Lucas Goes to Cabo
It is harder to make someone laugh than cry, which is why I love to bring smiles to readers through character-rich ensemble comedies. Having written comedy for money since I was 17, I’m somewhat adept judging good from bad. Lucas Goes to Cabo is a good one.
This “battle of the sexes” relationship story stewed in the crock pot between my ears for five years before I finally smelled the wafting joy of a story I saw as deliciously complete. I saw most of the storyline within the first year, but wanted it richer, deeper, and more chaotic. Since I write best about things I know about, I ended up flying back and forth to Cabo for two weeks at a time four years in a row. Each trip, the goal remained the same: turn a good premise into episodic hilarity. Lucas is not a long novella but it sure is a lot of fun to think up, see from start to finish, and put on the page.
From a process creation standpoint, I must see a story and its characters from start to finish before immersing in their imaginary world to hang out and report the news. Lucas Goes to Cabo’s five-year simmer I saw as a four couple ensemble comedy. The trick was painting pictures, situations, and dialogue funny enough to make readers laugh out loud. The story’s collection of intrinsically unique people—four men versus four women—I absolutely love. Each does his or her job brilliantly.
In a nutshell, the men head off to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas with celebratory expectations of a male bonding trip with limitless possibilities. Their partners back home, each of whom views their man as an unfinished clod of disappointing ineptitude, arrange to lead the men into an inescapable itinerary radically different than the men’s anticipated playland of debauchery.
Whether you have been to Cabo or only heard of it, Lucas Goes to Cabo escorts you to the famed southern tip of Baja Sur and its colorful world of sun, sea, tequila, and men screwing around like boys with toys. The guys show up anxious to play, the women have made other plans, and when those two objective collide…nonstop laughter ensues.
I hope you have as much fun reading Lucas Goes to Cabo as I did writing it. This is a very visual story that I think will make a wonderful film.
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