I tried to publish this one on time yesterday. Really, I did! But there was some sort of issue with my browser or the connectivity between this website and home. I was able to hit other sites all right, but whenever I tried to get to this one, the browser repeatedly timed out. But only when I tried it from my computer. Other people were able to get to the site without any problem, and I was able to hit it from my phone. But for whatever reason, any time I tried from my laptop, the freaking thing refused to connect.
Oh well, I’m in now… so on with the blog. Below is the post I tried posting yesterday. The only thing that has changed since then is that I just got back from my first Tai Chi class (more on that below.)
So read and comment. I’ll talk to you later.
Hope you had a wonderful 4th, at least those of you who celebrate it. Yes, I’ve been pretty lax lately about posting here on the blog, but the truth of the matter is that I haven’t had that much to post about. Yes, I’m still writing, but I don’t think people want to read a running count on my production numbers every week. That would be boring, even for me.
But this week, there are some interesting things afoot. For starters, I have been invited to participate in a 48-hour indie film competition as one of six writers on the team. I have a friend who is a local actor & they lost one of their writers at the last minute, so he contacted me to see if I was interested. Of course, I had no idea that such a thing as an indie film competition even existed, so I was understandably hesitant. Like I told him, I’ve no idea whatsoever how to approach script writing, know next to nothing about film making, and I would hate to be the reason his team did poorly.
He explained some of the rules though. The competition works something like this… the team lead has to be physically present at the beginning of the competition. This is where they will receive the (for lack of a better word) variables for our team. What this means is that the team lead will travel from Tulsa to Oklahoma City and will draw a genre from a hat. They will also be given a character name, a prop, and a line of dialogue – all of which MUST be incorporated into the film. At that point, the competition begins, and we have 48 hours to turn in a finished short (roughly ten minute) film.
From our perspective, what happens is that as soon as the team lead receives the information, they will immediately call the team back in Tulsa. They will pass the information on to the writers (yep, this is where yours truly comes in). There are six writers (and thankfully, the others will have more experience with this and I do), and we will be divided into three teams of two writers. The writing teams will be given a short amount of time to come up with a story concept and the rest of the team votes on which of the three concepts will make a better film. At that point, all six writers will work together, writing through the night to come up with a script based on the concept and the mandatory variables. Once the script is done (or while it is being written, for all I know), the actual acting and filming begins. From what I’ve heard and read, this will basically be a sleepless day or two that ultimately culminates in the production of a film that is turned in for the competition.
I figure it will be an exposure to a new kind of writing, as well as the ultimate exercise in writing under pressure. I mean, I’ve had deadlines before, but basically writing a script in a few hours is going to take the cake. Wish me luck. I mean, I may have some input into a script for an indie film.
Hope I survive it.
Another little item is that I am going to be starting a Tai Chi class. It’s a short-term class… basically a starter class, just ten weeks. It will allow me to get a better feel for one style of martial art that I’ve never studied. Up to now, my studies have included all kinds of “hard” styles, but I’ve never taken time to learn anything at all about the so-called “soft” style martial arts (other than some peripheral study from books and observations). And since the next book in the Chucklers series will involve a couple of Tai Chi experts, some hands-on experience can only be a good thing. Right?
In other news, we found out a few weeks ago that we had a leaky shower pan in the master bathroom. This means we’re going to be going through a bit of a bathroom overhaul… new shower, new pan, and we decided while we were at it, we might as well go for the trifecta and do new flooring, as well. And you can’t do all that without also painting. So by the end of the month, we’ll basically have a new bathroom. It’s actually going to be a fun project. No, we’re not doing it ourselves. But we’ve picked out new tile for the shower, and new flooring, and new paint… we’ll be painting it ourselves, but the construction involved in replacing the shower pan, putting in new shower tile, and flooring is well beyond my nearly non-existent handyman skills (or lack thereof). So is it strange that I’m viewing this as a fun project?
Well, “strange” and I are old friends.
And on the writing front…
Crazy Larry – Currently sitting at a bit over 18k words. It’s moved slower than I wanted, but it’s moving. It’s beginning to look like it might come in around 20k to 25k.
Pangaea Exiles – Just recently received an email from the publisher with a cover for it, so things are moving right along with this one, too. Hopefully , the book will be out on Amazon shortly.
And that’s about it. I’m going to try to publish this thing before something else goes wrong with my connection. Stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time.
Oh! RPotW! –
I almost forgot. Today’s Random Pic is some sort of fruiting vine that MBH saw on our last walk at the lake. I haven’t looked into it to see if I can figure out what it is, so if one of you knows, drop me a comment. I’m curious.