Good evening, folks! I’ve written 476 words on War Child today. First words this month. I was a little disheartened after I accidentally deleted 1200 words from the story last week. My own mistake and one I won’t be repeating.
I feel like I’ve got a decent path to travel at the moment with this story. I can see what needs to be done and hopefully I’m going to be able to get well stuck into it over the next few weeks.
I am getting into some research for War Child. Watching military science-fiction shows and films, and listening to them too. I’m focused on the Halo world at the moment. I’m also about to start a rewatch of Battlestar Galactica. Although I’m taking ideas from these it’s more a vibe I’m hoping I get from them. I feel I’ve got a decent tone for War Child building. So I want to be careful with how I proceed.
Right, I’m off for the night. Have an awesome one, folks!
Good afternoon, folks. Yes, I overslept till gone ten and then had personal correspondence to write. But now I am ready to work!
First up is a read through of Ashes with a red pen and then I’m going to dive into the Vampire book and get this episode done! Then I’ll paste the next episode into the drafting file and read through it so I’m going through as blindly as I did the last chapter.
I also want to get cracking on the ending to Black Blood, and figure out exactly how I want it to end. I’ve got ideas but I think those could change as I write. But we’ll see.
I did get some good ideas from the Netflix series, Pacific Rim: The Black. Overall it was a good seven episodes and I’m looking forward to see what they do in the future with it, but from a creative point of view it gave me some good ideas, which leads me on to talking about keeping the creative well filled up.
One of the things I do is rewatch what I’ve seen many times before. Sometimes it’s a comfort thing, other times its laziness. Sometimes I’ll watch something new like Superstore, which is good but doesn’t add much to my creative well. That needs filling to keep the ideas growing. I think when we’re young it gets a lot of ideas thrown into it, and it gets more filled the longer we don’t start pulling from it. I watched Pacific Rim: The Black yesterday and it gave me a ton of ideas, then I watched a movie called Surrounded about a group of YouTube type content adventurers whose seaplane crashes and leaves them in shark “infested” waters. (There’s only three sharks) and they have to survive being adrift and getting to this small island station thingy. Firstly, I don’t know why I watched this as anything with Big Water freaks me out! I hate the thought of being stranded in the middle of a huge late, or ocean, sea. Anything like that, which is probably why I like watching that stuff, but anyway. It was something new that I hadn’t seen before and aside from a number of eye rolling moments (I doubt sharks swim in an attack formation, or dead straight; and there was a few cliche moments and plot details there just to add conflict), it wasn’t too bad. I can always live with cheaper CGI if the story and actors grab me, and for the most part they did. I didn’t get a huge amount of inspiration from it, but it was enjoyable.
I need to watch more new content. I retreat onto what I know far too often and I need to change that. I’m not going to make a grand declaration that I’m only going to watch new things for the rest of the year because that’s crap! But What I am going to do is make more effort to watch new, or thing I’ve not seen in a long time or only once from here on out. I’ll talk more about them here as well, even if it’s just a passing mention.
I also have series to continue with as well. The Last Kingdom, The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Jack Ryan, Altered Carbon, Game of Thrones, and no doubt a few more. I want to rewatch a couple as well. In particular Sense8 and Battlestar Galactica (the reboot). I’ve not sat down and watched Battlestar from start to finish in one go and feel it’s nearing time to do so. As for Sense8, it is my belief that Sense8 is the best TV show of the last thirty years. It’s years ahead of its time, and doesn’t hold back in so many areas and would never have been made if it wasn’t on somewhere like Netflix. It’s so ahead of its time in my opinion that it suffered for it and was cancelled after only two seasons, but due to fan demand Netflix gave them a two hour special to wrap the loose ends up. It’s not a series for the faint hearted, but I think it’s very much worth a watch.
Right, I’m off to get to work! Have a fun day, folks!
I’ve never watched the original Battlestar Galactica but I really fell in love with the new series. The pilot hooked me, and the first episode of the first series, 33, is an excellent example of a tense, well paced episode. The character dynamics are fascinating, in particular the relationship between Commander Bill Adama and his son Captain Lee Adama. The way the producers got the series structured to build up to an epic conclusion is well done. Although some of the secondary characters that were killed off annoyed me but mainly because I liked the characters. I can see why they were killed off though. Of all the good episodes I feel the final episode was a let down.
It started out really well with The Galactica going on the attack to rescue a child that was in Cylon hands. Then it all went wrong. They took each of the surviving characters and wrapped their individual stories up. Some were good to see, some were heart breaking. Others were just plan bloody annoying, Starbuck’s in particular.
