On Post: World Waits for You
Date: January 11
I really like this piece but it also really frustrates me. Some of my ideas benefit from the short quick format because they honestly probably could not stand up if they were carried out further. Wake Up Bomb springs to mind here as to go further with would have required me to really get into the future speak and I’m just not sure I’d be up for the task.
This story, though, I feel like would have benefitted with more time/space to spread. I could deepened the weirdness of it and the sense that this is running down the borders of our world at all times if we could just concentrate enough to see it. I could have shown Glen’s development in his role more, evolved his relationship to Mr. Perez, shown how his new job affected the rest of his life, and so on. But to hit the beats I wanted, the ad, the interview, Glen on the job, I had to sacrifice the richness because I simply couldn’t write a book in the time I had and it would not have made sense in the format of The January Project. But that doesn’t stop me from seeing what could’ve been. And hey, perhaps will be someday.
The idea came purely from the lyrical content and I was locked into that from pretty much line two of the song. I just loved the idea of someone being chosen to break the bad news to the world, but didn’t want it to be big Bruckheimer bad news. And since my bad news is not necessarily yours, I imagined it would be an individual thing, so a team of these guys would make sense. And how would they recruit? Why Craigslist, of course.
Oh, and I was obviously still in the economic inopportunity state of mind from Capital G as I couldn’t help but talk about Glen’s unemployment here.
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