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(Fark)   "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest heaven of invention" -Shakespeare, Henry V. I dunno about a muse, but it's getting hot outside. This is your Fark writer's thread, sweltering inventions edition   (fark.com) divider line
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2021-06-23 3:44:59 PM  
Okay, so maybe it gets a lot hotter in other places around the world, but up here in the Seattle area we're looking at a 100 degree weekend coming up and I'm pretty sure my cats are already wilting. I do have the heavenly invention of A/C by way of a heat pump, but the poor thing can't really keep up when it gets to a certain temperature outside. This could be bad.

The worst part is that this upcoming week is the one I scheduled off from work to do a bunch of writing. As soon as I put that PTO in, everything went to hell, and of course everyone wants to schedule things on that week.  That replacement oven for the one that started channeling elder gods? Yeah, of course the delivery was rescheduled for that week.  Work already assigning me stuff due on the day I come back? Get ready to get disappointed, 'cus you're net getting anything else from me! I fully expect the universe itself to conspire to prevent me from accomplishing anything, which arguably is kind of overkill, considering how little it takes to keep me from getting my writing done in normal times.

Regardless, next week I lock the doors, hose down the cats whenever they start to smoke, and take a writing vacation. Unlike Harry, I may not assume the port of Mars, but hopefully I can get something done.

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2021-06-23 4:02:24 PM  
I read that in Derek Jacobi's voice...
 
2021-06-23 4:54:25 PM  
Mid-Atlantic is remarkably cool for this time of the year. shiat's farked up, yo, and no denying.
 
2021-06-23 5:01:22 PM  
You'd have to drive to the liquor store. Sleep it off.
 
2021-06-23 5:03:21 PM  
My story still has a couple of missing items and needs a good polish, but I should be able to submit it soon.

Anybody else get bummed by their material? My major work went through a dark period, and I personally felt bad. Now that that's over, the next part is fun, and I feel much better.

Good luck with the writing staycation!
 
2021-06-23 5:06:14 PM  
Going camping this weekend.   Gonna knock out another chapter or two in the RV's lovely AC.

/ Got nuthin'
 
2021-06-23 5:09:52 PM  

FlashHarry: I read that in Derek Jacobi's voice...


I absolutely love that movie.

Henry V - Derek Jacobi - Prologue - O! For A Muse Of Fire - Kenneth Branagh 1989
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2021-06-23 5:19:54 PM  
Throw Momma From The Train - The night was, Part 1
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2021-06-23 5:21:11 PM  
Throw Momma From The Train - The night was, Pt. 2
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2021-06-23 6:08:09 PM  

toraque: Regardless, next week I lock the doors, hose down the cats whenever they start to smoke


Who taught your cats to smoke?

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2021-06-23 7:05:54 PM  

kokomo61: FlashHarry: I read that in Derek Jacobi's voice...

I absolutely love that movie.

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Gives me chills every damn time.
 
2021-06-23 7:39:40 PM  
FYI: it's also a quote spoken by one of the Overlords in the Childhood's End series.
 
2021-06-23 7:45:41 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: FYI: it's also a quote spoken by one of the Overlords in the Childhood's End series.


Charles Dance did an amazing, quiet job of mostly the wrong story.

But if you were going to do it that way, then yes. He was a good Karellen.
 
2021-06-23 7:49:48 PM  

Russell_Secord: My story still has a couple of missing items and needs a good polish, but I should be able to submit it soon.

Anybody else get bummed by their material? My major work went through a dark period, and I personally felt bad. Now that that's over, the next part is fun, and I feel much better.

Good luck with the writing staycation!


What is your work?
 
2021-06-23 8:30:34 PM  

FlashHarry: kokomo61: FlashHarry: I read that in Derek Jacobi's voice...

I absolutely love that movie.

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Gives me chills every damn time.


I've seen a lot of bad Choruses in my time. Jacobi is the only actor who really understood the part.

Chills indeed.
 
2021-06-23 8:50:45 PM  

Russell_Secord: Anybody else get bummed by their material?



Pretty much every time I write something these days. I have written, then re-written, three (count 'em) three fantasy stories for this year's anthology, and I ain't happy with any of 'em.

The first tale was about 18K words I liked, but the act of cutting it down to fit the 10K limit ganked a ton of information necessary for the story to gel and made the ending make a lot less sense than usual.

The second story got bogged down in unnecessary dialogue and description, then wandered off into some really crappy territory, so I junked the concept.

