Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

*"What's Up Wednesday" is run by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk, and is an awesome weekly bloghop that gives readers and writers a great venue to keep in touch through the magical world of blogs. Come hop with us!*

What I'm Reading 

Ah... nothing at the moment. It's been an intense two weeks of writing around here. No curling up with a book until I get some writing done, except for with Sonny Sunshine, of course. He and I are reading Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. 

What I'm Writing 

Revising my MG adventure story. The first three chapters are in good working order, I feel. The next three needed major chopping and recombobulating. Which is happening all over my desk right now. I realize I haven't mentioned the title of this particular book yet. That's because it's already changed twice already, and is likely to change again at some point. Can't get too attached to these titles, you see. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

French television. Specifically, The Revenants, or The Returned. I spent the last two weeks watching the entire first season of this absolutely skillful series. For those of you who haven't caught it yet, the premise is the sudden return of select residents of a small French village who have been dead for years or even decades. Only after watching the whole first 8 episode season did I realize that ABC has a very similar property, Resurrection, which just debuted this year. I did watch the first two episodes of Resurrection, out of curiosity. It doesn't even compare. While The Returned lets its events spool off slowly from the perspectives of everyone in town, including the formerly dead themselves, and allows the audience room to experience the emotions of the characters involved in such a fascinating and psychologically devastating series of events.   Resurrection, on the other hand, chooses to include a completely unnecessary audience translator type character, played by Omar Epps, who is brilliant but completely unappreciated by this material. He plays a government official type who is "investigating" this strange paranormal phenomenon, but has no connection to the town or the people, either living or formerly dead, and runs around doing nothing but telling in a story that is almost 100% showing. A good rule of writing is to spend your precious time showing the most interesting part of the story, and pick a main character who is the most interesting to follow. Epps's character is neither, while the ensemble cast of The Returned is absolutely loaded with fascinating characters and rich stories that do not need any third party interpreter to reach the audience. (and an exquisite soundtrack by Mogwai) If you like subtle horror/thriller stories, this is very worth your time. 
What Else I'm Up To

Well, there is still snow, but less of it. So running has commenced. It's been a few weeks, and I'm a little rusty, but I'm looking forward to adding some mileage this spring. 

What's up with you?

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