So as I was expressing concern to Marylynn today about what I’m going to write about for my blog-a-day commitment and she (being my voice of reason in my life that she is) suggested that I stretch my writing muscles and post up a story, chapter by chapter. This struck me as a great idea, and after some thought, we agreed I should post up a story that I’ve already started.
While contemplating my career choices and my future a few weeks ago, I decided to revisit one of my old passions, writing. I haven’t really written anything since I was in High School, but I really loved it. While my long-term dreams still involve filmmaking, I came to realize that it all starts with writing. And that’s something I can do in the here and now.
Tentatively entitled “Freshcut”, it’s my autobiographical account of my adventures as a teenaged anti-racist skinhead in the Utah ska scene. It will document four years of my life (from 15 to 19) and the stuff that happened during that time.
Two years ago, I was able to consult documentary filmmaker, Brandon Smith’s on his awesome documentary, “The Upbeat”. It focused on the Utah ska in the 90′s and I was able to point him to a lot of good people to talk to and share stories and whatnot. Unfortunately, do to geographical circumstances, I never got my chance to sit down in front of the camera and tell some of my stories. When I finally saw the finished product, I was really really impressed with how well it turned out and how throrough it was. Then I started to picture how a dramatic narrative of the same story would look on screen (much like “Lords of Dogtown” was adapted from documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”). Then I started thinking about my own stories between going to shows and my life at home, I realized there was a lot of good material there.
I started by writing my story and the more and more I wrote the more I realized it could be a solid book on its own. And if it turns out to be quality, I’d love to see it adapted for the screen (either big or little. Whatever.) So at this point, I have a few pages written and a rough outline sketched out of stories I think are noteworthy. My goal is to get the story published on this here blog chapter by chapter over the next year or so (or however long it takes). If people read it and like it, cool. If not, I don’t mind. I just want to get it written and out. I would love to get feedback and questions down in the comments section.
So with my commitment to blog every day this month, it gives me that much more motivation. But don’t worry, I’ll mix it up. I won’t get stuck on this for the next 27 posts.
You can expect the first chapter up early next week.