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Writer's Block: Whose part would you play?

If you could be cast on any TV show, from any time, who would you play?


Barnabas Collins, on the old Dark Shadows. Not only are vampires just fun, but I have some facial structure similarities to Jonathan Frid and wouldn't look too bad in the part. Also since that was filmed live, my improv skills would come into it whenever someone blooped. From what I read about the production, the cast was very close and had a lot of fun with that show, they were good friends and it was a merry production. From all my experiences in amateur theatre, if I were to be cast in any TV show, I would want it to be one of those where backstage, people got along and had a good time and everyone had a lot of excitement and energy about it. I've had a lot of fun in amateur theatre and this is a pleasant morning's fantasy, even if I'd have to be a lot stronger to be able to stand, run, chase and be chased and do some of the physicality in the part.

Unfortunately most wheelchair parts involve men with very strong upper bodies who can maneuver them easily by hand, which is something I can't do. I'd have to use a power chair to do something like that, but it does open up those possibilities. Can I create a new one? Write up some horror novelist who turns into a paranormal investigator while getting ideas for his latest books. His career is thriving but he really has trouble sleeping nights with what he keeps turning up. Most of the supernatural world decides to just pick on him since they love seeing themselves in print! Nobody believes fiction is real, so the vampires et all are using him as a blind, "proof" that they're just stories.
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goblinqueenie
May. 22nd, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
That is a fantastic idea- I would totally watch that/read it/ otherwise consume it. The opportunities for hilarity and edge of your seat drama are too good.
robertsloan2
May. 22nd, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It'd be fun to write as a book too, I think I'm going to stash that in my book prompts to look over on June 1st for my Summer Novel... so far I have several good ideas that could turn into novels this summer. One is a prequel to The Hunt involving a shaman's apprentice doing a solitary walkabout studying nature finding a Smilodon cub and raising him, thus starting a tradition that continues in The Hunt of Smilodon as a healer's totem. Another is horror, based on an ACEO by a friend of mine of a little girl chalking a devil image on the floor while in the distance an ugly plastic chair is highlighted, something about that image creeped me out. Or this horror writer being pestered by publicity-crazed supernaturals could be a really fun novel.

Especially if he starts getting notes from a serial killer too and his weird pals start helping him hunt the killer down...
goblinqueenie
May. 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Man, those are some great ideas. I don't envy you having to narrow them down, if it was me I'd probably have started at least two by now and then they'd be banished to the drawer of never finished ideas. It's a very full drawer.

I like the idea of a serial killer and having a very odd group of super friends. The serial killer could focus on supernatural beings themselves thus precluding the normal authorities or be supernatural himself... the possibilities, heh.
robertsloan2
May. 22nd, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yep. Once I turn the characters loose on that idea it'll go fast, it'll be one of those page-turners I can't predict or put down till I reach The End. Heck, I could combine that idea with the horror novel with the little girl that sees devils, just put her into it as one of the characters connected with the supernatural. An additional plot complcation, since an unrelated middle aged man playing with a little girl could be regarded with suspicion by the mom, or the neighbors even if the mom was the one who brought him in as paranormal investigator.

So that narrows it a little. Heck, maybe I'll do two summer novels. Ever since I got the Dvorak keyboard solid, I start all of them sooner or later and then finish them before doing the next one. I did two good Nanowrimos in 2004 and when ideas for one interfered with the other, I jotted them down till I started the second one.

Besides, I really, really need to do a good horror novel and give Guy Krieg his launch!
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