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Plato's Locker concept illustrationOn February 22, 1995, I finished a VERY rough draft of my first novel, which is now known as LOL. To my eighteen-year-old self, it felt like quite a lengthy ordeal. (Current me scoffs.) So, rather than jump immediately into revision after revision, I decided to cleanse my creative palate with an entirely new project...

Over twenty-five years, the story had undergone several mutations. In those early days, it was mostly a fantasy, a young person's attempt to craft a story about a world that could be. There was no real "plot," per se. Just a tale of three friends who decide to hit the road. But because I was writing a sort of contemporary fantasy, I wanted to ground it in as much detail as I possibly could. So, that first summer, I went on the road, to see how long the drive actually takes from Long Beach to Hearst Castle, to figure out which way they would drive to continue on to San Francisco, to determine what the view would be, depending on which road they chose... I had taken drama in high school, and while I wasn't exactly a "method actor," I became what I call a method writer, taking my characters to places I'd been to see what they would do there, and over the years, allowing them to guide me to places I'd never been.

Over the years, I've experienced several phases of writing this novel. Often, in some time of crisis, opportunity emerged, like the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, pushing me forward, allowing me to rest and absorb what I've discovered, then emerging again to call me even further out. Finally, I arrived at a point where all I could do was finish, and put this story out into the world.

While at one point I pondered making this story contemporary, it became increasingly important to ground this story in its original time. Something that came out of my brainstorming in this phase was that, beyond anything I'd written, or had plans to write, this was to be a letter to myself at that age. To paraphrase: a writer should write the novel they look for on the shelf but have never found. This is the book I wish I'd had, a more informed version of the fantasy I'd set out to create at 18. I would love to be able to send this book to my past self, to say, "You're going to be just fine. The things you're dreaming of can become reality. Keep going!" Of course, such a thing would create a paradox. But, in a world with over seven billion people, perhaps there are one or two others like me out there, and they can benefit from the comfort and courage I wish to share.

Plato's Locker: A Photo JourneyAs usual, I have curated the Songs Of Plato's Locker, including music the characters listen to over the course of the story, as well as songs that keyed me personally into certain scenes, many of which I conceived long before I committed them to words.  In addition, since that first road trip in 1995, I began documenting certain locations with film, and eventually digitally. Sadly, many of those early photos are unavailable at the moment, but in the meantime, I've developed a Photo Journey, detailing settings and inspirations. To take this journey, please click the photo to the right.

My... What a journey it's been...
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