Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'm back at it. I'm working on the third Roy Rogers book.
It always feels good to get back with these characters. I write other books about other characters, but there is something special about Roy, Harry, Bullet and Nevaeh.
Also, I enjoy looking at the old Roy Rogers movies and TV shows. They are dated in some ways, but in others they are good stories.
It is hard for me to realize so much time has passed. The moves I am watching were made sixty years ago.
Sometimes I wonder whether the Roy Rogers legend will survive as more than just a footnote in movie lore. I worry that those of us who love Roy are aging. One of my hopes for my Roy Rogers books is that my character, a mentally ill man who thinks he is Roy Rogers, will acquaint others with the real Roy Rogers.
For Roy to have long-term lasting effect, he has to be more than just the province of those of us who saw him in the original movies at the time. He has to be more than just the province of old men.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were good people with excellent values. Their movies are dated in some ways, especially in the treatment of minorities and in other ways you might expect. But the stories themselves are good stories, and the people are good people.
So, I'm back at it and excited to be writing again. I'll let you know how things are coming.
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