One Goal Met

May 24, 2015 at 11:21 AM (Challenges, Editing, Genre, Rewriting, Scripts) (, , , , )

A few days ago I completed the third episode of the TV spec pilot, and dropped that mic. If felt good to finish the first round of drafts.  Mind you, I immediately wanted to edit and rewrite it, but I thought it needed a few days to cool down.  Spent yesterday working on a short story that I don’t know where its going, and I kind of like that, just a little.  I also worked on a previous short story that got weird on me (more on that later). Today I need to address the TV scripts.

In regards to the scripts, I want to go through and do a “voice” edit, and add some details/Information. Voice editing is me making sure the characters have consistent voices. A few of the characters didn’t get a stronger voice until I wrote more of them.

In retrospect I should have placed much more time and faith in my outlines. This is because part of the reason for the outline was to see where the story was going, and that some things got resolved quicker in outlines. At the very least a problem can be mulled over when addressed early. Things turned out well, and the saving grace for me is that I am going to re-read and rewrite soon.

The weirds short story:  I’ve had this one for a while.  it’s a dark tale, and I remember I removed a weird part, but it still had violent content. I put back in the weird, and elaborated. I think this changes the story, and now for the sake of rewriting with clarity, I need to know the overall direction. So this dark psychological tale is now a weird, dark psychological tale.

Happy creative endeavors.

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It’s Always About the Story II

May 19, 2015 at 3:39 PM (Blogging, Brainstorm, Creativity, Strength, Writing) (, , , , )

Part of knowing your worth, and specifically what I believe my worth is as an artist is knowing that I do feel I need to place more effort into the story, and less onto what I’m doing.  It sounds odd to mention this, or how to articulate the topic further, but an elaboration is called for as partly a statement, and philosophy.  I suppose it is in part, and artists statement.

The goal is to fulfill those ideas I’ve documented, and progressed via my notes and files with ideas, and partly written material. It is not a race, but rather a desire to see creativity produced past a stage where the comfort zone reigns.  There is a pure talent for creating, and writing, but the creation aspect remains the strongest.  There must be  a competent that takes the dream to the next level in what medium best suits the project.

With that said, its not about waiting for the muse to strike, having a bad day/week, or even for someone’s blessings to push forward.  The writing comes first, and must see its way to completion.  The only limitation is the mind. Rejection, and the fear of it is not the hear of why the story must go on. The story must move forward. I must move forward. Progression is the key to success.

It is also not about being a machine, or perfectionism. Its about rising to the occasion to where the talent surpasses where it once was, and has an opportunity to not only flourish, but to feel successful, strong, and taking steps to be a better artist in the world I live in. It is also about taking the power I hold, and putting it to  positive, expressive, use.  This is no chore, but a passion.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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It’s Always About the Story

May 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM (Art, Blessings, Blogging, Creativity, Writing) (, , , , )

There was a woman on TV the other day whose name I forgot, but she said something I latched onto. She said for women to “know your worth,” and to “know your brand.” While I’m not a woman, I think the goal of empowering people is a noble one, and everyone can use pick me up in their lives. She was speaking of women in the workplace getting better salaries and finding success. I, who am always looking for improvement with my creativity found her words resonating with me.

Speaking strictly for myself, getting ducks to line up isn’t always easy, but some struggles are to be expected. If I’ve learned anything about life is that we can’t control how things turn out, but rather I must strive to know and do better. Each moment must be better than the last, otherwise we all risk repeating the same mistakes over and over. Kudos to all who strive to be better than they were in life as a person, and in their endeavors. I encourage and wish everyone more strength and success n your endeavors.

The above mentioned statements had me thinking of  my own writing/artistry, and how to know my worth and brand.  It has to be always be about the story, and not what I’m doing. It doesn’t mean that the ups and downs aren’t important, but if the focus can shift to the material, and telling the stories the characters lay at my feet. It means more writing needs to get done.  This is also a way for me to put aside my own feelings, desires and woes and serve the writing with a renewed sense of purpose.

In reality, I’d love to see more projects completed at a stronger pace, and I’ve seen myself halt, procrastinate, and abandon projects for multiple reasons–which don’t matter, since the goal is to make the stories whole, not make me whole. I’m already whole.  My life and world isn’t perfect, but there are resources that shall allow me to further my craft. Its time they got to completion, and less on my dreams of completion.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Watch “Courtesan playing with a cat” on YouTube

May 16, 2015 at 7:23 PM (Uncategorized)

Watch “Courtesan playing with a cat” on YouTube.

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Have a Seat

May 16, 2015 at 6:05 PM (Writing, Rewriting, Challenges, Food, Scripts) (, , , , )

Been on my feet cooking some spaghetti.  Made a meat sauce, and used lean ground beef, and spicy Italian sausage. Clearly I didn’t think the beef would be as dry as it is, but lean is lean.  In addition to the meat, I flavored the pot with sautéed onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, then seasoned with basil, salt, pepper, and chopped garlic. I’m hoping the taste offsets the dryness of the beef. You don’t miss that beef fat until you don’t have it.  For those who don’t use meat all all, you likely never miss it.

Last night there were revisions done, and that’s small progress, but still progress. I’d like to get the last ten or so pages done over the weekend.  At least I hope to get them done.  I’m tired right now.  I didciddd while I’m having this seat, it was time to write this blog post, which I’m glad I did. All I really want, in this moment, is to stay off my feet, and possibly a nap.  It’s not going to happen, but I can dream, right? Was supposed to make some sweet tea, so I better get on top of that.  Also the water hasn’t boiled yet for the noodles. That should be started soon.

As always, happy creative endeavors.  Also have a seat, and rest your legs.  Mine are tired.

