“The Universe ends every day …” – Paige
UPDATED on 11/21/2018
This work, like many of the pieces that I have written, is interconnected with others. I’ll give a brief description of the parts below, and add PDF’s for each chapter as I complete them.
The name came from the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, from the mouth of Lynch himself, talking about a vision that he had for his work. Most of the ideas for DARK FANTASTIC DREAMS, however, came to me while visiting Japan during the Fall of 2018. I wanted to write about Los Angeles, but I wanted interconnected stories, similar to what was going in in ANY COLOR YOU LIKE.
The scnes came to me in fragments and slowly I started piecing together a story. The line, “the Universe ends every day,” popped into my mind while visiting a temple in Tokyo. The other lines followed in no particular order, and close to the end of the trip, in a Hotel Room in Osaka at 4 A.M., the last line came to me in a dream – “I was alone in the cold dry sea.”
I was reading East of Eden at the time, so I took to heart what Steinbeck said about knowing the end point, the goal, and then forgetting it and focusing on the journey. So, I woke up in the darkness of the room and wrote a long note on my phone. I arbitrarily decided on roughly 10 twenty-page chapters, picked out their names, and started writing.
It’s an L.A. story, but Japan taught me how to use the tools that I needed.
The first scene for DARK FANTASTIC DREAMS has since been re-worked into a screenplay for the Writing Sample portion of my M.F.A. application.
DARK FANTASTIC DREAMS:
B: “The Universe end every day.”
- Tomorrow Never Knows
- Searching for Order (Stay Behind Yellow Lines)
- Sometimes We Need Our Demons (How Soon Is Now?/Love IV Ever)
- Ven Aqui
- Osaka Station City
- I Never Want to Say Goodbye
E: “I was alone in the cold dry sea.”