Sept the Third (cont’d)
Well, I have some good news and some bad news, me cully. Which would you like first?
That’s a rhetorical question, of course you want the bad news first. Otherwise the good news wouldn’t be good news by comparison, it would just be… news, I guess. Anyway, here goes.
The Bad News
After writing the beautiful first line of my novel, the ultimate homage to my literary hero Mister Stephen King, I proceeded to not write a single further word.
Not a single fucking one.
But that’s okay; the idea is a big one, so it only makes sense that it’ll take a while to come through from that mysterious other world where stories dwell before they’re written down. The rest will come to me in due time. Not today, of course, because today is over, which brings me to…
The Good News
I faced my fears today, Journal. I returned to The True Commons, and it was absolutely fine.
I couldn’t drive there because my folks somehow managed to snag my keys and hide them from me, but considering how writer’s block snagged me and wouldn’t let me go after the first, like, ten seconds of writing, I had time. So I walked. It was a long walk, a very hilly walk, and the sun is a lot brighter than I remember it being before I hit my head, but I didn’t need sunglasses. Probably has more to do with the fact that I’ve been spending the majority of my time inside over the past few days. The walk was good, though. No rustling in the woods, no delusions about my life being the Dark Tower books, no bigfoots throwing sticks at me. It was just a meditative, borderline therapeutic walk amongst nature. I very much enjoyed it.
Also, to place the cherry on this cake of news, I think I have the title for my novel. I know, kind of sloppy to title it before the actual story is written – especially considering how I don’t actually know what it’s going to be about – but I have a general gist of it. Albey the Mad Poet is following Gobon through the endless wood, and somehow or another, he’s going to come across a cabin. He’ll stay in the cabin, because when he finds it he’ll have been wandering through the endless wood without any food or shelter or anything, and there’ll be a bigfoot(s) in the wood, and they’ll torment him and scare him until he finally has enough and faces his fears.
Now, are you ready for the title? Because it’s goddamn perfect, Journal. Ready??? ARE YOU READY?!?!?
The Face of Fear
BOOM!!! Because, like, Albey is facing his fear, and also, as far as backwoods life goes, bigfoot is, like, the worst-case scenario. Sure, getting mauled by a bear or mutilated by a mountain lion would suck, but to be hunted by a bigfoot? That’s a fate worse than death itself! So, in that way, bigfoot is literally the face of fear, bigfoot is backwoods fear manifested in physical form, and it has a face, an almost human-like face. A face which drives fear into the hearts of those who see it.
The Face of Fear. It’s perfect, it’s sooo perfect, because when I was younger and me and Keaton and C/Karl were still going on our adventures in The Hillside Commons, I would make up all the monsters we would face, and they would always be inspired by my fears. It’s just so perfect, Journal. That’s why I’m not really bothered by the fact that I only got the first line down today – the idea is revealing itself to me a little bit at a time, at its own pace. And I’m totally okay with it.
After all, what choice do I have? It’s not my idea, it’s just an idea. An idea that chose me. Who am I to force it?
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Dang, Journal. Even though today didn’t go quite how I wanted it to, I still had a good day. Does anything else matter? I certainly don’t think so. But I’m tired now, and this wound up being a lot longer than I thought it was going to be. So I’m’a sleep.
Say thankya, Journal. ‘Preciate ya. Good sleeps and good dreams~
Hello Commons, this has been the next journal entry from Untitled Bigfoot Project, a novel about a writer who writes a novel about bigfoot.
Untitled Bigfoot Project is part of the Third Spiral, an anthology of sorts called The Here and Now which is comprised of stories told from the various planes of Existence.
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