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Friday, November 28, 2003

“Violence needs to have consequence, lethality, and authenticity, but not necessarily relish.” — Edward Zwick, film director (Legends of the Fall, Glory) Here’s the next writing challenge: Write a five-hundred-word scene in which a character monologues coherently for the entire scene. Use the character’s body language to enhance the monologue. Purpose: Sustaining the reader’s interest during a long speech. The previous challenge is available here. Please post your response. Thanksgiving‘s over, […]

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

I haven’t written anything new on Wine yet, though that’s hardly surprising. I have so little energy to write in the evening, which is why I’m doing all my errands over the course of the week, so I’ll have Saturday free. I plan to write — Wine and other things — for pretty much all of Saturday. Wish me luck there. In other news, I did a rather odd thing on Monday; I stumbled upon […]

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Spent much of last night fretting over Wine to Those in Anguish, which is…rather hard to define in a few words. It’s an anime idea I had years ago, and put into pre-production, only to deep-freeze when I realized I had no script. I’ve never abandoned it. I believe that it’s a strong work. There’s emotion in it; it has the stuff of life. But I never could write the script. It never came […]

Monday, November 24, 2003

Well, I certainly enjoyed the con. Lots of fun. Here’s what I bought: Grey lain bag from Mythwear. Plenty big enough for my laptop, with plenty of pockets. I’m thrilled. Someday’s Dreamers DVD 1 Last Exile DVD 1 Mobile Suit Gundam DVD 3 Someday’s Dreamers Soundtrack CD Trigun Soundtrack CD Spirited Away Soundtrack CD Haibane Renmei Soundtrack CD Rurouni Kenshin OVA 2 […]

Friday, November 21, 2003

Here’s the next writing challenge: Describe a character, physically and psychologically, in one sentence. Purpose: Clarity of description. I note that nobody has posted their own response yet. Go on. It’s anonymous. It’s the cool thing to do. Weird day today. I actually managed to get up early, so I could be at work before a 9:00 meeting. Yes, that’s early for me. Yes, I’m okay with that. The meeting […]

Thursday, November 20, 2003

I’ve completed my writing exercise for this week. Go to the Writing Challenge webpage to read it and add your own result. I’ll debut next week’s exercise tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’ll be at an anime convention this weekend, Godwilling; it’s very close to my house, which I think is awfully considerate of the con organizers. This is the con’s second year, and I didn’t go the first year, so I’ve no idea what […]

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Have you done that writing exercise yet? I’ll post my results tomorrow, and set up a system that will let you post your own. I take my trusty digital camera with me everywhere. If I don’t, invariably I want to take a picture but don’t have my camera with me. As a result, I’ve taken a number of photos with my Kodak DC5000, and uploaded them to my pictures site. There’s lots of stuff […]

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

It’s amazingly time-consuming to pursue one’s dreams. Take my animations as an example. A friend knows an artist who is willing to try animation. Through our mutual friend, I requested some art samples…and I haven’t seen the mutual friend in weeks. So, now I have to contact him and work out a time when we can meet. Arg. It frustrates me, and it pushes me a little distance away from animating. This isn’t […]

Monday, November 17, 2003

Nearly missed Brennen’s wonderful Standing Bear essay. And I mean “essay” in a broad but American Heritage Dictionary–approved sense. Saturday’s relaxation was a wonderful product of Friday’s industry. I realized that I spend much of my Saturdays out doing errands, and that I’d really like to have a full day free to write, or animate, or cook, or whatever. So, Friday night after work, I ran to the bank and Greenberry’s, taking care of some online errands, […]

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Here are the four areas that I want to concentrate on for the next three months: Animation — I want to produce matrix experiments lain, a Matrix spoof. Programming — I want to finish prototype 6 of Contract Tycoon and write a few little applications for Syllable. Writing — I want to write 10,000 words of Seeing Things Invisible and two short stories. Exercise &mdash: I want to be running three days a week for three miles per […]

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