Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Last Kids on Earth
For a long time, I've wanted to do a book that would be about the last kids on earth. It would be a sorta kinda like a cross between "The Road Warrior" and "Lord of the Flies." But the kids would be clever, like "The Little Rascals," or even "The Magic School Bus" kids. And, it would have to be funny. But that's where I keep hitting a wall. How do I get rid of most of the people on earth, but still keep the laughs. It's not like I can just have some sort of vague apocalypse, and follow it with a rim shot just to keep people chuckling.
So right now, this "Last kids on Earth" thing is just a notion. Hopefully, the notion will turn into an idea. Then the idea will launch the story. However, it is my firm belief that ideas have to catch you while you are working. They won't come while sitting around, and they certainly won't come while sitting around trying to come up with an idea.
So, in the meantime, I draw. I just get a sense of how this would look and feel. I like some of these little warriors. They look as if they could take on the world. And they may have to. I don't know yet...