Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Frontiers...Sort Of

So, I had a story idea long ago for something called Script Frenzy. However, I was not built for script writing. More power to those who are. But I loved the story. As a script, I was seeing it as a TV series. As a story, it was a novel/book.

But I got to thinking: What if I treated this story as "seasons" of a TV show? Each piece (a short story piece being at least 6 to 10 pages in length) would be an "episode" and the overall collection would be the "seasons."

I have never before had my blood pumping so excitedly for short story writing in my entire life! I can't wait to do little exercises to get to know my characters. I also can't wait to structure my "seasons" which will each contain about 26 episodes.

So, I felt creative. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

blogs,blogs, and more blogs...

How in the world do you invite members?? I started a new blog...I created a profile so you can get to it that way but I want it shining on the dashboard of my dear friends!!(this means you)

Little HELP please!



Thursday, August 7, 2008

For Fear of Fantasy

So I'm afraid of fantasy. Why would I be scared of this genre? Why not Horror or Suspense Thriller or Comedy or Young Adult or, dare I, Romance? Fantasy. Scares me because I know it best.

I know the worlds. I know what makes I High Fantasy high. I know it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm a fan of the good. I'm afraid I write the ugly. The cliche, seen this a thousand times before, fictions riddles with borrowings from other authors and hollow of significance.

Sometimes when I attempt fantasy (and not in short doses but in novel-riffic ideas) I get lost in the story, the difficult details, the magic, government, military, journey. . .Which sucks because my favorite part of any book is the characters. I love humanity--the awkwardness, the struggle, the emotion--and I love characters in my favorite books as if they were real people. I cry for them, I squee for them, and, sometimes, I long for their company. However, characters never quite come to full light in my fantasy. They blend in with the stereotypical fantasy characters. I can classify them on sight and sort them into groups. I hate that.

So. I have a plan. And if you know me, you know my love for plans. Here it goes: next time I go to pen a story idea, I'm going to pause. I'm going to do what I really love first. I'm going to set the cast and write through them, know their ends and outs before I ever drench their world in magic and dreams. And to know a person is to know their life, their world. Knowing them and the decisions they've made (or not made) will paint my fantasy dream for me.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Summer heat sucks more than energy...

It also seems to suck inspiration and general ability to think coherently from someone foolish enough to acknowledge that it is summer, and then innocently realizes they have free time to actually do something.
Ariyana and I were discussing this earlier on the phone. Why is it, when you have the time, the peace and quiet an empty home provides, the knowledge that you have absolutely NOTHING to do it is almost impossible to pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and write something? Its almost as if as the temprerature rises outside the ability to be creative lowers.
And of course, when you're in full swing of college with a full 15 hour course load, 3 papers, 2 projects, and 54 hours of observations to complete within the next week and a half in seems as if nothing but ideas, characters, locations, situations, and conflicts fill your head, begging to be released.
What's the point of having a break when you are unable to do what you want?
Might as well cancel summer if that's the case.