I got good advice from Scott and Michelle over the last few days to let The Pagani Project rest for about a month before I looked at it again. But...well...yesterday, after I finished reading The Great Gatsby, I just had to open the oven and take a peek. I ended up scanning through the entire manuscript to see if the story was working as a whole, and it ended up helping me develop a better ending than I previously had. The new ending feels more emotional to me now--and more in line with what the rest of the story was promising, I think. I also saw some holes that I intend to fill over the next few days. I think I'll definitely need to give the book a long break at some point, but I just can't do it yet.
This weekend I also saw the play Waiting for Godot for the first time. The acting was phenomenal, including James Cromwell as Pozzo. He is particular tall, that guy. The man who played Lucky--Hugo Armstrong--was haunting. He was slouched over for the majority of the play, which seems dreadfully painful.
Reading The Great Gatsby and watching Waiting for Godot reminded me of how big a canvas one can paint with very few characters. In both, the story revolves around just a handful of people, yet Gatsby makes me reflect on larger class differences and Godot made me think about my very existence. In The Pagani Project I felt the need to include over a dozen characters because of how much time passes in that book. Showing flashes of people instead of going in depth with just a few was my way of talking about the world. I'm not sure how many major characters will be in Everybody! yet. I had originally planned to just focus on four people, but the potential cast is quickly growing.
What's Peanut eating? I think it was a little chunk of bell pepper, a casualty of me trying to get him away from a stack of pizza boxes.