I have totally NOT been avoiding this blog. I miss blogging. I really, really do. I just have a really crappy computer that does not like to have WordPress be part of its life. ( FYI: It took me about an hour to do this 200 word post).
It’s quite sad actually.
I should do some quick updates, but I don’t have that much to report. I send my entry for the Nick Writing Program. I’m currently still (yes still) working on my Community spec. I’ve also gotten really into flash fiction lately so I’ve been writing a ton of that. I’ve sent out two pieces, but don’t love anything else I’ve done enough to attempt to publish it. I’m really trying to do at least two solid hours of writing a day (that means actual writing, not researching or pretending to write while I sit around and Google stuff), but I’m just not disinclined enough yet. Sigh.
In other news, I’m totally geeking out over the new Nerdist and Geek and Sundry YouTube channels. April 2nd cannot come fast enough. (Add this to the list of reasons I need a TARDIS).
Since I’m sure all my rabid readers (Ha!- not for the ‘readers’ part, for the ‘my’ part) were going, ‘That girl hasn’t posted anything, surely she’s dead.’ Let me assure you, I am not.
Somehow it’s February 15th. This month has disappeared on me. I buried my head in Final Draft and haven’t really looked up. The good news: I love love love the spec I’m sending for the Nick Writing Fellowship. I busted my ass on it. I rewrote it countless times. I actually let other people read it (I’m bad at sharing- a very bad habit for a writer). And it’s finally finished. But then I realized I had to actually send it.
I don’t own a printer. (Well I do own one, but I don’t own one that works). I’m usually good with heading to the library (Mmmmm library) when I need to print something. It’s cheaper to spend the .20 per print out than pay $40 for ink (okay so in the long run it’s not actually cheaper on paper, but it is in my head). But since I need to print out two copies of the script and it’s 38 pages, we’re talking over fifteen dollars just on the scripts. Then you have to add on title pages and resumes and bios. It’s going to get pretty expensive (plus I hate to be that person who’s hogging the library’s only printer).
So today I’m going to Best Buy to buy a printer. I saw one on sale for $60. The best part? It comes with ink. Gotta love a package deal.
So what’s up next? I’m working on a Community spec and a spec pilot. My ultimate goal is to have 4 specs and 2 pilots by August.
What up next for you?
I’ve been totally lacking for inspiration lately. For this blog anyway, I have plenty going on in my normal life. When I decided to start this blog, I thought it was going to be awesome; all Doctor Who and Joss Whedon. But I’m realizing that it’s hard to ‘talk shop’ everyday about the same topics without seeming stale.
So as you may have noticed, I’ve been branching out a bit and talking about my writing (which continues to consume my life) and my TV habits (some of which are definitely geekier than others).
But last night as I was watching hockey, (Full disclosure: I watch a LOT of hockey. It’s a total non-geeky obsession of mine.) I fell asleep! At about 9pm. I think that sums up my geekiness in a nutshell.
Oh and this:
This is a snapshot of my bookshelf. Yup. I’m that girl. Twilight meets Nietzsche. Can you tell which one’s been read more?
What makes a story? I think I may have mentioned earlier that I’ve been making my way (among other things) through Supernatural. I’m close to the end of season 6. The show is currently about halfway through season 7.
I greatly enjoyed the first three seasons of Supernatural. Around season four the show kind of turned on it head and went far away form the original story of the show. But I feel a lot of mainstream sci-fi shows do this. It’s kind of to be expected. I think, if How I Met Your Mother has taught us anything it’s, that if you keep one long solo story arc, after 7 seasons, no one is going to care anymore.
“But hey, you said you were towards the end of season 6! Why are you still watching?” (That’s what I imagine a lot of you are crying). And it’s true. I am still watching. But not for the story.
I know that without a story you have nothing, but I’ve always been a character girl. I’ll take good, solid, interesting characters over plot any day (see How I Met Your Mother above). And as much as I hate to admit it, I love these two characters. (Full disclosure: I love Dean. Sam, if he wants to go back to Hell, well that might not be so bad). I cared enough about these characters to follow them down through the bizarro rabbit hole just to make sure they made it to the other side okay.
