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Posts Tagged ‘writing blurb’

A website to kill time with

Posted by brenatevi on August 28, 2008

TV Tropes. As a writer, I find everything about creating interesting, and that website is about all of the little things writers do in writing… That made no sense at all. Well, any ways, enjoy the Tropes, and I hope you don’t waste too much time on that site.

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And the words flowed freely

Posted by brenatevi on August 18, 2008

Over 2000 words tonight between my newest short story, my MMO article for Station K7, and my evil blog, and maybe some more work on my novel. All in all a good night. Also bought the newest Shinedown album mp3s from Amazon.com (no DRM kiv. :P) I’ve listened to it several times, and I’m still trying to get a handle on it. Considering it’s been 3 years since they released a new album, it’s dificult to rewire my brain to the new tunes (I listen to the first two albums in the original play order quite frequently.) I’m thinking I like it, 6th or 7th listen so far, so it’s obvious I don’t hate it. 😛 There’s a couple weak songs that don’t quite grab me, but I just tune them out. 😛

So a new album to listen to, and some decent writing tonight. I’m happy.

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Notes from my desk

Posted by brenatevi on August 15, 2008

I’ve put the King’s Name script rewrite on hold, mainly because I just haven’t found it entertaining enough, and no one has been knocking down my door based on my treatment… granted, they probably have no idea where the treatment is. This place is organized like my desk, which is poorly.

Speaking of my desk, I had been rummaging around it and I found a fragment of the screenplay (one of the very few fragments, I’m certain.) And it’s done using the actors’ initials, because I keep seeing their faces when I work on this:

Ray: Your power is now mine.
LL pulls out a sword
R: A sword? How about three?
JRD: I concur.
JRD steps in, produces three swords. JRD and R fight over and around LL, who is too weak to party. Eventually, JRD gets stabbed (as in the movie,) but is able to blow R away (Ray does the melty skeleton thingy.

The “melty skeleton thingy” made me laugh and decide to share this. It sounds like something from a Taco Bell commercial.

The interesting thing about the King’s Name treatment is that it gave me a tool that I never thought about before: note pads that are 2.5″ wide and 8.5″ long. I’ve been writing my novel notes on these things, and I have come to appreciate them because it really forces me to keep my thoughts concise, although admittedly almost to the point of being incomprehensible. Which is fine, my notes are meant as a way to outline where I’m going, so unless I die, the notes are going to be a footnote, and nothing more. And if I die, well… I’m going to be beyond caring if my novel gets finished or not. With my handwriting, it would have been hard to decipher even if I went long form (especially since I’ve been jotting before I go to bed; the more tired I get, the sloppier my handwriting.)

So even if I’ve been regurgitating an old story here, I have been working on new stuff, just in handwritten form.

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Minor Character Awareness Month

Posted by brenatevi on July 29, 2008

As I wrote about a week ago, the minor, oftentimes unnamed, characters are important to me, especially when they die. reading 1632 by Eric Flint, I came across this plague once again. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed 1632, thought it was well written and engaging (I finished it by reading 7 hours straight,) but towards the end, a minor character buys the farm in a heroic way, saving one of the main characters, and, and… that was the last he was mentioned. It didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book, but it did disappoint me. All I wanted was a throwaway line like, “Thank God such and such stepped in front of me, or I would have been dead.” It’s one line, and shouldn’t be THAT hard to fit in.

So in remembrance of all of those characters that have died and then were forgotten by their writers, I would like a moment of silence.

Oh, and someone smack me if I ever do the same thing I’m complaining about.

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Outsourcing Panic

Posted by brenatevi on July 23, 2008

“Junior executive assistant to the vice speaking chairman Drebin, plrease step forward.”

Drebin had to stop and do some mental calculus to make sure that the senior executive speaking officer was actually talking to it. If he had meant Drebin’s boss, he would have surely said “Vice speaking chairman Lolcats.” Drebin also mentally subtracted the “r” from please; it doesn’t do to correct a senior executive speaking officer.

And Drebin had done all of this mental math in a nanosecond, which is the reason that it was Junior executive assistant to the vice speaking chairman. “Yes sir?”

“The stockmarket has taken a kazillion point dive. After the last market adjustment, we were forced to layoff too many jobs, and none of the executives are qualified to deal with the situation at hand.”

“Excuse me sir?”

And this is why Drebin wasn’t a Senior executive assistant to the vice speaking chairman. Neither its mind reading skills nor its fluency in bureacraticese had developed enough to deal well with situations such as these. Soon, Drebin promised in the quarter second it was allowed once it realized its faux pax.

“You are forgiven. You are still young. As I was saying, we do not have the correct personnel for panic. Call Hondolorin of Profesionals R Us. Get us the best in frantic.”

“May I ask why, sir?”

“We need people to jump out the windows as our stock plummets, unless you are volunteering.”

“No sir. Any particular species?”

*

I tapped this out on my cellphone while waiting at an appointment. I love my Treo. The title was one I came up with quite a while back, and I’m not sure what I was thinking at the moment, because all I did was type out the title and the rest of the file was blank. But I’m quite happy with end result, even if it is a bit short.

For a moment, I was going to take it a more serious route, but reconsidered. The title just wasn’t one that lent well to seriousness.

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Through the Equation

Posted by brenatevi on July 22, 2008

I stared at the computer screen as if I could become one with the computer through sheer willpower alone. That’s what happens when you work at a problem for over twenty-four hours. I could have given up a while back, like after the first hour, but when I had first started working, I had felt like I was on the cusp of something big, something important. The words “zero point radiation” echoed through my head, and no matter how I manipulated the symbols, I couldn’t capture the exact meaning of those words. The equations would come close, yet never exactly encompass my thoughts. It was exactly this close, yet always so far.

