1959 Gibson Les Paul
- Modern, present day setting in Los Angeles.
- MxF; need the female -- the plot starts with them just as college graduation looms for her.
- Looking for a creative/collaborative partner in this -- I like to work with people that brainstorm.
- Plot is based on relationship, but more about the psychology than anything.
- Drug use, violence and all that stuff comes into play.
- We'll need to develop the history of the two characters a bit before starting.
- More than one character gets played per character here -- we will need to play a variety of characters, in order to fully flesh out the plot.
- Advanced standards; I am cool with shorter posts and using Google Documents to collaborate and help create interaction, however.
- If interested, please PM me.
In Character Info
They're childhood friends; they shared the sandbox, and managed to survive puberty together as friends, though it never materialized into anything significant during high school.
She is about to graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has a seemingly nice boyfriend who attends school at University of Southern California (USC) that seems to have good prospects upon leaving school, economically. She seems dead set on having a nice, middle class lifestyle, the sort of thing parents like to imagine for their kids -- safe, stable and respectable. Her parents tell her she can do anything, but then they also exert subtle pressure for her to go in the direction they think is best for her; inevitably, that is the path of least resistance, of least risk. She has talents she could use to start a career, but instead she plays it safe. She grew up with both parents in a stable marriage, and had a fairly easy time of high school; popular, praised by teachers. There is, however, this subconscious anxiety-- that high school was the peak, and it's all downhill. Husband, family, picket fences. Mundanity. She's looking at a stark choice in life, risking it a bit with a career she's studying for in college or settling down with her somewhat well-to-do boyfriend with the assured, secure future already in place.
He didn't know who his father was, but his mother always seemed to have enough money to raise him in a middle class manner, and that was why they were next door neighbors. He struggled in school, considered a bit of loner up until the summer he found the guitar and started playing seriously, obsessively in fact, but had the opportunity to go to college alongside her and turned it down; instead he took a job at Manny's Power Sound on the Strip. He plays in a band, trying to make it big on the club circuit, where he now struggles to pay the bills. It isn't that he has talent, it's that he's not playing it safe in case things don't turn out so well - he's blowing his money on equipment and the lifestyle. His band does an awful lot of drugs and seems to live fast and dangerously, partying with a cast of unsavory characters, but they have a following that is only getting larger with every gig they play and the men with the deals are starting to circle, like vultures. He wants to live the life his way, rather than settle for normal or easy.
They split the rent on an apartment, while they each try to make their ambitions happen, but both find out that what they want isn't all they dreamed of.
Out of Character Info
I suppose the themes here will be the way both of them sort of wind up in their own nightmare, rock-bottom scenarios. Somewhere along the lines of this 1x1, I fully expect a lot of fights and a storming out, a deal-breaker where each character winds up somewhat isolated from each other; he has the drugs and she has a boyfriend that turns into a massive douche once she's slowly separated from her old friends and makes his friends her friends. It's an RP about fucking up and getting back on your feet, and how people sometimes need each other. I'm not sure what else to say, except that I am open to plot twists and variations on the theme; this was an RP I was going to do with someone else, but she seemed to bail, so I've organized my brainstorm into an interest check to see what we get.
I've put a lot of effort into this RP, and a lot of people tend to respond, but I don't feel as if it's for everyone. More than any other RP I do, I am uber-selective about who I will do this with. I essentially want a partner that is a partner on this -- brainstorming together, working out the plot in concert. I'm pretty flexible about plot, basically. On the other hand, re: interaction, google docs is a pretty effective way to handle dialogue, and I'm perfectly willing to take the effort to edit what I write to accommodate what you add in. I've talked to people that give off the impression that they want someone to write according to their expectations and not think too much about the plot -- I'm all for being creative and working with other people's creative input. It's the zone for me.
This RP simply does not work without being fully engaged as a writer. The thing is, you don't have to be perfect or anything, because I've RP'ed with partners who have made errors in grammar and spelling but were good at driving the plot and doing dialogue. What I really want is that you really like this RP and feel immediately compelled to write about the subject matter.