Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lupus Moon (the novel) Update #4

The goal going into this weekend was to have the outline finished by Monday...

Yeah, that's not gonna happen...

Don't get me wrong. Things are going good. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. And for the most part, I know exactly how I'm going to get to the end of the story...

It's just that doing the work is another thing altogether.

See, I'm distracted. During my (unexpected) time away from writing, a lot happened. The Oscars came and went, and there was a lot of talk about the "Oscar White-Out," the lack of nominations of people of color after a decade of progressive advancement in the area. Many in the Black entertainment community and fans of the same were frustrated by the apparent slight of Black talent - but others, including myself, saw it differently. We believed that there was no Black piece of work that was Oscar-worthy last year (at least on the studio/major independent scene). Sure, there were a few great smaller films that were released (at least I heard they were great - I haven't laid my peepers on them - yet) and yes, there was For Colored Girls, which certainly dealt with heavy issues, but from what I've heard (haven't seen it, either) it reeked with melodrama and was handled with the typical Tyler Perry heavy-handedness that is the antithesis of subtlety. Basically, it wasn't going to cut the mustard.

Idris Elba spoke out about the Oscar nominations and the current state of Black Cinema, and Anthony Mackie took it a step further, saying that Blacks in Hollywood were being "lazy" on their game. Again, the cry for quality Black projects was being sounded and all of this was hitting my eardrums and reverberating throughout my creatively-impressionable skull. I had, at one time, planned to make my return to filmmaking with a dramatic piece, a dramatic short I thought would be the perfect "I'm back and look what I can do now" vehicle. But over time, that project got bumped back behind the eventual premiere of the Abigail Waller web series. Now, not only was the project brought back to the forefront of my brain - not only was I considering putting it back before the web series - but now I was thinking of back-dooring the project with another dramatic short I'd written year ago - creating a dramatic one-two punch I'm sure would put my name out there while meeting the demand for more meaningful work.

Nothing's set in stone (with me, it rarely is), but that's my working plan - and it goes past the proposed two shorts. The web series is still very much on the docket, as is the novel, but I've also started to think about what my first feature will be. The previous choice was recently scuttle-butted when a trailer for an independent film with the exact same premise hit the net (even the name was the same - sigh...), leaving a hole at the top of my ever-evolving slate. I'm technically still mulling options, but a choice has all but been made. But I'm going to give it some time to see if that feeling sticks, or if I'm just temporarily high on a particular concept. We shall see...

So what does this mean for Lupus Moon? It means I've got to get grinding. I've put too much work in the novel to just leave it hanging, but there's no way I'm going to be able to stymie my desire to work on these other projects. Nor should I. It's about to be some fun times in the Batcave...

I look forward to seeing (and sharing) what the work produces.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Welcome Back, Old Friend

Tonight was the first time I sat down to work on the book since... well, I can't remember. But like the old Wolf Brand chili commercials would say, "That's too long."

I didn't do much tonight. Basically I picked up the outline and looked it over, more or less re-familiarizing myself with the work and remembering where I was going when I left off. I never expected it to take this long to get back to working on the novel - it's just that life got in the way. More specifically, my "day job." It's taken some time for me to get up to speed on everything and get myself comfortable, but I feel like I'm there, so I'm hoping to start bringing some money in while getting back to being creative. Which is good, because going for so long without working on anything had me feeling like I was losing myself. Yet, at the same time, it's given me a certain type of clarity - a chance to evaluate myself and decide where I want to go and how I want to get there. A recharging reaffirmation, if you will.

I'm ready. Let's get it.