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Coffee and Music

May 15, 2015 at 11:23 AM (Writing, Blogging, Challenges, Blessings, Scripts) (, , , , )

its one of those days where I tell myself to get things together and write. That must be every day, right, but if its one day at a time, the goal is to make the best of the moment. Otherwise my mind and day will be wasted worrying about tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone, so at best, all that needs to be done is to write.

Made no progress on the script, and that’s my fault. I focused and worried on other things.  That’s not to say i didn’t write, but the desire to complete episode three should be stronger within me. Yes, there are other ideas to come to me. A friend did suggest, that as a writer that its rare to have time to develop and refine like I have.  Lets face it, if this was in development, I’d have less time to resolve my woes. I’d get it done, right?

So I put on my headphones, and start this post, and what I found is that I’ve been writing, and focusing on nothing else. Music seems to down out the world, so to speak.  Everything else is a distraction.  If I have to focus on this day, then this isn’t a bad way to go.  Now I need to reclaim an essay I should have taken out of my Notes app, and worked on for posting.

One day at a time, and one word at a time for our stories. Things will get done, and I believe in you, and myself to resolve our woes and projects.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Semi-Cool Day

May 14, 2015 at 12:43 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Prose, Rewriting, Scripts) (, , , , )

Today is one of those days where I got up, and reviewed some of the material I’ve previously written. It’s me convincing myself to open the laptop, and get that writing ball rolling today. What can i say, i am stressed, and part of me doesn’t want to sit down and think on writing. The smarter part of me knows that it’s unwise to dwell on the negative, and pray that I get that ball rolling, and not just wish it to happen.

What I did do, and don’t want to talk about it too much yet, is that I have written some essays that needs mad revisions. They are not up to par, and I’d like to take some time to get those at least uploaded to my blog, and scheduled for posting. There are also some “retroposts” I have yet to upload.

The TV script needs more work, as usual. Revisions is a thankless, never-ending job, To be honest, once I get into the mix of things, I am more than happy to do the revisions. The other stories and ideas that popped up in my brain also got some sort of file created.  I did revise a chapter for a story.  I’d love to keep at it, since it draws my attention.  I know me, I want a theme, and flesh out more cast, just so that I can have an idea where its going.

The prose story has some heat to it, at the moment, so I need to keep writing. At the very least, it gets the mind thinking about writing and continuing to write.  Also my desire to revise some of the lines of dialogue so that they are less plain spoken to a more dynamic/poetic. I kinda want to run back to the prose story.  Maybe I should transfer it out of Notes to a Word file. So long as I keep writing.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Falling off and on the Writing Wagon

May 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM (Challenges, Chaos, Creativity, Scripts, Television Scripts) (, , , , )

Some days are better than some for creating. Since the last post, writing has been sporadic, and that has made me feel a bit low. It seems that crisis after crisis keeps popping up, and that feeling that they can’t be resolved arises and districts. The goal and cure, is to get back on the writing wagon. That I can do.  I have to remember to take things one day at a time. 

It would also do me good to focus on the positve, stay upbeat, and complete my goal. There are at least ten pages left of episode three to write. I’d like to see that addressed today. Yesterday I got some dialogue down for a scene. It, and another previous writing moment need to be formatted properly and added to the script. Later down the line, I will address rewrites for the first epsiode.  

As always, happy creative endeavors to all.  

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The Weekend

May 2, 2015 at 2:01 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Motivation, Scripts, Writing) (, , , , )

Hello,

It’s been a few days since I’ve written, and there have been ups and downs. First, I have been working on the TV script’s third episode, which is always a positive event. There were days where I refused to do anything but write (no video games, or much social media). Then, I had some upsets while job hunting, and trying to get myself together, which took all of the creativity out of me. At first I was worried, upset, and going through the motions.  Being unemployed is rough, and it is trying, but like I tell people, I have to persevere. There’s no such thing as laying down and giving up. So I take the bad with the good.

Needless to say, i told myself tofu that I would get back into writing the script. There were some plot logic issues, my stressed out mind seemed to work through, and I tell myself to get on top of these new ideas, and pout them to file.  By time I take a break today, I want to do a backup save, which I so need to get done. It’s what the flash drive was made for, right? Save that material, and keep me from freaking out.

I also admit to missing blogging. I seem to be feeling like I’m overwhelmed, and can’t get simple task done, but that’s not true. I can get back to blogging. It takes time and dedication, which I’ve demonstrated in spades. We are all human, and sometimes stuff happens to upset the apple cart. The good thing for all of is to dust ourselves off and try again. None of us are so easily dispatched or defeated.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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This is the Sun, Shining Through

April 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Blahs, Challenges, comedy, Genre, Writing) (, , , , )

Sometimes, just sometimes when that blah mood moves in, I find myself wanting to laugh more than I would under that cloud. Those days are filled with a sadness that doesn’t really make sense, but then when humor breaks through it’s a gift. Something that feels good, and so right. It doesn’t have to be perfect, only positive. I always suggest taking things a day at a time, because sometimes you can’t get things done if you try to take on too much at a given time.

So as things find themselves coated in a murky slate color, what breaks through is that slice of humor that can bite, simply bring the wit, or give us that little hint of humor, and let my face crack a smile, then things will work towards a better resolution, and I won’t feel at a loss.

So what does this mean for my writing? Perhaps I should put some effort towards something funny, and fun. Something to take my mind off the heaviness, and woes. Something to share to help others feel that hint of humor, and allow them to see that life isn’t so bad. That little sliver of light can break through, and it’ll be a matter of time before things fall into place for you too.

Also who can resist a good laugh? A chance to chase away not only woes, but to just unwind with humor.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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