Hi! J here. I know, it’s been a week already and you are sick of hurricane stories. I can’t help it! I’m Saturday’s Scribe. I haven’t had a chance to weigh in yet. So stick with me a minute.
I love adventure stories which comes as no surprise since that what I write. I like all kinds of adventures: those that come with a romance (time travels – what bigger adventure could there be?) and those that don’t (thrillers and who-done-it types). And like many people, I love disaster stories. Movies of global disaster like Deep Impact, Armageddon, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow. Or movies of smaller disasters like The Poseidon Adventure, Twister, Dante’s Peak, Volcano. And books like Jess Anderson’s Nightkeepers series, the Left Behind series (well, the first 8 at least…) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, The Stand by Steven King. I love them all!
In fact, my earliest stories, created to amuse myself on the mile walk home from Illing Junior High School, centered around disasters. What would I do if a freak blizzard left me stranded all alone for weeks at the local strip mall? How would I survive? Who should I miraculously rescue to keep me company? Might there be kissing? Hey – I was 13…
It’s not much of a leap from those imaginings to The Cordovan Vault where a pair of 14-year-olds find their world flipped on its end and have to scramble to survive. Look for The Peacock Tale: Book 2 in the Livingston-Wexford Adventures on October 18th.
As storms go, hurricane Irene was a bust for me (our power didn’t even blink and the wind was no stronger than anything we see in a normal storm) but it got me thinking about personal disasters like that of Hurricane Carter. Click here to hear Bob Dylan’s great song about it and if you haven’t seen it, Denzel Washington starred in a wonderful movie about that travesty.
But whether fictional or based on true events, the personal disaster is at the core of many stories, across many genres, including my own. Hopefully I’ve managed to develop a more sophisticated tale than I dreamed up when I was in 9th grade, but at its heart, my tale is a disaster story.
Today’s Secret: next time you are stumped about where your story should go, consider writing in a disaster. What could/would/should happen if that freak blizzard strikes, or if an innocent man minding his own business is mistaken for a criminal.
Today’s Question: what’s your favorite disaster movie? I like the personal disaster Steath, starring my fav Josh Lucas.