Friday, September 2, 2016

Bear Shoots Down Airplane


It is officially called "a psychological thriller."
Fair enough. But if you see the Bear riding his unicycle, winking
and juggling hand grenades, that would not be entirely inaccurate, either.



The Airplane that just Vanished

As you know, and probably couldn't care less, the Bear is juggling this disreputable ephemeris with a dubious novel about love and marriage with a whiff of cordite. And brimstone. Last night at about midnight, he was seized by the conviction that one of his favorite chapters, "Ambush at 4000 Feet," had to go.

(No, it was not about Pope Francis prematurely beginning a presser shortly after takeoff.)

So he roused himself, dragged his laptop from under the bed where it enjoys a few hours rest every night, and deleted everything but a conflict scene. Bear might as well tell you about it now. It was a great sequence where the protagonist, his long-suffering boss, his unwilling wife, his... um... well, not exactly sure myself, and his brilliant 15-year-old son steal his wife's... er... gentleman friend's airplane.

It had humor, tension, and was accurate, thanks in part to the help of one of the Woodland Creatures who drives something much more fun than a Cessna for a living. The Bear had a blast writing it, because, you see, the Bear has to live through everything he writes, and he loves stealing small airplanes for joyrides. (Most Bears do.) Or would, if he ever still did it. His flying days got cut short by- but that's another story. (We call it "the incident.")


"Contact!"

"So, why did you get rid of it?" The Bear hears both of his readers still with him at this point ask.

Because the risk of stealing an airplane was not justified by the relatively short amount of time it would save over driving.

In other words, it was implausible.

The Bear has discovered that writing a novel for the fun of it is a different proposition than writing a novel for a market. It is no longer about pleasing the Bear. It is back to the story of the Bear's life. Perform for the humans, and if you make them happy, they will throw fish at you. So all the little self-indulgent joyrides - figuratively and literally speaking - have to go. 

Except for the biggest joyride of them all; the one that causes Red Death to deliver blunt force trauma to the Bear at unpredictable intervals.

What's it like? It is officially called "a psychological thriller." Fair enough. But if you see the Bear riding his unicycle, winking and juggling hand grenades, that would not be entirely inaccurate, either.

5 comments:

  1. Bear, I just love your writing, really truly. I look forward to the book coming out!
    By the way, how do you like the way Bill Murray has represented you in Jungle Book? We watched it last night, despite our dislike of contemporary-Disney, and thought it was EXCELLENT in every way. In our opinion Jungle Book is a tour de force, actually faithful to the original yet interesting and very fun in it's own way. Well worth seeing!

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    1. I do too! Maybe I'll get my life back. I thought the new Jungle Book was perfect. And Bill Murray didn't portray me, so much as he portrayed Bill Murray. Which was perfect. I loved all the screen time Bill Murray Bear got. He makes a great Bear.

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  2. Just threw you a small fish Bear. I would like to issue the Great September Challenge to others to do the same! :) Of course it doesn't have to be small!

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    1. That is very kind of you. The Bear is fortunate in having generous friends who throw fish when they like the Bear's show.

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  3. Now I have a zombie airplane everywhere. Bad as that stupid zombie dog. Barley will be flying Ben's airplane before it's over.

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