I’ve been thinking about this A to Z Blogging Challenge, but I’m too busy for that, so I figured I’d let my characters do it for me. And, contrarian that I am, I decided that since the rules say you’re not supposed to post on Sunday, that’s when I’d start. My characters know a lot about cars and racing, and that’s what my books are about, so I thought I’d let them introduce you to some terms in those categories. I don’t know if they’ll make it through the whole alphabet, and I can guarantee they aren’t going to post every day. But you never know. They might surprise me.
The first character is Alex, the protagonist of Dead Heat. I don’t know his last name. He didn’t tell me. His dad’s this real hard-ass who beats the hell out of him, so he doesn’t let anybody know who he really is or where he lives. He can’t handle the idea of his dad tracking down the people he cares about and hurting them.
A,B and C, by Alex:
So here’s the deal. I don’t know why this chick’s asking me to write a blog post for her. Hell, I can’t hardly read. But she sorta has ultimate control over my world (like, she killed my best friend on the first page of my story) so I figure I better do what she says. Here goes.
“A” is for apex. That’s the lowest point your car comes to the inside of the track when you’re going through a corner. It’s the place you gotta aim for when you’re making your turn. Mostly, you’re gonna want to hit a pretty late apex so you can get on the throttle hard coming out on the backstretch, but sometimes that don’t work so good. If your car’s pushing (that means it don’t turn good) you gotta stay out by the wall as long as you can, then dive in hard and hit a late apex. But if your car’s loose (that means the ass-end wants to come out from under you) you gotta go in low, hit an early apex, turn again in the middle of the corner, and hit a second apex. I know that probably makes about as much sense to you as reading does to me, so I’ll draw you some pictures. Just keep in mind, I ain’t much better at drawing than I am at reading. It’s that other guy, Race, who’s the artist. At least—well, that ain’t my story to tell.
“B” is for … okay, let’s come back to “B” later.
“C” is for checkerboarding. That’s when a person looks in his mirror and tries to block the guy behind him. It ain’t real sportsmanlike. You oughta just be paying attention to what your car’s doing and trying to get around the track as fast as you can. If the guy behind you is faster, you got no business messing with him. On the other hand, there ain’t nothing wrong with using up as much of the race track as you can. If the car back there’s just a little faster, or it’s pretty evenly matched, you can drive a slightly higher line through the corners. You don’t leave enough room for him to squeeze underneath, but you make it real hard for him to pass on the outside. And you don’t weave back and forth to block him cuz that’s just wrong.
All right, back to “B”. “B” is for bumping. That’s pretty much like it sounds. Some slow car won’t get outta your way, and you gotta let him know you’re back there. Bumping is what’s gonna happen to the guy who’s doing the checkerboarding if he keeps it up.
Okay, there. I done it. I wrote your stupid blog post. I don’t guess you’re gonna give me my friend back now, are ya?
Sorry, Alex. Your book is a ghost story. I kind of need a ghost for that.