[Stephanie’s note: For context, I had just read the back of a book for sale (not pubbed by my place of employment) that was about rich teenage vampires.]
Stephanie: I will not be reading a book about the “young vampires of the Upper East Side,” thank you.
Stephanie: I would be totally interested in reading a book about a vampire who decided to make snobby Upper East Side kids into vampires, though.
Stephanie: I think in this imaginary book, a vampire had some bad high school memories, in which prep school stepbrother bullied him. Ergo, vampirify!
Chloë: I’m enjoying this prep-school vampire novel idea riff. I’m imagining Chuck Bass as well; he’s basically already a vampire.
Stephanie: He bites them at their favourite nightclub that they shouldn’t even be allowed into but are.
Stephanie: The Upper East Side school, feeling the loss of their best athletes, creates a vampires-only water polo team.
Stephanie: Occasionally an Upper East Side human falls in love with the teenage vampires (or just wants to play on the water polo team).
Stephanie: The humans go through hazing, in which they are made to skip school to sleep during the day, and drink only red Kool-Aid.
Okay, so mostly Stephanie wrote a funny parody story. I intended to contribute more, but was interrupted by an international call…. Then, our old pal Jayme jumped on the bandwagon:
Jayme: Vampires swimming is the funniest mental image. For some reason it’s hard to picture a vampire in a pool.
Chloë: I want to turn this into a blog post somehow. Maybe we can do a sentence-by-sentence add-on story together?
Stephanie: I am okay with this.
Stephanie: Use of fangs is outlawed after a memorable incident when water polo ball was punctured and the game had to be called.
Jayme: No bleeding in the pool allowed.
Stephanie: Are there vampire horses? Because if so we should change it to regular polo.
Chloë: Maybe the horses are vampires too?
Stephanie: Of course! That’s what I meant by “vampire horses.” Pay attention!
Stephanie: Maybe the vampire water polo team has a feud with the vampire regular polo team. Water polo team thinks vampire horses are an abomination? Also water polo gives them more chances to show off sexy vampire torsos.
Jayme: Vampire horses ARE an abomination, that’s why! Think about how that happened the first time.
Chloë: Water or regular polo—either way the vampires win. Sexy torsos in water & sparkly torsos to blind reg. opponents.
Jayme: Do the vampire polo teams fight mortal polo teams or only other vampire teams? Do they deign to play mortals?
So creative writing can and does happen in “real time” and from afar, on social-networking websites like Twitter. I’m not sure anything was proved—nor were any monumentally creative stories written—but it was fun times.
Later, we chatted (via Gmail Chat—go social networks!) about what to title this potential story. We came up with a number of ideas, but we’re going to leave it to you, readers. Participate if you dare!