Monthly Archives: August 2011
I actually got a another chapter written in my NaNoWriMo rewrite. I’m a bit shocked by it myself. Even more surprising is that it is almost the same page length as the original, which included a prologue (I dropped it for the rewrite).
I also posted another part on my fiction blog, making a grand total of six parts. I also made it searchable for the first time (before you could only get to it through this site).
I still need to do a bit of world building for my 2011 NaNoWriMo. And, really, by a bit, I mean I need to start. Granted, in previous years I pretty much just started writing and hoped it was coherent. This would probably explain why I don’t really have an end for the 2010 project (the one I’m rewriting). If I can figure out how to work in by writing “in-joke” then I should be fine.
Nothing really to update with the rewrite or the world building for November. But, I did post another part of the fiction blog. You can click on the “Coverage Of The Dead” tab to get to that.
I thought I would take a crack at a little prognostication.
1) The divide between the haves and the have-nots grows as it begins to be defined by who has Google+ and who does not.
2) Apple will begin announcing the features for the iPhone 7, even before iPhone 6 has been released.
3) Filmmakers give into fan demands for another Godzilla movie. Unfortunately, they base it off the Matthew Broderick version and not the classic Godzilla.
4) Marvel Comics will announce that in their next big event, five major characters die and will never return… for at least two months.
5) A new trend will take hold in Hollywood where films are shot in 3D, but then go through a process in post production to make them 2D.
6) Syfy decided to change its branding once more and change its name to Phil.
7) Both the original and the “rebooted” Friday the 13th movies spawn sequels. Movie goers will be forced to decide which the liked the least.
8) Someone gets the brilliant idea of making a direct to DVD sequel of 300 called 301.
9) The go-ahead is given to a Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael vs. Evil Dead vs. Chucky vs. Shocker vs. Psycho movie. The actual battle between them is over who will actually get first billing.
10) CBS creates a new show called The World, based on the drama behind the scenes of a daily newspaper. Poor ratings force an early cancellation, with the last episode airing December 21st.
11) A new Hulk movie titled Rampaging Hulk gets the greenlight to begin filming. In a bold move that keeps with past traditions, every scene with Bruce Banner in it is played by a different actor.
12) After much campaigning, the United States will elect a third-party candidate in November, who is chosen from an overwhelming number of write in ballots calling for, “Any Bozo Other Than Who We Have Now.” Many speculate as to what President Bozo’s inauguration will be like.
We all have them. Those shows that we didn’t watch the first time around, but now, for some odd reason, we love them now. There have been a lot of different reasons why we never stuck with them, but we all have shows like these.
Fringe – For me, Fringe is a special case of second chance shows. I really liked Fringe when I saw it the first time. And, I really tried to keep up with it, which was not easy for me since I worked nights. While I tried using Hulu and Fox’s sight to keep up with the show, it eventually fell by the wayside for me since the plotlines were very complex and often continued through multiple episodes. The second chance for Fringe comes with DVD sets. I have purchased Seasons 1 and 2 and have powered my way through both over the course of a week each. Now I just await Season 3 to do the same.
Firefly – Firefly failed to catch my interest the first time around mostly because of FOX, which decided to not broadcast the pilot first, but the second/third (depending on whether you consider the pilot one episode or two). At that time, the series did not click for me. it was not until the Sci-Fi Channel picked it up for syndication and aired them in the correct order than I really appreciated how good the series actually was.
Eureka – Eureka was a victim of my ill-conceived “Siffy” boycott (when I decided I was not going to watch the Sci-Fi Channel because the changed their name to Syfy). I really liked Eureka, mostly because it was just the right amount of quirky to really draw me in. I got pulled back in during the last season when a trip to the past altered the reality that was Eureka.
Doctor Who – Yes, surprisingly, Doctor Who is on this list. Not the new series Doctor Who episodes, but the classic ones. I started watching it when our local PBS station scheduled it in the afternoon. I really liked it, and kept watching. But then I ran into a problem, one called pledge break. This particular pledge break lasted for the whole half hour that Doctor Who was supposed to be on. And when the next day rolled around, I found out that the whole episode that was not aired for the pledge break was still not aired. It kind of stunk to miss part 3 of a 4 part story. After that, I just could not keep track of when it was on, or who was the Doctor (I was a kid, I didn’t know about the who regeneration thing until The Five Doctors aired). Now, with the new series going strong, a lot of the older stories are finding their way to DVD, which has been a real boon to me.
Family Guy - I love Family Guy, except maybe those first episodes where the art was not quite right, and the stories were fairly mundane (much like the Simpsons). However, I just don’t get the time to really sit down and watch it when it is first run. For me, I usually catch up with it either on Hulu when I’m bored late at night (when Coast to Coast AM does not have anything interesting on) or when I just need a laugh.
How I Met Your Mother – Another show that I don’t really watch when it airs on CBS, but often end up watching it when it airs in syndication. Unlike Two and a Half Men, which got tiring after the second or third viewing, How I Met Your Mother still remains watchable to me.
Psych – When I first watched Psych, I had a real problem with it. it was not the whole concept of a really observant guy pretending to be a psychic, it was Shawn, the guy pretending to be a psychic. In the early episodes, Shawn just always came across as unlikable, pretty much a major jackass. And, unlike House, none of the other characters were likeable enough to counter the jackassery (if it isn’t a word, it should be) of the main character. I have caught a few episodes since that first season and it seems that they’ve really toned Shawn down. He’s still a jackass, but he isn’t that big of one. I probably still won’t plan on watching an episode, but if one was on, I probably would not be searching for something else to watch.
Sorry about the late post on the Friday Finds. It seems that I hit save as draft instead of publish. WordPress newbie mistake.
You may have noticed I tweaked the blog a little. I added a home page and a couple of other pages to the site. I’ll most likely be adding to the website page a bit more in the next few days, so keep an eye on that.
I did not really get much done with the editing, but I did post another entry for the blog story. I’ve also been working on concepts for this year’s NaNoWriMo. Most of that has been thinking about kitschy items that will appear in some form or another in the story. The more I think about it, there more I think I’m going to have fun with it, even if I never do seek publication with it.
This week, we take a look at a few comic trades out there. Mot all of these are available through your local bookstore or online shop.
Not much writing done today since I have an early shift at work. Hopefully I will get a bit more in tonight when I get home.
I did add a link to my fiction blog. At the moment, it only has two links on it, so it is still growing. I should (luck be willing) be able to post more over the next few days.
Just a few of the stand outs from this week’s comics pull
I finally bit the bullet and started the rewrite, getting Chapter 1 written. Surprisingly, the page count is about the same as the first draft, and if I had included the prologue, it probably would have been the same.
It may not be all that much, but it is a start.
Unfortunately, I had to forgo working on the blog story for the night since it is so late, or rather, so early. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to work on it a bit tomorrow.
Well, best laid plans of mice and men…
I have not started on the rewrite yet, but the ideas for it are still spinning in my head. Hopefully I can at least get a chapter or two down tomorrow.
I am formulating more ideas for November, to the point that I even have a title (which is unusual since usually I wait on the title until after I start writing… except for 2009′s NaNoWriMo, which is still untitled): Attack of the Spring Break Zombies. Given that this idea is probably going to pull a lot from pop culture, it is most likely just a fun story for me to write.
Progress on the blog story has actually begun. I will post RSS feed information on this blog once I get a couple of posts on it (well, at least two posts).