Research

So, my husband and I watched Victor Frankenstein today. The one with Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. It was brilliant. And it gave me some brilliant thoughts about The Hero Project. Recently, I was talking to my wonderful husband about my villains, and how it’s really hard for me to write a truly evil character. And I realized that my second major villain is SUPER evil. She does something that bothers me more than just about any other criminal act. She experiments on, and kills, children. Why does this bother me so much? It’s a long story, so short version; I watched an episode of Criminal Minds that involved the sexual abuse of a young boy, and it scarred me deeply. I don’t watch Criminal Minds anymore, and child abuse is, for me, more evil than cannibalism. It was a rather disturbing realization, and an unpleasant tangent in our conversation.
And then my husband asked me about my other major villains. If this one is such a good hacker, why doesn’t he know this? If she knows so much, why is she still alive? How does he do that? How does this work? Why don’t they just do that? It got me really thinking about the villains in my stories. What are they doing that makes them evil? Why do the heroes care? And that has got me on a research kick. I’ve got three brilliant hackers in The Hero Project, but I’m not exactly good with computers. I know what programs will get rid of viruses and malware, I know where to find a lot of important things in the Control Panel, but I can’t do any kind of coding, and I am certainly no hacker. I don’t know a whole lot about anatomy, either, which is kind of important in the first book. I don’t know how cybernetics work, in reality or in theory. I know all sorts of fantasy stuff, and I know a fair amount about ancient Egypt and Japanese culture, but I don’t know what my villains and heroes make their living with. Which means that I need to start doing research about all sorts of mad science! Yay?
I love watching Sci Show on Youtube, so at least some of the research will be super fun. :) But I’m not excited about researching anatomy. I am easily squicked out. But sacrifices must be made for a believable story.

Anyway, I’m back from the Ghostbusters premier, and back to mostly-normal life. (The prerelease for the new Magic: The Gathering set was last weekend.) The premier was so much fun, and I got autographs from Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts, and we got to see the new movie almost a full week before the general public! (I think that includes movie critics, actually.) So, I am thinking about writing a review of the movie here on my blog. I really want to watch it again before I do, though. So, yeah. Also, I still need to finish that theory about Suckerpunch.
And I’m finishing a commissioned doll of Sans from Undertale. And I’m editing Just Your Average Fairytale. Like, final edits before I submit the manuscript. And that reminds me, I need to research publishers. There are a few that I know do YA fantasy, but I don’t know enough about them. Besides having read lots of their books. (YA is still my favorite genre, even at 26 almost 27.) So yay, more research!

And, for those super-nerds out there; yes, I am playing Pokemon Go. My work building is a pokestop. So I’ve been getting more exercise. Yay!

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Little Updates

I have decided that my life is half entertaining/exciting, and half dull as dirt. I also am very easily entertained. For example, I spent more than an hour playing some pie-popping flash game the other day.

Anyway, that’s not terribly important. I got more revising done on Writing Your Own Legend. I’ve outlined the new prologue and first chapter, and I think I started the second.

In costuming news, I finally started on the pants for my Tarvek costume. … No, that doesn’t mean that I put the buttonholes on the coat. I’m deliberately putting that off. But I got started on the pants, which is very good, and the Morse will help me get them done much quicker than doing them by hand.

If you’ve heard of Esther Friezner, you probably associate her with the Chicks in Chainmail books. I did, until my dad found Sphinx’s Princess in some little book store in the mall. I’m in love with Ancient Egypt, so a fiction novel about Nefertiti was not something I could pass up. While I am not a fan of first-person viewpoints, I fell in love with the story right away. When I finished the book, I was sad that I didn’t have the sequel, Sphinx’s Queen. That was some time ago. I have the book now, and began reading it the day of or the day after I finished Perchance to Dream. So I’m not very far yet. But I fell back into the story right away, and am loving every word.

First Edit

I actually got some writing done yesterday. Well, sort of. Since I was already at a computer, I pulled out my thumb drive and decided to edit at least some of Writing Your Own Legend. I looked at the original story and the beginning of the revision, and realized that I didn’t know where to go from the opening line of the revision. So instead, I went through the entire rough draft and wrote up an outline of the story. Before I had gotten through the first chapter, I realized what was wrong with the story. Several parts of the skeleton of the story are wrong. So I’m going to fix the story before I can revise the writing itself.
When I had finished the outline, I took a break to get some food. The break stretched into the rest of the night, and I ended up reading instead of doing more editing. I know, I’m a slacker. But reading good books helps me get in the mood for working on my own. And I have a large stack of books on my shelf that need to be read.
Speaking of books that need to be read, if you have not read Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, you are missing out. I just finished the sequel, Perchance to Dream, and can’t wait for the third book to come out next month. The story is absolutely beautiful! I recommend it to anyone who loves the theater, or adventure, or just enjoys a good story.

As to my own story, I’m still contemplating whether or not to work on it again today. I may also be working on costumes later, so we’ll see.