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 Post subject: Re: The writers' thread
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:18 am 
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HA. One project at a time? That sounds dreadfully dull. I have a "project board" with a list of at least a dozen ideas I've had that are sort of in limbo, and at least five or six I'm working on currently.

I've got a working band to run, a solo album to record, a graphic novel script to write, a short story collection to edit, videos to edit, my wife to murder, and Gilder to blame for it. I'm swamped.

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 Post subject: Re: The writers' thread
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:38 am 
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I can't believe you ended with the Humperdinck line.
Because reading that, I was going to.

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Donnacha wrote:
I can't believe you ended with the Humperdinck line.
Because reading that, I was going to.

:mrgreen:

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Finished first draft of an expensive, ambitious adventure screenplay which doesn't yet have a title but which I have been describing to all and sundry as "Post-colonial Indiana Jones". The ending needs work, and my action staging isn't great. But hey! First draft! Woo!

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read this and thought of yall ... especially Jules.

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That link is just telling me to log into something called yuku

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:04 am 
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circuitsnake wrote:
That link is just telling me to log into something called yuku

yuku is just a community of boards.
to save you the trouble of logging in i'll just post the poem.

ARTIST'S MUSE, WILL WORK FOR PILLOW MINTS
writer's screen-name "one lass"


one does not martyr the muse
she haunts the coat hangers

the muse never cooks
or knits booties, or burns toast

the muse waits inside book nooks
jousts weevils, draws daisy loops

around jelly stains, purple flowers
the muse cuts her own cake

the muse gets weekends off
eats orange rind, sniffs letter slots

walks 27times around the block
sells sea shells, draws shore scenes

the most a muse will want
is what is left over, or underdone

muse hums and hums and hums
bundles bones for restful thrones

the muse slips up on mirrors
maid of mettle, peers down wells

bleeds all over the bed, hangs
over the last wisp away of reason

stares and stares and stairs
seven floors of shuttered window

waits under the lemon tree
wails and rickets, knobby knees

has wrists and rice and wallpaper
all sheer, all fade, all phantom

perjures her stipulations
wrecks the covered wagon

has fog falls, mist ware
scars, a yellowed bear blanket

dishes, cat in the hat stacked
framed photos of mangers

the angels that held back afraid
question her senseless

her sighs in sign language
go away, go away, go

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 Post subject: Re: The writers' thread
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:13 pm 
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Finished first draft ... First draft! Woo!

HUZZAH!!!

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Ooooh I like that!

And Day Glo: Congrats! That's a great feeling. :D


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Threw out the entire final third of the noir-on-the-moon script and did an extensive rewrite of the whole thing. It's gone from 85 pages of promising but unsatisfying execution to 123 pages and the best thing I've written to date - I think. Feel pretty good about it.

Almost as exciting is that this means I can start a new project without feeling bad about it. Hurray!

What is everyone else working on presently?


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Good on you for finishing - the fact that you're excited about it is the most important. Woo!

My two new features are both a stones throw from being complete, but my mind is has been very preoccupied with a new thing that's been keeping me from wrapping stuff up.

The new thing only exists as a whole bunch of images, quotes and sketches in my notebook right now. Hopefully I'll be organizing those scattered thoughts, soon...

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I think the point where you have to collect those scattered thoughts and put them into a form that can be understood by another person is the hardest part of the process. It's so easy to feel completely disillusioned when the vague compilation of images and feelings in your head doesn't look exactly right on the page.


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You know what's not fun?
Getting back from your 'holiday' and realizing all the work you've done the script is pointless and it needs a page one re-write.
Well, at least the structure is there.
I wasn't sure about the tone at the start of the holiday but I foolishly thought it would be fine, so I spent the whole time going back and forth trading notes and drafts with the scriptwriter.
And after looking at it fresh and talking to my Production Manager, I realize my gut was right and the tone was off and all these changes are meaningless.
So we're shooting in 24 days, and I'm re-writing scene 1 now.
Oh jeez.


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I had a request for my full manuscript a few months ago...

FROM AN AGENT AT STEPHEN KING'S AGENCY.

A few weeks later, she emailed me saying that she hoped no one had picked my novel up yet, because she was 5 pages in and she really liked it.

PHOTOBUCKET IS DOWN SO I CAN'T INSERT THE PROPER REACTION GIF HERE BUT PLEASE IMAGINE THE ONE OF DR. FRANK N FURTER FLIPPING OUT.

Then my hard drive crashed and, while I was able to save most of my stuff, I lost all of my emails. And while I was without email for about two weeks, I missed everything anyone sent to me. SO. SO. I sent an email to said agent, explaining the situation and said that I had worried that I might have missed an email from her.

She just wrote back saying that she had been on vaca and hadn't caught up with her manuscripts yet. But she was glad that I had nudged her and she said she'd get back into it ASAP.

No guarantees of course - publishing is so dodgy and it is so dang hard to break into it.

But I’m still stoked because, even if she decides my novel isn’t for her, that must mean, at least, that I’ve got the goods. Right? Right?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:47 am 
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That's amazing, Jules! Congrats! Question: how long is your book (in word count, not pages)?


(I've finished a first draft of a novel. I thought it was going to be 12,000. Then I thought it would be 25. Settled on DEFINITELY about 40. It's ended up just under 65. Is this normal? The thing with screenplays is that unless you're writing a five-hour epic, your script will almost always come out between 90-130 pages. Which is a fairly big margin, yes, but not as big as the one between 40,000 words and 65,000.)


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