Back to Writing

One of my resolutions for the new year was to spend more time writing.  2010, while tumultuous overall, got really busy near the end of the year, and as a result NaNoWriMo took a backseat.

Creative Progress Ticker

Perdition’s Progeny:  First draft — 1,723 words — (+1,723)
Pro Patria:  First draft — 47,716 words — (+2,044)
“Book Three”:  Outlining

Elemental:  Researching

Project “Ark”:  Concept

Project “John”:  Concept

Project “Recursive”:  Concept

Project “D Christmas”:  Researching

Project “Democ”: Concept

Project “Button”:  Concept

“Millennium” (Scapecast article):  Concept
Various other Scapecast articles in development

“Meruva”Submitted — 12,433 words

Dragon*Con Schedule

Here’s where I’ll be during Dragon*Con this year.

Military in Sci-Fi: 4:00p, Marriott A704
I’ll be a panelist for this discussion about the use of military in science fiction and if it is a crutch or good planning.

The 2010 Parsec Awards: 4:00p, Hilton Regency V
The Scapecast is up for their third Parsec against some pretty stiff competition.  I’m also there to support my fellow podcasters.  The ceremony runs 2.5 hours.

“Browncoats: Redemption”: 7:00p, Peachtree Ballroom Westin
The world premiere of a highly anticipated fan film set three months after the events of Serenity. (2.5 hours)

Mighty Fine Shindig!: 10:00p, Peachtree Ballroom Westin
I had a lot of fun last year at this party for Browncoats.

Scapecast Live Show: 11:30a, Hilton 204
I’ll be on the panel with my friends from the show, Kevin Bachelder, Lindy Rae, and Wendy Hembrock.

“Farscape: Uncharted Territory?” 4:00p, Hilton Regency Ballroom
Fellow Scaper Angela Dean has the opportunity to interview Ben Browder, Raelee Hill, and Virginia Hey.

Geek Radio Daily Live: 7:00p, Hilton 204
I’ve recently become a fan of GRD, and I look forward to meeting this lively bunch.  Rumor has it that Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Stargate SG-1) will be a special guest.

Imagine Greater: 8:30p, Marriott A704
I’ll be on a panel with fellow sci-fi fans discussing the merits of Syfy’s Saturday night B-movies.

Aside from that list, I’ll be attending various other panels, hanging out with family and friends, and wandering about having a grand geeking time.  For those of you who can’t be there, I’ll miss you and hope to see you next year.

If you will be there, come on by and say hello.  I’m always willing to meet new friends.

Red Dragon and Writing Updates

After purchasing the series a few years ago, I decided to start reading the Hannibal Lector novels by Thomas Harris.  I’ve seen Manhunter once, which was based off the first book Red Dragon.  I haven’t seen the remake yet, even though I own it.  I’ve seen the sequel Silence of the Lambs a few times, and Hannibal twice.  I don’t remember much from Manhunter since I saw it — how long is it now? — I’d say close to a decade ago, but I’m almost eager to watch it and Red Dragon just to compare some notes.

I just finished reading Red Dragon and started into Silence of the Lambs.  I am amazed at how addicitng the novel was.  I’ve actually lost sleep, and not from the dark subject matter, but because I really wanted to know what happened next.  Reading it also gave me several ideas on how to effectively make some of my characters significantly darker.  One of my weakenesses in writing is developing dark, troubled, or deliciously evil characters.  Dolarhyde was most certainly two of the three, and Lector picks up the slack by embodying the rest.  Graham was also a great template for a troubled and/or haunted protagonist.

What I really didn’t like was the way things wrapped up in the book.  It felt almost like the typical plot device for any slasher flick.  Read the book and you’ll see what I mean.  The other nit-picky thing is how Harris shifts from descriptions in the present tense to progressive action in the past tense.  Such as “Lector’s cell is blah-blah-blah” instead of “was“.  I’ve never read anything like that before, and as a result, it kind of pulls me out of the experience for a minute until I readjust.

I don’t recall if I have the book or film of Hannibal Rising around here.  I may have picked the DVD from a bargain bin once.

Quick update on my writing status:

Perdition’s Progeny:  Outlining
Pro Patria:  45,077 words (first draft)
Bhriar’s Blade:  Outlining

Elemental:  Researching

Project Ark:  Concept

Project John:  Concept

Project Recursive:  Concept

Project Christmas:  Concept

I have a short story entitled “Meruva” that I submitted to a podcast author for an anthology.  As far as I know, the project is currently on hold.  I also have several articles in various states of completion for The ScapeCast.

Anyway, back to it.

Shifting Colors

Live Journal, huh?  Nifty.

I’m shifting over here from the old site at Blogger.  They’ve got some great functionality there, but it’s almost a little too complicated.  While I’m not giving up the dream of owning my own domain, I’m going to simplify a bit and hang out here.

Things are picking back up again with The Scapecast, but I still have yet to get back in the writing spirit for my other projects.  I’ll use this space to keep tabs on progress there as well.

Aside from all that, I’m just getting ready for Dragon*Con.