Cardinal Sin

I’ve committed a Cardinal Sin.

I changed my main character’s motivation in mid-story, and it stopped the progress dead cold. Don’t do that, ever. Even if you’re trying to do a greater good. Get out of the way and let your characters speak.

After several months of wrestling for special dispensation from the Writing Angels, I’m tapping out. It’s been a while since I’ve posted an installment of the current story, and I’m giving up forcing the issue. I’ve decided to listen to the characters and do what they’re telling me.

After all, when we come to a fork in the road, we should never change metaphors in mid-stream, right? This post-as-I-write approach sometimes bites me in the tenderloin, and this time it has ripped raw meat from my nether regions.

Intellectually, I know to not deviate from the established flight path. Still, I do. You’d think after some gashes and stitches, I’d learn. At least you’d think I’d learn to not over-share about my nether regions.

This blog has always been experimental. I tend to post unrefined works of visual and written art almost as often as I present smooth final edits. I like the raw aspect of unfinished work being put out there, and the feeling of, “Oh crap! Did I just… ?”

When I’m tapping out, I like to wax philosophical. It’s a nices face-saving smoke screen. I started this current story last year, but what is time, really? After what I stated above, I can’t rightfully claim that time simply got away from me. That would imply that I once held time close, like a puppy squirming to get down. Time is no puppy. It is a four-letter word.

Many great minds have struggled to define time, or label it. Albert Einstein once called time an illusion. Dave Barry called time the most mysterious substance in the universe except for Velcro. Perhaps, time is best summed up by the greatest philosopher of all:

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon
December is here before it’s June
My goodness how time has flewn
How did it get so late so soon?
– Dr. Seuss

The next installment of the current story will be out tomorrow. The series will conclude on Monday, February 20th. What happens after that (and afterwards) is already done. I just need to get out of the way of what is to be done in the present.