"Heads I win. Tails I win too," said Ashley Ekuban.
The Writing Marathon wasn't a creatively unproductive experience for me. The people, the places, quite encouraging; and I thought a lot, and I planned a lot. But I'm mostly in the middle of things right now, and I didn't do much writing on the day.
I like that first line, though. Heads I win, tails I win too.... From that sentence, from thinking about it, and making that name--Ekuban, Ashley...shaken, not stirred--I have a character, and I have a first scene.
Ashley Ekuban is going to be a freaking awesome dude. I've always loved cowboys. I've told people before that I wasn't one of these kids that wanted to be a cop, not really, or a fireman, or an astronaut. And I never wanted to grow up and be a cowboy. I sort of just wanted to be a cowboy.