Alter Ego: Who Is Harry?
I believe that most, if not all, writers have an alter ego. Not a pen name but a character in one or more story that is them in story form. While I tend to place myself in just about all of my stories either as a character or a fly-on-the-wall, there is one character that I created specifically to be my alter ego—Harry.
Harry made his debut in a screenplay I wrote called 87 which would later be renamed Tank N Tummy. Tank N Tummy was the second part of a five movie series I had planned.
I actually ended up writing four of the five until I realized that screenwriting wasn’t something I wanted to do. I modeled Tank N Tummy off of Kevin Smith’s Clerks but instead of doing a whole movie at the gas station, I wrote half of it to be at the station and the other half as a ghost hunting adventure which was something I was into at the time.
I modeled the characters on me and my best friend, Randy. The name Zeke was something he had chosen while I chose Harry. I also felt that “Zeke & Harry” went well together. I imagined Zeke being a bit more uptight while Harry was laid-back. Harry was honestly who I wanted to be but I couldn’t just keep Harry a sex addicted, sarcastic jerk. I had to make him more real.
When I decided to turn Zeke & Harry into stories, I decided to try and make Harry a more sympathetic character and had his high school sweetheart and one and only girlfriend die. I also decided that Harry would be infertile, not just to get sympathy but also for story reasons.
I planned to write to write a novel detailing the Zeke & Harry story, and interspersing it with the story of the Miller family like I did for Tank N Tummy, but I’ve been going back and forth on that. I also considered rewriting Harter Union to include Zeke and Harry but came to the conclusion that adding their story and all of their friends would make the book excessively long and basically two completely different novels.
I plan on Zeke & Harry to make a few more appearances before I actually decide on whether or not to include them in a book. Currently they are featured in The Death of Tana Whitney and Tank N Tummy and I hope to get another story written over the summer.
The reason I’v decided to come back is because I need some sort of outlet for what I want to say that is longer than 140 characters. I also need to get back into the habit of writing as it has been harder to actually put pencil to paper lately and I have an entire list of things I need to get started on.
Which brings me to why I actually left in the first place. As I mentioned in the last post, I just wasn’t happy with what was going on. I essentially disconnected myself from blogging and spent about two months trying to come back with something “new and improved” that didn’t really work out. I wasn’t happy because the environment of Tumblr wasn’t allowing me to be myself and of the hypocritical nature of Tumblr. It seemed about once a month that I would review or complain about something and someone would reblog or message me saying that I was wrong or just telling me not to do something on my blog. I always ignored these things because I’ve been online long enough to know better than get into a flame war over something as insignificant as a blog. But still, it’s my blog. You wouldn’t want someone telling you how to run your blog so don’t tell me how to run mine. “Oh, but Brian, why don’t you just be nice to the television shows and movies you don’t like and stop spreading your hate?” Since when is giving your honest opinion hate? Now, it’s one thing to attack a rape victim and say she was asking for it and blaming her for the downfall of man but it’s quite a different thing if I say that I am not really a fan (anymore) of the TV show “Two and a Half Men” and give reasons why that is. If you don’t like what I have to say, Ignore me so you don’t have to see my stuff. Simple as that.
But for those of you who have been around since the beginning, thanks for sticking with me and for any new readers, welcome aboard and I hope you all enjoy.
Until next time, I remain…
This piece is about four years old now. I should try messing with the concept again.
See, back before the New 52, when DC’s Wildstorm owned the comic rights to New Line’s horror franchises, I had this idea of blending DC characters with their most sensible (to me) horror counterparts.
I approve of this.
Sue Lyon - Lolita Ya Ya (Lolita: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composed by Nelson Riddle.