“If you remember the 60’s you weren’t there.” – Robin Williams (A few others have been credited with the quote, but no one seems to remember who said it first. I guess they were all from the 60’s).
I don’t remember the 60’s because I wasn’t born yet. However, as I work on self-editing The Ash Garden, I’m consistently held back by memory flashbacks. They’re not bad, most are rather funny. This is the disadvantage of writing a story that’s based on my own experiences. Again, the flashbacks aren’t bad, but they do cause me to pause a lot and say to myself, “Oh, yeah, I remember when that happened.” And then I have to mentally force myself to get back into the frame of mind for the story. You know, the zone
So I decided to share the memories that readers will recognize in The Ash Garden whenever it’s published.
Years and years ago, I was hanging out with friends. One guy, a friend of a friend, was also a drug dealer. We were all stoned AF. So me being stoned, I asked him, “How did you become a drug dealer?” I thought it was an ordinary question at the time, just making conversation.
He gave me a weird look and replied, “I kinda fell into it.”
We all laughed hysterically. You fell into it? What happened? Did you trip over a baggie of weed? How does that work? We couldn’t stop laughing.
The drug dealer’s reply is used in Chapter 3 of The Ash Garden. Every time I think about that one line “I kinda fell into it” I laugh and laugh. It’s still the funniest thing to me.
I guess you had to be there. I’ll post more memories as I think of them.
I’ve been also thinking about the cover preview for The Ash Garden. I like the concept, but it still feels empty to me. So I’ve been thinking about incorporating the apple tree illustration that will be in Chapter 3.
Something like using the thorny vines I designed around the stage for the apple tree. It makes sense in my head.
Here’s a quote that will before the apple tree image, just to give you a bit of context.
“Go ahead and dance around the apple tree, maybe it will drop a clue or two.” – The Ash Garden, Chapter 3
Funny how I can explain parts of the writing process, but damned if I can explain the art process.