Friday, May 04, 2007

It's gonna get frenzied

I signed up for Script Frenzy, the script writing equivalent of NaNoWriMo. The goal - write a 20,000 word script in the month of June.

I was ready to resist joining. One grand literary failure per year should be plenty, thankyouverymuch. But our municipal liaison from NaNo is doing it, and she sort of dragged me along with her enthusiasm.

To prepare, I have read the book "Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need" by Blake Snyder. To his credit, Mr. Snyder made it sound like something I could do. I'm already thinking of ideas, which is more than ever happens when I try to write fiction, so I am cautiously optimistic.

One of the interesting things about screenwriting, as opposed to novels, is that "The Industry" freely admits that there are Formulas That Work. They aren't embarrassed to tell you exactly how many pages to write, and exactly where to put your turning points, and why one type of character is better than another - in short, what sells.

Selling, of course, is not my goal here. Trying something different is the goal. I'm excited about that.

(Here's a gratuitous extra graphic to satisfy the whims of Blogger's sidebar.)

In recent comments, Lydia asked how the lace yarn was coming along. Right now, it is marinating in the yarn stash, waiting for the right pattern to come along. If I come to visit this fall, Lydia, will it be lace shawl weather? That might spur me into action.

Aser asked how handknitted socks feel and how I launder them. They feel fine to me. They have some thickness to them, and if you have sensitive feet, you can probably feel them on the soles of your feet. I don't have any issues with wool, and because wool wicks moisture, I find them comfortable even when it is not cold.

As for washing them: I usually use superwash (non-shrinking) wool for socks. Some may call me a heretic, but they go into the washer, and the dryer. I've got yarn to make more if I need them. The silkier ones, though, I might handwash - once they are finished.

Dragon Knitter
commented on my ramen art, and I noticed that it has become separated from the article it accompanied in the Piker Press. So here it is, my most dramatic painting to date.

I Don't Like Ramen!
Acrylic on ramen noodles


mamateja said...

Way to go! As a former English teacher (now only Spanish) , I always like to hear of someone still using their creative writing ability.

Lydia said...

Sure you will need your shawl!

*whistles and looks around to see if any of her fellow Californians are around to mock her*

Yeah, you will.

Cheryl said...

Well, La, I've been to SF in July, and I sure could have used one in the late afternoon.