Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Reboot

I woke up with a cold today, and things slid downhill from there for a while.  I was unable to use my computer or office, and thus I fled the house, only to discover that the batteries had died on my ipad keyboard.  I have a steno pad with me at all times... but today, the pencil ran out of led and the pen had no ink.

Seriously, I don't think I was supposed to write anything today at all, let alone a blog post.

If I had been able to record words in some manner, however, I think the words would have been something like these:

The plotting series seems to have gone off the rails, and completely lost its audience.  And I think I know why.

Usually I get a lot of interest in a theory seires like this, and I also get a lot of interest in the posts where I break down and micro-analyze scenes -- especially with clips from YouTube.  However, in this case, I put these two elements together, and in the end didn't do either very well.

So I'm pulling the plug.

I'm going to reboot the plotting series -- this time I'm going to write the whole thing before I start posting it.  I might start it again as soon as next week.  But don't hold your breath.

I would like to do a full beat-by-beat analysis of some of these movies (and maybe a few books) as a separate thing.  These would be "spoiler" analyses, so I more than likely will post them (if I get around to it) on my unused companion blog "The Daring Novelist Spoilers Blog." (I'd put an alert here when I post there.)

One of the reasons I started the spoilers blog is because I would like to do a "commentary track" type analysis of some movies (and also of my own books perhaps) which isn't necessarily limited to a certain subject. And that was the problem here: I had to keep leaving out things that were intersting because they weren't relevant to the post.  (And, of course, because there were other interesting things I wanted to talk about, I was less interested in talking about the business at hand.)

And there is the fact that some of my fiction is really demanding my attention right now. Which is good, if I can shake this cold.

I may or may not have something for you for the Friday Game post.

See you in the funny papers.


Anonymous said...

I can certainly sympathize with the troubles you have been having with the current series and a reboot sounds like a good way of continuing to move forward.

For my part, I've been quite interested in the presentation and the way you've been illustrating the immediate topic with the examples from the movies. Specifically, the start of the series with the post about introducing the characters was well done and the illustrations worked quite well.

I'll be looking forward to the reboot, even if it treads on the same material you've already presented. Never underestimate the value of "tell me twice".

The Daring Novelist said...


Depending on how it goes, I might actually finish the second half of the last post about problems and inciting incidents -- just to tie it up. (Maybe I'll rename that series "Opening Setup Series")

That way I can get the series underway right.