Post-Nano Update: Of Monsters and Reporters

Broken Masquerades means the press gets involved when things go grrr.

This can be… well, interesting.

I’m currently editing a point in Seeds of Blood where a reporter who’s been showing up through the story gets a firsthand look at some of the stuff he didn’t know was out there.  You can imagine, it wasn’t pretty.

The tricky part here is to write the guy as a human being, not a stereotype. Yes, he starts out with the whole “we’re not evil, just misunderstood” take on vampires and werewolves. He hasn’t seen evidence otherwise.

This bit of nasty events? May not change his mind. These aren’t werewolves.

And even if it does change his mind about some creatures, it doesn’t mean he thinks Myrrh’s one of the good guys. After all, “misunderstood sunlight-disadvantaged members of society” versus “rabid Christian fundamentalist”.

Yeah. You can imagine how that plays in a typical newsroom.

…Let’s just say, there are likely points where each of our three main characters is wondering, “Do I have to rescue him?”

(Yes, they do. That’s the Job. Drat, as Myrrh would say….)


18 thoughts on “Post-Nano Update: Of Monsters and Reporters

  1. And then the jerks aren’t even grateful, they go on and on and on about how awful you were to hurt the poor innocent defenseless victim of your senseless brutality. Never mind the fact they were quite deliberately trying to eat you.

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  2. ooh, that’s a good one.

    this whole the cops and bystanders shouldn’t go for the kill when fighting monsters, mutants and whatever supernatural template we are working with today “because that would be a hate crime or something” kinda runs head first into the logical problem that — millionaires with weirdly specific grudges aside. — non lethal isn’t a realistic option against spider man.

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    1. Preeeetty much. As Myrrh ends up pointing out, she’s one of the few people who can even try to take down some of these creatures non-lethally. And as for holding them….

      Well. Some legends say a vampire can flit through a keyhole. Try putting the cuffs on that.

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  3. Excuse me, but as the daughter of a journalist who used to work for the town paper, I have to ask whose idea it was to let this person cover something that sounds so worth writing about that it’s got to be expensive and if mom and dad’s grumbling about the decline of journalism is any indication, “stink like fish online.”

    It wouldn’t have mattered whether most people were interested before Craigslist killed the classifieds, but now? Absolutely. Especially when television, radio, and especially the practice of driving to work by yourself, which means you can’t read the paper on the way to work.

    Also, if they are really good at this, they should know how to be diplomatic.

    If not, they’ll probably cultivate someone as powerful and supposedly knowledgeable as the mayor from the first book as a source and serve as their stenographer.

    Either way, they will have to know how to be diplomatic.

    Should I bother asking Dad what he would do in this situation? He’s so polite that we have him proofread emails we can’t afford to mess up.


    1. Just talked to Dad, and there are journalists who are both very obnoxious and very successful. That said, you sound like you need the equivalent of help understanding how to be a good journalist and still fall for a disinformation campaign like that of Steven.

      On a related note, have you thought about myths for them to fall for along the lines of false teenage slang?


      1. Lots of people who call themselves good journalists are actually doing rather lousy work, as any perusal of the site Get Religion could demonstrate. There are far more examples of bad journalism than good that they find. They do look and praise what they find. But when Big Names such as Bill Keller – who is/was a NYT bigwig – is open about having an agenda, the amount of salt I apply to ALL stories goes up. See ‘kellerism’. I dob’nt want to get into a huge argument about it, just point out that there’s real world support for the thinking that journalists have agendas, adn writers such as our hostess are aware of it.

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      2. Indeed. Headlines like “Shooter loose in downtown Arkansas” are just one glaring example.

        Also, look up the author of Ctrl-Alt-Revolt, Nick Cole, if you want to see how the New York outlook on what viewpoints should be allowed in books has gone pretty over the edge.


      3. Elaine, I am aware of this. So is Dad. He has been a journalist for decades, which is why I asked him how much being obnoxious would get in the way of being an employable journalist instead of whether journalists have agendas. I believe I clarified whether the character would be obnoxious towards subjects instead of just other people.


  4. Just one reporter? Unless things are being much more under the radar than it sounds like, I’d expect a whole flock of them. And while all will be biased in one way or another – they’re human – there will likely be some who can keep that from getting in the way of reporting the facts.

    The problem here, is that there has been a lot of disinformation thrown around, so figuring out what the facts actually *are* is hard. (Especially when mind-affecting magic is a thing, which means that even people who are good at telling when they’re lied to are much less reliable.)

    And then there will be the ones who don’t care about facts, and just want something juicy to sell a story. (Remembers the musing about libel suits in Net, and turns that around a bit…)

    And I imagine that another headache would be the journalism students who have no idea how much danger they get themselves into, looking for a story.

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    1. I can think of a depressing reason why there would be only one: budget cuts. It’s why my Dad doesn’t work for the town paper anymore.

      For added realism, why not give this journalist a low amount of training because suitable mentors were too old and creaky not to be kept around?


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