I’ve given quite a bit of thought to the broad strokes of my idea of a displaced Earthman finding himself on the golden ringed planet far from his home. Unfortunately for me, the broad strokes of a story idea is all I usually end up with. It’s the smaller moments– the character moments and construction– that I find myself frozen up about. I’m sure if I actually sat down and started to write some of this stuff out, it would begin to flow from me pretty easily. I recall…. what must be about 5 years ago now…. that Todd and I were discussing possible ideas for another TELLOS story arc. I remember Todd talking about the possibility of introducing a new character– a rebellious young girl who could end up a playing a pivotal role in a new story. She would represent a way of reintroducing our cast and also becoming an important part of the overall story. That was about all Todd had at that moment. I remember saying I would do some character designs and begin to perhaps flesh out some ideas in writing for the beginning of the new story arc. I sat down to my computer and began to write… and before I knew it, I had pages and pages of character descriptions and the outline of the introductions to these characters and how they would impact the beginning of our new story. The writing began to come to me very easily– so easily I was thrilled and quite surprised. Unfortunately, all that writing was on the hard drive of my old computer… my Mac G4 tower… that died a very gruesome death, and I never made backups. Fortunately, Todd and I remember most of the details, so it’s easily recreated for future use.
All that is to say that one day, when I have the time, I’ll sit down and begin to flesh out the story for the man from Earth who finds himself on far away Saturn, embroiled in a struggle for the throne of the greatest kingdom on that distant world. In the mean time, though…. I had a flash of an image of … for now I’ll call him Jesse– having borrowed a flyer, standing on a rocky peak, trying to come to terms with the events that have led him to this point. Just a small moment in what I hope is a big, epic story that will one day come to fruition… but a moment I really wanted to draw.
OK… that’s it for the beginning of another week.
This is Entry 410.