New month and new update. I reworked the look of the site. Pulled some things out and added a few items. Check out the link at the top of the page for three new short stories: Necromancer, Center of Attention and Sunrise. Sunrise received an honorable mention from Elegant Literature for their May 2002 writing contest.
Of note, I'm going through a number of writing courses: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy via Udemy, Brandon Sanderson's 2020 BYU course, Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Dan Wells Story Structure, both available on YouTube. Sanderson's insights are mind blowing. Being naive and new to a craft is exciting. There is so much to learn and every new insight is a revelation. That is my glass half full approach. When I'm grumpy, I keep slapping my forehead and go, "How the hell did I miss all this stuff before?" I have never taken any writing or critical reading courses and the depth to which you can subject a creative work astounds me, even though I know it should not.
The simple take on the intro to Raider of the Lost Ark as a means to set tone and make promises to the audience, a contract with them to both demand their attention and promise them a specific experience over the course of the movie, left me speechless. The first ten minutes of the film encapsulate the arc of the entire movie and character competence and seen in this light show me the brilliance of Spielberg and Lucas. Yes, I am going out on a limb here and letting you know those two are going places. In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue.
I am working on my second novel using the new insights of the courses and attempting to incorporate the structure and processes laid out by Wells and Sanderson. I have two other novels that I was writing using a discovery method and found that process was not working for me. I did not have a name for the process at the time but in hind sight, it makes sense I was falling into the traps inherit in that style of writing. I need to read Stephen King's on writing and see what he has to say on his process.