Derry, Northern Ireland

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Is this self-defeating?

I have a new idea for a mystery starring Jake and Tone...well, "Antony"...from RIHC6.  It came to me as I was packing the last of the books, today, and I started writing it down...and now it's got me excited.  Because this one would be told by Jake and would also explain why he sticks with Antony even though the guy is a near nutcase.  Plus it takes place in Palm Springs, for the most part.

Jake's Uncle Owen disappears after having a run-in with the police, so he tries to find out what happened and winds up caught in a murder conspiracy.  Tone joins him and things get dangerous for them both.  I've got several points plotted out and even know the beginning and ending and a new character, Enid, a lesbian friend of Owen's whom I may base on Georgia O'Keefe.  We shall see.

Problem is, my focus should be on "Place of Safety."  But brain is being difficult, again.

On top of this, yesterday I had an idea on changes I should make to a script I wrote years ago that could make it sellable.  Meaning, yes...I'm still locked into that frame of mind, even though it's not really getting me anywhere and means doing only a sketch of a story.  I've been trying to get away from it...but this is my history.  And I can't seem to just drop it.

I halfway think the main reason I feel that way is because my father dropped me after he and my mother divorced.  I went through a long period where I refused to care about anything...but at the same time I was obsessive about my art and I would re-read books I'd liked over and over.  I'm still a bit like that -- torn between not caring and not letting go, watching movies I love over and over while refusing to care about new films until I make myself do it...and the new book about Jake and Tone might help me work through that, a little.

I think.  I dunno.  Reality is, I never know what I'm going to do until I do it.  End of story.  Be interesting to see where this leads.


Michael said...

YES. YES. YES. YES to a new Jake/Tone mystery! As for the explanation of why Jake would stay with a "near nutcase". I just assumed he was like me and naturally attracted to damaged, fucked up guys. The hot ones at least. Matt will be in too, right?
Seriously, I'm excited and hope this story gets written. After you finish the one you're supposed to be focused on of course.

I always have the same issue. When I should be focusing on one story I'm attempting to write another idea pops up and distracts me which is why I never finish anything or even get it to the point of near-coherence. I've been so busy lately with work I barely have time to pop open my laptop in fact but this post brightened up an otherwise depressing morning. Thank you.

JamTheCat said...

Glad I could brighten your day, Michael. Of course Matt'll be in it; he's part of the crew, right? (Dare I say...the "Scoobey Crew?)

Man...I'm glad to be leaving Birmingham. Talk about a nothing town. I went driving around just to see what there was and there wasn't anything.

I still urge you to make time to write. If for no other reason that it's great therapy. Reworking LD helped me get through a lot of crap.