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One more time

August 13, 2012
Posted at 8:32 am

I'm giving another shot at posting Future Girl. It is still in two chapters, but I posted them both.

When I attempted to post it last Monday, I was a little distracted by some problems with the mechanics of the presentation, and didn't pay that much attention to one of the comments that was made. That comment was that this story is version two of The Perfect Visitor, another story I posted.

But as the week went by, and I did have time to think about that comment, it generated some interesting thoughts.

Are the two stories similar?

Absolutely. They are both Peaches Stories. Both were written for her. Both are about her and Bob "getting together." In both of them, they meet, and separate and she comes back. And, in both of them, they have the fairy tale ending. There are other similarities, but I don't want to ruin it for you.

Here's what's funny about that, though.

I wrote The Perfect Visitor in December of 2010. Then I took a year off to write longer stories. That turned into being a year of publishing books, though, so I was editing more than writing.

And when I decided to knock off Future Girl, that previous story was not anywhere in my mind.

In other words, this story is not another version of The Perfect Visitor. And I know this, because I do write multiple version stories, as many people know.

So how did this happen? And does it mean that I'm out of original ideas?

Well, it just so happens that last night, I happened upon a TED lecture that I hadn't seen yet. If you don't know what TED lectures are, you need to explore that, because they enrich your life in amazing ways.

In fact, I'm going to give you the link so you can see this particular lecture yourself. It speaks to originality in art.

Its basic premise is that there isn't any.

And it describes perfectly how I find the ideas that I write about.

Here's the link. You can copy it and paste it into your browser's web address box:

So please take the five or so minutes it takes to watch this little presentation. And the next time you read something and think "Have I already read this?" you'll have some idea of why you might be feeling that way.

Sorry for all the posting problems last week. Maybe this week's presentation will be a little better.