Too good to be true?

Someone who read the book, “Searching and Others Stories of Mary Worth” made a recent comment that the stories have “endings too good to be true.”  To that I say this.  Why do you read fiction?  When I read fiction, I like to be entertained and also shown some light and hope.  Otherwise, I read the news.  I like to read and write stories that have a premise based in real life, and have an outcome that is either ideal or that offers a glimmer of hope.  Sometimes the premise is bleak enough as it is, mirroring the darker side of real life.  Do people really want to read an equally bleak outcome?

Ayn Rand said that nothing points to the truth better than fiction.  What she means is that non-fiction is not as realistic as many might think.  The news is filtered and edited according to someone’s point of view, in many cases the news producer’s. History books are written from the perspective of the history book writer.  But can anyone really say that the news and history books portray the absolute truth?

When a person watches the news their guard is down and they think, “this is how it really is.”  But when they read fiction, they acknowledge from the start it is only one person’s viewpoint.  Therein lies the truth because the reader or viewer takes in fiction with a grain a salt.

Everything should be taken with a grain of salt.

Great fiction points to the truth in showing possibilities.  Why should a reader limit his or herself to only what is expected?  In fiction, as in life, the possibility for good is endless.

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A Second Mary Worth Book Is On Sale Now!

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Brand new!

This book contains four popular stories involving Mary and her friends with the theme of SEARCHING for someone…or something!

Mary Goes to Vietnam: When Mary doesn’t hear from Jeff who is on a humanitarian mission overseas, she takes matters into her own hands and travels to Vietnam to search for him!

 

Gina Looks For Bobby:  Mary befriends a local waitress who’s having trouble getting over a former love from her distant past.  When Mary advises Gina to look for him, what she finds is more than she ever dreamed of!

 

The Missing Girl:  While at a local diner, Mary recognizes a missing girl she’s seen on a poster, and takes a stand against the kidnapper who’s holding her!

 

Tom and Beth:  A Search for Love:  Mary invites her neighbors Tom and Beth over for dinner in order to make a match between them.  But when they hit it off, Beth’s mother Elinor protests against their romance!
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A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

When I write a Mary script, I set up a scene with as much description as I can for Joe.

Here’s an example of a Sunday script:

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1. New clothes.  It’s two days after they tried the wider course of antibiotics.  Mary has fallen asleep while sitting in a chair next to Jeff’s bed.  He’s sleeping too.

(BOX):            IT’S BEEN 48 HOURS SINCE A WIDER COURSE OF ANTIBIOTICS WAS ADMINISTERED TO JEFF.

2. Mary asleep sitting in a chair next to a sleeping Jeff who lies in bed.

(MARY):                    ZZZ…

3. As she sleeps sitting in a chair, Mary dreams of Jeff in open water again.  As in previous dreams he calls out to her for help.

(JEFF IN DREAM):   MARY, HELP ME!

4. Except this time, Mary dreams that she reaches out her hand to him from a boat she’s in.

(MARY IN DREAM):            TAKE MY HAND, JEFF!

5. In Mary’s dream, they strain and stretch their hands to each other, him to be saved , and her to save him from drowning.  Their hands are so close!  Will she be able to save him?

6. In Mary’s dream, she finally is able to grasp his hand in a life-saving move before pulling him out of deep water.  Perhaps a close-up of her hands grasping his hand to save him.

7/8.  Before the dream is completed, before she pulls him out, the dream is interrupted by real time Jeff waking up, much improved and looking at her from his hospital bed.  She is startled awake to find Him weakly smiling at her, clearly recognizing her, weakly grasping her hand.

(JEFF):            HEY…BEAUTIFUL…YOU’RE A…SIGHT FOR SORE EYES…MARY…

(MARY):        THANK GOODNESS, JEFF!  YOU’RE BACK.

Here’s the finished Sunday page that Joe created from my script:

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Question From a Fan

Marsha Mattingly sent in the following:

I don’t know if you can help me, but my father told me he picked my name from a Mary Worth comic strip and I was trying to find the strip that had my name on it. It would be around 1954 or 1953.”

Hi Marsha. Here are some strips from a 1954 storyline involving the character Marsha Devore. I love the fact that your father named you after a Mary Worth character! Thanks for writing.

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64 Years Ago

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Mary looked quite different several decades ago.  She resembled a pleasantly plump version of Aunt May from the “Spider-Man” strip more than the sleek active Jessica Fletcher from “Murder She Wrote” that we see today.

But however her look may have changed, her romantic escapades and desire to help others have not.  Those things continue on in steady fashion as Mary is as she always was.  A compassionate, wise, senior widow with a penchant to do good in an ever-changing world.

Mary Sightings and Mentions

Mary has appeared in and has been mentioned in other comic strips over the years.  It’s always fun to see her pop up in these instances!

In MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM, Mike Peters did a series of gags about Mary having dalliances with men in other continuity strips.

There was REX MORGAN:

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MARK TRAIL:

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JUDGE PARKER:

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And DICK TRACY!

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Gunther, Roscoe, and Earl told CURTIS that they got lost on the way to Blondie and Dagwood’s anniversary party and found themselves in Santa Royale!

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MALLARD FILLMORE noticed Mary’s getting older with grace:

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And in MY CAGE Mary shared her wisdom with Norm:

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I wonder where Mary will turn up next!