Monday, February 8, 2016

#GGR Notes: 3rd Flight

Each week after release, I'm sharing notes on each of the stories in my new collection Guns, Gods and Robots along with a song recommendation or two that might share a theme or tone with the story.

3rd Flight

I wrote this to celebrate my wife completing her first marathon. As many times as I try to run, I just can't get to the point where I experience the storied runner's high that I've been assured helps make the effort so much more bearable. With 3rd Flight, I tried to understand what might motivate someone to complete a marathon beyond this endorphin kick. What other stakes can be raised to make someone want to put themselves through the ringer for 26.2 miles?

The first draft this was split into 26.2 sections. One for each mile in the race. I was quick to change this up as it chopped up what I wanted to be a flowing story and ultimately felt like a writing stunt, instead of a tool to help propel the narrative.

The Futureheads - The Chaos
I always want this story itself to have a pastoral tone, which is quite different than this song. Perhaps this is what the audience watching the race is listening to?

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