Ain’t No Redemption, Journal Entry Four – NaNo Day 6 + Star Trek III

It took a few days, but I can feel the momentum! Days one through five of NaNoWriMo proved choppy, at best. I managed to write a prologue and first chapter, but even as the words appeared behind my cursor, I felt that things were askew. The problem was that, while both passages provided a good look into the main character’s (Bates) background, I wrote it for the wrong reasons. I wrote them with the idea that I must provide this first. I blame the early mornings spent in a rush to write before work.

The issue stems from the structural concept. That is, a Fantasy story told in the style of a Spaghetti Western. Now, many, many Fantasy novels like to start ‘in the beginning’, with the hero at home and being dragged from their familiar surroundings and cast into a strange (and fantastic) world. And that’s how I started this whole project: at the beginning (or, close enough).

But hold it, this isn’t just a fantasy.

The reason I call it a “Spaghetti-Western Fantasy” is because, as far as the narrative style and setting are involved, I consider the works of Sergio Leone an inspiration. Now, the thing about movies such as Once Upon a Time in the West, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, is that they begin by taking the audience and dumping them right in the middle of the story. We’re given very little context to go by. Instead, we’re treated to impressions of our heroes, villains and the setting. The background stuff filters in as the narrative plays out. (Of course, I’ve also see this in Epic Fantasy)

Anyway, the point is, while I will use every piece of those first few passages somewhere in the narrative, today I final caught some ‘magic’. I now have an opening chapter that fits in line with my above ramblings. And, instead of the boring Prologue, I begin the tale of Ain’t No Redemptionwith our ‘Hero’ gunning a man, and his son, down in the street.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

A couple of nights ago, I showed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, to my wife – she loved it (of course!) Tonight, we watched ST3. I remember when I was younger, this movie was in contention for my favourite Star Trek movie, but it had been an age since I’d last seen it. I remember now why I loved it so much. I know folk are mostly teasing when they poke fun at Shatner, but my god, I always love his performance as James Tiberius Kirk. I’m not about to do a review, but for the love of all that is holy, watch that movie again people (or for the first time)

Well, th-th-th-th-that’s all folks!

I’m off to do the Wrestling Show with Doug!

Live Long and Prosper.

-Marsh

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