I recently read how the story of Bill and Ted came to be. The writers wrote the script on yellow legal pads governed by one single idea. What makes us laugh. It was something written for them. They weren’t sure anyone else would ever read it, but they wanted to make something that they enjoyed and were proud of. Bill and Ted was meant for them, but it found its way into the world and now we all know how important it is to be excellent to each other.
This is a conversation Ryan and I have wrestled with over the past year. We have written a children’s story we are proud of and laugh constantly when we read it. Now matter how often we reread it. The story of a forgetful squirrel and the predicaments he finds himself in. Despite the joy we find in the story, it hasn’t translated to the world. Family, friends and random girls in bars enjoy it as much as we do, but the ‘right’ people don’t seem to want it. The people who can carry the silly story of a forgetful squirrel don’t seem interested. This has left us at a loss. We have something we are proud of, but we can’t get it delivered. We have wrestled with what to do. We have tried reproducing excerpts in other mediums. Looking for something that will stick. But after reading the account of Bill and Ted, I don’t think we should change anything. We have something we have enjoyed writing and we enjoy the finished product just as much. I say we stop trying to make it ‘right’ and stand by what we have. We have something we are proud of. We shouldn’t try watering it down just to make others happy. This is my renewed commitment to getting Forgetful Jerry, as he stands, published.