I want total control of my project…what exactly does that mean. In trying hard to express that Blue Lines if a labor of love, and the project that I feel is 100% me, meaning that the content, and expression of this work conveys my feelings, and thoughts and the story I wish to present.
In trying to keep this thinking in place, roughly 3 years ago, in late 2006 I had an idea for the book cover of my manuscript. Although at this time, I do not remember the true inspiration that guided my to lay out the initial template, there was something that I had seen that prompted my action on the cover. During down time I was playing around with a picture that I had of a woman’s profile, using that basic paint accessory that comes on a PC.
The manuscript Blue Lines is a fictional period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., that takes place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.
“I’m not what I ought to be; Not what I want to be; Not what I am going to be; But I’m thankful I am not what I used to be.” – John Wooden
When I first read this quote, I thought that I had the basic essence of the statement, but a series of normal events proved that there was more to take from this statement by the legendary basketball coach.
Because some of these items relate back to Blue Lines and to continue to not making any use of real names of the living (unless I have mentioned, or interviewed them in the past) I offer this again…
Because of my intellectual property, and my goal for this to begin my being published, I have to be vague in many areas of the story’s actual content. I would like to add that should anyone be offended by ANYTHING that I go forward with: 1) if it will offend you, please read objectively, my goal is not and has never been to embarrass or disrespect anyone; 2) although I am explaining why Blue Lines was written, this is a public forum and names will be omitted to protect the innocent; 3) if you know me now, and did not then, this also applies as this relates to why I wrote my work. Continue reading