The last month has proven to be a veritable cascade of activities! Work has been slowing down after the events for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, meaning I’ve had more time to work on my personal projects.
Typically, despite the lax workload, I still waited to the last minute to work on next month's articles, so now I’m rushing to get things done. There is no overall theme for my articles during August, so I will be posting material I’ve had stored for times like this.
I have a lot to share with you this month, as well as a lot of new ideas to iron out. So let’s get right to it.
Earlier in the month, I did a fair amount of progress in terms of writing. While chipping away at the character sheet of my second henchman, Misery, I got a major breakthrough. The document itself did not get that much headway, but when thinking about Misery’s powers, I got this idea which changed a considerable part of my story. Inspiration hit me, then evolved into a wicked little plot twist, which not only added depth to a lot of the characters and the story, but also fixed a few holes in the plotline.
This new idea came from a little modification to a character, and in turn it spawned content for three new chapters. Needless to say I was ecstatic, and promptly added the information on my plotline excel sheet. As a writer, you gotta love it when this happens!
But that was not the only form of inspiration that hit me these past few weeks. During my vacation, I had begun renovation work in my basement; fixing base boards, a window, a door, and the most notable project, tearing down the old bar that came with the house. The bar was a DIY project from one of the previous owners, so it wasn’t all that pretty. Add to that the fact I rarely drink, and the bar suddenly loses all reason of being there. So I began taking it apart, but while doing so, left a big empty space in the room (not to mention a mess).
The room became a blank canvas. Now in full designer mode, I began researching for ideas for what the basement should look like. Intended to be a gaming room, I searched for video game related content, with a heavy penchant for industrial style. The room is taking shape inside my head, now I only need to work on making it a reality. I will post pictures once the room is completed, but for now, here are some work-in-progress photos.
Ever since I decided to learn as much as possible about writing, I began analyzing every story I read. Of course, books are the primary source of storytelling, but there are also plots in movies, television shows and video games. Though the audience interacts with these mediums differently, many of the same storytelling principles still apply.
Over the past two years, I’ve actually created a spreadsheet of the movies I’ve watched, and my thoughts on their plotlines. It’s shocking how my opinions on certain movies have changed once I started actually paying attention to the plot, rather than simply following the narrative. I also discovered I can predict story outcomes easily, once I get a feel of the story.
With this being said, I have been thinking if creating a movie/video game review articles, similar to my current book reviews, would be a good idea. I’m not entirely sure how copyrights or trademarks would come into play in terms of blog posts. If writing these types of articles would be allowed, then expect to see some movie/video game story reviews in the future.
I have also been considering a few other ideas in order to generate more traffic to my Blog. The first is writing Tweet/Facebook posts that give details of my story, either monologues from my characters, or descriptions of the setting. The second is translating some of my old content to french in order to reach a bigger audience. I’m still working on these ideas, so it is not a guarantee at this time.
In regards of new material from Missing Worlds Media, there hasn’t been any lore related content released from last month. Two article did get published however, both from the art department. One focuses on animation, and the other on character modeling. You can read the full articles on our kickstarter page:
Character modeling: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missingworldsmedia/the-phoenix-project-city-of-titans/posts/1931008
I would like to mention that I am always looking for more authors to interview. If you, or anyone you know, is a published author and would be interested in having an interview posted on my blog, feel free to contact me. It is a great opportunity to share advice you may have with other writers, as well as free publicity for your own work.
That is all I have for this month. Thank you all for dropping by, your continued support is always appreciated. I hope to see you all at next month's progress update.