Thresholds II

Also tragic story doesn’t have to end with the hero’s life, right?  What if the hero lost something of great value to them; wealth, family, reputation, happiness, sanity, health.

This loss would have a great impact on who they are: The athlete who could no longer compete due to health issues. The philanthropist who loved using his money to help others fulfill their dreams. The once proud writer accused of plagiarism who can’t get a call back.

Villains, in a lot of stories can be tragic heroes, and it gives them enough of a sympathy that their fall is both interesting, and memorable. Why aren’t the heroes this way?

Ultimately, for me, the writer, a hero has to at least be brought to the edges of defeat, or at least close enough to know and feel the the weight of the stakes involved in the wins or loss. It’s rather scary to me.

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Research, Writing, Mayhem

Despite distracting myself with gaming, I have done some research, and then find myself realizing that the I ignored monarchy as a research subject in my fantasy series. While I have ideas, notes, and maps of who goes where, I REALLY need to do a baseline (minimal) starter search on mordancy and nobility.

In this sense I feel like Luke Skywaker in Empire Strikes Back; I haven’t completed my training, and that’s gonna get me wrecked.  In this case I won’t lose a hand, but I will lose the upper hand of getting info together for stories.

Why? Well at least one of the MCs in the story comes from a noble family, and other than knowing that tidbit, that’s all I know, and it would be nice to deepen the progression of the character and his background.

As per my own notes, the character’s family is paying for his mistakes. I would like to add some facts to my ideas, because I think the plight is universal, and fantasy does allow for a writer to bend rules, I am hoping that insight into actual nobility offers some new ideas and potential story lines.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

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.

Monday, Not Cranky

Sometimes I have to be grateful for little victories. I sometimes get up and am crank the whole day. Today I woke up, did what had to be done, and now I’m awake with no signs of being highly irritated. That alone feels great.

That said I was a LAZY writer over the weekend. I lived to distract, procrastinate, and have time for family. Decided maybe, just maybe might be time for an RPG game because playing MOBAs has stressed me.

When playing with people, they either work together, or they fall apart as a team. After a few matches that turned into hot messes, I had enough. None of that made me want to write though.  I embarrass myself.

I’ve also been in an online class to write better for TV. Typing my notes gave me an opportunity to review what I was processing, and I rethought the spec pilot fantasy script I wrote a while back. For clarity, I wrote a pilot and two additional episodes.  HATED the first episode, and rewrote parts of it extensively.

The second was tossed and rewritten, and I liked the third.  It seems I worked my way up to a likable spot. Still, I need to look at this and see if I can make it work. I enjoyed writing, it was that I was inadequately able to give the material the polish it needs.

Writing is very much a long, long road. Yet, I never want to give it up, or not try to make better stories.

Happy creative endeavors.

Cranky

Today, even with coffee I am cranky. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep.  I know I’m in a mood, because I am mildly annoyed with everyone and everything.  Needless to say I feel drained, and no, I don’t need more coffee. I’m just gonna have to go through this little mood until it leaves me be.

It doesn’t mean I’m rude to people, or that I’m blasting people. I  keep the mood to myself, but OMG I could go back to bed, and not be asked a single question or talked to for the next few hours. For the record I like being nice to people, so I even if I am in a mood, I try to give people the best of me so I don’t give them the worst of me.

I firmly believe my bad mood shouldn’t be something to give to others. Discussing it via blog helps me manage my mood in some ways.  Also being kind perks me up a little more.

Writing went up and down. Wrote out a lot of thoughts, ideas, and even tried to boil my working ideas into two sentences–my version of a high concept. Some ideas felt inspired to where I liked what I wrote the first time. Other ideas needed several revisions before they arrived at being remotely a satisfied point.

Now all of those ideas need a “time out” moment before they are looked again.  Other than that I will remain cranky, polite, and keep writing.  This week is so darn odd. LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

 

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.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Monday

Well this has been a long time coming, and I’ve been feeling a bit pressed and dealing with some twists and turns.  First my schedule changed, so it’s been me lagging everywhere. Which time changes come different duties, and that kept me pressed.

I’ve been sleep deprived trying to manged my day, and not wanting to be lagging. I also gave up lattes for a couple of weeks because, it was too pricey, and the local coffee shop closed for two weeks, which made my decision easier to handle.

That said I don’t feel creative and often don’t, but this is a hot mess that needs to be fixed. I need to press myself forward and write more.  So, as always, I start with a blog post, and hope that I make some writing happen. I also may have to go back on my word and get a latte, or some coffee.

As always, happy creative endeavors.