His name was Georg. That is all I know. I can’t say I even met him, even though I stood next to him in close proximity. Despite my burning gaze upon him, I wasn’t even able to achieve eye contact through the spectacles that covered his somber brown eyes. His hair was dark and unruly curly, his facial features were highly sculpted and his goatee was a symbol of his rebellious creative intellect. He was a painter.
Despite never speaking, he touched my soul. I know it sounds corny, but there are people who we run into in life that have the ability to inspire us with little contact. It is how I know it was a soulful connection. A painter stimulated the writer in me.
Sarah McLachlan’s “Fumbling Through Ecstasy” was a popular album at the time, which contained the song “Possession.” What can I say, I was a young woman fumbling my way through life looking for love and passion. Although, a romantic liaison seemed unlikely with the handsome painter, it stirred a story.
How I conjured a vampire story, I do not recall. I believe it may have had something to do with the hypnotic power of vampires and their ability to possess a lover – a skill I was lacking. My main character gave me strength and the sense of belief that I too can possess the man I desire, yet what I learned in writing such a story, there is a price to possession. It is desperate and sometimes loathsome. Through the wanderings and musings of a vampire, I was able to find myself.
They story began as a screenplay, which garnered praise from my teacher, giving it high marks for exceptional sexual tension, yet to one vampire faithful, the idea of humanizing the condition of a vampire was monstrously wrong. I leave it up to you the reader to decide.
Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle. In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.
Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.
Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.
Jennifer’s latest book is the Victorian era historical romance, Desperate Moon.
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