Saturday, March 26, 2011

6 Days Left


I am so excited! I can't wait! I want to delve into Declan and Ashley's minds RIGHT NOW! But, if I do, I can't win. Six days, I have to wait. 144 hours, 8640 minutes, 518400 seconds until I begin Screnzy! Too long! I am memorizing Green Day songs as I type, as my mother bought me 21st Century Breakdown a week or so ago and I am so happy! Their music carries the potential for stories upon stories upon stories! I think that this script that will be written in April has the potential to be great, and I will make it so.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Hold onto your headphones, honey."

This made my day. The little girl is my wallpaper now. I smile whenever I turn on the computer. Too cute!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Change of Heart, of Musical Taste, of Writing Style

ACT I: Scene I:

Open on FRANKIE, sitting at desk, waiting for inspiration to hit. Angle on Frankie's tired expression.

Oh, joy. NaNoWriMo's counterpart, set to take place in April, which is only 15 days away.

Screnzy - or, to those of you who use correct English, Script Frenzy.

I am going to write a script - a screenplay.

The worst part? I have no idea how! But, I will use, so it will all turn out peachy. I hope.

PLOT: Guitar prodigy, Ashley Holmes, runs away from home and joins a punk band called Crash and more-or-less moves in with them. But, when the bassist's girlfriend books the gig of the undiscovered century, she gets a wrist injury. So, the lead singer, aka Declan Hollister, must explain how he knows so much about guitars without being able to play.

CHARACTERS: Ashley, Declan, Joey, Coltrane, Bea, and Mickey, the dog.

SETTING: Somewhere down my street.

TIMELINE: 30 days to write 100 pages.

That's where it ends. 3 1/3 pages A DAY. This does not seem so daunting when you break it down, but I am so used to word count. I have no idea how I will be able to do this.

About the musical taste, I have migrated from my comfortable bed of indie rock and alt pop to garage rock, blues, and punk to get in the mood. For me, this is like admitting defeat because that is ALL my dad listens to, and I said I would always have my own music. Here we go! Foxboro Hottubs, Offspring, and Joe Bonamassa!

Oy. What have I gotten myself into? Ashley and Declan, you better be pretty darn interesting to cover 100 pages.

FRANKIE walks off-screen, leaving behind a swinging computer chair and prepped workspace behind.)

END Scene I

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Short Stories

I recently had a teacher of mine read and edit my two short stories, Little Angels and Incandescence. She made many edits to Little Angels, and I fixed it based on her input. Then, as I was leaving her classroom, she told me that she was about half-way through (21-page) Incandescence. She told me that she gets to school at six in the morning, when the hall lights are still off and all is quiet. She told me that was when she started reading Incandescence (which is about a warehouse, an experiment, fear, and darkness) and she told me that she had to stop because she got scared. Now, at first I didn't believe her, but then I went home and turned off the lights in my basement and read the story aloud. I listened to myself talk, and I got shakier and shakier. I kept thinking that Xavier was going to run out and drag me to the warehouse and project my fears before me - that Genevieve would... Whoops! That would be a spoiler. :) Anyway, that is a huge paragraph and I used horrible grammar, but I just wanted to get that out.

By the way - Mrs. Burke, are you about finished with my book? My mom wants to read it!