Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

More pop than not

I can't believe it.  All of  sudden I had to find the lyrics for the theme song to "I Dream of Jeannie" because they figure into the story of Daniel and his Lyons Den.  Got no idea why, but now I wouldn't part with it from where it's landed, no matter what.

The first third of the story depends a lot on the characters in it -- Daniel, Ace, Tad, Mrs. Serff, Daniel's mother and sister -- but overall it's not as dead as it was.  However, a background of seriousness has begun to filter in...
...but so have good moments between Tad and Daniel, thus backing up why he'd want to get back together with the twerp.  Just having Tad being beautiful (as seen here) was really a disservice to Daniel, making him more shallow than I wanted.

That's the nice thing about writing a book -- I can delve as deeply as I want into a character's motivations and meanings, and it's helping me find the truth of the story.

And it makes the story more compelling, I think, because the way things are now, when Van comes into the picture it's obvious how things are going to go -- Daniel will dump Tad for him.

But if there's more of a connection between Tad and Daniel (seen here) than just lust, if they have a real emotional resonance, it's just possible Daniel will let Van pass on by and stay with the one he'd loved for so long.

That's important to keep interest in the story...keep it from becoming stale and predictable.

I hope.  Guess I won't know till it's done and read by a new crop of people.

I think I'm going to look into self-publishing this one.  Just to see what happens.  Talk about a new experience.

4 comments:

Brad Rushing said...

For sure, don't give it to that ass-wipe from NAZCA PLAINS who owes you so much money.

Michael said...

In the revision I read Tad was such a creep that it did come off as ridiculous and a little sad on Daniel's part that he was so hung up on the guy. So adding a few more good moments in their past is a wise choice. Although in fairness it's not uncommon for good guys to be hung up on ex boyfriends that ARE just creeps to the core.

JamTheCat said...

Thanks! Anything else that bugged you? I really do want to know while I'm working on this draft.

JamTheCat said...

I'm thinking I may try the self-publishing route. We'll see how it goes.