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* - Captain Hellion surveys the main deck of the Revenge. Off to one side stands the ramshackle bar 2nd Chance mans when she’s aboard. At one side stands Sin, the monkey lounging at her shoulder. Chance and Sin are huddled together, as if contemplating some deep dark plan. Terrio wanders near, fills up her tankard, listens in a moment, then shudders and moves away. Hel waves her to wheel.
* - “What they up to, Ter?” The Captain asks the gunner. “Looks ominous…”
* - “Oh, it’s wicked! They are comparing dastardly deeds done to main characters.” Terrio shakes her head.
* - “Ones they wrote or read?” Hel takes Terrio’s tankard and empties it. Terrio is too shaken to object.
* - “Both!” Terrio sniffs, wanting more drink but not wanting to approach the bar again.
* - A moment later shouting begins on the deck as Sin yells, “That’s nothing! I done worse!”
* - Chance bellows a reply, “Ya lily livered ninja lover, yer a flat faced liar, ya are! I done the most despicable thing…”
* - The two begin to circle, Sin reaching for her throwing stars. Chance draws her cutlass, preparing to block the nasty little throwers.
* - “Stow them weapons!” Hellion shouts out, jumping to the main deck. Marnee and Lisa come running at the commotion. “I just had the Sunday hottie swab the deck, and we be low on shamwows!” She turns to Terrio – “Remind me to order more shamows…”
* - The pirates separate the two combatants. At hearing of the controversy, a contest begins. Who can name the darkest dastardly deed, done deliberately.
Ahem. Yes I’ve done the dastardly deed again and again in my writing. I’ve taken worlds and shattered them with merciless deliberation. I may not have the finesse to do all this with emotions and subtle weapons, but I yield my big hammer with deadliness.
Not sure what it is about the fascination a good disaster. (Good disaster?) Well, a bad disaster holds for me. From a rough capture and…dare I say it…yes, I will. A rape…yes. Well…ahem…it challenges my characters to show more character (sorry) than they have before. The potential to prove themselves, to rise above the deed, whether they did it or had it done to them, is pure drama.
After they spend some time twisting in the wind with self doubt and inner turmoil, of course.
I am an action oriented author. I like it in my movies, I like it in the books I read. (Though with television, I like witty dialogue. Go figure!) But watching the world crumble under merciless meteors, rising waters, evil minions…I dig it all. Armageddon? Bring it on!
The opportunities for growth are endless. Least that is my take on the situation. But it has to serve a purpose, done deliberately to move the story along, to give rise to heroic deeds… Hard as it is to subject my characters to it all…
Though, after destroying California in my pirate saga, the rest came easy…
So, me maties…what made ya shiver as ya read, as ya wrote? Did ya chuckle as ya took yer stalwart hero and tortured ‘im? Murdered his children? Scolded his dog? Were it dark in the night when ya rubbed yer palms tagether ta plan the destruction of everyt’ing the heroine ‘olds dear? Why did ya do these terrible things? Did they serve a purpose? What scenes ‘ave ya read that made ya wince in sympathy, shake yer ‘ead, figurin’ this was something they’d never surmount? Any dastardy deed fill ya with anger, no purpose ta it? Let’s ‘ear all the grisly details now!