We seem to be spending less time on our original plan, Leonard’s story, and more time on Forgetful Jerry. For starters, this is because we have one Forget Jerry story completed, which Ryan has started to share with you, three outlined and another eight or so ideas drafted. This is all a far cry from where we are with Leonard’s story and having completed something is a great motivator. Forgetful Jerry seems like a more attainable goal at the moment. The stories really do write themselves as they are inspired by real life, so there is an easy momentum to build with these stories. For now, we are running with the low hanging fruit provided by Forgetful Jerry.
While that is all very true, it is equally true that we have hit a roadblock with Leonard and our original goal. Leonard was a difficult man to know while he was living and perhaps even harder to know in death. To say he was private, may be a gross understatement. As far as I can tell, there was only one family get together involving his and his brother’s family. So extended family seems to know less about Leonard and the family than I did six months ago. This leaves us in a lurch as we have invested a great deal of resources in this story to date. It would be a shame for all that to go to waste. But, as I have gotten to know more family and some better, it would hard to qualify the time and money spent wasted. Still, though, there may be a story left to tell here. I’m not sure what that story is or if it even does exist. As we have said from the beginning, we are willing to let the road define itself. For now, we are hitting pause to regroup. To see what Leonard may be saying to us. To see where the road leads us.
And in the meantime, we will pursue Forgetful Jerry.