So, I have this problem and it’s going to sound kind of insane. I can’t get rid of one of the characters from Two Notch. The guy just won’t leave me alone. No, he isn’t showing up in my bathroom while I’m brushing my teeth (Not literally, anyway). He’s just there every time I sit down to write Book Five of the Oz Chronicles. Writing fiction takes a heavy dose of visualization. I need my mind clear so I can settle down in the world of The Oz Chronicles, and it’s tough with this character from the other book there.
The character’s name is Abel Decker, and he’s not a nice guy. He’s a ruthless gun for hire that just happens to be hired by the good guys in my book. He’s killed a lot of people, including women and children, and he has no remorse. Despite all that, I like him. Pardon my French, but there is no bullshit in Abel Decker. He does what has to be done. There is no decision to big for him to make. He knows his place in the world, and he accepts it. I wouldn’t want to be him, but if there’s a life or death situation coming my way, I’d want him on my side.
I saw a gentleman on TV talk about his time in an Iranian prison. He was put in solitary confinement for several months, and he said he survived by having imaginary conversations with his dead father and sister. I told my wife that if I was in the same situation I would probably survive by talking to some of the characters I’ve created, namely Abel. The dude is just a good old fashion bad ass, and that’s the kind of guy you’d want to be in an Iranian prison with.
I’m saying all that to say this. I’m taking a few days off the interwebs to clear my head, so I can’t put 100% of my focus back on the Oz Chronicles. I’m going to read Book Four again, and get back on track.
I’ll be back on Tuesday, but for now, you can enjoy this video. It’s another song in my The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD. Call it a wish list of songs for the book’s soundtrack. This one is Woe is me, I’m ruined by The Lonely Forest.