Rube Goldberg would be Proud

This particular topic would have made a great Writing Dilemma article, but I decided to do it this way instead.

Without giving away too many spoilers, the current scene I am working on in Lights and Shadows involves reviving two individuals in suspended animation pods whose control mechanisms are Rube Goldberg’d to the point of being silly. Editing it later will be fun…hehe.

For those who don’t know (Thanks, Wikipedia –, Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist who was fond of drawing elaborate machines designed to perform simple tasks. The phrase “Rube Goldberg” has become synonymous for taking something simple and making it overly complicated.

I didn’t intend for the scene to turn out the way that it is, but keeping up dramatic tension where there’s not a lot going on is a challenge and I am trying to use the situation as a means to explore the personalities and interactions between Zack Moreau and Marla Finch, two characters that are proving to be a very contentious couple.