i think i remember reading this a long time ago and waiting to comment until it was continued
i like it, but i wish there was more....
very thoughtful, a nice play on derricks piece, and introduction to the characters without taking away from his perspective of them
This will be a rewarding and insightful exercise - I was just reading another piece and there were the many elements of "self" and how we battle and concede to them when all we have to do is just give in to "IT".
I'm working "The Artist's Way" right now and it deals a lot with our own inner demons and self-sabotaging characters and how we don't elevate ourselves as artists but condemn ourselves.
Let me know if and when you add to this - I'd like to take another gander.