The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mad About SOA

       I was reading Gerry Mandel's post about some friends he had lost. Friends in the forms of well-written television characters. It made me nostalgic...and yet strangely jazzed over what makes a writer click.

      (And Linda, Charming--the town where SOA takes place--is definitely not a place for Mr. Green Jeans.)

photo by aussie dvd store

      One of my favorite shows--these days--is Sons of Anarchy. I know when season five is debuting (way too late in the fall...but face it, unless the new season is opening TOMORROW, the wait is too long in my opinion), I'm all atwitter with the way season 4 ended (even though I was sad Clay was not killed), and I love to hear Kurt Sutter talk about his writing process.

      Here is a video of Kurt Sutter speaking candidly about what writing is like for him, and how it must be flexible because of the actors' participation, as well as how the storyline must evolve. For him, the story is a living, breathing thing.

       I can so identify with that right now. I'm working on a short story--not a memoir piece, so I'm out of my "box"--and I am amazed at how enjoyable it is. The story is unfurling and rolling out ahead of me, and I'm completely in the dark. 
        What will happen next? What is the character feeling right now? What sights and smells bring him back home and comfort him?

          My curious mind wants to know...




  1. Fiction, yay! Can't wait to read the nightmare- inducing piece. Bill will love it.

  2. Linda--I doubt Bill will love it but you've read part of it...It takes place in a swamp...and might end with an Alzheimer's patient...

  3. My curious mind wants to know, too!

  4. Tammy--Well, probably you WILL find out, because I'm sure you'll see it some WWWP meeting soon...

  5. I've never seen SOA, but will give it a try!

  6. Mary--It's not for those with delicate sensibilities, and there is so much "back story," I would suggest you go back to season 1 and begin at the beginning. And I will also say that lots of my friends think I'm crazy to love it. But I do, nonetheless...

  7. Hi Sioux,
    Horray! You've come over to the dark side and are writing fiction. It really is a liberating experience because you can make up stuff and lie without getting into trouble.

  8. Hi Sioux, I haven't heard of this show yet. I'll look it up. It was fun catching up on your blog today; you have so many fun things and projects going on. Thank you so much for your visit and comment!

    Kathy M.

  9. Donna--You & the Dark Side...Not a combination I would naturally come up with.

    You look so innocent and sweet. But underneath...there's a dark layer?

    Kathy--I would recommend you go to season 1 and begin at the beginning. It is not for the sweet-natured viewer, for sure.

    You are such an amazing photographer. It's a pleasure to check out your blog.


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