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Endings (and the Beginnings They Spur)

As I wrote in a post earlier this evening, I finished watching the ninth and final season of The Office tonight. Alongside this, I also finished writing the first “Arc” of my series, The Chronicles of Troy.

I don’t want to elaborate too much, but Troy is something I’ve been working on since September 2012. Before that, the idea was for it to be a graphic novel series, and I even wrote a few scripts. I then decided to make it a short story series divided into “Arcs.” and each Arc would be comprised of fifteen episodes or short stories. The later stories proved to be longer and were novellas in their last few stories. The series is science-fictional, with a bunch of adventure, some mystery, and even a bit of romance. It follows an alien named Troy who travels the multiverse with two humans.

The series was inspired, obviously, by Doctor Who, but has grown into its own original work, in my opinion. The first half needs a lot more work, since my writing has matured greatly, but I’m proud of Troy‘s ability to differentiate itself and come into its own as a story and series. I’m so hopeful about what the series could become in the future, and want nothing but to make it a real, bona fide series people read. That’s my dream.

Anyway, I finished the finale last week. I haven’t had much of a chance to write a blog post about it till tonight, and now that I’ve calmed down about The Office, I guess I can talk about it.

There’s something so emotional about really finishing something. After working on this Arc for a year and a half, it’s incredible to me that I’ve reached this point. I almost thought I never would. I’ve got enormous plans for the future of the series and for what I’ve already worked on (lots of rewrites). I’ve come to love and admire these characters unlike any others I’ve written, and perhaps most importantly, I’m PROUD of those characters. They’ve developed at an unimaginable rate and to an unbelievable extent. I can’t wait to begin the second Arc, but for now, that’s just ruminating in my brain. Big plans.

With the end of Troy‘s first Arc and the end of The Office hot on its heels, I’m forced to become a little introspective and think about my life for a while. That’s what creative douche-bags do, isn’t it? In all seriousness, it’s rather odd to come to these endings in my life. I was so dependent on the characters in Troy for so long, and though I’ll return to many of them, there are multiple differences that I have to cope with and adjust to in the future. And the same goes for The Office. That show gave me such a flood of unexpected emotions, by the final season, that it hurt a lot when it ended. I haven’t depended on a damn television so much since I started Doctor Who, and not even Who has made me cry as much as The Office did.

There was just a lovable quality about all the characters in that show. You were devoted to them even if you hated them, and even if you were unhappy with an episode’s writing (season 8 was rough for me, and yet…). And Who hasn’t given me such major emotions, perhaps because it lives on. The finality of The Office‘s last episode, “Finale,” was so well written, and the characters were given such beautiful (if odd) conclusions that I was bawling for the last twenty minutes. That has never happened to me because of a story, and for that I’m ever more vulnerable about this show.

So, the introspection continues. How do I cope, now, with these endings? When my seven year-old brother passed away in 2010, I really struggled. Of course I did. And I will never say I’m “over” that event, because that’s impossible. But I had to learn to cope, to move onward while coping. Writing was my outlet, so now that writing is affecting me so much, I have to keep using it as an outlet. And as far as The Office goes, I’m going to have to start a new show. A good one. A really good one. I think I’ll watch 30 Rock next, and then maybe It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Modern Family. I need something to fill the hole The Office left. I need that.

Life goes on. I’m going to rewrite the premiere episode of Arc I, and then I’ll start revisions. While I do that, I’ll be getting serious about starting to write Arc II. For now I’m giving myself a break, though. I don’t follow the “read every day, write every day” rule as much as I should, but I’ll live. I think I’ve earned a brief break. Soon enough it’ll be back to the grindstone, though.

I’m reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Love that book, and though I’m only a third of the way through, I highly recommend it. I’m sure I’ll write a post about it when I’m done.

That’s all for now. I’m starting to feel better. Blah.

Goodnight.

-J

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Finishing The Office

My life has been something of an emotional roller coaster these past few weeks, and it is largely due to The Office.

This show follows the lives of several employees in a paper company. That’s the basic premise, but the viewer quickly realizes that it is so much more than that. This show has true heart and amazing humor, and some very memorable characters. I can’t get into it right now, but I just wanted to say a few words about the show itself.

I finished The Office tonight, watching the season 9 finale and the entire series finale. There were some beautiful callbacks to the show’s history, and the writing in the finale and the penultimate episodes was phenomenal. I can’t say enough about this show, but after the somewhat rocky previous season (due to writing and shifting plots), my faith was restored in the final season. The show got back to its roots, began examining its characters again, but also delved into new characters and stories with incredible finesse.

Yes, every show has its flaws, but what The Office had in flaws, it made up for in its brilliant plot progression and witty, dry, often going-too-far humor. The character development of Michael Scott in season 7, building to his departure at the end, displayed not only Steve Carell’s great acting, but also a truly touching end to a character’s tale. And the development of the relationships between Jim, Dwight, and Pam (John Krasinski, Rain Willson, Jenna Fischer) during season 9 made for a compelling season and an extremely touching one. I cried throughout the final two episodes, and while I won’t spoil anything, I will say that the show fully delivered in the quality it had lost in season 8. They went all out in giving the show a swan song, and for that I am so grateful.

This was a beautiful show for so many reasons, and has had a massive influence on me as a writer and overall person. That sounds crazy, but no other form of entertainment, be it a book, movie, or show, has made me cry like The Office, nor has anything made me laugh nearly as much. I’m so emotional because of it, and that, to me, is the biggest achievement: garnering emotion from the audience.

In short, I love The Office. To the actors, writers, producers, directors, and everyone else in that show, thank you for nine amazing seasons.

 

-J