This post will not be similar to my others. I have written a novel, which is not yet published, and I would like to use some background to it, some character development that is not in the novel, to illustrate many of the things that I have written about over the past few months. After all, I wrote the novel to have my truth in story form, because stories produce a more powerful impression with more varied applications. Stories give faces, voice, and action to philosophy.
I am going to share the little trailer for The Fellowship of the Heart here, and then I am going to share some character development that helped to create the story. I hope you understand. I should mention this is set about twenty years in the future and Holographic Communications produce holocoms, the iPhone of their time. Here is the trailer:
Have you ever questioned who you really are and what your life purpose is? So have Eric and Anne Lafarnge, and as they awaken to their authentic selves, they are aided by their own hearts and a mysterious mentor from Cornwall, England. Opposed by conspiracies on their journey, they encounter an ancient Celtic tribe in a strange vision and discover secrets of the fellowship of the heart.
And here is the scene, a dialog between two antagonists, Jack Actov and Peter Colboard, who are the founding partners of the law firm where Eric Lafarnge works. Duplicity and conflict is brewing before the novel even begins.
Peter: Jack, why are you so bothered by the request from this Brit, this Alaun Cadeyrn?
Jack: Peter, you know me. I’m not bothered; I’m furious. Why in the hell does he want Eric on his case? Who does he think he is to make demands like this?
Peter: Because Eric is our best, especially when it comes to poking holes in faulty legislation. This Cadeyrn has done his homework.
Jack: Yes, he has, but that doesn’t mean that he is going to tell us what our actions will be. We make the rules; we play the game and we win the game because we make the rules.
Peter: Jack, you and I know that, but this idealistic Brit doesn’t. In fact, only a few people in this firm even sense it.
Jack: Which brings me back to my anger. Eric Lafarnge is one of those who can see what is going on here — at least he’s on the verge it. He knows how to break the rules that work against us and make new ones.
Peter: You know what, Jack? You’re absolutely right. He systematically destroyed that flimsy bill written by the speaker of the house to win that wrongful death case against the state.
Jack: Really, that was a masterpiece. Representative Harper and his committee ended up running off and licking their wounds. It was almost comical to see them leaving the courtroom, huddled together with their shoulders slumped.
Peter: Jack, look, why not use this Cadeyrn character to our advantage.
Jack: What are you…wait, I know, but I’ll let you say it.
Peter: Offer Lafarnge a partner position.
Jack: He wants it, I know. I’m pretty sure he’s ripe for it. I have noticed that he’s getting bored, at least he seems to be. In fact, what time is it?
Jack checked his holocom, saw the time, and hit a button that turned on the video monitor in the plush, private room. A few adjustments later, they saw Eric leaving the building.
Jack: He’s been doing this at lunch for a week or so now. He would never leave his office before unless business dictated it.
Peter: It’s a done deal. He gets rid of this pesky Brit and his progressive education ideals, and we offer him the partnership.
Jack: I have read this Cadeyrn’s material. He knows his shit, in fact, too well. Those fucking reformers jump all over this anti-test, pro-thinking shit. The difference with Cadeyrn is that he has a coherent philosophy, not just spouting ideas to sell a book or program.
Peter: What, exactly, do you think he wants to do, Jack?
Jack: I am pretty sure that he basically wants to act as a consultant with one simple book and some supplemental materials. He really knows how to re-train educators.
Peter: Why is that such a threat?
Jack: Because he truly wants to redefine education, turn it into a process that produces kids who know how to get whatever they want?
Peter: You know, I need to read his stuff more thoroughly. We have dealt with this for years; we want graduates who wait to be told what to do. And we get to engineer that end of things.
Jack: Yes we do. And we need to protect that, at all costs — no footholds, no new thoughts if we can stop them.
Peter: And we can. It will be a whole lot easier with Eric’s participation.
Jack: You know what I think would get Eric thinking straight? One of those new Predators — a little business car, a perk, a reward for the work he’s done and clients he has brought in.
Jack poured a shot of 25 year old Laphroaig scotch for each them; then, he turned off the monitor.
Questions to consider:
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!