Taking the Plunge

Inspired by a recent blog post written by a friend, I have decided to stop talking smack about doing it and just do it!

That’s right, I’m going to write a novel.  A practice one.  I’m going to write a little bit of fan fiction, so there is no way I could possibly sell this.  That should actually be a bit liberating.  I can experiment to my heart’s content.

I’ll probably post the results on FanFiction.net as chapters are completed.  Of course, I’ll link to them from here.

I’ve had an idea in my head kicking and screaming to be let out for a long time.  Back when I still lived in my old apartment, back before I started dating the woman that would become my wife.  I thought the idea out, but I never actually wrote a single word.

I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if they had made an A-Team movie?

Yeah, I know it’s been done.

But I had the idea I’m about to set on paper back in 2002; I just never did anything with it.

My idea: the A-Team is wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to life in prison.  They escape, determined to track down the one person that could possibly free them, a Los Angeles-based reporter named Amy Allen, who wrote a book on why the team is innocent.

As it happens, the Team was set up by forces within the government locking away a terrible secret.

As they attempt to discover the truth, they are pursued by the US Army, who will stop at nothing to make sure they don’t find the truth.  And, a Deputy US Marshall who might be an ally if the truth does come out…

I thought the crossover from The Fugitive would be fun.  Who better to pursue the A-Team than the hard-nosed Gerard?

Hopefully, this will be as much fun for everyone to read as it will be for me to write.

In Memorum: Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010)

It’s not really news now, but I discovered the death of Stephen J. Cannell yesterday. While using the facilities, I picked up a discarded copy of Entertainment Weekly that so happened to be in there, and I saw a big picture of Cannell with the caption “1941-2010.” I was disappointed, to say the least.

Cannell has been responsible for some of the best TV shows of all time. A lot of the shows I used to watch religiously were imagined by Cannell. Although he created, wrote, and produced far more than this, these are the ones that I particularly loved:

  • The Greatest American Hero: I haven’t watched it years. The theme song is awesome. I think it was a spoof, if I’m remembering right. I was awfully young.
  • Hunter: I never used to like this show, but I enjoyed the attempt to revive it. I’d probably try to catch it if I knew of some reruns.
  • The A-Team: Only one of the best shows of all time! “I love it when a plan comes together!”
  • 21 Jumpstreet: Kid cops, undercover, in high schools and colleges… launched Johnny Depp’s career.
  • Silk Stalkings: A late-90s guilty pleasure for me. It really was more than just hot women wearing skimpy lingerie in every other scene–the murder mysteries were pretty good, too!

Turns out, Cannell also wrote several novels between producing and writing TV shows. Someone we writers can really look up to, since not all of us can make a full-time career out of putting our thoughts on paper, at least in fiction purely of our own creation.

Rest in peace, man!