The equations flowed through my mind, and I felt that was the essence of zero point radiation. I dived into the equations from a different angle, not looking for the exactly correct equations, the right symbols, but the ones that skirt the idea, that approximate the essence of my thoughts. Like skipping a stone around a vortex, my mind whirled in an ever tightening arc. The equations fell into place, showing me the outline of the truth I had been looking for. My heart quickened as the world slowly made more sense than it ever had before. I felt it, I felt that I was about to make the last jump, the last equation that would make it all crystallize.

I was through. I could see the entire universe, the way it was all connected, from the alpha to the omega. There was just too much to share, too much to explain to everyone, so I let go and basked into the glory of it all.

*

You ever have an idea that you couldn’t explain at a particular point in time, and when you are talking about it, you know that it’s brilliant, but the words slip away from you like an otter doused in Vaseline, and instead of sounding brilliant, you sound like you “have a mouth full of stupid?” (Thank you Howard Tayler for passing on that beautiful phrase.) This is the end result of several of those conversations. I’ve gotten into several arguments that revolved around the idea perception determining our reality, and could never quite pin down what I was trying to say. It goes to show how bloody stubborn I can be when it comes to this sort of stuff, which is why I write; I need a way out for everything I think, and there aren’t very many people that are willing to put up with me when I’m hanging on to a topic like a bulldog clamped to your leg. I often get told “Drop it” when I keep arguing way past the moment the argument was over.

Instead, I keep turning the thoughts in my head, like the character in this story, coming at it from different angles, until finally “Synthesis!” That isn’t to say that I’m going to give up on the topic, because I might find yet another angle that I like better, but for the moment, this is as good as it gets.

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Transmutation of thought

Posted by brenatevi on July 20, 2008

I had started a blog entry for this site, taking on a subject more appropriate for my “demon blog” (trust me, you are better off mentally if you don’t ever visit that site. Can’t say I didn’t warn you.) But a funny thing happened; something I wrote got me thinking about how to use it in a story. Thirty minutes later (most of that was trying to figure out structure) and I had a piece of flash fiction, good stuff if I say so myself (I’ll link as soon when it gets published by 365tomorrows.com; yup, great site, go visit if you like scifi.)

This is the reason I keep writing blogs, even if its little blurbs that don’t seem to have much content. I have no idea what will prompt me to write a great story. Anything and everything might give me exactly what I need to spark the imagination; to me, being a writer is exploring the unlikeliness of the universe. If I reject an idea without exploring it, I might have passed on a great idea, no matter how ugly the idea might sound to someone else.

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On webcomics

Posted by brenatevi on July 18, 2008

Stop, or I’ll floss you!

The cruelest shred.

I’ve been reading webcomics for over 8 years now. I got started with UserFriendly, and my list of comics I follow all the time has grown and shrunk, depending on how I’m feeling. Some comics just couldn’t hold on to my attention, like CAD, Sluggy Freelance, and others. I’m not saying that they are terrible comics, and if you are enjoying them still, good for you. I’m saying that they couldn’t hold my attention, which really isn’t saying much because there are times when I have the span of a chipmunk high on uppers. Who knows? I might get bored one night and go back through the archives and see if they twig me again, but I doubt it.

On the other hand, there are comics that I check daily, looking for my next fix. Some nights, I go back through their archives, because I have nothing better to do, and really need a laugh. I’ve been through the Schlock Mercenary archives enough times that I have no idea when I started reading it. Seriously. I know it was over 4 years ago, because it has always been on my mess of a home page. I’m thinking 2002, not that it really matters. Howard always tells a great story, and I’m always wondering what’s going to happen next (sometimes the story slows down, but those moments never daunted me.)

And then there’s two above; the Foglios always tell a great story, between Buck Godot and Girl Genius, but I found the one listed above hilariously ingenious. I mean, who would have though of using floss as a threat? Both Buck and Girl show how wondrously strange the world can be.

And then Evil Inc, a comic mainly told from the perspective of the villains. And I find the current storyline strangely moving. It’s a piece of paper, yet I cared about what happened to it. That to me is what creation is all about, creating characters you care about, even if you just care to hate them (and sometimes those are the characters you care most about, simply because it’s so easy and fun to hate them, and they leave a huge impression on you.)

It’s what I hope to accomplish every time I put my thoughts down, either on paper, or sending it through the electronic ether.

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Things I love about writing is when…

Posted by brenatevi on July 15, 2008

…When you get it right. This was a year ago, but I didn’t realize that there was a message board, so I didn’t visit to see how my story was received. I wish I had… I’m a writer, I don’t need my ego stroked… *cough*

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No writing…

Posted by brenatevi on July 15, 2008

I spent the night reading Demonology 101.  It’s been over for a long time, but I keep it on my home page because it was so well done, in my opinion (as for why, I might touch on it tonight.)  For some reason Faith’s other comic, Ice, just didn’t grab me the same way, but that just might have been my mood; I’ll eventually try it again on a night I want to kill time.  Oh, and watching Conan.  The interesting thing about Conan is that I found it much more contemplative than I remember; there are long stretches where he says absolutely nothing, and he seems all broodish to me (no, that isn’t a word, but I refuse to bow down to Grammar Nazis at 7am before I’m going to bed.)

I pretty much wrote this up so I would have something written for today; trying for a daily update, after a long stretch of nothing.  We’ll see.

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