Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Ok. So we're talking about theme this week. One thing that I'm working on in my own work as well as revising this short story is using Big Voice to buttress my story's theme. Sugar Rum Halloween is the story of a young reluctant exorcist, who doesn't believe in her family church's rhetoric, but can't come up with a better explanation for the crazy things she witness until she meets a young airforce chaplain. I wrote this story in 2003. Then workshopped it last year. I'm revising it now for a short story submission.
Big Voice in fiction is like rants in movies and asides in plays. Think Tom Cruise circa Jerry McGuire: "We live in a cynical world..." speech before he says "you complete me." This is the part of the story when we get to let our characters tell us about how they see the world. We don't have to agree with it, but now we get there point of view. We-readers-understand why they the did the things they did and we also get to view the theme of the story at a different angle. In Jerry McGuire the largest thread is the dichotmous relationship with sport psychology and love. In Sugar Rum Halloween it is black spiritualism and love. What is your story's theme? And what does your protaganist say in your story that would help me understand them?
Come to the discussion board and let's talk about it.
Ok. So I've been feening for Charlie Brown, since Halloween. Received my Harper Collins new release promo and almost flipped over myself. Let me tell you what's in this collection. 192 pages of :
- Original animation art
- Interviews with Bill Melendez and the original child actors of the Peanut gang
- The complete script
- production notes
- Original score
- "Christmas Time is Here" Sheet music(great for a Christmas play)
- a flip book animation on the corner of the pages
Ooh. A heap of good stuff is in this collection. It won't fit in my christmas stocking, but it can be UPS shipped. (Hint, hint)