I liked the idea of what the producers were trying to do with the final episode, going from the heroic final battle scene to winding up all of the characters stories, but the bit that got me the most was the final scene. I don’t see why that was needed.
A couple of weeks ago I blitz through season one of A Game Of Thrones in about three days. I’d get home from work and get stuck straight in. I am one of those people who will watch a couple of episodes of a series and if I like it I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD and then watch the series over a couple of days. I’d imagine studios hate me because I never stay the course for a series when it’s on tv (I’d just like to point out that I did not discover Firefly untill three or four years after it had been cancelled 😦 )
So this is my problem, I really want to get stuck into Series Two which Tracie brought me for our 1st year together anniversary, but I don’t want to lose the entire of the next week through watching this. I get home from work at about 6:20 each night. Now after shower, dinner etc. its anything between 7pm and 7:30pm so what I’m hoping to do is get some writing stuff done and any other bits and pieces (drying dishes etc.) by 9pm so I can watch two episodes a night and still get a good nights sleep.
Earlier this year I did a Battlestar Galactica marathon (Should really write a post about that) and I lost almost all my writing time because of this (I am easily distracted!) and I really don’t want to lose that amount of time again if I am honest.
That is my aim for the next two weeks or so. Tomorrow night I’m off to the cinema so tomorrow nothing will get done but from Wednesday I’ll be trying to stick to this until I’ve finished season 2, but then I start of the next season of Spartacus! 😀
I have had an amazingly busy day at work today so I got home feeling shattered but I did manage to get some editing done. Me and Owen also had a chat via FaceTime and got some bits and pieces tidied up.
I’m still not being quite as productive as I need to be, I’ve been in a bit of a rut the last few weeks. Fatigue has hit me a little and writing related stuff has been a little hit and miss, although when I am writing it looks good 🙂
A little shout out here to a dear friend and an amazing writer, Cinta Garcia de la Rosa. Cinta has written a great children’s book called; The Funny Adventures Of Little Nani. This is a collection of short stories about a young Witch who is trying to suss out how to use magic. It is funny and imaginative and I can’t wait till I have children to read it to 🙂 Here’s a link to the promo page for Little Nani;
On Haywire I am really getting into this one, I’m reading this quicker than I normally read a book so to me that is always a good sign. I’ve also finished series three of Battlestar Galactica as well so I’ll start series four next week.
This is a little later then I was planning but I got a little side tracked with a little bit of writing, which is a good place to start. I got some little bits done on Project Apollo, I’m not sure if this bit I did tonight will make it into the final cut but I think it’s pretty good so I’ll give Owen a brief idea of what it is and where I’m going with it once its done. I think it’s a good bit of character development and at the same time building the universe as well as a side note to one of the plot threads, a minor one but still important.
I’m over halfway through my Battlestar Galactica marathon and I’m taking some good points from it, mainly characters and how they are written, its also good studying the actors as they play them. It’s good cause I’m taking note of how the characters differ and seeing as some of my early work had a lot of carbon cut out characters it’s been a good way to learn how to create individuals.
Tomorrow I am going to chain myself to my desk and get some editing done on Avoiding The Game. I’ve lost a little momentum this week with it as I have realised I’ve forgotten a minor continuity issue, its not a major one. In fact all it is is that I’ve forgotten that the bit I’m writing has a lot of snow on the ground and I’ve forgotten to mention that at all since I first wrote it! Oops! It just means I have to go back and add a few little sentences here and there but it was the thought of having to go over something that I had already done a pass on but live and (hopefully) learn.
Now I’m off to dive into Haywire by Justin R. Macumber once more. I’ve read sixty pages in Two days. Now I’m a slow reader and normally do about fifteen, maybe twenty pages before bed, so that’s a good sign that I’m enjoying this one, a lot!
More often than not I never quite know how to start off a blog post, it’s the same as when I’m going to start writing. It does not matter whether I am doing what I am doing now and editing or continuing from where I left a story off, or starting from scratch on a whole new story. That initial lack of knowing where to start costs me maybe twenty minutes some days so I just try to start typing, which is what I did today and you all got this little ramble 😀
Now to what I really would like to talk about briefly today.
I want to give a shout out to two episodes of the amazing StarShipSofa. The first episode featured a short story by Ken Liu which provoked an emotional response from me. Here’s the link.
I am a strong believer in that if a story gets that sort of reaction out of me then the writer has done their job and in this case Mr. Liu has done a really good job. I’ve listened to a few of this mans stories which I’ve liked but with this one I will now make a point of looking out for his work. Mr. Liu’s site is below.
