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Project: Hydra

Well, it’s getting longer.

My screenplay, that is.

While the short story I’m working with is pretty short, this project is beginning to run away with me. I thought that having the framework already laid out for me would help me to rein in the beast. But, I’m running into the same thing I run into when I’m writing my own stories. In order to add in “touchstone” beliefs about being a teacher, I had to add to the plot. I feel like I have a good way of working these beliefs in, but the struggle comes with keeping the story unified. I feel like it is becoming disjointed. It’s like try to graft a new limb onto a tree, and convincing the tree that it’s a good idea. You have to convince it that they share enough of the same DNA, that the new limb is not actually foreign, but one and the same.


I’ve given this project the codename, HYDRA. I have yet to come up with some clever acronym, but for now the name fits. Hydra, in mythology, were a vicious many-headed snake. Generally, a good way of killing things (SLAY QUEEN, SLAYYYYY) is to chop off its head. Chopping off a Hydra’s head would only leave room for two more to grow in its place.

I’m really trying to slay this project. But right now it feels like I’m fighting the Hydra. And, to be honest, I don’t have a lot in common with Hercules. But, every bit of progress I make seems to cause more challenges to rise up.

Oh, did I mention I’m losing motivation too? HA!

So it goes. Perhaps I’ll find my genius again tomorrow. Until then, here goes nothing.


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I am Charlie Eich. I am a student, friend, and occasionally, a writer. Native to the great state of Colorado. This site is where you will find any and all words of mine. Whether they be a short story, poem, or simply thoughts, these are the things I found worthy of the world wide web. Enjoy.


  1. A. The supposed monster of the second season of Stranger Things is a Hydra, and to say that I am pumped is an understatement. B. I, too, am losing motivation quite quickly. I swear I mark one thing off the list (cut off one head) and another pops up right back up. C. I enjoy your presence even when you are poking me with a pencil in class. Proud of you home-slice.

  2. Bre

    Yup…tomorrow’s another day. And today is yesterday’s tomorrow! Hope it’s going well!!

  3. Pingback: Tools, Tips, and Methods to bring Connected Learning to the Classroom | CHARLIE EICH

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