Monday, December 27, 2010

Lupus Moon (the novel) Update #2

Had a nice day of outlining; got up to Chapter 14. This puts me right in the middle of the story, with a big action sequence coming up. I expect work on the outline to slow down this week, as my day job takes precedence, but I'm leaving off in a very good spot. It'll be extremely easy to pick up and continue, as, somehow, the bits and pieces from my now SIX sources are falling together nicely. I'm always leery when things come this easily. Hopefully there's not a monster of a block waiting for me around the bend...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Relaxing (and Working) This Christmas

It's been a great day. No gifts (we'd received those well in advance of December 25 - and it was MUCH appreciated), but great company, excellent food and plenty of rest. I'm not with my immediate family this year, as I choose to split and alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas between my "home home" and my girlfriend's mother's home. Normally that wouldn't be that big a deal, except that my youngest brother decided at the last minute to come down from Missouri for Christmas - after I'd already made plans and left town. It's been three years since I've seen him, and I'd hate to miss him, but as they say, "It is what it is."

I went ahead and brought both Lupus Moon and The Life and Times of Abigail Waller with me. It was late last night when I found myself interested in working (thanks to a nap earlier in the day), so I set a goal of knocking out five pages of rewriting on the web series. I accomplished six, so things were great. I went to bed at 3:20 AM wanting to stay up and do more, but knowing I needed to get to bed to avoid sleeping so late the next day (folks get up early around here). I knocked out another page earlier and have set a goal for nine more tonight. If I reach pay dirt and can repeat tomorrow, I'll be done with Season One - and maybe I can get some work on the novel in...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lupus Moon (the novel) Update #1

I didn't get around to working on the book today, but yesterday was a great start. I got the prologue and four chapters outlined, and better still, I know exactly where I'm going when I resume working - something I always try and to accomplish when I stop. I'm excited about the amount of "original story" I've gotten in so far, and up to this point, it's mixing well with the newer material (I even found a use for a minor character from the 2003 treatment that I'd long removed). I really think this is going to turn out to be something special.

I'm not sure when I'll get back to the book. Tomorrow's going to be heavy with me doing some work for the day job (feels weird for me to write that - long story) as well as getting laundry done and clothes packed to head out of town for the Christmas holiday on Thursday. Although I'll have computer access, I'm not planning on taking Lupus Moon with me - that honor goes to my nascent web series The Life and Times of Abigail Waller, whose Season One scripts are still in rewrites. But who knows? I might just take both projects and let the creative winds decide what I want to work on...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Back on the Block

Well, I started on that script I mentioned in my last post (really, just sketched a few of the characters). But that's about it. Don't get me wrong - I fully intend to return to Corner Store. I just... got... sidetracked.

I recently started a new job in insurance and, although it's taken some time to get everything ramped up, it's about time for me to get out there and get to selling. What that's meant is that I've had little time for writing. Sure, I've spent craploads of time daydreaming about stuff, but that's not the same as putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, as it were). I did manage to do some rewriting on Season One of my web series during a weekend trip to New Orleans, but outside of that - nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

But now that things are falling into place job-wise, it's time to get back to work. Lupus Moon has been on my mind the past few days, and I've been going over the story in my head - picking up where I left off, wondering if I even want to continue in the same vein, generating brand new ideas that would result in a total re-haul of the story - all that good stuff. I'm still trying to adjust to the fact that I'm writing a novel and not a screenplay, so I don't have to be as paranoid about moving the story as quickly as possible. As result of all the mental sifting and dredging, I've come upon a course of plot that I think will result in a kick-ass book. But to pull it off, I'll be drawing from no less than five - that's right, FIVE - different sources:
  • The last two outlines I started, but never completed
  • A list of ideas to incorporate into the story
  • The last draft of the screenplay
  • The second, 2003-dated treatment for the screenplay
I'm sure there will be another source or two that pops up (some scribbled notes from August 2009 hold a couple attractive ideas, and a Word file with some collected thoughts is bound to tempt me with others), but the aforementioned are locks. It's going to be a fun, messy, massive undertaking - but I'm very much looking forward to it.

Now to get started...