What Would Boricio Do?

What Would Boricio Do?

What Would Boricio Do began as something of an inside joke between Sean and I while writing the first season of Yesterday’s Gone. It’s obviously a play on the What Would Jesus Do? (W.W.J.D.) motto which asks evangelical Christians to consider what Jesus would do in any situation, to help guide their decision making. W.W.B.D. is kinda the opposite of that. What would a homicidal serial killer rapist do? How would he handle any given situation? W.W.B.D. It was our take on dealing with stressful situations, stupid people, or hell, even the weather. Someone take your parking spot? What Would Boricio Do? Someone let their dog crap all over your lawn and then just left it there? What Would Boricio Do? And while we can’t go around in polite society breaking people’s legs when they take your parking spot or let their dogs turn your lawn into a minefield, it’s fun to imagine. It was a fun little thing and we even made a video. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6TGj9ocr74] Before the first season was out, people were already responding positively to Boricio. I was kind of surprised, to be honest. A secondary character that Sean created simply as “the bad guy” to begin with, had become one, if not our most, memorable character to date. I’m not sure if that flatters or scares us. Readers began asking us to write a story about Boricio. And Sean was all too thrilled to do that! But I vetoed the idea, thinking that having Boricio carry a story, without something to counter him, was a bad idea. He’s all id, and let’s face it,...

Serial and Milk

Remember when you were little and you used to go to the movies, you would pay ten cents for your ticket and a nickel for your popcorn, then amble in, find your seat and watch the exciting adventures play out from the week before? No? Wrong decade, huh? Well, coming up in the wrong decade didn’t stop George Lucas when he took the serial aesthetic and threw it on the big screen in 1977, and that first success flowed straight into another when he teamed up with Spielberg a few years later to pour some more serial with Indiana Jones. Serialized fiction is wonderful. Today, some of our favorite TV shows are fine examples of exactly that. Sopranos, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Dexter, The Shield, Veronica Mars, the The Wire and (drool) LOST. There’s something about ending on a cliffhanger and starting with a bang that rolls our blood to a boil. When we were designing the Inkwell, we knew for certain that we wanted to play with some fiction, and this old school format that’s been around since The Illiad and The Odyssey seemed to be the perfect mechanism. Now that I’m a writer I know just what to do. Next week, and every Friday thereafter, the Inkwell will publish a fresh installment of a serialized story. Our first installment is a horror tale that’s been buzzing in David Wright’s brain for more than two decades. It was gathering dust when he decided to pitch it to me for fun to see what I could do with it. The collaborative effort of both of our voices have jolted this monster...