Thursday, September 25, 2008

Death Dealer

Someone once asked me how I could possibly spend so much time writing about death and the animals who bring it to the unsuspecting masses. After all, I appear to be quite the friendly, stable person. I have a smile for most everyone and I often go out of my way to help those in need. In short, it seems I just don’t fit the image of a person with such horrible characters running around in my head.

I suppose I should feel flattered… I think.

I do not write about these things because I’m a dark person. I have no brooding soul. The things I write about come with the mother of all safety nets…they are purely fictional. I get to create an environment with all of the adrenaline rushing thrill (if I’ve done my job correctly) of jumping from a tower. The ground comes rushing at you. You see each object below with growing clarity. You are in the moment…lost to the sound of your pounding heart. Doubt tugs at the edges of your soul. You see the point of impact; you’ve marked your spot, but before you splatter and bounce, the tension on your left leg increases. Slowly at first, the grip of the bungee cord becomes incessant before you jerked back through the air and out of harm’s embrace.

No, I write what I do, because it offers an escape, a glimpse into a world I have no desire to be part of in real life. If the things I wrote about were true, I would surely end my days by dining on a bullet. Whose sanity could remain whole under such conditions? It’s just entertainment.

Are you not entertained?

3 comments:

  1. It may or may not be the truth. Some of the stories you tell, could well be the part of other's life ( even if they are not of your own) & deny however much you may, you know it is the truth.
    I am not saying that you are doing anything wrong. On the contrary, you are doing a great service to humanity in exposing the truth via an interesting medium and a genre.

    This not only creates a general awareness, but creates a sense of goodwill for the fellow human in putting forwards the dangers that they may be exposed to ( the dangers, not only from outside exposure, but mainly, the dangers that might come from within)

    To be able to make people 'see' is to be able to solve about half the problem!

    And yes, entertained we are. You are special in that you are able to create so much Awareness through a classic medium of Art!

    You are a true artist!

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  2. Excellent point James. A lot of readers have the misconception that authors live the lives of the characters in our books. But for some of us, it's so liberating to have the adventures in words, and a sane real life!

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  3. Well, I don't know where my comment went. Darn, it was a good one too! Excellent blog, James.

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