A few episodes ago the story started heading (in my opinion) back on the right track. Time will only tell (or memory, if you watch the show in real-time) if it stays on this path or veers off again.
At the end of day, it’ll take a lot of garbage and nonsense, a whole lot, of garbage and nonsense before I give up on characters I love and care about. A story will hold me for a season, characters will keep me for a series.
How do you feel about story vs character?
Totally Team Dean
It certainly is a happy Sunday for me indeed. Spec script is done! For real this time. And I’m actually super happy with it.
I’m going to let it sit until Tuesday, then go over it again to make sure I didn’t make any obvious mistakes (like spelling one of lead character’s name wrong- but really who puts last names in a script?) and then, out it goes. And onto spec #2. And then spending some time fleshing out my original pilot. (Full disclosure: I think the pilot idea I have AND LOVE is currently beyond my capabilities so I may have to switch it out until I feel more confident weaving several stories together).
So I’m planning to simply enjoy the next two days. I’ll spend of them choosing spec #2 (I’m currently going between United States of Tara, Community and Raising Hope) and maybe thinking of some sketchy ideas. But mostly I plan to watch Sherlock. I’ve earned it.
Writing the spec was harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t think it would be easy, per se, but I didn’t think the jokes would be so hard. I didn’t think that so many of the ones that seemed good in my head fell flat on the page. I didn’t realize that the casual viewer of the show wouldn’t get some of my favorite jokes. I didn’t realize how much of the comedy comes from the actors. A subtle look. A cock of the head. An inflection in the voice. Stuff that’s hard to capture in written form.
But I’m proud and pleased with what I have.
Titles are a bitch.
I finally finished the first draft of my spec script, but now I’m stuck for a title. I have five titles in the running, but without actually reading the script they would make no sense to you. Plus if you look up the titles for Big Bang episodes, they are very specific. They all start with ‘the’, then some word or words that popped out during the episode, then a scientific sounding word. (Full disclosure: one or two might not follow this formula but if I’m doing a spec I better go with what is typically used, yes?)
The problem with titles is that they force you, in five words or less, to give a tiny preview to your story and sound catchy. I think if you can write a good title, you can write a good story. (Which means I’m having serious doubts about the brilliance of my story).
But when you find the right title, it’s like putting that last piece into a jigsaw puzzle. That feeling of relief mixed with satisfaction.
And for those of you who just couldn’t stand the suspense :
- The Dead Biologist Equation
- The Gift Reciprocation Resistance
- The La Coquete de Monde Force
- The Incorrect Emotion Acceleration
- The Eight-Seven Dollar Attraction
I almost caved last night. I sat with Sherlock sitting on the TV with the little Wii hand poised above the play button. I don’t know what I’m waiting for. I’m not watching this show, that I am dying to watch, because someday (probably soon) it will end (so I guess I do know what I’m waiting for.) I’ve been hoarding it like food in a nuclear shelter. I want to make sure it’s still there when I feel I need it the most. Maybe after a big fight with a friend. Or a particularly crappy day of writing. Or when I don’t have other shows I’m watching to keep me company.
Now that I’ve beat it, I’m glad I put it off because a) I was incredibly tired last night- I don’t sleep well (I actually don’t think I know any writers who do) and b) when I woke up this morning I decided it was going to be my reward.
The first season in three episodes (Oh BBC, how you mock me!) I’ve decided I’ll watch the first episode for the day I send out my spec (I’m going to use the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship http://www.nickwriting.com/home/ because ABC wants a bunch of recs of entertainment industry type folks which I have zero way of getting), the second when I finish the first draft of my pilot and the third when I finish the pilot. I hope the time line will go something like this:
- Episode 1: February 17th
- Episode 2: March 1st
- Episode 3: April 1st
Now that is my proposed time like. The actual will probably be similar to:
- Episode 1: February 17th
- Episode 2: February 17th
- Episode 3: February 17th
I’m relatively good at the waiting, but once I break the seal, there is no going back. I can resist the bag of cookies for a month, but once I open them, I must eat the whole bag.