Another example is from the Last Action Wizard reboot. Dave gets kidnapped, as I’ve discussed in The New Lands. Initially he would want to get out, but it becomes clear early on to him and everyone else involved that it was a mistake. It would be in his best interest to not wait, exactly, but to see what his surroundings are before taking any drastic measures. Although this does not mean he can’t try to protect himself while being kidnapped. Making noise, fighting dirty- he is an underground fighter, and using his surroundings to escape (a motel room).
This changed as the semester drew to a close and I needed to get out of the apartment. I needed to see the world past my parking lot again or I would have gone insane. It started with an assignment. I was supposed to pick a movie and answer questions about it- the class was Communications within the Organization. Initially I picked Office Space (I have already seen it at least five times). A classmate and I decided to watch the film Patch Adams instead. I had never seen it; all I knew about it was Robin Williams. We watched it in the music library on campus. I was jotting answers down in a notebook for later. And then, inexplicably, I stopped writing, closed the notebook, and watched the movie with my full undivided attention.
It was the first time I slowed down and just enjoyed myself. Afterwards the trend continued, and I went to a tailgate party and a Christmas party. These started translating not into Ruby Caves, but to one of my final versions of Wish List (formerly Atrocity). In the beginning of this edition, there is a talk about what the Wendigo before it appears later. I start off with something horrific and then slow it down to ramp up the tension. It adds more weight. I do the same with Ruby Caves, but the Bryson family is bombarded rather quickly. The horrific, bloody events reveals the strength of their bonds. None of this is new to experienced or amateur authors, but life has a way of taking my skills away for a moment.
In my shorter short stories I show (yikes, that alliteration!) characterization while offering horror, action, or drama. Someone or something is always moving to the end but with my longer stories I need to play it out a little. Ruby Caves takes place over four or five days (still not 100% sure yet) so there is plenty of space for a natural life-flow. I have not touched Radiation Road since I discontinued Nutmeg a couple of years ago. That story takes place between one and two weeks. Radiation Road will feature the same life-flow and be much less horrific.