Deadlines

Ok, deadline arrives next Monday. So I gotta get to work on it, so by time.the weekend arrived, I’ll be good.

All I have to is have a typed cast list with at least a paragraph written on each character. I also need to separate the primary cast from the secondary.

I will work it out.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Sunday Dinner

Hey ya’ll. I have to make dinner, and I feel rather mopey. Still, the spaghetti won’t cook itself, will it? Needless to say, I got to a congested grocery store. And waited to pay and get home. That’s when I remembered that I haven’t blogged yet. Ooops.

I did start the day writing. I really wanted, and did write down what I thought the first episode would consist of. I went further and came up with a new character and possible storyline from that. So writing, cooking, and feeding myself is good.

Last night I did get distracted by gaming, but I can’t game while cooking, or writing. So I’d love to see more writing and food. Gaming later today. LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

What Day is It?

Howdy, a little discombobulated, hence the title. I’m convinced, at least, blogging once per day, helps me write more. Working on a character’s background. I am glad I jotted it down. Gotta go, check my calendar, and get myself together. A brother is writing, but he a hot mess today too.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Petite Post XIII Hurricane to the Carolinas

I am writing, and there’s a hurricane heading mainly to NC, but SC (where I’m at) is gonna get some of the effects. That’s never good, but we get at least one hurricane per year it seems.

Wrote more thoughts and plot points down for this sci-fi series. This story has taken over my creativity. It isnt a bad thing. I simply wasnt expecting it to be so pervasive. Happy to have pen and paper on hand to keep writing stuff down. Up to bed time I scribbled my.last note. Thankfully its legible.

Slowly I’ve been writing down character backgrounds. I guess this is the initial discovery phase. Also I am positive research will inspire more changes.

Happy creative endeavors.

Petite Post VIII: Love of Mischief

Last night I chatted with a writing friend. It was fun. One of my thoughts was writing stories that tested a hero/main character’s patience against michevious events. I, the writer, am essentially trolling my MC.

To me, the goofier the story, the better it is for me. Part of my goal is to share some humor, since some days are meh, and I want to feel happy in my escapism. I live for mischief in my fiction.

So, I need to focus on this aspect, at least to complete a new projects. See if it works, doesnt work, or something can be pulled from that.

Happy creative endeavors. .

Southeast Location

I took a few days away from working on my series that was inspired from my jokes, and after yesterday’s blog post on story styles, I felt inspired to revisit the concept with more thoughts.  Let me also add that I will have to do some research, so we’ve gone into a new stage.

As per past posts the story revolves around a man who has global influence, and is trying to work with his dysfunctional family.  My initial thoughts is he was trying to find his voice. That still holds true, but I think he has a new role he’s trying to please a lot of people while remaining true to himself.

I think the MC/hero/protagonist starts and LLC, and it grows like wildfire. His mom is in charge of the business as she manages him, the finances, and the demands.  She has become the an influential person who is the closest to her son.

Location was another aspect I worked on.  The story takes place in Charleston, SC (or outside the city). This is personal, as I am from the south, and I know this region well.  The main setting is the business which is set in a restored southern mansion.

Needless to say I need to brush up on businesses, and southern mansions, because I’d like for this to be a strong aspect of the series.   This also made me think of ideas for the series.

Below are some notes I made as thought this out:

  • Getting sued.  I know it’s an LLC, BUT I imagine people want access to the MC unfiltered.
  • The MC has a unintentional monopoly no on can match, and this sets some people’s shorts on fire.
  • People want favors at the MC’s expense.
  • People want Mom’s favor and try to bribe or blackmail her,
  • MC has to learn when to say “no,” and not being a people pleaser when the business has policies he and his mom are ironing out.
  • Mom and MC are having issues over policies.  Some she insists upon, others he insists upon.

Tomorrow I may post something I found to be a problem: I want to create some other relatives that have positive influence on the MC.  I’m thinking an aunt (Mom’s sis) and a Uncle (Dad’s brother) who may or may not work for him.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Softening the Villain

I write this with two particular villains in mind who I thought were the most interesting characters in their respective films. I’m speaking of Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, and Darth Vader in Star Wars (original trilogy). Both characters held a lot of mystery and a particular brand of evil that was interesting to watch unfold.

What I did notice is when both characters became the central character of their own films, their stories and characters changed, and in many ways we saw they were not evil, but misunderstood, and that has in effect, cut off their true potency.

When I first talked about both characters, I suggested they were more like tragic heroes with a fatal flaw. They had desire, motive, and they made things happen.  Both Maleficent and Darth Vader paid the ultimate price for their actions. Only one of them remained relentlessly evil, while the other had a change of heart.

That said, when looking at the film, Maleficent, we see that Maleficent is the victim, and it is her trust that is betrayed. This betrayal turned her into a spiteful person, who acts out of malice and revenge.

This is a completely different character from the original, who was pure evil, didn’t give a damn how you felt, she was going to do as she pleased.  Granted that would make for a dark live action film (kids may be scared of her), but let’s be honest, she was the mistress of all evil. That’s a huge part of her appeal.

In the prequels of Star Wars, we get to see Darth Vader as Anakin Skywalker. It could be argued that it was only after Obi-Wan defeated Anakin, and left him to die in Revenge of the Sith is when he really turned evil.

Up until that point, Anakin was cocky, murderous, and extremely petulant. After he was defeated, humiliated, and left to burn alive is where he suffered, got angry, and realized the totality of his actions–which had been vile, and sadly this did not make him regret who he became. I would dare say that’s when the story starts.

Maleficent’s origin film allows for her to be re-branded as a dark heroine, while Darth Vader’s origin attempts to depict his tragic fall from hero to evil.  For the purpose of the Maleficent film, the character’s evil roots were purged in favor of a more kid-appealing villain, while the Star Wars prequels took a route to fill in gaps.

Both de-mystified their strongest characters with mixed results.