I was going to talk about how crappy this draft was––but shoot! You can just read it. Instead I want to discuss the ending of the new X-men film. Now, there will be spoilers. And just to make sure you know that there will be spoilers I have constructed a special “spoilers” header to tell you that they’re coming:
There, isn’t that obnoxious and helpful? Don’t worry; at no point in any fictitious work does Batman chop Vegeta in half with Squall’s gunblade.
Now the ending. It is the ending that so many time travel stories have: one event in the past is changed and the “naughty” future is erased. Hey! That’s great, right? Well, yeah. But the problem is that SO much of what I’ve just experienced never occurred! And in the case of Days of Future Past entire FILMS just got erased! What in the world? I feel cheated! What weight do any of those events and deaths carry if they’re all retconned!?
Wolverine had to KILL Jean Grey in one of the movies. But now she’s alive! That dramatic scene where Wolvy was the only one that could slay his out-of-control dream girl? Pffffft. Gone. Now he gets tied up by Magneto and dumped in a river.
THIS is why I wrote Abandonment Party 2 the way that I did: I wanted a different kind of time travel story. I wanted everything that the reader experienced to matter.
I still enjoyed X Men: Days of Future Past. And despite my complaining, I still nodded and smiled when I saw ol’ Cyclops again. And young Magneto is an amazing villain. Why didn’t they have his theme music from X Men: First Class, though!? I use it in my playlists and I wanted some more variations!! Curses! Curses!
Hear that? When you levitate a frickin’ baseball stadium and slam it into the White House THAT is the music you need to be playing! >:(
Kim, I notice you haven’t sent me any of your sure-fire publishing tips yet. What’s wrong? Is it because I make constant jokes at your expense? No, it can’t be that. Ah! I see. We’re on the internet, right? I keep forgetting how things are done in this age of “tweets” and “likes” and all that crap.
::clears throat:: Kim, please tell me your most worthy secrets! I will gladly check your Twitter at https://twitter.com/byKimAHoward for any advice! Or perhaps you can tell me all about what you’ve learned on your amazing blog over at http://kimberlyahoward.com! I also liked your Facebook page and sent five dollars to your Paypal account.
I’ll shut up now before I lose all hope of receiving a real answer, ha,ha. On to chapter 2!
Well! It seems my offhand comment about not knowing anything about publishing has drawn some attention. Kim, my silly but dear friend, has offered to teach me what she’s learned!
Of course, I still believe that writing is fun no matter what other people think of it. Even if no one ever buys my work I will still write! I will write until every story I want to tell is completed! As it says in Ecclesiastes 9:5 –
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.”
See that, Kim? Some day we’ll be dead! And it doesn’t matter if a publisher has printed our work or not–if we haven’t written our stories by the time we die then they will never be finished! And it’s not like I’ll want to sit down and write in Heaven. Are you kidding me? I’m going to be playing Diablo with Moses. I’ll bet his Witch Doctor is pretty geared up.
So enough delays! Let the crappy first draft of chapter one of Abandonment Party 3 begin! Continue reading →