So, Protecting Bedlam will start getting posted on Sunday and keep going until the entire story is out. That or I get enough death threats and rage that it makes more sense to quit. As one person said, people will see what they want to see, which is one of the reasons I wasn’t always subtle here. I did my best to make exaggerations when working with source material to the point where it gets fairly silly. You get the feeling that Cassidy and Lloyd are facing a small army of lunatics instead of genuine conquerors, but I’m hoping that goes in my favor.
I’d be lying if I said this didn’t have me twitchy. People know who kind of influenced this even though Johnathan Custer was designed a few years ago. That was a coincidence that I couldn’t escape unless I left this story out completely. I was on that boat for a while, but current events kept making me think about this story and using it as a comedic form of catharsis. By the way, I’ve already had one person ask if Baron Kernaghan is based on Trump, which means nothing is safe from this. So, I might as well go full into it and hope people enjoy the comedy and don’t take it too seriously.
To be honest, I think the rising fury that I see throughout social media is a big reason I’m nervous. Everything becomes a fight, a cause, or an insult even when it’s done in jest to get a laugh. I remember when I was younger, people were able to laugh at themselves and their heroes even when the jokes were dark. That’s what makes a story like Protecting Bedlam a risk. One that I’m always going to be nervous about, but I promised that I would post it here. People can avoid it if they don’t want to read it or go to the published ones to see the better adventures. Yeah, I’ll admit that this isn’t the strongest story I’ve written. My heart might not have been fully in it, so I’ll say that right off the bat.
Maybe the reaction to this will help me decide on if Bedlam should continue. The books never sell and it takes a lot of time to write one. Yet, I do enjoy writing characters that are out for survival and won’t be as morally restrained as all of my other ones. It’s rather freeing to write Cassidy and Lloyd after dealing with the structures and heavy drama of my other stories. Anyway, guess we’ll see what happens.