning of this interview since I can totally picture myself doing that to my hubs. And then you had me going, 'Oh no! What's happened to these poor people?' by the end.

Great job!

Grumpy Bulldog, Media Mogul said...

Humph, you and Offutt both didn't stick to the rules of using ONLY dialog. If either of you win anything I'll have to demand an appeals hearing.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

This reminds me of those Verizon commercials where all the millions of people show up and the guy is like...huh?

Emily R. King said...

I'd love to spend more time with this couple.
I think I just creeped out Ansel even more.

Jess said...

Wow, very nice. Love it.
Great job!

Kyra Lennon said...

I found this really interesting, and I really love the whole idea of "The After" - I am definitely going to be buying it when I get home!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love the dynamic between your two characters and their surroundings. Sounds like an interesting place.

kmckendry said...

Great interaction between the two.

Angela Cothran said...

The restaurant line killed me :) I hope there is food in heaven. What fun chemistry they have. Great job!

Ashley Nixon said...

I do love the interaction, I like relationships that are already developed. I really want to know more about these two!

Kelley said...

Great job! Loved it!

*New follower!* So nice to *meet* you!

Lisa said...

Cool premise! Curious about what it's like in the After...

Sara said...

Interesting, I love the concept. And the furniture that fades in and out as needed!

AND the fact at the beginning. Made me laugh.