First off, I want to apologize for not checking in with as many folks as I usually do this time around. Real life circumstances — mostly involving a lack of sleep — got in the way but I will endeavor to do better this time around!
- Up to Season Four in Supernatural! The fit has hit the shan, for Sam and Dean! These are some episodes I’ve never seen so I’m enjoying not getting so many minutes into an episode and going “Oh! Yeah! This is the one where the refrigerator is haunted by the ghosts of leftovers past!”
- For research purposes, the show is raising some interesting questions about what it means to hunt monsters/live with knowledge that the majority of people don’t have.
- I finished Defcon: Fade Out Chapter Eleven and I’m working on Chapter 12 now. This one will probably take a bit of doing since it’s a chapter I’m going to have to write from whole cloth but forward motion is continuing and I am happy.
- I started reading Story Engineering I finished the chapters on Concept last night at work — and even took notes!
- On the one hand, I like the book a lot and I think Brooks’ approach is very valuable — it’s certainly a lot more practical than some story writing books I’ve read and I like that.
- On the other hand, I’m beginning to suspect that Defcon as a whole and this book in particular needs a lot more work than I thought it did. Which is actually something I’ve been worried about for a while now, but Brooks’ book is helping me to put words to my doubts. This is probably a good thing. No, it is definitely a good thing, but it is also making me want to whine and stomp my feet because it feels like the work will never end and I’m never going to have a finished book and *flail*.
- On the third hand, I know that there will be an end and I will finish the work and there is no need to flail like an angry Muppet.
Like this, only with more swearing and maybe tears…
Goals for the Week:
- Keep working on Defcon: Fade Out, because if nothing else, I’m at least getting A narrative written down.
- Keep reading Story Engineering and taking notes. Also to try following the Concept exercise to help flesh out my ideas.
- I’m also reading Writing the Fiction Series by Karen S. Wiesner. I’m thinking that this book and Story Engineering are going to dove-tail together nicely.
- Keep reminding myself that, as Jake the Dog says:
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