Still re-working the third story. It's a bit over 8K, but I'm having trouble with Thud and Blunder (writing an action sequence which feels natural) right in the middle. The action sequence at the end turned out nicely (in my totally unbiased opinion), but the earlier scene keeps bothering me.

On the subject of Muses, one of my netfriends (now sadly deceased) used to say his personal Muse was Calliope, the Muse of Epic Poetry. She urged him to write some lovely prose, poetry, and the occasional filk. My Muse seems to be Cacophony- and she's a spiteful biatch who will not let my brain rest until I write down whatever drivel she's nagging me with.
 
2021-06-23 10:28:17 PM  

Dodo David: toraque: Regardless, next week I lock the doors, hose down the cats whenever they start to smoke

Who taught your cats to smoke?

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I'm stealing that picture....
 
2021-06-23 10:51:21 PM  
For those interested in summoning a muse, nothing works as well as the sound of a pen scribbling across a page, day after day.

I am reminding myself that, more than anything else.

Those aspiring to become published, I strongly recommend taking a college newspaper class. This was the advice of my screenwriting teacher, that even if you dont want to write for a newspaper as a career, taking the class will help you finish on a deadline. This is a very useful skill. Also, after 3 semesters I ended up with a large portfolio of articles cut out, as well as 3 news writing awards.

My large portfolio of clippings helped me get a freelance position at a smallville newspaper, where I diabbled and diddled for a few years. That really honed my writing skills as well.

So if you want to become a mild mannered reporter, it helps to start out in Smallville.
 
2021-06-23 10:56:42 PM  
I was pretty buzzed during a beach vacation last week and got the sudden inspiration to make a theme of my new FFA entry to be overcoming fear and how I can mix that with the idea I already had to make a theme of how to beat trolls. Then I got the idea that you should simply let your fear or your anger/irritation pass through you, a la Dune, and also that I should read it, which I've never done. Hopefully I can get that done with enough time left to actually write my entry before the deadline.

/Then I lost like three days trying to get it from various city libraries, only to learn that their one copy was checked out or that they never had it to begin with.
//Broke down and ordered a paperback copy on Amazon today that should arrive tomorrow.
 
2021-06-23 10:59:41 PM  

Spice Must Flow: For those interested in summoning a muse, nothing works as well as the sound of a pen scribbling across a page, day after day.

I am reminding myself that, more than anything else.

Those aspiring to become published, I strongly recommend taking a college newspaper class. This was the advice of my screenwriting teacher, that even if you dont want to write for a newspaper as a career, taking the class will help you finish on a deadline. This is a very useful skill. Also, after 3 semesters I ended up with a large portfolio of articles cut out, as well as 3 news writing awards.

My large portfolio of clippings helped me get a freelance position at a smallville newspaper, where I diabbled and diddled for a few years. That really honed my writing skills as well.

So if you want to become a mild mannered reporter, it helps to start out in Smallville.


Be sure to read my previous comment.
 
2021-06-23 11:08:20 PM  

Fireproof: Be sure to read my previous comment.


I recently saw a cartoon, and wish I'd seen it as a youth.

Wise Man: The secret of happiness is not to argue with stupid people.
2nd Guy: That can't be it!
Wise Man: Oh, you're right.

Enjoy the book. It flows.
 
2021-06-23 11:16:39 PM  
Here's something simple Fark Writers can help me with:

The antagonists of my next entry will be alien trolls. I'm thinking of naming them either:

1. Sllort ("Trolls" backwards, sort of a meta-reference to Troll 2, which I'll admit to never having actually seen).

2. The Planet Smashers (A reference to a ska band).

Which should it be? The first is more a species name, the other more a self-proclaimed group name.

I'm also considering using both somehow or saving the other for something else.
 
2021-06-24 6:48:18 AM  
"Oh for a Muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest heaven of invention" - Wernher von Braun, Saturn V
 
2021-06-24 8:26:14 AM  

maxheck: Russell_Secord:  My major work went through a dark period

What is your work?


It's an interrelated group of fifty dieselpunk stories in an alternate history where World War II has gone on for 19 years. The US goes through a zombie outbreak and a version of the Holocaust. Paris and Chicago burn to the ground. Richard Nixon is president, but he's working for a group who want to keep the war going as long as possible. And ghosts, ghosts everywhere. I call it Deflection Point.

At the moment I'm starting installment 27. It's just a matter of finding the time to rewrite and publish the stuff that's already done.
 
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