ODOP: Martin Shade Reports

I suspect the reason my current novel project is going so slowly and poorly is that I keep falling in love with each character in turn. This one, Shade, was initially conceived solely to be a bit of a vain and silly bastard: it was an actual plot point that sensible, hot-blooded people would find him irritating. Ah, it’s the best-laid plans that always suck…

Lately I’ve been fiddling with a novella from his PoV and he’s gotten frighteningly complex. As you can see below, my materialistic friend is in fact a bit of a repressed mystic.

You have to know when to give if the gods are fond of
twirling your life like a pen when they’re bored.
I’m bored. I’m bored with trying and fighting.
Bored with pride and resistance. And yet
I’ll do it again tomorrow once this passes.

But as of yesterday I gave. Got on the
floor where I belong. Eyes on the
ceiling where nothing is. And nothing so
strong it is something. Take it from me.
There is no drug like pain. I saw myriad flying things.

Copyright 2010 Jobey George


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