AROW80 Check-in for January 12, 2014

Ok, this is going to be another short post on account of I am still up at almost six-thirty in the morning (a fact I will no doubt regret by this afternoon).

Previous Goals:

  • Still watching Supernatural; we’re up to Season Three now!
  • Worked more on Chapter Eleven for Defcon: Fade Out. It should be done tomorrow-ish and I should be on to Chapter 12 by Monday. And, if all goes well, I’ll hit 50,000 words tomorrow too! Go me!
  • I actually wrote up a species creation checklist for the human/ape hybrids in Defcon.
  • I started a character creation checklist for one of my main characters, but I’m having a hard time making myself work on it. Because Defcon is supposed to be a series and this is a character who will be in every book, I’m thinking of maybe scrapping the answering questions part and simply writing a paragraph or a page about the character and her life at each stage in the series, plus about her when World War III happened. And then doing the same for the other POV characters.
  • The series as it stands right now spans about a 40 year period from 1983-2022. The plan, as it stands right now is for the books to take place in 1994, 2005, 2011, 2022 and 2033 in order to showcase different stages of post-nuclear war recovery. As of tonight, I’m thinking I might also try to do stories and/or novellas that take place between the books.
  • I started Story Engineering by Larry Brooks but got distracted by writing and reading other books. *hangs head*

Goals for this week:

  • Continue working on Defcon: Fade Out, Chapter Eleven and Chapter Twelve.
  • Continue working on worldbuilding for Defcon
  • Continue reading Story Engineering
  • Watch more Supernatural — especially since I’m getting close to episodes I haven’t seen yet!

Other Stuff: Went and saw Saving Mr. Banks today with my girlfriend and her mom. It’s not a movie I would have chosen to see on my own, but I enjoyed it a lot. The movie has probably one of the best reveals of a character flaw that I’ve ever seen.

Last week we went and saw Wolf of Wall Street, which was…good? Entertaining? Not the worst way to spend three hours? It was another movie I’d never have gone to on my own, and like Saving Mr. Banks it’s a good character piece, but it is not for everyone. If you like absolutely reprehensible characters, you’ll probably like it. Though a word of warning: apparently, it set a new record for most uses of the F-word in a movie and I think I saw more nudity in that movie than I had in all the other movies I saw last year*, so leave the kids at home.

* Ok, so most of the movies I saw last year had no nudity in them, but even still, Wolf of Wall Street showed soooo much skin. IT was like F-bomb, nekkid person, drug use, shady stock dealings, lather, rinse, repeat.

And, on that note, I go now to sleep. Hope everybody has had and will continue to have a great week/month/year.

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2 thoughts on “AROW80 Check-in for January 12, 2014

  1. Getting distracted by writing is not a bad thing! Well, maybe if you’re being distracted from paying work. But otherwise, go with it! Always plenty of time to read craft books when you’re having trouble getting to the writing. Sounds like you made a lot of progress – keep up the good work!

  2. writing good – reading good- food for the brain both of them:) it can be tricky getting those character studies right – all the best – best wishes for reast of week:)

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