A curious mechanic asked me what I was writing.
"It's a, hopefully, comprehensive chronology of a fictional universe." Now what exactly is that? he added with a grunt as a stubborn bolt fought him. "Well," I replied," it's a history of the DC Comics characters...you know, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman..."
"Well, what's so hard about that?" He shifted to get a better angle on the bolt. "Okay, imagine you're building a car, and this car's parts are from FOUR different car companies over the last sixty years." He shifted again. Another grunt. "Seems hard, but not impossible...but still...why?"
"Ummm..." I searched my brain, rummiging for another good analogy. Why indeed. "Maybe so other writers reading it might get better story ideas and make fewer mistakes in the future. And for the same reason the chicken crossed the road?"
"Why's that?" as the top of his head popped out from behind a tire.
"To prove to the possum that it COULD be done!"
And with a peal of laughter from under the car, and a loud yeilding squeek, the bolt turned.
This introduction was last updated May 21, 1998.
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