Okay, so I completely failed at the A to Z Challenge... I got stalled somewhere around L... Whoops! Which makes today R, I believe. My post today really isn't geared towards the challenge (I'm pretty sure I can give up now), but does Roughly tie into the letter R... it must be fate!
Last night (or more specifically, early this morning) I finished the first ROUGH draft of a short story I've been working on. But now I've got some questions/concerns. So I bring these questions to my blogger buddies around the world.
1. I need some serious help with a title... Quick synopsis: Omar is a Storm Demon, created by the goddess Tiamat at the dawn of the world. After she was vaquished (her death and the battle surrounding it created the world and humankind) Omar lived his immortal life in mundane obscurity. He is forced to once again work with his moral enemy to defeat Tiamat when her followers manage to resurrect her. The story is basically the battle between between Omar and Tiamat and her monsters.
Initially, I called the story "The Twelfth Monster of Chaos" (according to the mythology, Tiamat created 11 monsters of chaos and in my version of events, there was a 12th monster--Omar) but that title would require a more specific understanding of Babylonian mythology and the Enuma Elish than I could logically include in the story. Then I started calling it "Tiamat's Return" which is definitely more to the point, but is kind of boring. As a storm demon, Omar battles using weather phenomena and storm elements, so I also considered calling it "Severe Weather" but that one didn't really seem to get to the point.
Anyway, does any of those titles seem more intriguing than the others? Does anyone have any other suggestions for titles, given the admittedly brief and incomplete explanation I've provided?
2. My second question--the one that's my biggest concern--is this: Is the Enuma Elish and the Babylonian creation myth too obscure to act as the background for a short story? In my mind, everything I've written is clear and makes perfect sense, but I think that's likely because I have researched the Enuma Elish.
3. My third question is this: Does anyone have any interest in beta reading (and proofing!) a roughly 9,000 word short story, genre: horror (ish)? It's got a storm demon, a psychotic dragon/goddess, mutant scorpions, venemous serpents, an arrogant god king and a hint of romance...