Sugar Rush

Well, the other day I decided to make some sweet tea. We were out of sugar, so I had to go buy some and then it was time for some sweet tea.

The formula is pretty simple.  Hot water to a large container with sugar.  Let the sugar dissolve, then add the tea bags. Let it steep for a while.  Afterwards, slowly add the tea to a pitcher with ice and water. Tea completed.

Well that day I didn’t move fast enough for a family member–who wanted tea, like yesterday. Well, he decided to make it. I didn’t worry or, care until I tasted it, and then I  noticed my newly retouched sugar bowl was mighty empty.

So I asked him how much sugar he placed in the tea.  He gave a modest amount, but that tea was over-sweetened, and I couldn’t drink it.  So I had to go back, and steep two more tea bags, then add it to this pitcher. Therefore the tea is far stronger than I wanted even with more water, but it cut down a lot of the sweetness.

I am so salty now cause I’ve wasted sugar and tea correcting someone who thought they were correcting me. I suppose I should move faster to make the tea, but how the hell is it supposed to steep if I don’t allow it to have time to steep?

I’m not buying any more sugar this week, or tea bags. We’ll just have to drink water if we run out of both.

Happy creative endeavors.

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It’s Not About Me

I write this, searching for a title, then I realizes that it is about me.  Or its not about my ego. What I keep going for is writing on a daily basis to keep me pushing forward. When I don’t have much to say, I still end up wanting to put something down.

Earlier today it occurred to me that I need to get the rest of my ideas in order, otherwise I’d be slacking off. At some point I need to see my writing evolve beyond the stages of plotting, planning, and revisions. It needs to be published and/or produced.

The obvious is always, “keep writing,” however I should add to it, “and keep pushing and evolving as an artist.” I do love the process, and sometimes it does feel like a hard grind, but there needs to be some payoff beside me struggling.  Some light at the end of the tunnel.

Odd to feel at odds with writing, yet that’s what’s happening.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

More Character Development

Hurricane Irma really put some worry in the past few days, and it also gave me time to contemplate where I’m going at with my idea.  I thought a lot about the genre (science-fiction) and how this impacted the world I created.  I thought of some antagonists for the hero outside of his family and friends.

As always, I want to keep them down to two sentences, and haven’t named them.  I’m keeping them to four at the moment, as it will be easy to manage in my head, and on paper.  for abbreviation they are A 1- 4

A #1 is a spiritual leader who is looking to get Mom in her flock and, thus have influence over Mom and second son.  Cannot strike the ideal balance between controlling ways and spiritual guidance.

A #2: Is a businessman who loves to win, dominate, and destroy any competition that dares reveal itself to him. Cannot rest while Second Son holds more power, respect, and influence than him and he has no way to unseat the Second Son.

A #3 is a politician who has a city that is suffering in resources, and has made the decision to do whatever it takes to have what his city needs to survive.

A #4: Is a resourceful journalist who wants to know everything for her stories on powerful people. She’s know for her unflinching focus on the truth, decisive and candid questions, and her tenacity.

My goal is to see how these characters play out in the series.  I hope to have more thoughts on them, as I flesh them out over time. Also I realize them being antagonists doesn’t mean they are 100% evil. They have conflict with the MC.

Happy creative endeavors.

 

 

Chaos Party

So now that I have my characters, I have been brainstorming episode ideas that I hope will help me expand  into more ideas. I said I wanted ten, but pushing for twenty. My notebook is filled with ideas.  For grins and giggles, I’m posting five of them below.

I want to name the characters, but the generic names kinda helped me not get too attached in an odd sort of way.

These are really raw ideas, and I need to ask more direct/specific questions of the ideas in order to find some tangible answers to the problems.

