Warning. The following is practically a steam-of-consciousness post. Read at your own risk…
I spent a monstrous block of hours glaring at an outline today. You see, I like to dig myself into a massive hole with no escape ladder. This bottomless pit is also known as a story with no outline. Sometimes I say, “Hey, what the heck? Why not dive right in and see what happens?” Oh right, because then I finish and I realize I have no structure in my life… err… story. So I bang my head against my desk until I bleed out an outline that is remotely useful.
Cut to the quick, here I sit, frowning at an outline for a psychological thriller already re-written a buckess load of times that I re-re-titled THE ALIKENESS. This double freshly cool-titled thriller explores two concepts that captivate the rat-traps of my psyche-brain… duality and soul dualism.
(Did you catch the wink at the twins of double-mint gum?)
Soul dualism is a belief that we humans have two souls; a body soul for body functions and a free soul that can leave the body at will. Eskimos reading my blog know what I’m talking about. Keep warm, my snowy-northern brothers.
Did you know… Abraham Lincoln saw his own ghost in a mirror? His wife interpreted the vision as a sign that Lincoln would get re-elected, but wouldn’t live out his second term. Spooky…
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley’s main squeeze, also saw his own ghost. Look it up at your own risk. I know you won’t. Mary and Percy met and fell in love at a sequestered writer’s retreat. It was the year without summer, so the writers (locked indoors, like all good writers are) challenged each other to compose a story. So Mary, 19 at the time, came up with the idea for her famous novel, FRANKENSTIEN; OR,THE POST-MODERN PROMETHEUS.
Seriously now. Doppelgangers, dual souls, twins, and dead ringers hold a special place in my creative heart. I can’t explain why, but I like to build stories around this lot of characters who struggle with contrasting personalities and/or are reflections of other characters.
One such script that I am currently re-outlining/frowning/banging my head/digging out of a non-outlining pit of doom is titled VERONICA. It is about a girl who sways in and out of multiple identities. I considered renaming the script THE VERONICAS, only to discover there is an Australian band named… The Veronicas. Damn! I might have to ponder the title VERONICAS, dropping the THE. Or, I could change their/her name to something like Celeste, but I like names that begin with V. Anyway, here are the dastardly thieves who swiped my sickly cool title out from underneath my feet…
As one of my buddy’s T-shirts says… To err is human, to argh is pirate.
Yeah, his T-shirts are that cool.
There are a lot of news items just screaming for a post… but since I don’t have the focus, here’s a quick hitting list of everything you best be paying attention to. At least for today…
n “God wants me to be rich,” says megapastor Joel Osteen.
Apparently, Joel forgot Matthew 19:24.
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God’”
n “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn’t exist.” Well, the greatest trick the Republicans ever pulled was to convince America that the media was liberal. HA! Not so fast.
n Speedy Gonzales broke the law. And just like Jimmy and his corn, no one cares.
n Oh. Here is why we Liberals are pro-gun control. Even though I just made a joke, remember, this crazy bastard was shooting at KIDS!
n Apparently, mushrooms are tricky suckers.
This article was my big sis’ response to my comment on her blog, www.inherentpassion.com about her veggie harvest. I was just a little curious as to the lack of mushrooms. Mushrooms are my favorite vegetable, regardless of their lack of greenness. They are also high in fiber. And, as it seems, require a lot of sh*t. Considering the current state of things in the world today, I’d say there is enough to go around!