Saturday, January 20, 2018

Redenbacher's Revenge Scene 1 (A.K.A. the Play I Regret Writing For A Project)

During the Fall semester of 2017, I attended an English 101B class. One of the assignments was to write a play based on a given segment of the Greek play "Electra," but change the setting (film noire, pirates, mafia movie, etc). We were to work in a group.

The time crunch was horrible since my group was the first to present. Even worse was that I was the one to volunteer to write the dumb thing. I've written in screenplay format before. Stage play? Never did it, and I'm 100% sure I did things wrong, but the professor didn't care so much about format as long as it was readable and stayed consistent throughout the script.

I was pleased to see that people enjoyed the bizarre humor of my group (since they were the ones to give me suggestions of what to write in our play). All that stress and frustration of having so few rehearsal days due to schedule conflicts paid off on the day it mattered most, at least.

For some context, this play is based off of the segment in "Electra" where the Tutor goes to deliver the news of Electra's brother, Orestes, and his "death" up until Chrysothemis (Electra's sister) and Electra discuss their further plans about what to do now that their hope in their brother is gone.

What the group wanted: Set it in the Wild West, include aliens, Orville Redenbacher because popcorn is awesome, dumb instrument playing, and really cheesy accents. Jokes were a collaboration between the whole group so I can't claim everything humorous to be completely of my own doing.

This is scene 1 of 4 (the rest will come at a later date):

Untitled (Because I Never Thought to Think of One)

This has been sitting in my "drafts" for the longest time. Might as well do something with it, eh? I believe it was something I was experimenting with, and I'm not sure if I like it or not. For some context, I wrote this when I was very muddled with my emotions and I think it's somewhat safe to say that I'm a lot more stable, thank goodness.

This really needs a lot of work, but whatever, hahaha.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Update (With Included Word Count) - 14 November 2017

In regards to writing:

It's been a while since I've been posting here regularly. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it. Anyway, I think I've come to a relatively stable point in my (not really enjoyable) management of my depression where I can finally start writing on this blog more (or less) regularly. It was a real bummer not to be able to write practically anything for a while, and my previous post for that new story idea pretty much came from a lot of frustration of that inability to write.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Fairy Godfather: Excerpt of an Idea that Still Needs Work

I'm likely not going to use these specific scenes, but then again with a bit of tweaking I might find it useful enough in the plot at some point. This was mainly an exercise to develop each character's voice and deciding on what point of view I wanted to write in. I haven't quite decided, but I think I settled on the voices at least. Considering on how much I like this, this post might get taken down so I don't get paranoid of someone stealing my idea, hahaha.

And, as per my usual (though I may or may not have made it apparent before) the story is pretty dark. I really like it though, and I've actually done more planning on this plot than I've ever done with any other plot, so it's an interesting change.

Working title: “The Fairy Godfather”

General idea/synopsis (this also needs a bit of rephrasing): Villains don't get ‘happily ever afters,’ or fairy godmothers to help them get one, except in the case of Derrick and Hemlock. It's probably a good thing Hemlock is a godfather, not a godmother.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Lack of Inspiration vs. A Serious Problem

To put it simply, the past few weeks have been difficult. My depression progressively worsened, I had a bit of a breakdown, hit a low point, got rescued from said breakdown by an officer, and because of said breakdown I was put on a 72-hour hold for the second time in my life, which was then extended for a few more days before the psychiatrist deemed me stable enough to leave just a few days ago.

I missed a few days of school, I did a lot of introspection, some soul-searching.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sabotage by Topiary - Experimental Scene Thing (Work in Progress)

For some context, this is just me fooling around with a backstory that didn't make it into the cut of The Blighted Earth, and a character I was hoping to introduce a lot later in the plot. This is very much a work in progress, but I've decided to post it just to get something outside of the draft pile. One day, maybe I'll finish this short-event-in-the-backstory-post. Regardless of whether or not that happens, it helped me with writing the characters in the actual plot.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Word Count Monday - 14 August 2017

This is going to be a shorter post than usual because I should be getting to sleep for the first day of classes tomorrow. But I couldn't because then my brain reminded me that I haven't done this for the week yet and if I didn't I'd just forego sleep altogether.

What am I working on?

Just like last week, I'm not going to be putting a word count. However, this time I've been working on a whole lot of things. I've been working on a short narrative during my emotional slump trying to get it all out. It ended up being told in a sort of disjointed form, a bit experimental on how the scenes are delivered. I'm going to post it here later since I like where it's going, though I'm sure the formatting is going to be a bit off-putting for many. In short, it's an unnatural way of reading things, but it just felt so natural for me to write it that way. Maybe it's because it kinda reflects how my mind goes through thoughts and ideas.

I've also started yet another blog, but this time it's related to the in-game hijinks my online group and I get into in the fictional world our game characters are set in, namely because I'm still the unofficial videographer. I'm a horrible video editor, but I do have experience with writing, so I went that route instead. Once I get things formatted on the other blog, I just might share a link to it. Then again, maybe not.

I've also been writing short scenes to help me plan the overall feel of my future-project-that-is-just-for-fun-but-a-bit-more-serious-than-the-last-one. I've gotten feedback from some of my audience about the little bits and pieces of a world I'm creating (yet again) and how things work and how things are different from the real world. They seem to like it despite it being a lot darker than what I've usually written. I think my current project is aimed more for 12-15 year-olds or something like that, while the future one is going to be more for 17 or 18+.

How do I feel about the process?

I feel like I'm finally getting out of that two-month slog through a marsh. I can breathe easier, my brain is firing on all cylinders again. And because of this, my writing has gone all over the place. While I could barely write anything last time, this time I'm ping-ponging everywhere and I'm not even exhausted. Probably not normal. But considering that I'm absolutely not allowed to have coffee to energize, any bit of excess energy for me to work on anything is great.

This may or may not have something to do with classes starting. Not sure.

What am I reading?

I've looked over some of my textbooks for my new classes and I have so say that I'm trying to pump myself up for it. Part of me is dreading my English class because of my experiences in the past. Funny how I love to write, but I'm terrible at English. The same could be said about how I hate doing math and science, but those are my strongest subjects in school. Life just wasn't meant to be easy, was it?

What else am I doing?

Trying to hype myself up for school. It's not working, but at least I'm not dreading it. I'm still trying to procure a job, too, and all the rejections are still getting me down. But at least my depression won't make it feel like it's the end of the world anymore. I'm so over that. So annoying to deal with.