Writing Slate Update Nov 22nd, 2008

Wow, this semester has left me horribly behind in my writing. I can blame work, or personal issues, but the truth is I think I just fell into the bad habit of writing in bursts- which is not a good thing! Writer are like piano players, they need to practice their craft on a regular (even daily, but at least weekly) basis to keep their skills sharp and their fingers nimble. Instead I’ve been letting my ideas and notes pile up while actual script production has been languishing.

Here’s what’s on my slate at the moment between now and Summer (and which I hope I can get done over the December break):

Near Future:

Twin Stars Book 2 (I’ve written 1.5 out of 8 scripts, and both of those are roughs)

The KFAT 2009 Christmas Special (still in note form, gotta bang this one out quick!)

Team Iron Angel: Root of Evil (got 3 different rough versions of the first part done, should be 4-6 parts long, need to get this one done ASAP too!)

D-Ranger: The Lost Broadcast (60% done this script, this will be a 1-shot)

Further Ahead:

Finishing Little Gou and the Crocodile’s Daughter

A 6 episode Fantasy miniseries (D&D type Fantasy in this case)

A 1-shot horror story for next Halloween

A youth fantasy novel called Anisa and the Little Goblin Seamstress

If I can get into the habit of writing weekly, I can clear through this pretty quick. All it will take is a lot of self-discipline and an understanding wife! ^_-


Autumn Fantasies

Ahh Fall! When a young man’s thoughts turn to Fantasy!


Well, it’s true for me anyways. ^_^ For some reason when the weather starts to chill and the leaves start to turn colour I naturally develop a yearning for the Fantasy genre. Ever since I was young I have always been drawn to Fantasy in the Fall- by which I mean good ole Dungeons and Dragons; Lord of the Rings; Elves, Dwarves and Goblins Fantasy where the heroic group of adventurers use their own skills, talents and a little magic to overcome their foes in a pre-technological pseudo-medieval setting. Men are men, women are beautiful, and a bit of wit and a well-wielded blade can get you far. I think maybe it’s because I can feel my connection to nature the most at this time. The heady days of Summer are finished, the long Winter stands ahead, and each of us stands a step closer to the grave. Even though I was born in the Spring, I tend to measure life in terms of Autumns- does that make me a true born teacher? ^_- Who knows?

This leaning always naturally draws me to write fantasy stories, and that’s where it all tends to fall apart. (No pun intended!) I always get mired down in trying to figure out what kind of fantasy story want to write, what my characters will be, how magic works, and a million other little details. Perhaps that’s why the closest I’ve come to writing “true” Fantasy would be Little Gou adventures- those details are all laid out, it’s just grab the characters and go right to the storytelling part! No worldbuilding required because it’s ancient China and if the reader wants to know the setting that’s what wikipedia is for.

I think I will “worldbuild” and write a good fantasy story soon, in fact I had a great idea just the other week for a fairly original and entertaining story I’d probably turn into a book. (Although it might end up as a radioplay miniseries, who knows?) I doubt it will get written for a while though, too many other things on my plate right now. (Finishing the current semester at work, Twin Stars Book 2, Team Iron Angel’s new story, and finishing the long-delayed Little Gou audiobook. Ahhh…O_o! I should be writing that instead of this!) Still, if I manage to slip it in and find the time…Well, that’s a fantasy story right there, isn’t it?