Writing and Rayguns

Through the raygun 2

I watched all twelve hours of the V marathon on tv yesterday, since I don’t think I’ve ever seen it (unless it was when it aired originally, but I was four then). This gave me plenty of chances to engage in my current favorite tv-watching game, which is to guess at the plot points before they happen (things like: it’s the last half hour of the 2nd part of 3 episodes, so the girl will probably give birth to the alien baby just before they cut until next week).

There’s sort of a point to this, which is that I’m trying to figure out how to write stories with an actual plot, and not just a character with issues who will sit there and moan about them for a while. I’m actually practicing this skill, by participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo. Currently I’m at 3674 words and into my third story idea (I’ve been keeping a file with these for several months, writing down a couple keywords and an idea for the first sentence as I think of them). The first piece was about a space probe (needs more research so it has Realistic Details instead of a lot of hand-waving), and the second is about stalking people via the internet (needs a plot before I bore myself to death). Idea #3 is a take-off of last week’s comic book remake/remodel challenge, the lovely kung-fu ballerina Super Ann.

Super Ann

I think I have the first act figured out, but not much past that, so I’ll either switch to a new story at that point, or (ideally) be struck by inspiration and figure out how to keep going. I’m not worried about my ability to write 50k words in a month, so much as my ability to stay interested in my under-plotted story long enough before I want to work on something else.

The other half of this post’s title, the raygun, is my Halloween prop. I went as a space pirate. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture, so you will just have to take my word for it when I say my hair looked awesome. Also, the gun makes a good tool for interesting TTV-style photographs.

In closing, here’s Lucas looking menacing as a lumberjack.


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