D: Who is behind the curtain?
D: But – are you accusing me of being a hack who subs sawdust for brains?
A: You’re rather attached to that reference, aren’t you?
D: It comes in so well with you.
D: That’s it?
A: Just not feelin’ it today, D. It was either this, or rant about darling killing and how much I want to rip Part 2 to shreds right now because I can’t get the kids to Dublin in any fashion that resembles believable.
D: Believable? From you, A? Honestly, woman. I have four words for you: Time-Traveling Pict Druid.
A: Yeah, and?
D: You blog with a figment of your imagination.
A: . . .
D: Believability ain’t got nuthin’ on you, to paraphrase my favorite hillbilly bounty hunter.
A: Really? Your favorite?
D: Considering that ‘A the Bounty Hunter’ is the only hillbilly bounty hunter I know, yeah, I think so.
A: Gee, D – that’s the nicest thing you could have said to me!
D: You have some very strange ideas on what ‘nice’ is, A.
A: Consider the source.
D: . . . Fair enough. Just do this old Druid a favor, please?
D: Have fun with this story. If you do – then like as not, so will everyone else.
A: I’m not even going to ask what you did with my Druid. You’re calmer, older, timey-wimey D, aren’t you?
D: Shhh. Don’t ruin the moment, A.
A: Cheers, D.
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen: every once in a while, the Druid has something decent to say. I’ve done three iterations of this ‘dialogue’ – all with the reproach to keep it fun. It’s something I need to remember for the introduction to 1916 Dublin. An uprising timed to piss off the Brits in the midst of WWI isn’t really lighthearted fare, but over-thinking on my part is really going to kill the momentum for the story. So, that’s what I’m doing right now – I have at least three different versions of the six chapters in question . . . and this is why beta readers and sounding boards are so very important!
Anything to which you give the greater part of your heart can sometimes swallow your reason, too. What do you find most difficult to remember – even as it is necessary – when in the process of creating something ?