Derry, Northern Ireland

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

Monday, October 8, 2012

There's something happening here...

What it is ain't exactly clear. I just input the first 27 pages of A65...basically, act one...and it's grown darker. And the humor seems to have faded a bit. I didn't realize it till the last few pages of what I worked on. Orisi's bit is still fun...and I think the act ends on a funny note...but some of what Adam goes through is a bit cruel. And while I know comedy can build from cruelty, I wasn't quite expecting this.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it. I've always told myself -- "First draft is to find the story, second draft is to find the characters, third draft is to blend them together." So I shouldn't let myself freak out, yet. Wait till I've done another draft and then see what's going on.

Now if only I could get myself to accept that.

I find it interesting that it's easier for me to write cruelty than happiness. HTRASG is a truly harsh book, as are PM, both volumes of RIHC6, and BC. "The Vanishing of Owen Taylor" was turning out that way and there are parts of LD that are. I can just imagine what a psychologist would say about that. "Ever torture kittens and puppies, little boy?"

No. I hate actually causing anything pain. I think that's one of the reasons I despise torture-porn in the movies; it's all about the hurt and nothing about humanity. I actually turned down a storyboarding job because the script was just plain vile, and I wanted nothing to do with it. Guess I wasn't alone; the movie never got made.

Of course, I know where the darkness comes from. Always have.

That's why I work so hard to keep redemption of some kind in my stories.

Maybe I'm not meant to write comedy or even humor.

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