  • Second Son (MC) has meetings with future self. If this an elaborate deception, hallucination, or does future self have hidden agenda?
  • Mom is having relationship with ex-husband, and MC’s ex-friend.  She loves neither of them, and goes to great lengths to keep this info from both of her sons, and both of her partners from discovering they aren’t her one and only. She is also plagued with managing a staff that she’s distracted from keeping in line.
  • Mom is worried about MC’s stability as people make demands of his time and efforts, so she takes control of his appointments, and people are forced to deal with her.
  • Ex-GF shows up, and she won’t be denied the opportunity to see MC. Even thought she made a mess of their relationship, she feels attached to him, and hates that she can’t break things off completely.  MC has great disdain for her and Ex-Friend, and doesn’t want a thing to do with her, but is stuck in her orbit.
  • MC has a meeting with important political, religious, and social groups that are hell-bent on him catering to their desires, however, he has to figure out how to resolve all demands on his terms, or face being under people’s thumbs.

Family Affair

After yesterday’s post I let some ideas marinate some more and found myself asking why these characters do what they do. I took it a step further and decided I should do it in two or less sentences.

Dad: He resents the hell outta his family for cramping his free-spirited style and punished them with 100% no contact for years.  Now he wants a second chance.

Mom: Hates feeling vulnerable after hubby dumped her and the kids, and this has lead to eventual toughness, and her second chance with her son. She fears she’s falling back into old patterns, especially when her husband comes back into their lives.

First Son: Embraces his vices (drinking, gambling, affairs) as they serve his narcissism, and thus makes him feel better about himself.  It’s really about what people can do for him.

Second Son: Has had an emotional disconnect with the world, and has a new chance at life, but must find his voice/confidence, or he’ll drag himself and others down. Often spends time peacefully in his thoughts.

I have more ideas for characters, namely the grandparents. The main thing was to get the family in place.

Also this is a sort of fantastical story, however the characters needed to feel real to me, or else they’d simply be passive in the world. The true tension will come from people not events.

Sons of the Tigress

Yesterday I was so energized by working on the Mom character for the story, I put more thought into her sons.  So far, I have two children and an ex-husband to develop.  As per yesterday’s post, Mom is a tigress in a business suit. She thought she lost her second son, whom she mistreated, and if she had a second chance, she’d be a better mom to him.

So first son: He’s a rockstar on a beer budget.  My thought of the character was, really, that’s his best. That’s who he is though.  He is charismatic, and narcissistic.  Now that his brother’s returned, he’s more than a little bit peeved that the attention is not solely on him.

The second son is a man of many hats and consummate actor. He has to be. He’s gone from being a nobody to the most influential man in the world. This has placed him in an awkward position as he is used to being questioned/doubted, as well as dysfunctional.

He struggles heavily with people who are more than happy to drop their problems at his feet to solve to their satisfaction.

BONUS CHARACTER: Dad.  Can’t leave him out.  He abandoned his wife and kids after Mom gave birth to the second son.  He’s an enigmatic fine wine. He’s rich in flavor and strength, but he’s always out of reach for those who truly need them.

Dad’s a natural charmer, and can be attentive, considerate, and generous, when it suits him to be. When he cuts you off though, you feel it, and it is a cruel cut.

Now this gotta marinate on my brain some.  LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

Tuesday and Mom Thinks It’s Wednesday

It’s funny cause my Mom was telling me she was sure it’s Wednesday. I’m like, way to undermine my confidence –in jest, of course. Sometimes days seem to run together and blend, which can be frustrating, BUT is a small thing to overcome.

That said, it’s part of my day now, and I’ve gotten in the habit of noticing things and writing them down.  Why write them down? It’s part of writing, and often leads to other ideas.  For example; what would happen if we were thrown off not for a moment, but for years, and we have to put our life back together?

Or, what if a parent was undermining their child?  A bit dark, but I’m intrigued enough to want to explore the concept more (which started off as confusion and a joke)

It’s the stuff of creativity, which is the house I dwell in, so nothing’s too small to overlook, in regards to ideas and putting them down on paper.  Ideas are fine, but to take this further would require more thought and details to turn this from simple ideas to a premise that makes me, the writer, want to work more on it, BUT I know now there’s a start.

Happy creative endeavors.