After about four of five years of work, I came out the other end and was excited about my magnificent story. It was sure to blow minds. Then I read it. Ugh! I failed. Still, along the way, I experienced many feelings of accomplishment. Refusing to give up, knowing full well that the story was peppered with juicy bits of brilliance, I decided I was going to break up what had become an 1,100 page first Draft (Yes 1,100 pages of 'What the Hell was I thinking!') and turn it into a trilogy. It worked for George Lucas right? Why not me?
Thus began the long journey again. Upon completion of writing the first third, I had the same experience. Ups and downs. Highs and lows. And still, at the end, I knew it wasn't ready.
About this time, I heard George Lucas was working on Star Wars, "The Phantom Menace" and reveled in the idea of seeing how Darth Vader became who he was. Also, I had begun reading Joseph Campbell, one of Lucas's mentors. These two things led me to great revelations. First off, reading Joseph Campbell opened my mind and revealed to me the depth that I needed to create to achieve my message. Also, upon watching Episode I, "The Phantom Menace" I realized I didn't want to back-peddle with my story. It became apparent to me that George Lucas was limited in how he could tell his tale because of the limits of the back-story from his first and ultimately superior Trilogy.
|An Original Master Piece|
For so long I had existed and written about the tail end of my world. I knew the characters, their history, and what happened to them. With this knowledge, I decided I didn't want to pull a George Lucas and create my best work first, only to compromise my creative license in the end, I had to go back to the beginning and start there. Novel idea? This marked the beginning of, "Parallel Earth: Advent of Evil."
|There is no redemption for his creation!|
Nearing completion on what has become the book One of Seven, I knew I had made the right choice. Of coarse years have passed. Life has happened. I now have two daughters. My wife and I have been together sin '96 and my perspective on life has changed. Life itself, and the process thereof, has now lent itself to the process. The messages in the story do not ring hollow. Like all great mythology, the stories are rooted to my relationship of the experience of the individual to the world in which they live. To me Parallel Earth is a matter of the historical and factual experience that my life has become. Just as we come into maturity over years of living, so too has my understanding of what it means to be alive. My MYTHOLOGY, the tales that unfold in Parallel Earth, stands as a testament of my own maturity and my relationship to this world. I do not wish for my tales to regress into adolescence as Star Wars had. I would rather them age with wisdom and maturity as we are all destine to do ourselves.
P.S. Sorry about the long post. I look forward to your comments. Hope you enjoyed it.