A Piece of My Mind In Writing, EVERYTHING is Fair Game - A Piece Of My Mind
I have been writing for almost 31 years. Soon my ten year anniversary of my “To Be or What “syndicated newspaper column will be upon me. My ANYTHING GOES radio show will celebrating four years soon as well. So August will be filled with many events.
I also write fiction. Not as many fiction pieces have been published as I'd like. Over the years I’ve noticed that the creative mind can unleash amazing ideas. Some ideas can scare many. Think of the horror works of authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Barbara Watkins and Clive Barker. This fact should never stop you from writing what is on your mind.
The creative process is really a bantering of ideas around the brain until one of the cells in your mind comes out on paper or screen.
The idiom of the term Fair Game is something equally accessible by any legitimate participant. Another definition is someone or something that it is considered permissible to attack or abuse in some way. I know the term FAIR GAME first hand. A good friend was dying of cancer. After his death, I would say about six months after, I fictionalized his last few weeks of his struggle with colon cancer and his death.
I made sure I changed many of his personal items. This was so I would not injury his family with my novella. I titled it Borrowed Time. It was meant as a tribute to the real man and his spirit. It was not an open season on trying to hurt him or his family.
I did not think of this as abuse or an attack on him, just fair game to create a basis of a story. I showed this piece to his former girlfriend. She read it and commented, “You know, you are a heartless bastard, exploiting his death like that!” Her reaction was pure anger. “It was fiction!” I told her. “I wrote it as a tribute to him!” She looked at me “Bennet, talk to the hand. I really don't want to hear it!” THAT STUNG more than you will ever know.
So in her mind, did she assume I was abusive to his memory? I meant no harm in my fictionalizing of his last few weeks on earth. I wrote it from my heart…and not a point of attack. Did it come out that way? I don’t think so. However, I do not know other than her opinion.
Here is a question. Was her anger at me for writing it or how I portrayed him? Well she isn't talking to me at this time...and I do not assume I will be on her Christmas card list this year.
Here is another food for thought question. Was my friend's last day’s fair game to me write and create a fictionalized account about six months after his death? Was it too soon? I have no idea. I leave you to decide if I was wrong.
Until next time, reach for the stars
Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org