atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5597: Simply no time for it

Motorcycle battery still on front porch, hooked to charger, which still reports "fully charged", because I haven't had any time to dick with it. It won't be today, either, I bet.

Gorgeous weather for riding too. Argh.

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You have heard this old joke:
Patient: When the operation's over, will I be able to play the piano?
Doctor: Could you play the piano before?
Patient: No.
SNL people were so depressed after Hillary's loss, they were barely able to write comedy. Considering that even when they're at their best, they can barely write comedy, sounds like business as usual.

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Joss Whedon should stick to making TV shows and STFU about politics.
...[I]t is a spectacular example of just how far the Leftist will go in his quest to make everything political. A mother who died 25 years ago is dragged into a political tweet about Trump on Mothers Day. This rationalization is like a final boss in the game of word salad. The pretzel-like intellectual hoops Joss must jump through to associate his dead mother with Donald Trump are truly staggering to observe.
Staggering, yes, but they make the observer more stupid in the process.

Proof that someone who is excellent in his own field is a complete noob once he steps outside it.

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I can't say he's wrong. Lots of TV shows out there are critically acclaimed but they're usually boring horseshit.

My wife gets upset with me, periodically, for looking at my tablet or proofreading my manuscript while we're watching something. That's when I don't catch her doing something on her iPad while we're watching something. But lots of these shows, I can get away with it and still know what's going on because of the phenomenon mentioned in the linked post.

But I think the writer of the piece linked by the AoSHQ post doesn't understand that American Gods is emblematic of how TV is made these days. You start a series not knowing anything; certainly no time is spent on exposition telling you who is who, and why. Example: The Colony, which gives a very basic framework (aliens invaded, people now live under a totalitarian government) but otherwise tells us nothing about the world. We learn most of the information about the setting in flashback sequences, which are few and far between.

Okay, then there are shows like Timeless. Exposition is given once, often quickly enough that if you're not paying attention you miss it and don't know what's going on.

I don't find the pacing of American Gods slow. It's an interesting show, with interesting situations, and the dialogue is extremely well-written. I've got a fiver that says after two or three more eps things will pick up fast.

The nice thing about our modern world, though, is that if you don't like a show, you have other networks to choose from. It's not CBS-NBC-ABC-PBS any longer.

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So the other day I added 11 pages to Apocalyptic Visions. It's currently sitting at 78,500 words, according to "properties" in OpenOffice, which is 78% of novel-length for a typical SF novel. I cannot tell the other two-thirds of the story in 21,500 words.

Well, opinions differ on how long a novel "ought" to be. 150,000 is probably an upper limit; $RELEASE_CANDIDATE_ONE comes in around 178,000 but it could probably benefit from a good editing. If we go with 150,000 words, then AV is half that size, about, and I might be able to pull it off in one volume.

Even so, I am starting to think this thing might end up being two novels, or even three, depending on how things go. Considering I already have a series, here, I don't want to do a series in a series if I can avoid it.

I may not be able to.

The thing is, this story is turning out to be a lot bigger than I originally anticipated it being. There are a lot of facets to the fall of a civilization. For crying out loud: the space war started on page 93; we're on 147 now and a ground war is kicking off. I didn't see that coming, but now that I'm actually writing the story it's taken on a life of its own and damn even though there's a cease-fire, now infantry has started fighting against infantry and the whole damn planet is about to go up.

And, curse me for a fool, it's FORESHADOWED! Elements I included in the story which didn't make any sense to me--and which I thought I might cut during rewrite--are just now falling into place (or are about to) as a group of agitators has shown up who incite combat between regional militias and the invading force! ("Regional militias" being the generic term for national armies, self-defense forces, and so forth.) Those agitators had to get their materiel from somewhere, and guess where? Well, 'way back on page seven is where I laid that groundwork! Without even knowing I was doing it!

Yes, writers are a peculiar bunch. I'm sorry.

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Today's a ridiculously nice day. I need to work on cleaning; today, I am cleaning out the linen closet of all the linens we do not and will not ever use. They will be sorted by donatable and not donatable; then I am going into the spare bedroom and taking all the bedclothes from in there and putting them into the linen closet, after which I will attempt to further clean that room up. It needs doing, and I'm the one who can do it.

Wish me luck.

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