Are We There Yet?

Yesterday had its peak moments, and steep declines. I made myself watch a TV program, not because the show was bad, but I needed to take my mind off of things. I also wrote a few pages for my group project, and hope to do at least two more before the end of this day.

That, and now that I want to get myself going, it’s time to blog. A lot of negative thoughts danced about in my thoughts, and I was more or less like, come at me. I’m still going to get some writing done. I was glad for the progress, even the baby steps, and it did feel a little overwhelming to get things done, but one word at a time. One line at a time. Keep it moving.

Also got myself back into RPG gaming. I hadn’t done that in a while, and I forgot how one can get absorbed into a story AND completing quests. My only thing is my “go to” class is mage. Typically I mix damage dealing power with some team support (healing and protections).

I leave the full damage to the team warrior/tank, and the rogues. While the team gets buffs (support), I will debuff (severely weaken) the hell out of enemies.

Thing game I went for the rogue archer (still love ranged attacks). Instead of buffing my archery skills, I went for sabotaging enemies, so I still debut. Who knew fun could be had with knives, poison arrows, poison bombs, grappling hooks, and more arrows.

I may need to get more damage going though.  I feel like the slacker in the group. Level up time.  Maybe at least the an explosive arrow or two.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Can I Get This Done?

Today I have to figure out how I am going to get pitches/proposals for four shows done soon.  Not that there’s a rush. I should get them done so just the same. Part of this process if for me to help shape my stories a lot stronger than i have in the past.  It will take a lot more effort that I put in projects in the past, and will keep working towards professionalism and excellence.

With this in mind I want to buckle down and throw my inner-censor out the window.  I also want to embrace character-driven stories, so that means thinking more of the emotional stakes of the characters.  That doesn’t always shine through at the initial stages of my writing, but if writing is rewriting, then I know it’s a matter of time before I get there.  

As I mentioned yesterday, I love plot-driven stories, and I have had a steady diet of them, but I’m willing to try new methods of storytelling to reach my goal of becoming a full-time televisions writer-producer who creates his own shows.  I also eventually want to help others reach their goals, but one step at a time, right?

Happy creative endeavors.

Sixteen III

In the process of writing, I’ve found some humorous things that happened with the premises I thought I’d share for grins and giggles.

A lot of theses stories are set in Charleston, or North Charleston, a fictional variation of the two, or a fantastical/sci-fi setting.

  • A lot of people make some bad or interesting bargains.
  • My ignition is high. I’m the rational one.  😉
  • Family dynamics show up in one form or another.
  • I love science fiction and fantasy a lot.
  • I have one melodrama that WON’T leave me alone.
  • I also love dinosaurs.
  • And monsters.
  • Also mythology.

That’s enough. Gotta go back to writing, but those made me smile today. The news is on, and it’s depressing me, so I better listen to some music and write.

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.

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.