Karen - - -
It is true, sometimes, that getting started is the hardest part, but once I get going, the character almost writes himself.
As far as people telling me that Alex is me - - - well, maybe just a little bit. . .but for the most part he is a compilation of all the 'characters' I have encountered in my life. No, my mother isn't a trouble-maker and I definitely didn't turn tricks (like Alex). But, who knows? Ha-Ha!!! Just kidding!
Now, for that anonymous faxer, I think I know someone like him. . .at least the images that you have created makes me think that I know this guy. . .keep up the fabulous work!!!!
> Well, it is satisfying for see folks jumping
> into the fray.
> Two writers have mentioned that their characters
> begin to take on lives of their own. I think that
> is a sign of very good writing, or, at least, very
> good thinking about writing.
> Having examined characters from the writer's,
> actor's and, er, faxer's point of view, I truly
> believe that we create real living creatures. The
> faxer certainly has taken some twists and turns
> since he was assigned to me by Olga and Christopher
> in the summer of 1996. The assignment was part taking
> advantage of my photoshop skills and part "text
> relief" for the site.
> The faxer began as sort of a stalker (witness
> my clumsy first fax), but then slowly developed
> into a sad and rather sympathetic character. My
> true regret is that I resorted to eMails with Dr.
> Balis. I think his story could have been better
> told by faxes.
> As for those of you who keep telling people
> that your character is a lot like you--knock it
> off!! People assume the same about me and I can
> assure you that I am not Gay man with transexual
> dillusions . . .not that there is anything wrong
> with that ;-)
> I can't remember who said "Writing is
> easy, you just stare at a blank piece of paper until
> small beads of blood begin to form on your forehead".
> I believe it means that once the story is launched
> it flows, occaisionally out of control, but it developes
> it's own natural gait. Getting started, however,
> is more painful than a root canal given by a gorilla
> on steroids.
> Actually, that quote has nothing to do with
> my point, but it is a bitchin' quote . . . for five
> points, who the heck said that?