Monday, February 9, 2009

The Ambition of Elly Patterson...

12 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

Oh, crap. Either Elly remembers enough of the past to want to unleash Stone Season on an unhappy world and become famous in her own right to give Mom and John the middle finger or, as some have said, Mike was simply her front all along and he spent all that time in the attic playing World of Warcrack. Either way, its reappearance in young Mike's life is scaring the crap out of some more.

April Patterson said...

It's never occurred to me that Michael didn't write that purple-prose mess, though Elly always gave a strong vibe of living vicariously through him, since her writing ambitions never went beyond a poem in the local paper and that one reading of hers. But that second option does present some interesting possibilities.

howard said...

Even though we made of the fact that Stone Season was a rip-off of the Lifetime movie The War Bride, Lynn has pointed out that in her own background, she grew up around ladies from England, whom I presume were actual war brides. If Elly = Lynn, then it would not be out-of-place for Elly to have the same writing aspirations. Actually it would make more sense with Elly, because the subject matter is Lynn-inspired. It reappeared with the character background of Mrs. Dingle. With Mike writing the story, it always seemed out-of-place. It's easier to imagine Lynn as Elly than Lynn as Mike.

April Patterson said...

I don't remember the context (maybe "Coffee Talk"?), but I recall Lynn saying that she modelled Thelma Baird upon some of the British war brides she knew back in Vancouver. Writing Stone Season definitely seems like more of a "fit" for Elly than for Mike.

hoppytoad79 said...

I thought for sure when Elly told Mike what she was writing about, it would read like a summary of Twilight, what with Smeyer being a SAHM who was an English major and all that (not to mention she has an unrealistic opinion of her own abilities).

April Patterson said...

Beyond having read some disparaging reviews of the movie version, I don't know much about Twilight or Meyer. Her premise does sound awful, so I can see the connection. :)

Don Hargraves said...

how about this:

In the old runs, Elly talks a lot to her son and he ends up writing what he hears over the years. Would explain why his first book seems well received while the second book tanks.

In the New runs, Elly decides to do the writing herself. Probably the one thing she had wish she'd have done when Mike "had his success" all those years ago.

In short: Elly sent herself back, but she doesn't know why and maybe forgot in the sending herself back. An odd paradox (where the person who wants to go back ends up forgetting why), but not unknown. One infamous problem is why psychics don't clean up on the future; the theory people come up with is that self-involvement in the seeing clouds what's being shown. Sort of an Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle for Psychics, if you will.

April Patterson said...

I know that in The Twilight Zone, trying to profit from glimpsing the future can only end badly. Like in the one where the magical Polaroid-type camera photographs what will happen five minutes before it does, and the naughty people who get ahold of it head straight for the track so they can photograph the results board. Naturally, they all end up dead through their own treachery.

John said...

I personally know a writer who's a Stay-at-Home-Father, yet nobody ever brings up -his- marital and employment status as having anything to do with the quality of his writing.

I find it frustrating that with female writers, these things are given as an explanation for quality (or lack thereof.)

Just sayin'.

Destroyer of Worlds said...

OR...Mike actually wrote "Stone Season", no matter how successful (or not) it really was, and Elly was the editor. Now, they're back in the past, and Elly is stealing Mike's book to write for herself!

At least, that's what my mind jumped to when I saw this strip. A very good strip today, it actually elicted a gasp from me!

April Patterson said...

Thanks, Destroyer of Worlds--I was hoping to elicit some gasps. :)

Don Hargraves said...

DoW: I like the Elly Editing part. That way Mike would have gotten the small details right in the old world.

April: In the Twilight Zone line, Paycheck the movie comes to mind. See far enough, and you see stuff happening. Try to stop it and you make things worse. Best thing to do is destroy the machine itself.