Monthly Archives: March 2011

Script Frenzy

April is fast approaching and last year at this time I told myself that I would definitely make an effort to learn more about scriptwriting and try and participate in 2011 in this offshoot of NaNoWriMo. While I am still unsure if I’ll actually participate when April finally rolls around, I am taking the steps towards learning more about the practice and art of scriptwriting.

Aside from articles on the Script Frenzy site, I’ve picked up two books at my local library and I attended a scriptwriting seminar this past Tuesday. Whether I’ll get through all the material before April starts is yet to be seen. And whether I’ll have time between packing, moving and working to write and with just a week till the start, I’m on the fence about how serious of an attempt I’ll actually make at trying to write 100 pages. That aside, I am excited about what I will be working on during the month, which will basically be a rewrite of my werewolf novel from November, but in a script format of course!

But I am still hopeful that sometime with in the next few years that I will make an attempt at scriptwriting just for the experience of something different.

I think as a writer it is important and beneficial to explore different types of writing, whether it be different genres, poetry or even scriptwriting. And it is for that reason that I have been making efforts at expanding my repertoire of writing skills. Even if I don’t become very accomplished or experienced in other areas of writing, laying down the foundations now, might prove useful later in life and in my writing career.

Are any of you planning on participating in Script Frenzy?

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While I’m not against self-publishing in the least and have become more and more consciously aware of it. I read blogs, websites, books, anything that hints that it might have some good information about the subject.

But I still hesitate when I think about self-publishing my own work. And one of the majors reasons behind this is, that I don’t want people to look at my book and think it’s not polished, not that all traditionally published books are or self-published books aren’t. For a long time there has been a stigma that self-published means shoddy and it’s hard to shake that from my mind. But then I read things, from traditionally published authors venturing for the first time into self-publishing and I quake.

It worries me when I read statements like this: “I went through it to catch any typos, I hope, and made sure the story still worked.”

Does that scare anyone else?

I know their published, they know the process that goes with a normal book. But, really? I can’t say that reading a statement like that makes me want to go out and buy your novel that it sounds like you haven’t really edited much no matter how cheap it is.

The author may have done a fantastic job editing the novel, may have spent hours upon hours editing it and perfecting it, but the way that they are promoting it, leads me to believe otherwise.

When I read a book from a traditional publisher I expect it to be edited. Not just once, but many times. A polished novel, one that has few inconsistencies and follows most of the rules of grammar. When I buy an e-book, especially a self-published one, I want to be led to believe that the same care has gone into it as well, rather than having something thrown together and only given a cursory look-over.

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While my sister might have rules about stash busting with her knitting. I have rules about buying new notebooks. It’s like a sick disease for writers. You see a handsome or pretty or just perfect looking notebook and even though you already have a bunch, you just have to buy it.

And despite all my efforts to avoid the isles in the stores that have notebooks, I ended up going near one this week and I bought one of those notebooks that called to me. It whispered softly to my fingers and told sweet nothings about how smooth it’s surface was and how nicely bound it was and how it would lay just write when I opened it up to write in it…

Now of course, since I decided that I was going to buy this notebook, which is made from lovely recycled paper and full of character, I had to start writing in it right away. And I’ve been doing just that.

While I don’t generally write stories long hand, I have had a story idea that I’ve been mulling over in my head since November and so now I’m starting to write those ideas down. I’m getting a more solidified picture of what the story will end up being, what the main characters motivations are and so forth.

Like most of the stories I seem to write, this one is once again a departure from my normal fantasy theme. Though it does follow slightly along the horror themes in my current WIP, there are no fantastical creatures in this novel. It’s all humans and at least one very twisted woman.

I’m looking forward to getting started on actually writing the meat of the story down, but first I’ve got to get the bones down. Which is something I don’t always do, but it feels right for this novel.

Do you have any things that you love to buy, but really shouldn’t because you already have too many?

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While I have never traditionally participated in Lent as I have never been a member of a church that follows the practice, I have been thinking about it a lot lately. To be honest, all I know about it is pretty much things I’ve heard people say and not a lot of the people I interact with lately have been talking about it. So I did a little research and found out that it starts March 9th this year, which is coming up pretty quickly. I don’t intend on joining in the tradition this year, but it does relate somewhat to something that I am doing this month.

While I won’t be giving up meat, I will be giving up coffee and soda (the latter for probably the tenth time now). I also intend on giving them up almost permanently. While I have no intention of following the traditional 40 days, I will be giving these two items up for a solid month. After the month, I might allow myself the occasional cup of coffee when my energy level is sitting on low, but the idea being that I won’t drink them as regularly as I have been recently.

In fact, I spent the last week of February sans soda. And while I didn’t immediately kick the coffee habit, I did start opting for tea instead during the last few days and now, on the fourth day of this new month, I’m only drinking tea, water, or milk!

There are a couple reasons why I’m giving up these two items. First being health related. In the past I have cut soda out of my diet several times and ended up losing a nice big chunk of weight, usually in the five to ten pound range. Of course, my lack of willpower usually means I end up drinking soda again eventually when someone I’m living with starts buying multiple cases at a time, but this year I fully intend on practicing my self-control; Something which I have been doing pretty good at with other things lately! So, I’m going to kick the habit for real this time. No more soda for this girl!

Coffee, on the other hand, I’m mostly giving up for the sake of my teeth. I don’t think any amount of teeth whitener can compete with the coffee sludge that gets made at work. And while sometimes I really need the pick-me-up, I believe if I rely on it less, I will find that I can get the energy from other healthier venues. Not to mention, I won’t have to deal with the crash later when the caffeine wears off.

While I may not end up practicing a traditional Lent this year, nor following the prescribed 40 days, I will be piggybacking off the energy that comes from the people around me that will be to help me keep my self-control high.

So, for any of you out there planning on giving up something for Lent or even following the traditional practices, good luck! And if you need someone to help keep you in line, feel free to share what you are giving up in the coming 40 days.

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