Yermo, You Say?
February 9, 2014
Real, or not so Real
Yermo, CA is a place one of my characters, Hubert James Champion III, is rather fond of. Hugh’s Yermo, of course is a fictional concatenation of tidbits bouncing around in my brain–but there does exist a real Yermo. There’s also an Oak Tree Inn, and a Penny’s Diner. (both mentioned in my books)
When I was at Penny’s the last time, my thoughts went to my current work-in-progress, Rhodes, where I’ve created a non-existent town in a stretch along Route 66 I’m rather fond of. I kind of like that, no reality to deal with. And from there, I started thinking about how I like writing that “takes you there,” but only gives you the details necessary to form your own picture, smell your own smells, hear your own sounds of rail-cars clanking down the track… It’s a goal I hold in front of me all the time. Tantalize, don’t tell.
Like Hugh, I’m also fond of Yermo, and on this blog, I wanted to talk about and show pictures of the “reality” I know as Yermo. BUT, I hesitated, thinking the real Yermo is not the Yermo of my stories. Real pictures versus fictional pictures. Maybe destroy some readers images? To me, it’s an interesting literary tightrope–and the balancing sometimes is tricky. Especially, when I think the images we form in our minds of characters and places using both the author’s “sketches” then drawing upon our own experiences to complete are the most powerful.
And for sure, there’s the pure imagination part of all of this. I haven’t seen a two-story building in Yermo, however the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department rises to that lofty height. (there also isn’t a Mojave County–Yermo is in San Bernardino County)
Penny’s breakfasts are great by the way, hash browns that are toasty and brown, eggs over perfect, bacon, orange juice…you get the picture and smells….(smile)
And Calico Ghost Town isn’t too far away…