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.


Back to work

I spent the last week in Florida with my family.And the week before that getting ready for the trip. We did Family Christmas while there, so that week was spent making and shipping gifts. It was exhausting and stressful to scramble all of that stuff together, but it was well worth it to see the results. My girlfriend, Bekah, and I each got dedicated writing notebooks. So, while my brother fished for sheepshead in the intracoastal waterway, I was able to sit and write for a little while. I also managed to punch a few keys on the two flights on the way down. All told, though, this was NOT a productive fortnight.

Now that I am back in my routine, though, I think I know what I need to do. I have a few scenes to re-work, but the characters seem to be moving into position.

There is a confrontation at the climax of issue two, about which I have not done enough thinking. Ideologically it makes sense. The characters are in conflict with eachother. One represents a subject about which the other is in deep denial, so it makes sense for her to respond with strong emotions.... which in superhero terms means FIGHT! I just have not paced out the escalation of that confrontation.

Once that is done, I can put this issue to bed.

I just hope I don't go too far over my page count. It is dense as it is and I would hate to have to chop things or move them around.

It occurs to me now that if I do need to cut some pages, I can set up that fight, and leave the pay-off for the next issue. That has the added benefit of putting that fight in what will be the last issue of this story arc.

And, hopefully that will mean that the third act will wrap itself up with minimal coaxing and I will be able to get back on deadline for next month.

As always, keep up on my blog here. And read my Rapid City scripts here.

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 I feel like that power has been liberated.

Nodding off

Had a bit of free time last night after doing everything that needed to be done. I am proud to say that i resisted the temptation to just watch TV and opened up my computer to write a few pages. That is how it gets done, a few pages at a time.

I think I added two pages to my script before my eyes started to close on me. By the end I think I saved the latest copy five or six times in a row because I would nod off in the middle of the arduous task of clicking on "save" and awake a second later unsure if I has saved.

Similar thing almost happened this morning on the train. I didn't want to risk nodding off and dropping my computer on the subway, so i saved, packed it up, and just zoned out listening to music the rest of the way.

Though each of these were tiny accomplishments, I am quite proud of the focus it took to accept that I was only going to get a tiny amount done at best, and to still get that little bit done. I am two pages closer to done.