The story that would not die; tic-tac-toe squared; I want to read something, but can’t unless it gets Kickstarted.Posted: June 27, 2013
“How’s the creativity going, Hob?”
I’m glad you asked! Because I have good news and bad news. Or maybe both items are bad. Not sure about one of them yet.
I’ll start with the (definite) bad. I have not been devoting the time I should to my creativity. I know, bad writer, no treat. To be fair, I’ve had a busy time of it. For one thing, we’re looking for a place to live. Yet despite my perfectly valid excuse, I know I’ve had pockets of time here and there I could have used for my creativity. Hey, I’m a work in progress. I won’t let myself get stressed if I can’t manage because of a busy schedule, but I will still try harder to find that time.
Okay, the (maybe) good news: I’m not giving up on my current story yet. I have a rewrite planned. It incorporates elements from earlier drafts that I cut for different reasons. I think I might be able to make these bits work the second time around. It helps, and hurts so bad, that I’m changing the ending again. Hopefully, this last rewrite will be the last one, and I can polish it up and get it out there for people to read.
Unless, of course, this story is going to be like a jalopy I keep in my yard, tinkering with whenever I feel the urge. Forever. A never-ending project, a puzzle I never quite solve. Who knows? I will work on other things someday. Soon. But right now I’m not willing to give up on this one. Besides, the elements I’m bringing back in make the story weirder, and that’s a good thing!
“If only there was a way to make tic-tac-toe fresh and exciting…”
Dude, there totally is! Just discovered it today, over at the Math with Bad Drawings blog. It’s nine games of tic-tac-toe played within one gigantic game of tic-tac-toe. Go read the article. I love the idea. And you can play anywhere with a few easily carried tools. Or in the sand with a stick!
“Hey, have you heard about that Better Angels roleplaying game written by Greg Stolze for Arc Dream Publishing? Makes me wish there was a novel along the same tone.”
Then I have great news for you, person asking me all these questions and setting up my post so perfectly. Greg Stolze is actually writing a novel called Sinner. Nay, scratch that — he’s finished it. He just needs a little Kickstart to get it out to us, the people. I’ve read the first chapter and want to read more. So, in my own self interest, I’m spreading the word. It has three days and just needs a little more cash. Go on, help out.
I love Kickstarter. I’ve gotten some awesome things from it. I’m trying to limit my involvement lately because it can be a dangerous pastime, both in addictiveness and in risk. But Greg Stolze is a pro, and I have faith in the project.
And with that, I dissolve into the night. *looks outside and notices it’s early afternoon* Um, you can leave first if you want. This might take a while.
No, I’m not recommending the entire country to my north (though hey, if it’s your thing, go nuts). The theme of my recommendation is television shows from Canada. There are two of them! I assume they make more, but these are the two I’ve found recently.
When I first heard about this one, it was a headline in passing, and I didn’t take the time to read the article. I’m glad I gave it a chance when I saw it on the front page of Netflix later on.
Here’s the synopsis from its IMDb page:
Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.
The supernatural beings, by the way, are the Fae. Honestly, that’s probably one reason I passed on it at first: a succubus being classified as fae. Feels wrong to me. I’m weird like that. But I got over it and watched it anyway, and it’s pretty damn good, I think.
Some of my favorite things about it: the hidden world parallel to our own, the mystery of Bo’s origins (answers come, and more answers await), and the dynamic between the characters, especially Bo/Kenzie.
And hey, if you like sexy shows, this one’s pretty sexy.
Thank you, Netflix, for thinking — knowing? — I would like this show.
A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.
Now, there is only one actual instance of time travel, but it is still very much a time travel show. There are questions of paradox, altering the timeline, all that sort of thing. Which I love. I’ve always loved time travel. I subscribe to the many-worlds interpretation nowadays (at least according to a quick Google search, I do).
I wish I could tell you more about these shows, but I’m paranoid about spoiling people. Plus, I’m not that far into Continuum yet. If you don’t trust my judgment, do some more research on your own. Hey, if you have Netflix, just watch the pilots. Minimal investment. Lost Girl starts really picking up in later seasons, I think.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to read. I need to relax before I keel over.
Time for one of my random posts, Frankensteined together from smaller posts to make a monster!
*flash of lightning, dramatic music*
Why in the hell did I start writing again?
Still hard at work on the second draft, but I’m coming towards the end. But which end? Now I seem to have two possible paths. My original plan has me finishing the story after two more scenes. While working on the current scene, though, a troublemaking voice in my head asks, “Hey, why not just end it here?”
Whoa now. Hey. HEY.
*pulls the handbrake of the Revision Party Bus and comes to a screeching sideways halt*
Which of you little jerks said that? Was it you, Genuine Idea to Make the Story Better? Or was it you, Getting Tired of Working on the Second Draft and Trying to Cut It Short?
Damn it. Damn it.
See, now I have to pause in actual revisions to think about this. Thinking is good and all, but it’s hard to measure productivity during that phase. Thoughts don’t have a unit of measurement that I know of. It would be cool if they did. Give me something to add to my log. “Revised 6 pages, thought 23 plorpbits.”
Sometimes it’s fun to read a show.
