Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lock and Load

Bo Fexler has a past. I have no intention of sitting down and explaining her past, in the novel or otherwise. She maintains that she doesn't like to talk about it. But I do refer to it in snippets and lines. Things that give glimpses and show a backstory without stopping the current story to extrapolate.

It's like that one line from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Han Solo announces that he's leaving. Leia thought he'd changed his mind. To which, Han replies, "Well, that bounty hunter on Ord Mandel changed my mind." A single line. No further explanation. But yet, the audience gets loads from that one line. They were on Ord Mandel. Han ran into a bounty hunter-- I even conclude that it was an unpleasant and dangerous exchange. And it affected him. So much information is so small of a line.

Loaded lines. Even more potent than loaded words.

  • Story in progress: Hit Woman
  • Current Song: Here Comes the Sun, by the Beatles. (And maybe someday soon the sun will come out here in the Mitten-shaped state!)


pattinase (abbott) said...

Pretty damned cold here but a bit sunny. It could be worse and probably will be soon.

socalledauthor said...

It actually hasn't been that cold this winter... which is why we had so very much snow. I think I like the bitter, bone chilling cold more than ever-renewing mountains of snow. Ah well, at least the snow is melting and spring will come eventually.