Last Car Aboard

Normally, starting a blog article with a title and a photo dooms me to writers’ block.  Not so this time.  The above photo illustrates in vivid reality what a truly remarkable stroke of luck I came upon yesterday morning.

Notice my grey Jetta tucked snuggly into the starboard-stern of the ferry.  I was the last car to load.  I made the cutoff with mere inches to spare.  Given my previous ferry experience, I was super duper pleased with the outcome.

After parking I stepped out to see how close it really was and I laughed out loud.  The space between my bumper and the tailgate of the truck in front of me was about three inches.  Same on the back end of my car.  There’s a metaphor in there somewhere, I just haven’t figured it out yet.

I wrote the first scene for ‘Highwaymen’ while camping in Nanaimo.  After re-reading it today, I must say, I’m pleased.  I’ve sketched out where I think this story’s going, but I keep second guessing myself.  Is this going to be a sit-com or a one hour dramedy series?  My original vision for having this be a low budget SCN sized series has evaporated.  There’s some serious themes that I’d like to explore and the 24 minute sit-com format may be too limiting.  It might be easier on an audience to be a drama with funny parts (Desperate Housewives, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) than to be a sit-com with serious parts, (MASH, Barney Miller).

[about a half hour passes]

Okay.  So maybe this could be a sit-com after all.  I just youtubed some old Barney Miller episodes then re-read my ‘Highwaymen’ scene.  Strong story telling and rich characters will trump the format’s limitations.  I think.

We’ll see how much I can cram into six 24 minute episodes.

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