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It's good when the author has to apologize to a character

March 10, 2014
Posted at 8:37 am

Looking at my last post, I didn't mean to suggest that Carol didn't have thoughts. I meant that the character, and for that matter Curt, are taking on lives of their own in the story. When the characters start speaking to the author, the writing is going very well.

Now, that isn't to say that the real-world Carol, the model for the character, shared a lot of thoughts with me in the real world. I will say that she was a cheerleader, but, while she stayed in her social set, she was among the few that always was courteous and kind to the nerds. In the pictures from the 40th high school class reunion, she has changed, but not completely -- although I'm amazed that some others look very much the same.

Many of the story action is drawn from real events and people from the seventies, but I'm not going to be obsessive about it. I was vague about how music was being produced in the apartment. There won't be the full Internet, but I will have some computers more available than the large room systems I used. I may take some liberties with the Vietnam War, but the chances are that only experts will see them.