1. Blur my thoughts again..
2. I began writing the profile of my character for In Memoriam (read the summary of the concept here). It's obvious that the main character is somewhat based on me (i.e. Miguel is just the Spanish version of my name and "Rima" is an anagram of "Mira"). Since the character is dead, it feels like I'm writing a eulogy or obituary for myself. However, for the most part, the character and narrative is fictional.
So why did I choose Central Valley as the setting? Well, I chose to challenge myself even more with this literary project. The challenge is to write a Great American Novel (e.g. The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, et al.) compressed into a novella length and the narrative told through guestbook logs. Is it possible? Possibly.
I want to capture a time and place (California in the mid- to late-20th century). The key to writing the Great American Novel, in my humble opinion, is to show the reader how your characters and their surroundings evolved together. As my main character struggled on his way towards the American Dream, you see the reflection of his journey in how California evolved from a wilderness populated by impoverished farmers and miners and outlaws to one of the wealthiest economies in the world.
3. I've officially launched my marketing and SEO campaign for Lot 49. Let's solve some cases.
4. I recorded a recitation of a poem from Close Proximity, titled "Oceanography." Enjoy.
5. This is the look of a man who is bewildered by worldly affairs, but stupid enough to participate in this game called life.