Sorry for being a little distant as of late, but duty calls.
I posted a little ditty to pickarooney about his book, as he seems to be at a critical juncture . . . and he has no protagonist in his story . . .
This is what I wrote:
Now that’s funny!
If you don’t have a protagonist (and assuming no antagonist either,) how did you create a potential difference . . . the engine, or source of power to give you a positive, negative, positive, negative . . . to move the story along? . . . my cosine wave / particle theory on stories.
My favourite synopsis of a protagonist is Don Quixote, as he is a Knight Errant who goes on a quest to right all wrongs in the world. Deluded, yes, but he is happy in his delusions and whips everyone around him into Rapture.
If I were to write a story, A Templar Template would be between my temples, as delusions are probably the easiest psychological affectation that one could include in a character’s make-up some story the wife’ll believe.
And yes, I did mean to use the word: affectation . . . but the oddness of character must seem very ordinary in the story, as CS Lewis explained to me in one of his books about how to write that I cannot remember right now, as I have zero time left and have to go, as it has been 2 days since my last confession so I must go like right now, even though this has been one of the longest sentences I have written here, although over 100 words is not uncommon in one of my sentences, so . . . no worries on breaking the foggy writing rules, methinks.
If you’ve already written the book, which, from what I have read in the Write Club area of this forum and from what you indicate above as a “pitch” . . . a finished story. . . to a publisher . . . you need a protagonist ASAP.
How about picking a dominant character out of the fray, and give him/her an omniscient narrative role that you can inject at various points throughout the story that leads the reader on wild mental goose chases. That way, you don’t have to re-write it, and you can somehow create early tie-ins to what seems to be many separate stories that meet at a focal point towards the end?
Or maybe a 7th invisible omniscient narrator that pushes the other 6 into the direction changes which I assume are already in place? I just love the number 7, by the way.
Or do I have it all wrong? Am I deluded in my train of thought on the matter?
Ah, my hero!
On another note, someone posted something elsewhere on boards.ie, which has seemingly no bearing on the course of this foray into boardsdom, and I have no idea why I did it . . . yes I do:
Originally Posted by genie
I am researching ancestors from Co. Cavan who were Church of Ireland. I have found that a lot of the names I am researching emigrated to Ontario, Canada 1800-1850 and inter-married with other Cavan emigrants.
My lot only made it as far as Dublin!
Irish buried here. They are at the highest point in Caledon, Ontario, Canada, in the Albion Hills area.
Rebecca Woulfe from Co Cork married Henry Fry McCabe from Co Cavan. Henry has an AbFab cast iron “gated” grave – he was probably the big cheese.
Here’s an HQ snap of James McCabe’s grave. If you are interested, I could get you about 20 gravestone snaps and make a project of deciphering the worn poetry and information. If you are really into it, I could scour the area and look for more gravesites . . . there’s tons of them!
Oh, if you zoom out of the google map a bit, the next road is called Mount Wolfe, but I guess they buried their dead on Mount Pleasant, as it was a more peaceful place. I have a gravesite video at my disposal too, but it is a little racy and has a long intro . . . but it does give you a good impression of the peace they have there . . . twittering birds and dappled light from the trees.
This is where things get really weird. The racy video is Zed’s Dead – Journey Of A Lifetime playing in the background, ending when the van stops at the gravesite. Then, the videographer does a walk-round the graves. The Zed’s dead song is based on the Gimp Scene mistake, which I have not been able to explain recently, due to duty calling all the time (i.e. not getting around to it.)
Read the first comment to pickarooney’s thread, a reply to pickarooney from hcass, the lady that has not replied to me about a blog with direction. Or read it here.