Apr. 12th, 2010

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  1. [Message to those who are now reading via DW, almost exclusively: I done posted a poll about Graphic Novel writing in particular, and Writing, Storytelling, Care-and-feeding-of-muses in general, here:

    Storee tiem! Quechen tiem!

    (You need an LJ account to vote)]

  2. I put far too much instant coffee powder in my hot water, earlier. Then I put too much sugar in, on top of that. I couldn't even finish drinking the mug. That may account for much of what follows.

  3. I've hit a puzzle in my script. Much of Gabriel's early (i.e. childhood) story takes place between the ages of 8 or 9ish and 14 or 15ish. It's during that period that I want to show him meeting new friends, interacting with adults, being as much of a playful "normal" boy as possible. However, I also want to show a scene when he is about 3, and severely scolded / put in "Time Out" for daring to mention his "other arms" out loud, that will consciously and subconsciously color his feelings toward hiding them throughout his life. But I don't want the reader to think that that incident is the "norm" for how the adults in his life treat him. So I'm also now, facing the prospect of writing a few scenes from his baby and toddlerhood, in addition to his middle childhood and adolescence. Not bad, in and of itself, except that this will slow down the pacing of my story considerably.

  4. I have Neil Gaiman's Dream Country by my left hand, in part because it has the script for one of his comics as an appendix -- so I can compare the script to the finished product. The story with the script is "Calliope," and its about a writer who keeps that Muse captive, and rapes her whenever he wants ideas. Okay, fine. Gaiman wanted to write a dark, creepy and violent story. But:

    • He writes her as the youngest of the muses, when, according to tradition, she was always the oldest.

    • Also, according to tradition, the muses never gave out ideas -- that was up to the artist / scholar to come up with. All the old hymns and poems in praise of the muses ask for their help and support in communicating the ideas clearly and inspiringly -- so that the finished work of art is befitting the importance of its subject.

    • In the script, when Calliope is first revealed, Gaiman tells his artist: "If you've ever seen photos of famine victims, or concentration camp victims [...]" And then, in the margin, is his hand-written note complaining-explaining that his artist had drawn her too skinny, and the inker had to fix her up a bit. ... Face-palm, face-palm, Mr. Gaiman; you were the one to make those camparisons -- teetering on the brink of Fail, there, you are.


  5. My reactions to (some of) my F'lists reactions to the Eleventh Doctor:
    • From [livejournal.com profile] calapine (after spoilery bits regarding the first two eps.): "I want more theme-y stuff on the value of knowledge; such things make me v happy. (And any wee digs at the need to know vs the right to know, always appreciated.)"
      Yes. This. Truth, it is.

      It was one of the first things I noted, when my pbs station aired the first ep. of the Tom Baker story Robot -- How the Doctor there kept pushing people to be curious and seek out knowledge, vs. Rusty's stories that kept insisting that Knowledge was dangerous, and would wound you (and it's better to have your mind wiped).
      So: Yay!

    • From [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse: "I also like the way the Moff has written children and how he has written about children and childlike things. The Doctor understands them and doesn't talk down to them. You get the feeling that this is the narrative and the voice of someone who knows what it is like to be a child and knows kids will see through bullshit."
      Squee!

      In an earlier chapter in my life, I was convinced my destiny was to write for and about children (that has only partly come to pass), and it makes me a bit heartsick when I see children in pop culture, being treated as Plot Puppets for the adults (often the Lead White Male) to angst over and rescue, instead of people in their own right.


  6. I'm thinking of decorating a shirt (or mug) with a logo design based on my "Flying Piggie (Write what you can Imagine)" design.

    "Write what you know." is one of my biggest pet peeve sayings, along with: "There, but for the Grace of God..." and "...then, I met a man who had no feet."

  7. I was browsing around Wikipedia, the other day, and found a passel of names for these brackets: { }, and also learned how they are properly used in writing prose (I'd only learned of them in the context of elementary school math class, to enclose sets). In prose, they're used to present lists of things that are of equal value and importance. So I will use them to present their various names: {Flower brackets, Squiggly brackets, chicken lips, braces, curly brackets, birdie brackets, and Scottish brackets}. Hee!

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