Researching

I looked up some articles for the novel. The reason was I really didn’t know too much about formal and fine arts dancing. This is an important component of the story, and I sort of treated it in it’s simplest terms. That’s not the perspective I want to keep as I progress.

That said, I also had time to think about the novel, and my creativity came to play. This lead to me researching one of my fave topics (Greek/Roman mythology) and found some details I can add to the story.

I still have a lot more research to do for the novel, and the pilot script(s) I’m working towards completing.  It feels like I’m strengthening the foundations of the respective projects. I need to keep reading more material as I feel this will greatly inform my character’s world and my stronger entry into the hero’s world.

At least that’s my dream. Will keep pushing to make the dream a reality.

Happy creative endeavors.

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The Old New Script

Recently I reviewed my script I wrote for a fantasy TV show. Now that I have some lessons under my belt on writing better, I decided to look at the main character  (MC) and see what I thought.

The MC: the new, resourceful and cocky lawman in town who aims stop supernatural crimes, and not take anyone’s BS.

This is an ensemble story, he really shapes the pilot and how we see the world.

The second MC: Talented, aristocratic snot whose family pays a steep price for his escapades, and he must now stay obedient in order to prevent them from even more hostility.

Third MC: Insufferable, unorthodox  know-it-all who loves his secrets, and his authority unquestioned.

The fourth MC: Confident, bold, and witty librarian who would rather spend time out in the field rather than with old books.

I had other characters that appear, but I wanted the identify the “primary” four who I could describe into a sentence or two.

I did have one antagonist.  I was trying to figure out how to described him.

Antagonist 1: Brilliant chemist with a sadistic streak, and great contempt for the wealthy.

This is what I’m revising. Happy to look at it again, and at least get a handhold on the characters.

T.I.P.R.

Tailgating off my last post on ideas becoming a premise, I took out a sheet and wrote out story title, idea, premise, and lastly research topics. This is me trying to get my concepts into some type of rotation I can complete.  For example, the novel (yes, I still work on it) has aspects of dance in them, so I have some books on dancing to take notes on.

The TV show has several topics, such as; LLC, politics, religion, dysfunctional families, corporate business, and self-confidence.  I need to read some articles at minimum on these, and maybe peep a book or two for some varying point of views.

Research plays an important part in stories, as it gives authenticity to the text, as well as clarifies points to help shape the story better.  I am sure I can find more articles.

So now I have a to do list of work to be done.  Sadly, I put this on a blank sheet of paper, and not a notebook.  it’s still attached to my clipboard. May need to buy a binder soon, to make sure I hold onto papers like this.

Happy creative endeavors.

No Support, No Tank…Yet

Since everything is a story in itself, and serves for inspiration for whatever anyone may do, let me tell you of my adventures in gaming–namely Paladins.   Paladins is an online multiplayer FPS (First Person Shooter). Similar to MOBAs, but it’s in first person. It’s closer to Overwatch than it is to Smite (Hi-Rez makes both games Paladins and Smite, BTW) .

I started the game a while ago, however abandoned it for a while. Yesterday was the day to get reacquainted.  Why the abandonment? I was playing multiple games, and this one was frustrating me.

I was frustrated because even though I was equally new, the team composition was always off. Everyone wanted to be the damage dealer or flanker. We had no one playing support (heals and/or protection),  or tank (soaks up damage and could stay on the point).

The formula was simple, a support could help keep the tank alive with heals, while the flanker and damage dealers picked off the enemy team.  Since I was too logical for my own good I would either play tank or support, and it annoyed me because if I was the tank, I had no back up. If I was the support, the enemy flankers could pick me off. No one stayed on the point to capture it.

So I returned to the game, to be refreshed and try my hardest to make do with what I have to go with.  Many of the games, the same thing happens. No tank, or no support. I still play both roles, but not at the same time. This is a for better or worse deal as I’m determined to enjoy the game and get the basics down.

Now image if these were people critical to your team, and they all want to be the top damage dealer and score kills (success, sex, or wealth). I say story motive.  Also quitting a team or abandoning them because you’re frustrated with your role.

The Genre

When last I spoke on this topic, I merely said it was a science fiction TV series. What I’m going to do is try to define it a little more.  Simply gathered some facts and see what I have written.

  • The Main Character (MC) AKA Second Son is the most powerful and influential man in the world, after it was believed he was killed, but surprises he’s back.
  • MC often converses with future self.  Future self may or may not have his own agenda to push.
  • The MC’s four friends are also back, but have NONE of the global effect the MC has, but don’t leave his orbit for too long.
  • The MC’s family has changed.  MOM renews relationship with MC, but on better terms.
  • Mom is also the head of the MC’s business.
  • Mom has several relations with various men, but none of them work for her, and she’s a master of being discrete.
  • Four people have a reason to go after the MC (the antagonists), but for different reasons.
  • First Son is attention seeking, and often in and out of problems.
  • Ex Husband is around, and hates having his free spirit clipped/hampered, but now wants son’s attention.
  • The world needs a stronger leader than they have, who can get things done, and that makes the MC the strongest, viable candidate.
  • MC could be the world’s first global emperor but no generals and not ready to solve everyone’s crisis.
  • Not everyone is happy that there’s a person with this much power they can’t gain favor with, or influence in some way.

I need to contemplate these facts, because I’m sure there are more questions in there.

Happy creative endeavors.

Games in Before the Storm

Hello, there’s a storm approaching, and as always the Carolinas is a little chaotic. I played some games, which calmed me down. It’s another MOBA called, Paragon by Epic Games. It’s more action oriented, and fast paced.

All you need to know is I’m supposed to keep my towers from being brought down by the enemy team and vice versa. My character, Zinx has a lot of sustain, and I tried to capitalize on that.  She however has no real escape.  So trade off, in my opinion.

The Final Four

In another chapter of my character building, we come to the final four.

Not really the final characters for my story, but I wanted to create more characters while paying a pun-ish reference to BSG. Yes, I realize it was a “final five,” but if you add the MC you have five.

The MC (main character) is the second son for those who have been following my progress through creating the story.  I also want to keep the character descriptions down to two sentences or less.

Ex-Girlfriend: She is ironically free-spirited, and unintentionally cruel, but always in the second son’s orbit. She discovers she wants to around him more for what he can do, less than she wants to be with him.

Ex-Friend: Typically goes after what he desires no matter the obstacle. Lost the MC as a friend when he started sleeping with the MC’s now ex-gf.

Friend 1: Hard worker, and very passionate about career and goals. She is good friends with the MC, and values loyalty and trues among peers.

Friend 2:  Is burnt out from life and people, thus becoming more and more cynical. Keeps making mistakes that have a ripple effect, and needs help he’s not open to.