NaNoWriMo Part II

I’ve had a lot of people tell me the usual writing axioms. I want to clarify my intentions with these polls. They’re ideas to inspire me. I’m taking a cue from my days in improv where we were given a title, category, style, and time limit. With this limited information we needed to create a story. While writing I get ideas for scenes and think “that would be awesome in my story” and then I add it. Sadly this tends to make stringing the scenes together difficult, that’s why I like to set a theme, mood, characters, and genre. It gives me the guidelines I need to string a bunch of interesting scenes together.

I start at the beginning and as I get Ideas I write them down in point form and cross them out when I finish writing the Idea.

The polls are very useful for inspiration. I used this method a year or so ago to write a script for a webcomic. I now have major story arcs for 3 years worth of strips and detailed scripts for the first 6 months. The major hiccup is my slow speed at learning to draw. The writing was much simpler then I thought even if it was labour intensive.

That’s what I’m hoping to do with these polls.

Thank you and please remember to vote.

NaNoWriMo

I’m going to be pushing myself and trying to do NaNoWriMo.  It’s a writing challenge to write a novel of 50 000 words in November. I don’t expect to actually finish with a publishable novel but just writing with improve my style and skills.

I created a set of polls, in order to get started I want your help deciding what to write. Not any details just Genre and tone for now. I’ll make more polls on Wednesday for some extra clarifications and some more on Friday for Character names and attitudes. Then on Saturday I’ll start writing. I’ll post the results here either daily or weekly with a word count.

Wish me luck and please comment and vote.

Thank you

A Review of HBO’s TrueBlood

It seems that there are only two opinions about this show, Love and Hate. I never read the books that the show is based on, Charlaine Harris’s Dead Until Dark. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Ball’s previous show, Six Feet Under. It was ok but not enough to get my attention; all this to say that I had very little expectations going into the pilot episode.  

 

*Warning Spoilers*

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Thoughts posted at The Creative Act.

Here I stand; she holds my hand.

 

The smell of wet earth fills my nostrils, and the late summer sun warms my face. The wind blows foretelling a storm.

 

Everyone is here but you. No one knows what to say but they all look beautiful. Suits, dresses, nice shoes, and colourful ties contrast the grey, green, and brown.

 

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Television…

Many who work in the industry mock it. Many who study it have decided it is a square vortex of evil. Many more believe it is a vacuous waste of time and energy.

By no means, is television popularly considered art, culturally enriching, or even good; yet millions of people watch television everyday. I’ve met people who blushed and were embarrassed at the fact that they watched television at all. It’s a choice and I can see why people would make it. My favourite line goes something like this, “I don’t watch television. It has nothing but mindless drivel.”

There’s nothing more awkward then asking someone what they think of a television show, or even a movie, and getting a disdainful look followed by an assertion that they only watch art house films. I do my best to assume that these people have chosen a lifestyle and opinion of popular culture that I do not understand.

The more adamant a person is about the evil of television the more likely I am to believe they watch Survivor.

I am a pop culture junkie. I do not aspire to write like Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, or even T.S. Elliot. They’re good at what they do but my interest lie with, Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, or Terry Pratchet.

I believe a good piece writing, be it theatre, television, novel, comic, or movie, (I’m sure I left something out.) should have two levels. The first being a story people can associate with while being entertained and second being something to challenge their minds. A great piece of writing should have three, the third being something that challenges their way of thinking.

That way if someone wants, they can partake in the art form and only pay attention to the first layer, therefore being entertained. You can read most of the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and truly believe it is nothing but a pretty children’s story or you can choose to think about it more deeply and see the religious subtext.

What I’m saying, in short, is that despite our society’s oxy-moronic obsession with openly hating television, it is ok to admit you like it. There is nothing wrong with watching television.

My Name is Éric and I am Canadian… Watch Television.

Stay tuned for my TV Show revues.

I do not dream, I travel!

As I sit in front of my glowing screen, my mind wanders. The small insignificant sounds of an office are overshadowed by the fantasy world my mind has escaped too. I keep working but I am not truly here. The running water of a tap becomes a spring somewhere in the distance. The bright florescent lights become a tireless and cruel sun. The soft padded chair is now a horse, sounds of my typing its hooves.

 

My insides tremble at the thought of ever-looming adventure. My heart jumps at the thought of riding into battle. Narnia, Midle Earth, Pern, or Eberron, they all call to me and in the doldrums hours between arriving and leaving I answer. I do not waste time, I invest it. I do not dream, I travel! I do not imagine, I create! And at the end of the day, I am no more or less sane then before.

 

My cubicle is not my jail cell; it is the repository for my body.