Seth has to be the one with the drug problem.
Once I have that as the premise, everything else falls into place. I know what it will cost him to succeed, and I know how to make it a worthy story. It simplifies so many things. Just about everything is clear now.
The main problem I anticipate is difficulty getting into his head. I have never abused drugs--the opposite, in fact, as I hate taking medicine of any sort. The idea of taking a drug I don't have to take is completely alien to me. If I want to get high, I listen to some Hildegard, and that puts me in sublime bliss for hours, even days, if a song of hers plays in my head on endless repeat. So I've never taken drugs and never understood why anyone would want to or need to.
I guess music acts as a drug for me. I love beautiful music the same way I do a tasty flavor. Music and food, actually, send me into transports. With music, it's the synesthesia causing the extreme pleasure reaction. Possibly my liking for food has elements of the same thing, though I've never noticed any other sensory input tied to flavor; I just enjoy the taste of food very much. It doesn't even have to be food with a strong flavor; a plate of dumplings in cream sauce has done it to me. Swiss cheese spread can do it, too.
So anyway...Now I know how I need to proceed. I will work up a rough outline on Saturday and see if I can start writing sometime this upcoming week.
A note on the music worms--They can be really annoying sometimes, in that they slow my thinking. Sometimes, I feel as if I have to or can only think in matching rhythm with the song. It's bizarre. Does anyone esle experience this kind of thought slowing with a music worm?
I am reminded of the title patient in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat--He was a musician, and as long as he was humming music under his breath, he could get along and do things almost normally. But if his humming was interrupted, he was lost. The thought slowing I experience with a music worm feels vaguely like that, as if the song repeating in my head is like a bannister that I'm holding as I climb a flight of stairs. I don't know if it's an instance of 'insufficient memory to run simultaneous applications' or what.
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