Revelations

I just wrote the scene where the mysterious character finally reveals what has been up this whole time.I think it works pretty well. If it reads the way it feels like it will, then the reveal will be the last step in a long series of "what is up with her?" moments.

I dropped hints, but I did not dodge or forcefully prolong the situation

Actually, it isn't much of a mystery. In fact, if the reader knows that he is reading some kind of mystery, and is thus on the look out for clues.... then it will be fairly obvious.

Anyway, I am pretty happy with it so far. Now I need to handle the aftermath of the big reveal.

In the real world, I tried out a thing called Five Sprockets. It is project managing software and a social networking web site built into one service. It is geared (no pun intended) toward film and TV people and their comic script format does not seem as useful as Celtx.

The social networking and idea managing tools are not quite as functional as they should be. For example, the section where you are supposed to be searching for potential collaborators or crew members is still built as though you were searching for someone to date.

Following a project from pre-production all the way through post-production is far too nuanced and complicated to be handled by anything but specifically constructed software. Five Sprockets seems like it was built completely from existing parts applied to new uses.

I will give it another look once it is out of its Beta phase.

Josh

Rapid City goes PDF

This is big, but I can't quite explain how. I have been using Celtx to write my scripts. It is a really great program and makes the whole writing process much easier.....after small learning curve. The rigid format has forced me to tighten up my scripting style a lot. There is no doubt that I have benefited from it.

Celtx also provides a service through which they auto-publish your work to their Project Central web site. This is a really easy way to publish, but it is also very limiting. I don't know tech stuff about coding and all of that, which is why it took me so long to figure this out. So, I can't explain exactly why, but it is similar to the way that itunes turns all of your media files into itunes files. I could publish my scripts through Celtx Project Central, but it was almost impossible to do anything else with them.

Now, with a series of simple installs, I can turn my scripts straight into PDF files which I can then do whatever I want with. Print, email, sell...whatever. Plus, all of the scripts are now "in house". Meaning that when you go to read a script, you are no longer being sent to another web site. This also solves the formatting problem that I was having with Internet Explorer.

The Celtx program is a very powerful way to create scripts....now I feel like that power has been liberated.

Formats and browsers = distractions

Finding and solving that formatting problem was a big deal. Ultimately, though, the format of the script, and who can read the script, are secondary to actually writing the script.

So, that is what I have gotten down to this evening. Some more actual writing. I think I may have had a little too much fun in a part of the story where it isn't really supposed to be fun. However, I think if I let it go too dark it will certainly come off as whiny.

I mean, how bad can it be when the character's only serious problem is that he has no serious problems to face. If I let him mope too hard on that it will sound like rock stars complaining about being famous.

I think there will be some actual conflict in the next issue. Kinetic has to pay his dues and put in his work before he can start just having adventures.

Josh