Sunday, October 19, 2008

Taylon Doon and Appaloosa

Watching Ed Harris' character in Appaloosa was interesting. There were a lot of similarities between his Cole and my own Taylon Doon. (Note the slight spelling change. I've always been pronouncing it that way and had violated my "Berlitz" rule.)

Cole is a polite man, even a friendly man, but besides being a stone-cold killer, he's completely guileless. He's so straightforward that even light teasing prompts him to be the crap out of someone who doesn't really deserve it.

That's sort of how I envisioned Taylon, but I see a character arc for him that requires him to be a little less sensitive to his intellectual limitations. In fact, he's born of political guile, after a fashion. The way I have the story worked out in my had, that happens before Chapter 1, though.

Chapter 1 begins (barring some change) with the narrator's first encounter with Taylon.

The NaNoWriMo begins in less than two weeks, so we'll see how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. If you wanted to read someone who will give you that exact feeling you describe in a character, you should read Loren D. Estleman's novels about Peter Macklin. Macklin is a contract killer in Detroit and the first book in the series Kill Zone is paticularly great.


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