Archive for June 13th, 2008

Where I Talk About the Projects

As I mentioned here, I have a couple of projects that I am working on…

I have a short story that was written shortly after the initial Writer’s meeting, and really want to continue working with some shorter works… Even if they turn out to only be a few pages, trying to get them to really “fire” well is a skill that I want to continue to work with.

Aside from that story, though, I have started two “longer” works… not sure if they will turn into books, novellas… or even if I will need to change the medium (currently as prose, but wondering if I may need to reformat them… but I need to write the story, first)… So far I have only established the principle character (and a few minor characters, for the sake of the scenes that were written)…

While coming back from lunch today, though, I was pondering an idea for a graphic novel/comic script, and kept thinking about something with a werewolf or catlike person… Maybe something like a version of the Hulk (possibly a pseudo-controlled transformation)…. like a crime-fighter type… Hmmm

I also have three “new” script ideas (previously unworked) – two are shorter works, one would be a science-fiction type of feature film.

There are also two other scripts that have been “sort-of” started to work on… “Four Corners” (the one I started for my class), and another one that I started working on with Ben (Yes, the one with the broken link in my “Sites Visited” section). The later does have some notes stored, but no actual scenes/dialogue written.

Then there are my two previous NaNo projects that I intend to revisit… one that was a solo project, and the second that started as a collaborative work with Chris…

I also have the “Contact Center” project that I had started… I am thinking about changing the format to a screenplay, but I think I want to try doing “both” – write both the script and the long story for it. I definitely think it will work well as a script (the way I am thinking through it), and I may end up writing more script than go back and fill in the long form.

But last night, despite my trek into the office during the game I didn’t get any writing done… I had planned on using my shiny, only-used-a-few-times fountain pen to do some scribing, but it wouldn’t write… and I tried changing the ink cartridge, and it still wouldn’t write… So I figured that maybe it just needed to be cleaned, so I proceeded to carry the tip downstairs so I could let it soak in some warm water…

Once I submerged the tip in the warm water, it looked like a squid had just launched itself… black swirls spewed from the tip as the (presumably dried) ink was reinvigorated and found the openings around the tip…

Newly distracted, I turned the came back on (as described before), and continued watching… I did, however, make some notes about the projects, and ask myself some questions… I think I have figured out part of a schedule, so I can try to focus my efforts for a little while…

Now to print a calendar so I can keep track of myself…

I really am looking forward to having several works going at once… partially for the challenge of pulling it off, but it will also give me a chance to switch gears… If something sticks and becomes more compelling for me to work with, then obviously I will be channeling efforts to that project. But for those moments when one project stalls, I will have something else I can try working with…

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One More Time…

I will admit, I was nervous last night, as I was watching the Boston-L.A. game… At one point, I even just turned it off and really did something else (explanation: I had the game on, and was doing other “menial” things – folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, etc with the game in the background…)… When I got frustrated watching the game, and at somepoint during halftime, I turned it off and went upstairs to work on some writing projects (didn’t happen… but that’s for another post).

Eventually I made my way back down, and turned the game back on near the end ofthe third quarter. What had started as a blowout (the Lakers had, at one point, a 24-point lead – hence the frustration), had turned into a real game. The Celtics had managed to get within striking distance…

And strike, they did, when they managedto take the lead (for the first time in the game) with four minutes left to play. The teams traded shots, with Boston making a shot, andthe Lakers answering, keeping things floating from a tie to a four-point Laker lead. Boston had cut the lead to one, and a missed Laker shot (rebounded by Boston), led to a 3-point basket that put Boston ahead by two points.

And the two points slowly grew, as they continued trading baskets (and bricks), with Boston eventually holding on to win by six. After four games, it is Boston leading, 3-1… One more game… one more, concerted effort, and there will be something else for Boston fans… One more championship…

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