Every once in a while, a featured author on Imagine Magazine brings us a work that asks the question that is the catalyst in the birth of a new story. The question that many authors and ‘would be’ authors ask, that makes us all realize we had the same question. The question that all on it’s own, gets a seasoned author excited, an amateur author anxious, and a would be author nervous about taking that first step. What’s the question you ask?
The very first story I wrote and posted online for everyone to read, scratched a very old itch for me, made me question my own ability to tell a story that other people would even want to read, and really became something that I would end up being surprisingly proud of. To explain how it came about, we’d need to explain the question itself and why any author would be asking it. At the end of this explanation, You’ll be able to read a featured story right here on Imagine Magazine that asks that very same question. With that said…
This issue focuses on an author who we already know really well here at imagine Magazine. “Black Paper”, the artist formerly known as “Julian Taylor” <giggle> who is the author of “Kiss or Miss” which has been prominently featured over on the Gay Author’s Community and on The Story Lover’s Home, has taken that first step and is once again putting his literary gears in overdrive. You see when an idea forces itself to be recognized, it can quite literally become an obsession that demands the potential author to ask their “What if…?” question. Black Paper’s newest story very much fits that bill:
“What if a character who seems happy with his simple and familiar surroundings, is thrust into an overwhelmingly alien situation?”
The overall idea is one that has been looked at in the past. In a conversation with Black Paper, we both remembered a very polarized example of this situation in a movie that many people will remember. “Jungle 2 Jungle“, a fun story featuring a 13 year-old Sam Huntington as a boy named Mimi-Siku, a character who grew up in a semi-Westernised tribe in Venezuela. When his biological father (played by Tim Allen) needs his ex-wife to sign divorce papers so he can remarry, he travels from New York and is introduced to a son he didn’t know existed. The charm of this movie is in the way the father, in an attempt to bond with his son, brings him to the big city for the first time, which may as well be another planet from Mimi-Siku’s point of view. But this story is actually a remake of another movie from 1994 entitled “Un Indien Dans La Ville (Little Indian, Big City)” which is the same basic story but based in France. Featuring another 13 year-old actor named Ludwig Briand as Mimi-Siku. Both of these movies ask a similar “What if…?” question to Black Paper’s tale entitled “Rotten Apples” which is a story focusing on the adventure 13 year-old (I’m beginning to see a pattern here, LOL!) William-Decker Irving, who is a country boy who was happy, free, innocent, and the son & heir to his family’s successful Apple Orchard business. Country life is all he had ever known until he is forced to move, up North, into a busy suburban town & attend public school for the very first time (having been homeschooled with little to no social skills or knowledge of the modern world at all). We get to watch as he learns to cope with all these new surroundings and people and even though he is severely out of his element, he begins to form bonds with some of the new people in his new found life that will become life long connections. Home truly is where your heart is and this story promises to deliver a ride that much like these two movies before it, will show struggles that so many others just wouldn’t understand but we all can learn to appreciate.
So, what would be your “What if…?” Story? Have you written it already or are you just considering the possibilities? Give it a shot and let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe we can feature it right here with a “What if…?” Featuring your work. I learned a lot from my own experiences writing, even more from hearing how reading these stories impact those who read them. Believe me, that makes it worth every letter typed!
With that said, I’d like to introduce you all to a brand new story by “Black Paper”, born from a real “What if…?” question, titled “Rotten Apples”. We’ll bring updates to this story as they are written to Imagine Magazine and as always, please let Black Paper know what you think of his work. A couple of kind words are often the icing on the cake to an online author 🙂 Enjoy!