My wife and I continue the search for a new k-drama to watch. We tried Birth Secret and Dating Agency Cyrano on DramaFever, and both are okay, but we both agree that we can find better. Thought we might see what Netflix has to offer. I love DramaFever’s large selection, but the site has been very unstable for us lately, and every time we reload to get it to work, we have to watch at least five ads before we get back to the show. Then it messes up again and the process repeats. I hate ads (unlike the majority of people who love them, right?). Maybe we’ll come back another time and hope it works better. It’s too bad, too, because I just got an email from them recommending a show called Faith that has some time travel, and it sounds cool. A bit historical, a bit modern. It is not on Netflix. Sad face.
The search continues.
Go buy this and they’ll give me money! No, not really. But you should still buy it.
It’s been awhile since I recommended anything to you fine folk. Let’s see…I know, I’ll recommend a card game.
It’s a little gem I helped Kickstart called Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule.
It’s aimed for a younger audience, but damn it, I say adults can enjoy it, too. Each card has one side that’s a fairy and one that’s a goblin, and each side has a name and a symbol (sun, moon, mushroom, and frog). You play cards from your hand, and if the name rhymes with any of the cards in the “fairy ring,” those cards flip to their opposite side. Then, any cards with the same symbol as the card you played get added to your hand. The goal is to either get six fairies or get rid of all your goblins (unless you play the variant rules, which is six goblins or no fairies). My wife and I have played it twice since it arrived in the mail, and she’s beaten me twice. I’ll get her one day!
It’s a simple game, and I wish there were more cards, but it’s charming and I love the artwork. My favorite cards are Pixie Power for the fairies and Earwax Stew for the goblins. Release an expansion, I say! Anyway, I say you should buy it now, especially if you have little gamers in the house. If you want to see it in action first, here’s a video. And with that, I am off to think about how my story’s timeline ends.
Hello! How’s it going? It’s been awhile. How are the kids? Oh, that’s too bad. Have you tried oatmeal? Hey, hold on a minute, I think someone’s reading my blog.
Yes, can I help you? Oh, you guys again. I guess you feel entitled to one of my beloved Random Wednesday posts. Well, here it is, you selfish monsters.
I’ve decided to tell you about some of the things I enjoy. Maybe you’ll find something to read, watch, or do to yourself in the privacy of your own home. Hey, I’m not judging, man, and I’m not taking pictures and very much resent the accusation. Hold on, need to put fresh batteries in my camera. I’ll also need your address for something unrelated.
Okay, here we go, seriously.
This one’s a tough choice. I guess I could tell you about more than one show, but I kind of feel like limiting myself to one item in each category, just in case I feel like doing this again. Sooooo, I will go with my current obsession:
I mentioned this in my unscheduled Sunday post, now that I recall. Here’s Netflix’s description:
After a car accident shatters her storybook existence, comatose Ji Hyun is given a second chance at life when a reaper from above intervenes. But there’s a catch: Ji Hyun has 49 days to find three people who will weep genuine tears of grief for her.
Korean Dramas have been an interest of mine since my wife and I checked out Dae Jang Geum from the library. Netflix has a wide selection, but I’d also recommend Drama Fever. Heck, they provided the subtitles for Netflix’s stream of 49 Days.
So why this show? I think the thing that keeps me coming back is the mystery. The description doesn’t mention it, but there are things afoot that were set in motion before Ji Hyun’s accident, and in fact are complicated by it. Ji Hyun and other characters unravel the mystery as the series goes on. I only have two episodes left and I’m still wondering what’s going to happen. That’s my main reason. I also enjoy the characters (always a must with me).
Since I love cartoons so much, they deserve their own category.
Let’s give the first honor to Adventure Time.
Since Netflix is giving me good descriptions, here’s another:
Young Finn and his magical dog, Jake, have a series of surreal adventures as they journey through the postapocalyptic Land of Ooo and help people they encounter on their travels in this quirky animated series.
The first episode involves zombies. Zombies that used to be candy people. It gets stranger from there, and I love it.
What keeps me coming back? The setting is so imaginative that I am in envious awe. For once, a post-apocalyptic world I’d want to live in. And they rarely make direct reference to the apocalypse (some episodes are exceptions, but overall it is infrequent). You’ll see hints of it throughout if you pay attention. Remnants of the past in the background.
It’s a magical world inhabited by an array of creatures, and each episode feels like a gem taken from the deepest tunnel of an imagination mine.
Plus, the hair is glamorous.
Let’s just give credit where credit is due: I love this book because of the Emperor. He is the personification of science: amoral, curious, and with a mechanical exoskeleton. He’s in it for himself, and anything good or heroic he does in the story is pretty much coincidence. This generally isn’t my favorite kind of character, but Martinez made it work for me.
And hey, do you have two dollars on you and a way of reading Kindle books (Hint: if you’re reading this blog on a computer, you do)? Then you should go to Amazon and buy this book right now because it is only $1.99 right now. See, I’m even saving you a penny. I’ll take it if you don’t want it.
I think this post has gone on long enough. Rambling about fandoms can carry one away. Tune in next time, won’t you? Now get out.