Wednesday, April 28, 2010

So much for April...

I decided to work on the next "Salt Gang" story instead of the "Future History Channel" story, but then this morning spent 3 hours uploading a video to youtube and doing English subtitles instead. *facepalm* Well, I should never complain about bad subtitling again! It was actually very difficult for me, trying to be both accurate and concise. (And I didn't entirely succeed.) Vaguely writing-related TV shows (and movies) like this is what inspired me to come up with the Salt Gang Chronicles, a sort of Americanized fantasy hybrid that uses some of the tropes of the wuxia genre.

This clip is from CCTV's 2001 adaptation of "Xiao Ao Jiang Hu" (variously translated as "Smiling, Proud Wanderer", "State of Divinity", "Laughing in the Wind", "Swordsman" (for the movie versions), and "Blood Cold and Proud Hot"). This is from near the end, where Lin Pingzhi (whose family was destroyed way back in the early episodes) finally achieves his revenge! He's a bit "girly" because he's castrated himself in order to learn his family's "Evil-resisting Sword Art".

So yeah. I'll try to have the first draft of my story done by May! I'm having some plot issues. It feels more like a chapter in an ongoing novel than a story in itself, which is what I originally intended for the series. Righto. Off to lunch am I!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Upaya, or, "If you don't have a character for your story..."

...then steal one. I think one of the reasons I'm having trouble writing my "Future History Channel" story is that I don't have a handle on the main characters. Really. All I have are some background notes, but it doesn't really tell me what the person is like. So when I say "steal", I mean "use one of my MUSH characters" (even if the character ends up substantially different than the one I played). It's either that, or use Doctor Who characters (and I'm trying NOT to think about Doctor Who, which is difficult when the new season has just started and I'm loving the new Doctor (Matt Smith) and the stories so far!) or write sequels to my previous stories (which I don't feel like doing at the moment.)

So, it's a question of which MUSH character I'm gonna steal this time... "Yang Xiaofei, I choose you!" Mwah ha ha ha ha! Oh good lord. Is this a good idea, I ask myself? You know what she's like. And she's a CthulhuTech character! Argh! But it's fitting, isn't it? And her background isn't too far off from what I need here. Yeah. I suppose it's workable. Fine. What about her boyfriend? Who am I using for her boyfriend? Hans? Hans the Tree Cultist!? HANS!? Are you serious? No no no. There must be none of this "Gospel of the Tree" insanity in this universe. He's a Good Christian Boy. Weelll...maybe a loony heretical Christian Boy, who was somehow able to slip past the almighty Screening Board with just a few points taken off for wearing a cross. Unfortunately, saying it's Hans doesn't help much. I last played him in 2003 and I can't find any logs. Grrr. And then there's Fei's resentful but dutiful (in her way) older sister and Fei's mother. Hmm. Maybe.

Right. Next, I need an outline. I've decided it's much easier for me to write a story if I have a decent outline (i.e. setting out the scenes, what needs to happen, etc. from beginning to end). The last 3 stories I did went much more smoothly because I knew what I needed to happen in each scene. Of course I deviate from the outline, but it's still a useful guide.

Declared goal: outline by Sunday, first draft of story written by the end of April.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Hell Bank Note iPhone App!?

...the mind boggles. While I was doing "research" (a.k.a. random distracted websurfing) on religious practices for my "Future History Channel" stories, I came across this youtube video. Someone really made such an app!? Apparently so.

I'm still boggling. Well. It's been many years since I burned "Hell Bank Notes" for anyone, but I can almost imagine that in the future, people really would do something like this...especially ones in space stations/spaceships/etc. where they wouldn't let people have real fires! It still seems a bit disrespectful to use something like that seriously, but... people have done stranger things, haven't they?

Ok, it's pretty damn hilarious, yeah.

(This is me, idly pondering world details while not writing the story because there's no immediate deadline looming over me...)

Oh, and happy Easter! (And what alien eggs will the Easter bunny bring to the colonists in their spooky semi-magical world, eh?)