Thoughts Nov 10, 2008

There are few things that make Mondays seem exciting, The Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack is certainly one of them.

Dollhouse, the new Joss Whedon show, and Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles are going to be back to back on Fridays in Winter. The only show that’s managed to thrive in that timeslot on Fox was X-Files. This is the timeslot that killed Firefly. Sigh.

NaNoWriMo Update I

As 2pm Wednesday the 5th of November, 2008. I have 12 241 words. I’ve been writing a lot more then I thought I’d be able too. I seem to be averaging 2000 to 2500 words a day. I hope I can keep it up.

I’m working with “Viridian Skies” as a title. What do you think?

There are Five main Characters so far, and two villains of sorts. It seems I’ve missed the boat completely with the Absurd goofiness that I wanted to put into the novel. It’s closer to gritty and dramatic.

My chapters have been short around 2000 words. I think this still works so far. They might need to be extended or just grown over the rest of the book. I’m not sure yet. I’m really letting this flow naturally. I’m trying not to over think it. I have Ideas of how it’ll end but I’m not sure. I’d like to kill a character but I’m really not sure about that.

The world is developing well; everyone has a power of sorts, either drawing from psionic forces or arcane. Out of the five main characters only one is psionic and the other four are arcane. We have:

Cassandra Davanne: An ex con who’s trying to get herself out of trouble. She’s a hell of a fighter. She’s an fire Elemental. Meaning she can create and control limited magical fire around her body.

Arthur Jackson: He’s an AWOL Knight (Cross between cop and soldier.) who’s trying to discover the reason for his wife’s death. He’s a Jumper (I need a better name for it.) He can teleport short distances and has perfect night vision.

Paige: A cute little girl living on her own. She’s a Psionic and very powerful.

Roland Lavallée: A young retired Knight and very socially awkward. He’s a healer.

Richard Washburn: An old retired Knight who was too honest for the force. He’s Flyer.

As far as the story goes here’s a little taste with the chapter tittles.

Chapter One – In which we meet Cassandra Davanne and wonder why she’s so angry.
Chapter Two – In which we find Arthur Jackson wallowing in the past
Chapter Three – In which we meet Paige and her interesting logic.
Chapter Four – In which we learn about Roland Lavallée and his short career as a knight.
Chapter Five – In which we discover that Love is a beautiful thing and assassination is not.

I’d love to hear comments of suggestions
Thank you!

A Review of Disney’s High School Musical 3

Yes, I’m a twenty five year old guy who went to see High School Musical 3. I of course went with my beautiful fiancée. I’ll state in advance that the first two High School Musicals were guilty pleasures for me. They’re not the greatest movies in the world, they’re cheesy, awkward, and beyond ridiculous but a lot of fun.

You can’t start comparing these to classic Musicals like Sound Of Music or Fiddler on the Roof. For what they are they succeed on almost all counts.

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NaNoWriMo Part VI

Just under twelve hours before NaNoWriMo starts and closer to twenty four before I do, and I’m really getting nervous. I’ve been reading others blogs and other websites. It feels like everyone’s written an outline and planed their story. I have nothing ready except for Genre and Mood. I guess that’s something but reading that some people have their plot points set out worries me.

I’m getting a lot of support from friends and family and that helps settle me down. However every time I think about it my heart starts thumping and I get a little giddy.

My biggest problem is going to be not editing myself. I’ll often write a paragraph and then re-read it, over and over again, fixing little issues. I usually miss the homonyms, cursed things! If I can write straight I think I can average 1000 words an hour. That means an average of 2 hours writing daily. Gah! What have I gotten myself into?

Alright let’s see what I have decided so far with everyone’s help.

Genre: Modern Fantasy, with elements of Sci-fi and Detective/Filmnoir
Mood: A strange balance between Gritty and Absurd.

The first chapter will definitely introduce us to the characters, probably in the style of a Disaster story, jumping back and forth between characters and media.

I’m thinking of maybe writing journal entries that will introduce us to the world but not have anything to do with the main characters. Sort of a mini Auto-biography spread out through the book.

Other then that I have nothing; hopefully when I look over the polls, inspiration will hit harder then a crazed duck who thinks I’m a loaf of bread.

NaNoWriMo V

Wednesday polls are still open and I’m leaning to a world that everyday magic randomly starts again but we’ll see what happens.

Today will have five polls three about the Heroes and two about villains. This will help me get a clearer Idea of the characters. I will not look at these results till Saturday when I start to write.

As I’ve mentioned, I will blog from time to time, min once a week, with updates on how I’m doing. If I get stuck I’ll put up another poll asking what you think should happen.

On with the polls:

*Many of these will only let you vote for one thing, I want it that way.*

Thanks again!

NaNoWriMo IV

It seems I’ve contradicted myself already and I haven’t even started the darn story. I said in my first NaNoWriMo post that I would put a character related poll Friday, yet yesterday I said I would put it up today. I know just how to fix this, two sets of polls. Today Character styles, sexes, and motivations; tomorrow Villains and Heroes. Rejoice at the Poll-y goodness.

Humm It seems that PollDaddy and WordPress are having a minor software issue. Looks like there will be a bunch of polls tomorrow if it works.

As for today, I’d like Names, the stranger and more steeped with meaning the better. I want character names, villain names, pet names, place names etc.

Thanks again for all your help.

NaNoWriMo Part III

In the Genre category we have 31 votes as of Wednesday the 29th at 10:50am. In first place is Modern Fantasy with 9 votes; second place is High Fantasy with 4 votes; and third is a three was tie between Modern Sci-fi, Detective/Film Noir, and Autobiography of a fictional character.

Seeing as many people want some fantasy, this poll will deal with the elements you want to see in it. Most of these will appear but the winner of the poll will be the most prominent.

In the Mood category we have 31 votes as of Wednesday the 29th at 10:50am. In first place is Humour Satire with 8 votes; in a close second is Humour Goofy Absurd with 6 votes; and third is Gritty with 4 votes.

Satire pulled up front pretty early in the game, I’m not sure if it’s going to be easy and in this case I think I’ll deviate from the poll results and go with more of a cross between Gritty and absurd.

This helped me make up my mind as to what feel this will have and now I want to ask about your opinion on the Setting.

Tune in tomorrow for Characters.
Thank you for your comments and votes.

NaNoWriMo Part III

In the Genre category we have 31 votes as of Wednesday the 29th at 10:50am. In first place is Modern Fantasy with 9 votes; second place is High Fantasy with 4 votes; and third is a three was tie between Modern Sci-fi, Detective/Film Noir, and Autobiography of a fictional character.

Seeing as many people want some fantasy, this poll will deal with the elements you want to see in it. Most of these will appear but the winner of the poll will be the most prominent.

In the Mood category we have 31 votes as of Wednesday the 29th at 10:50am. In first place is Humour Satire with 8 votes; in a close second is Humour Goofy Absurd with 6 votes; and third is Gritty with 4 votes.

Satire pulled up front pretty early in the game, I’m not sure if it’s going to be easy and in this case I think I’ll deviate from the poll results and go with more of a cross between Gritty and absurd.

This helped me make up my mind as to what feel this will have and now I want to ask about your opinion on the Setting.

Tune in tomorrow for Characters.
Thank you for your comments and votes.

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.