Meta-Man Special Page 9
Page 9! If you’ve been reading the blog, then you know that I had a nice post I was writing yesterday, which I realized I was about to post up the wrong page, getting ahead of myself. Well here’s that page.
Science Fiction and its subsequent sub-genres is one of the few places in art where the little people are truly given a voice. Now I know 2 Broke Girls stars 2 Broke Girls, but no matter the instance there, it’s focused on those 2′s stories, the main characters (not that I’ve watched it, but I’m assuming based on trends of similar shows in the genre). It really took Sci-Fi to show how the main characters impact the lives of others, the little people. It was the episode “Lower Decks”, where we learned what happens to people with this whirlwind of Picard and Riker and Troi and Worf and Crusher, and it was pretty intriguing. Babylon 5 took that concept a step further with the episode “Into The Gallery” which showed the lives of maintenance workers. And boy were they hilarious and witty. Well, the closest thing in comic form to that sort of thing is to show henchmen talking, another rarity. Sure we get the HAIL HYDRA! occasionally, and then of course the occasional off-beat comic that shows a person becoming a thief or whatnot because their relative has cancer or a heart condition and they just need to make a buck, but we rarely see what happens when two people are just standing there, guarding something. Well, they chat and gossip. That’s what people do. So I thought that’d be fun to do in this book. I like to develop people as characters, not just plot devices. Until they get their butts kicked, at least.
Now there’s the old adage, “write what you know.” And though this seems like a ridiculous, gossipy story, I actually overheard someone talking about this happening to them once. It struck me, and is one of those few random things I’ve overheard that I’ll remember for life. This actually is the second time I’ve used a variation on this story, the first of which is in a short prose piece called “Crisis Counseling,” which I’m pleased to announce has been sold and will be coming out sometime next year from Zharmae Press (They also bought another short from me, “The Romance Chip”, that just came out. I’d love if you support them! http://www.freewebstore.org/Zharmae-Publishing-Press/Irony_of_Survival_-_Ebook/p1579554_9558239.aspx Here’s the e-book, and there’s a link to the physical book below that on the page there. It’s also available on the B&N nook store if you look up Irony of Survival).
I liked this story about being abandoned by a wife for a pretty obvious reason, because it’s a nice mirror of our hero who’s abandoning his wife to take care of these henchmen. Pulllll on your heartstrings!
So there’s your hard-thought writing info for the week.
How are you enjoying the Meta-Man Special so far?