Back to the Beginning

So I was thinking that after my lengthy absence, a re-introduction is needed. However, I am way too lazy for that. So this is what you get:

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Totally rules to live by, no? (I left about a zillion things out of this hasty sheet of notebook paper. Sue me).

In other news, I’m super excited for the new BBC show Black Orphan. The trailer during the Christmas episode of Doctor Who looked fantastic! But as usual the BBC is making me wait a long time for their super awesome programming. Refer to my post on my love/hate relationship with the BBC.

As for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, can we chat about that for a moment? How much do we (and of course by we, I mean me) love our new companion!?! Oh how I heart her so. I foresee nothing but awesomeness for the young Clara.

In terms of companions, I’ve always been Team Rose. She was my first. And I loved her for it. I hated Martha (although I LOVED her on Torchwood), and wasn’t really a fan of Donna. I did, however, fall hard for one Amelia Pond. I’m not sure it was actually Amy that I loved or the way the Doctor interacted with her. But that relationship pulled me like none has since Rose.

But I really feel like this chick is totally going to hold her own against the Doctor. And this is going to be a fun ride! Must get TARDIS so I can go to March 30th.

And a quick side note for the future of this blog; I’m hoping to post at least twice a week going forward now that I have the easy ability to do so. (Plus it will totally count toward my goal of writing at least 60 minutes a day. Two birds and all).

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Inspiration

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?

Supernatural Story Vs Character

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

Happy Sunday!

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

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 :

  1. The Dead Biologist Equation
  2. The Gift Reciprocation Resistance
  3. The La Coquete de Monde Force
  4. The Incorrect Emotion Acceleration
  5. The Eight-Seven Dollar Attraction

MIA

Yesterday I was MIA.  I took a complete and total mental health day.

I spent the day watching the first season of Downton Abbey.  I know I’m late to this party, but it was totally worth the wait!  I also watched the first episode of season 2 (which was an hour and 52 minutes!) and I’m completely hooked.  I’m typing this quickly and in haste so I can rush to episode 2.

So I told you I’ve been working on my first spec script.  Which if you’ve ever written one you know (or maybe it’s just me, I tend to be a bit batty- as geeks and writers tend to be) watching TV is different now.  Sure I still enjoy the story and the characters, but I’m watching for other things now.  When does the scene change?  How long is the first act? How many characters are in each scene?  Which character’s story leads the episode?

After watching 7 plus hours of Downton Abbey yesterday, I’m really, really glad I prefer to write comedy.  I love this show and the writers are ridiculously talented, but I have no desire to have to write an hour of drama each week (Full disclosure: Assuming by some miraculous twist of fate and luck I was to actually get offered a job writing for a drama on TV, you can be certain I’d take all that back and sign on.)

So that made me wonder, if anyone reading this plans to (or already does) write for TV, what do you want to write?  I’d like comedy (spec is for Big Bang and I might do a Todd Margaret one just for fun) and I have an original pilot that’s sci-fi that I’ve been working on.

I’d love to hear what other geeky writers (or non-geeky writers, I try not to discriminate) are working on.

Romance

So I’ve been busy planning out and writing down my goals for the year.  This year (like every other year) is the year I get serious about my writing.  I actually have a plan that I think I can accomplish, but I digress.  While I was coming up with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish, I literally wrote down everything I ever wanted to do, have, experience or obtain.  That list is seriously bizarre.

Anyway, one of the goals I put on there was: write in hotels often.  I actually quantified it as: spend three consecutive nights in a hotel room writing.  For whatever reason, I have this highly romanticized picture in my head of writing all night for weeks at a time in a hotel room. 

So I’m sure you’re asking yourself, what does this have to do with anything?  Especially any and all things geeky?  Well gentle reader, I shall tell you.

I have in my mind a version of what a geek should be.  It is a highly romanticized version, I’m sure.  And I sometimes find myself seeking out these things in order to help fit a stereotype I’ve created in my head.  (I actually looked for a Dungeons and Dragon app on my iPod because it sounded geeky).

Honestly, I like the person I am.  I have geeky parts and not so geeky parts (Full disclosure: the geeky parts are starting to consume me but I honestly don’t know if it’s consciously or subconsciously).  And to be more honest, I really think I like myself more since classifying myself as a geek.  It might be purely romanticized, but at the end of the day, does it really matter?