It’s rare that a story gets this reaction from me, or any real emotional reaction. So when I do find something by someone I pay attention. One of my Beta readers has said that one of my stories brought a lump to her throat which is a highlight of my short writing career.
The second episode from The StarShipSofa has a good piece of fiction in it by David D. Levine but it was the conversation on music in video games which made this episode stand out for me. It is a really interesting look at the music in some of the most popular video games over the last twenty years or so.
I’ve added a few words to the WIP and it is taking a nice shape now, still a little way off completion though. I wanted to add an element to the story which I think could add a lot to it but would require a lot of research but i am going to hold off that and leave it for maybe a second story in this universe. One aspect of this story that I was concerned with was how I have ended it, but now that I have thought the whole story through I am actually very happy with how it ends as it is an ending that I hope will be satisfactory.
I have started a little work on a project I should not be but it’s something that I am doing when I’m not near my laptop so I can get away with it. Saying that I am tempted to use this free time (lunch break at the day job) to plot out a story that is quite well thought out in my head. I’d like to get a rough outline of and see how the lead character will feel.
Stephen King has really hooked me with The Gunslinger. I’d like to find a little more time to get it wrapped up by the end of the month but I’m not going to sacrifice writing time.
I am also doing a Battlestar Galactica Marathon at the moment which I am Loving! I have not seen the end of the last series yet (although I have seen the end of the final episode) and I’m building up to it nicely.
That’s about it for the moment. I am trying to pick up the pace with everything, but I’ve not found the turbo in my brain yet.
When I wrote a quick post about mine and Owen’s brainstorming session on Monday I forgot to mention that the cheeky sod gave me homework, homework!!!! He is very keen on one part of our Project Apollo universe having a strong tribal element so he’s given me a David Attenborough series about tribes. I am quite looking forward to watching it if I’m honest.
After Owen gave me this bit of homework I asked him what he thought of Battlestar Galactica, he gave me a guilty, sheepish smile, so no. I felt it would be helpful to him but he said he did not want to be influenced by other work that is similar. I can see what he means by that and I have heard other writers say the same, but I’ve also heard writers say that we need to read in our genre so we can see what other people are doing which will can inspire our own work. Ill admit I’m a big Galactica fan and seeing how the Galactica moves and how the Vipers and Raptors move has convinced me that’s the way to go with the space craft movement in this huge universe that Project Apollo and Project Delphi are set in. I think Battlestar Galactica did a lot of things right which has given me a lot to think about with some of the more background details.
I can see Owen’s point of view though. I’m dire it can be viewed as thieving ideas from others work but to me it is not. I think it’s a great way to thrash an idea out, and lets face it there is always something in one of our favourite books, TV shows, films etc. that we would change.
We are inspired and influenced by what fiction we’ve consumed. Owen is very highly influenced by The Lord Of The Rings, which is evident in what he writes. I think I’m influenced by Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek (mostly the later shows). These and other books, movies and shows do affect how I write. When I was watching Spartacus I found I was writing, dialogue in particular like how it is written in that show. The programme itself also gave me a very good idea for something of my own.
So I think we need to be exploring the genres we are working in, but caution is needed as none of us want to unintentionally steel from other writers (I know there is a specific word for that but of rather life of me I can’t remember what it is)
This coming week I am off from the day job for some much-needed R&R. I’m quite lucky in the fact that I enjoy my day job a lot, work with a great group of lads and lasses and I have a great boss but I am really looking forward to taking this week and not having to think about the time I get to bed, or what time I get up.
It’s not all going to be sitting around and chilling though. Tomorrow (Monday) I’m off to Owen’s to work on Project Apollo, which in turn works on The Space Watch (Project Delphi). Hopefully we’ll be able to solve a problem we have with Project Apollo which is I ran out of steam just as I should have been smoothing the middle of the story out. I’m really hoping we can get it sorted so that once I am finished with my current, solo, WIP we can get Project Apollo finished and have a finished draft.
I would love to say that I will have my WIP finished by the end of the week, but I’m not going to say that. I don’t think I will be doing much writing this week if I am totally honest. I will be spending time with Tracie but also just relaxing. Feet up playing Xbox or watching a few movies (I might have a Battlestar Galactica marathon) Although saying that after talking to Owen tomorrow I may be inspired and get cracking with a new-found enthusiasm.
Mentioning Xbox just there, I was over my good friend Stefan’s (http://stefanmcmachan.wordpress.com/) last night and were spent the night killing aliens on Halo 4, which is a great game which I cannot wait to get for myself. The only aspect fo the game that I’m not a fan of is the Point Of View. It’s 1st person but I generally prefer the 3rd person POV you get with games like Gears Of War, but it doesnt put me off enough to stop playing 😉