Glad to see all the discussion for the last scene :D I was kind of expecting the touchy issue of religion to spark some debate and as long as everyone remains civil and respects each others’ beliefs, I’m more than happy to let the discussion continue!
As the author of this lil’ tale, knowing that I have an audience of varying tastes, morals, and beliefs, I enjoy treading on unknown ground and seeing what kind of reaction I get. When The Pocalypse started, I wanted it to be purely comedic, making the monsters of the world more of a joke than a threat. Then, I started noticing serious apocalypse-related feedback and I found myself adapting my original idea to something with a little more drama, but still keeping Joe, well, Joe :D I was happy to find that I felt more comfortable writing this way, without having to come up with something funny for every scene. Then I started with the cliffhangers and expanding the plot to introduce some of the other enemy species and characters, while trying to make everything fit together. I’ve received feedback every step of the way and I couldn’t be happier to see where the story has gone :D It would be completely different if it wasn’t for all of you and your feedback!
Chapter 7 is another one of those “hey, let’s try this and see what happens” moments. As a Christian myself, being raised Christian and having a 100% Christian family, I feel that Christianity is something I know about, personally. I know what kind of discussion and arguments can come from a religious household and while Oscar’s family’s situation isn’t exactly based on a true story, I can somewhat relate to what they’re going through. I know the extremes that stubbornly hold their ground and close their minds to even the most respectful discussion. But, I also know that even the most religious and devout people can be open-minded about their spirituality and faith. I’ve been through every sacrament that my religion has to offer – except for the priest and near-death ones, of course – and I am, and always will be, open and willing to listen to every belief system that a person may want to talk to me about, from atheism to agnosticism to satanism. I’m also very interested in Buddhism and its values. I’ve done some reading on Buddhism and it really does speak to me and I do agree with a lot of its teachings. I also understand and agree with a lot of aspects of atheism. I believe in evolution. I believe in science. And, I personally don’t believe that I’m any less of a Christian for doing and believing in any of the above. I respect all of your beliefs. I’m glad you’re all strong enough to discuss them in an open forum while still being civil. I know the internet grants all of us a level of anonymity, but I still respect you all for letting us know what you believe and for letting me know what you think about Chapter 7 so far. I’m sure the religion discussion will continue throughout this chapter and I hope you all continue to respect each others’ beliefs, even if they differ from your own :D
When I was thinking about how to start Chapter 7, I knew it had to be about Andy and Cross and that they had to run into something that would reveal and develop more about their characters and relationship. Originally, the survivors at the Harbour were going to be an idyllic group of hopeful people that Andy and Cross were going to viciously chow down on, making us sad that a group of happy, innocent people were killed, so close to leaving Hammerston on their boat. But then I thought, “Nah, let’s make things more interesting and deep. Let’s throw God in the mix.” So, after creating the Harbour, the characters, and animating the scene, I held my breath and published Scene 1. And, here we are now :D
Who knows, maybe Andy and Cross will still chow down on this group. Maybe they won’t. I don’t know what I had in store for this group because I was so focused on their beliefs that I didn’t think about their future. I figured I would take this chapter one scene at a time, like I’ve done with other chapters. So, getting feedback and ideas from all of you has definitely shaped this scene and possibly the next few. But, who knows? The feedback from this scene may push the next scene in a completely new direction! That is just the nature of this beast I call The Pocalypse and why I love making it with all of you, not just as an audience, but as fellow authors with your own experiences, your own beliefs, and your own stories to tell :D
Enjoy Scene 2 – “Rotters”!
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