Yesterday, I sat around, ate Thai food, talked about book publishing stuff, and the Metallica-time travel story I’ve been working on. Then I got to tour Third Man!
It was awesome. The Butcher is right. I’ve been too in my head lately. I need to get out and do some stuff even if I feel like I’m too busy to do anything. I feel tremendously better.
I tried to convince the folks at Third Man, after seeing how into old equipment they are, that they should head over to the Masons’ Grand Lodge and see their stage set-up.
I told them they could drop my name if they wanted to, though they wouldn’t need to.
Then they asked me if I was a Mason, and, of course, being a woman and someone who likes hanging out with gay people, I am not. Illuminati all the way, here. But on my drive home, I got the giggles thinking about the fact that literally the only people in town who might be “Oh, Betsy Phillips sent you? Um, okay, sure, come on in.” are the Masons! And possibly the Tennessee State Library and Archives–though, again, obviously, anyone can already go there.
But also, I think that I’ve figured out my discomfort with the Metallica story. The plot of the story is “scientists invent time travel, immediately decide to make young Metallica fight old Metallica over old Metallica’s audacious plan to get old and change.” So, it would seem that the climax of the story would be when the Metallicas confront each other.
That should be where the emotional oomp is.
But I think the emotional oomp of the story comes right before that, when one scientist is remembering the first time he saw the video for “One.”
The plot-dictated climax isn’t the emotional climax. And, on the one hand, I think that’s fine, because it’s a story about nostalgia and how the past is and isn’t connected to the present. It’s supposed to kind of peter out just when you want a brawl.
But man, on the other hand, it feels weird to me every time I read it, like it’s just not shaped right.
But wouldn’t the Metallica meet-up (the fulfillment of the team’s quest) carry with it the personal risk that the thing that he’s emotionally connected to might disappear because of an altered time stream? He’d remember it, I guess, but couldn’t revisit it and slowly his memory too would change and pieces would be lost (because that’s how it is when there’s no artifact to anchor the memory). I mean, what if old Metallica wins?