Observations on Writing Eco-conscious Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Friday Fictioneers)

Well, darlings, it’s that time again — and I hope that you’ve all forgiven me for my lax performance last week, but I promise to do better this time.

My entry for Friday Fictioneers (hosted by the indelible Rochelle Wisoff-Fields) this week is something of an observation on the thought process of writing a story — without actually getting around to writing the story. Much like last week’s entry, I was just trying to see what I could actually get away with, but in a much more intentional way this week.

I hope you have a laugh or two, darlings, and as I usually do (last week notwithstanding) I will be posting my favourites at the bottom.

This week’s photo is courtesy of Roger Bultot


Copyright Roger Bultot

Copyright Roger Bultot

“What about an Eco-conscious sci-fi tale?” Penny suggested. “Sentient trees take their revenge on evil humans who pollute the air and water. What better target for their ire than the automobile, symbol of all things technological?”

“Didn’t we do this bit last week?” I asked dubiously.

“Yeah, but people didn’t seem to mind.”

“I just don’t want it to wear thin. But I like your idea, even if it is just a transparent rip-off of Tolkien’s Ents.” I replied cautiously, wary of the rage of rabid Tolkienites.

“Fuck Tolkien,” the Countess Penelope of Acadia replied eloquently. “Yeah, you heard me.”


100 Words, Banter/Satire

Thank you Perry Block for a hilarious answer to an often pondered hypothetical question!

Douglas MacIlroy’s story played with one of my favourite movies, and is just magical.


51 responses to “Observations on Writing Eco-conscious Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Darling, darling, darling (to steal your favourite word, but without the ‘s’!) – I *almost* did write a trees-get-their-revenge-on-humans story myself, but knew I wouldn’t be able to do it justice this week. So I had belly laugh at this one! Brilliant!

    • Why thank you, darling (it’s singular when addressing only one person, don’t you know). And thank you for the follow. I do hope you find time to browse (I’ve created a Table of Contents tab to give you some idea of where to start should you want to read more about the Countess & I) Welcome!

  2. Dear Helena,

    I’m surprised the plants haven’t sought revenge. Come to think of it….I can relate well, though to the writing process. Nice one.



  3. Countess Penelope needs her mouth washed out with soap. LOL ..I totally love that you always take a different direction..enjoyed as always..Pat

  4. Dear Helena,

    I lived in Middle Earth for many a year and still maintain a home there. Loved your story and the tongue in cheek salute to Tolkien, if not his rabid fans.

    Thank you for the pingback and your kind words re my story this week.



    • Thank you for being a faithful reader, darling! I did read your second draft and found the changes you made a definite improvement in terms of clarity. I was a very clever tale — taking archetypes and overlaying them over a real (albeit fictional — oh, you know what I mean!) relationship.

  5. I thought about just typing “LOL” but I didn’t want a veritable verbose vilification from a vixen.

    I like what you’ve done the past few weeks. The tongue in cheek exchanges with Penny (elaborated, embellished, or not) are always a pleasure to read—and a nice dose of humour.

  6. Dear Helena
    Interesting to note that while you were ‘trying to see what you could actually get away with’, by using The Countess, you gave us quite a lot.
    Well done – to you both 🙂

  7. Dear Helena,

    I’m offended darling. Er, not really. Although I do have an Arwen Even Star because I do want to be an immortal elf that has the love of a king. Alas, I am merely a human that wields a pen, paper and/or a laptop.

    I adore your tongue in cheek story, you and your cast of characters. Have a great weekend sweet and thanks for the chuckles.

    Love, Renee

  8. Pingback: Cummerbund Bandersnatch and the Desolation of Smog | Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, Dilettante.·

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