The Enemy


Today’s breakthrough in my writer’s block is courtesy of Sully Erna, frontman of Godsmack, more specifically his song “The Enemy.” I’ve got a bunch of new characters to draw up now, and I have to decide their lifespans. Some will be like the red shirt guys on Star Trek (they’re always the ones that get killed), but some I think I will need to keep around for future scenes. I even re-watched “xXx” (Triple X) the other night, which I think is really fun (Vin Diesel kills me – “Stop thinking Prague PD, start thinking Nintendo: Blow stuff up!”) and had high hopes for it getting some neurons to fire, but nope, nada, zilch this time. It’s weird the things that will trigger something in my brain. I knew I needed a harder, edgier tone than I’d been letting this thing slide into, but couldn’t quite seem to get into the groove. This holds much promise. I still might need to blow stuff up so don’t go anywhere, Vin.

:::creaking gears spinning into action:::

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7 thoughts on “The Enemy

  1. When I saw your headline, I automatically thought of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed his plane on the Hudson River and saved the entire crew, all the passengers, and who knows how many hundreds of New Yorkers. Not exactly badass, but he is MY kinda action hero !!!

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  2. Oh yeah, I forgot about him 🙂

    I’m not really in need of a hero archetype just now, I’m introducing some conflict and needed some more 3-dimensional characters. For some reason that song really triggered some ideas today. Not like I haven’t listened to it plenty before, but today it just clicked into place.

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    1. Isn’t it funny how you can hear a song a million times, and then one day it EXACTLY expresses something you’ve thought or witnessed or lived thru? The Roches recorded a little-known song called “Big Nuthin’ ” which is, essentially, about the incredible lightness of spirit you feel upon recognizing that a failed relationship isn’t worth another minute’s thought. It’s always been a great little tune, but when I was younger, I took it literally as being about romantic relationships. As I grow older, however, I’ve experienced SO MANY “Big Nuthin’ ” moments when I learned to drop all sorts of baggage and burdens overboard, where they’ll never be found and never be missed.

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      1. Yep, hard to say where inspiration will come from. It’s been more elusive than usual lately, I must have neglected to pay my Muse bill.

        I’ve had a few of those “Big Nuthin'” moments, they’re awfully freeing.

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  3. “I’ve got a bunch of new characters to draw up now, and I have to decide their lifespans. Some will be like the red shirt guys on Star Trek (they’re always the ones that get killed),”

    Yeah. Because they didn’t listen to all the viewers screaming, “Don’t go behind the paper rock where the weird moaning is coming from, ya idiot!”

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  4. Heh, kind of like with horror movies and you just KNOW they shouldn’t turn that corner in the house, or open that door… and who goes in the basement after finding dead bodies strewn about?

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