Still writing, working, and being a “background actor”

So I’m still working my day job, and I’m still writing.

At the moment, I’m putting most of my writing energy into spec scripts for the various TV writing fellowships (Disney/ABC, NBC, WB, and CBS; Fox may no longer exist since Disney ate them). Not sure if I’ll get anything good done by the time the deadlines roll around this year, but I think I’ll keep writing scripts all year round from now on. Need to keep learning and trying to improve.

Novel writing will probably take a back seat at least for a few months.

I’ve also started going out on side gigs as a non-union TV extra (or “background actor”). Although the 10+ hour days are more tiring than my normal job and pays less, it’s been fun to observe the various cast and crew handle their business on set,  After a few more experiences, I may write some anecdotes about being a living prop (need to avoid violating the various NDAs I sign, though).

So…

Working towards the day I can post about how I’m actually making money as a “creative.” Until then, I guess my posts will keep being intermittent little updates to remind the internet (and myself) that I’m still writing.

Take it easy, World.

-A.D.M.

NaNoWriMo 2019

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Well, I haven’t been posting much nor have I been writing much. I’ve mostly been revising my revisions, but it’s not enough. I wasn’t intending on doing NaNo (I’ve only done it once before), but I wound up starting a project to push myself to be more productive.

It’s kind of working. I’ve been putting more time into my WIP. Though I don’t think I’ll hit the 50,000 words to “win” by the end of the month, it’s better than throwing 100% of my free time into Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

WIP Progress Update 5/29/2019

Decided to try something new and start posting graphs to track the progress of my work-in-progress. This WIP, if you’re curious, is the first draft of a total re-write of a novel I’d previously completed.

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Obviously, the horizontal axis shows dates (I’m not actually sure when I started on this WIP, but the estimate should be good enough) and the vertical axis shows the number of chapters completed (I’m aiming for the first draft to have 30 chapters).

The graph looks pretty lame, so I might give it a visual overhaul someday. For now, it’ll have to suffice.

So I’ll try to post an updated graph once in a while and, hopefully, I’ll get addicted to seeing a visual representation of my progress and trick myself into writing more and more. Wish me luck, random folks.

Typing like Carol Danvers

Well, I’ve actually been writing (my novel) a bit while I’m between projects for my day job. I’m making progress, which is a good thing, but this his how I feel about my productivity:

Captain Marvel Typing

Sorry for the mini spoiler (Captain Marvel types super slow!).

That is all.

How Game of Thrones ended for these characters—

The Game of Thrones series finale has people reacting with (nerd) rage, grief, and more. Personally, it was taking a while for me to process the ending myself. Rather than let my thoughts simmer on their own, I jumped on the internet to peek at other people’s opinions (which ended up being mostly about Daenerys). The mess below is what I think about how these characters’ stories ended.

Be warned, there are spoilers below. Continue reading

Back in the Habit–Writing Regularly

My writing has been pretty inconsistent over the last year. I’ve used my UCLA Extension classes as a crutch, pretending I’m doing enough writing-related work so long as I fulfill the requirements of the class and get my “A’s.” However, the quantity of writing has dwindled to something that should be unacceptable to any half-serious writer.

Having come back “home,” I hope I can do better with my writing discipline; correct and stay the course. Right now, I’m sitting in one of my old writing spots, trying to use the location to trigger some kind of positive conditioning–to get myself to work. I managed to put together a few hundred words in my WIP novel before I decided to churn out this “quick” blog post. Hopefully, this is the start of more productive habits.

Wish me luck.

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Bronn: 1, Drogon: 0—Game of Thrones, Season 7, So Far

Game of Thrones Spoiler Alert! (With that out of the way—)

Dany and Jon Snow

I sincerely hope this doesn’t turn into a romantic relationship. The Onion Knight needs to mind his business.

As I watched Drogon bearing down on Bronn and the ballista, I found myself rooting more for Bronn than Daenerys. Actually, I was more on the side of Jaime and Bronn for the entirety of the battle. Given Dany’s insistence that Jon Snow bend the knee in the last two hours of GoT, I’ve been somewhat annoyed with her.

This season, Dany has been acting rather entitled to the Iron Throne and the whole of Westeros, and it’s gotten tiresome. The first Targaryen to sit on the throne had taken the continent through conquest and threat of violence. Robert Targaryen took it back by the same means, relieving the people from the whims of the Mad King. So, though it’s fair game for Dany to say she’s going to take the throne by the might of her dragons and her army, I find it a bit lame for her to so strongly rely on the argument that it’s her “right.”

Jon’s retort to Dany on episode 3 was on point. He basically said he didn’t acknowledge her right to the throne because her father gave up the throne when he went ballistic on the people of Westeros. Overall, I’m not a fan of monarchies and (governing) power-by-inheritance. As a person who grew up with Hollywood films touting the values of Democracy, I kind of want Daenerys to unite Westeros and then put down her crown—as cheesy as it my be.

So after Dany spent two episodes basically clashing with my beloved King in the North, and insisting that she is entitled to the entire continent and all the people’s allegiance, I wasn’t quite in support of her flying down to Highgarden and laying waste to Westerosi.

The showrunners (and, perhaps, George R.R. Martin) intended for these late-game clashes to leave the audience conflicted, and it was done well. I didn’t want anyone to die in this fight. Sure, the Lannisters have a history of being jerks, but all the lives lost in this episode are warriors who should have united to fight against the true enemy.

By the end of the episode, when Jaime told Bronn to use their secret dragon-slaying weapon, I was both hoping and expecting for Drogon to be shot down (sorry, animal lovers). I wanted the dragon to fall, somewhat selfishly, because Dany needed a reality check. I also expected it because, like most folks, you could see this coming a mile away—more lives and resources need to be wasted, from a writing/show-running standpoint, before the good guys can finally band together.

Bronn being awesome

Take that, Drogon.

So the postman may hate Bronn, but he has my support. As for his and Jaime Lannister’s fates on the show after they dodged the flames and fell into the water—

They’re probably okay. They’re not shown in teasers for the next episode just to screw with people. The showrunners seem to be going in the direction of The Walking Dead and leaning a bit too much on cliffhangers to jerk the audience around (which, if true, is a mistake).