Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spooktacular Pitch #50: ACCIDENTS

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Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 73,000 words

3 line Pitch:

After one disastrous year as a vampire, seventeen-year-old Artemis finds a way to undo what was done to her: never mind the assortment of beasties with a taste for new blood in her way and her tendency to end up on the menu. Being human again will free her from her creepy sire, maybe even stop the nightmares. She doesn't know there are worse things to lose than humanity.

First 250:

I spent the eve of my first anniversary freezing my butt off in a playground. Restlessness drove me from my room before I’d even put on pajamas. And I’d always wanted to watch frost form, though watching it form on me wasn’t in the original plan. I ignored the other infinitely more productive things I could’ve done with those hours while eleven months and twenty-nine days were becoming one year. Ignoring everything seemed like the theme of the day. I was adamant: no one would acknowledge this milestone. If they remembered at all — I wasn’t volunteering to remind them.

The sun called in a sick day, leaving dawn a sad affair. Blocked by thick-walled towers of cloud, her efforts to claw through were pathetic: dull, gray, and noiseless. As the light squeezed past, shimmering and weak, color leaked into every surface. Brightly painted playground equipment gleamed under a thin layer of ice. Night had slipped away; it seemed ridiculous that I hadn’t pulled myself together and accomplished something. I wasn’t feeling it yet, but I knew I would, and not just the sleep deprivation. Besides, wasn’t going the extra mile to ignore the day actually giving it more honor than I wanted to?

It would’ve been nice to go home, call in sick with the sun, have my mother dote on me a few hours before she left for work, and sleep the rest of the day. But I didn’t want to bring attention to myself. It wouldn’t be like me to dismiss the cloudy weather, the promise of snow.

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