Episode 29 - Revel in the Crapness
Works in Progress
Mike did some research for Zero Ward, but hasn't worked on much else. He feels bad because all his research has been focused on the awful things people do to one another in war.
Eric hasn't worked on much.
John wrote another 1400 words, but his pantsing on the drone story has tapered off.
John asks if he should go back and fix his first act before moving on. Both Eric and Mike slapped him back in place and told him to keep writing. Move forward.
Revel in the crapness.
What's happening online
Short Story Vending Machine
[00:06:13] In Grenoble, France, there are vending machines that print short stories to read rather than looking at your phone. You can choose the length of the story you'd like to read, and it prints out on receipt paper.
A number of the machines have been installed in the city of Grenoble already and are distributing original stories to anyone who wants one for free.
Each story is printed on paper similar to a receipt and people can choose if they want a story that will take one, three or five minutes to read.>
Library of Words
[00:07:35] Library of Words is a site that creates a list of randomized words. They hardly look like English words, but you could use them for ideas.
[00:09:41] Christopher Herhelkey listed four of his favorite productivity extensions for the Google Chrome web browser in [4 Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Use To Stay Focused And Be More Productive](http://christopherhelkey.com/4-google-chrome-browser-extensions-i-use-to-stay-focused-and-be-more-pr....
[00:11:16] We've discussed Inkshares previously, and now Inkshares has announced new publishing tier funding goals. Their goal is to publish books at a faster rate, and publish more of them. This includes a full goal of 750 copies. Books will be priced at $20 for trade paperbacks and hardcover at $30. A new light option of 250
[00:12:07] The guys at the Sterling and Stone podcast (previously mentioned in Episode 26) have a new Kickstarter campaign for Story Shop a software app that helps you write better stories faster. This looks like a lot of the tools we've been looking at to plan stories.
[00:13:16] Mike finished Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. He has 12 or more books on his Kindle to choose from, so he doesn't know what he'll read next.
John is reading Hive Invasion by James Axler.
Tech Focus - Typerighter
Another text editor for you: Typerighter is a simple writing website. There is a free version and premium as well. Garrick van Buren is the developer for this, and he feels it is a complete app even though it's not under active development.
One interesting feature is the shortcuts like "count.." that removes the "count.." and displays the word count.
[00:21:50] Booktrack is a movie-style soundtrack for eBooks. You put in sound effects and music/ambient sounds that match the portion of the story that the reader is reading.
Craft Talk - Leitmotif
A leitmotif is a theme in music. The first composer to use this idea was Richard Wagner. It's probably best known in popular culture with the themes in John William's score for the Star Wars franchise.
The idea was transitioned to literature first by Thomas Mann (based on Wagner) who used repeating metaphors and ideas. In Death in Venice Mann uses a Tiger as a metaphor that appears at transitions in the book. In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, darkness itself is a leitmotif for imperialism.
Could the color orange in IT by Stephen King be considered a leitmotif?
As far as mood music goes, we discussed background noise in Episode 13. John messaged back and forth one of our listeners Antonin about mood music to help in writing. Antonin used soundscapes to help him remain in an environment while writing (the sounds of a desert, for example).
John responded to some writing he's done in the past where he picked a band/genre for writing chapters with a certain character's POV. For example, one character's music was Iron Maiden. Another was a nu-Scottish character, so he used Dropkick Murphys. A third was a martial arts expert and John used EDM inspired by the 1995 Mortal Kombat soundtrack.
All my villians listen to Nickelback.
Writing that Pays
Speculative fiction stories have the power to take abstract policy debates and obscure jargon and turn them into gripping, visceral tales. The emerging subgenre of climate fiction, epitomized by novels like Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy, helps us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change.
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The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016
The contest will be judged by science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel
For those two days into NaNoWriMo, here is a calendar you can use to fill in your word counts and inspire you to keep going.