I have been thinking a lot lately on why I’ve been so discouraged/unmotivated to write a book based on my blog experience (with fictional characters)… and I think it’s because it’s not something that I want to do 100%.  I always find myself going back to my original idea of a story based on Louise Wooster, a prostitute and madam romantically connected to John Wilkes Booth in the late 19th century.  But even that was hard to piece together, as she had written her own autobiography and I didn’t want to change any real life facts.  My ultimate desire is to write a book, hopefully sell it, then use the profit to make a feature film.  I recently reread Louise Wooster’s book trying to figure out a way this could all work.  I actually know a great deal around the circumstances and way of life of prostitutes in the South during that time, so my new idea is to completely rewrite everything – fictional characters and fictional circumstances… but with real historical situations and possibly figures as secondary characters.  James helped me come up with an amazing loose outline yesterday that I feel very excited about.  I’ve decided this story will  not be about Lou’s life, but inspired by it.  It will not take place in Alabama, but instead New Orleans in Storyville, the brothel district at the turn of the century.  There will be two lead female characters, demonstrating a high contrast of life experiences during that time.  As my mentor Elizabeth Bradley Hunter always said, keep the story private until it’s ready to be exposed.  So that is all I will say for now on that.  But this is also worth mentioning – I have so much respect for my friends who have actually finished a complete book.  It’s a huge thing to take on.  I really do think that this is my only option to hopefully one day make a feature film…as I am worn of fundraising for the time being.  I want to work for my own funds to make my creative projects happen in the future.  I’m going to figure out realistic time goals for this project in 2013 and reveal at the end of December.  In the meantime I am going to continue my research and work on finalizing a formal outline…

Storyville, New Orleans