Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Hey Raga-rootlings, sorry to keep you waiting!
So the last few days have been a little busy. I started a Tesl certification class last year and because of covid, it was deferred. I was able to start it up again in September and just finished my last class this week. I was hoping to have a story ready to post but may need to delay it a little longer before I can post it.
So in the meantime, I thought I would share some more thoughts. I have been thinking about stories and ideas, and something reminded me of a story I wrote back in school. Back during grade 9 PAT’s, I remember that we had to write a story based on a picture prompt. Being a very creative kid, I loved this kind of thing and was excited that we were able to just go nuts and write. The picture was of an old house, nothing special. My little mind was racing as I knew exactly what I wanted to write: a horror. Thrilled by the sudden idea of what I wanted, I remember writing about a woman who was on a plane ride. She was heading to the location of the house and that her mission was to investigate it as weird suspicious activity was happening there. The plane was going through a bout of turbulence to foreshadow the heavy dependence on technology and how it could fail us at any time.
Now, a little insight, I am a huge fanatic for the use of constant foreshadowing. Not just giving the twist away, but good use of simple and subtle points of what was to come. I can’t pinpoint exactly where this influence came from since there were so many things back then that I would read and watch, but I knew that it was something I was super obsessed about. During the story, I wrote about the house and her investigation and right at the end, I left a huge cliffhanger once the light went out. I don’t remember what else that exam was about or what I had to do after, all I do remember was sitting back with a giant grin on my face and a sense of accomplishment. Time went on and I thought nothing of it when one day I got a letter from the PAT results. That story I wrote placed me in the top 10 highest marks in the province and the person in charge at that time had written a letter to congratulate me for a job well done. I had no idea what that really meant at the time, but now looking back I realized I was passionate about writing and should have never stopped.
I did debate for a while if I should share the whole story, but because I remember the details of that short story, I decided it would be cool to rewrite the story. It won’t be the same as obviously, that was several years ago, however, I can recreate it as closely as I possibly can with the same foreshadowing since it was what I loved so much about it. This also inspired me to make a few impromptu shorts where I will use as much foreshadowing as possible. I might even make this a marathon for a month. “The Time of Shadow!” is what I might call it. Such the idea’s I now have…
This does bring up a question I have for you guys, too. What was your favourite story where the foreshadowing was so good? Are you a fan of the prevalent use of foreshadowing? Let me know in the comments below!
And with that, I think I will close the blog for now. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and hope to see you soon! Take care and be safe Raga-rootlings!