Friday, April 29, 2011

Something in the Air Post 03

Something in the Air

Progress Bar from Writertopia

METRICS
New Words: 138
Total words for the first draft: 396
What I hate about my writing: Nothing today.
The Good: I’m working every day.
The Bad: Marathon tracker says I’m running behind.
Fave Glitch line: “The scary one?”
Fave Allie line: “So we need to add geography lessons to everything else we have to teach them about surviving on Earth?”
Fave Zack line: “Probably,” Zack answered.
What I'm looking forward to: Allie’s reaction.
What I'm not looking forward to: Not getting to type this weekend. Hopefully I’ll keep up with handwriting notes.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Something in the Air Post 02

Something in the Air

Progress Bar from Writertopia

METRICS
New Words: 81
Total words for the first draft: 258
What I hate about my writing: Nothing today.
The Good: According to the marathon, I should finish on time with just typing 80 words a day.
The Bad: It’s easier than Stellar Gift of Death.
Fave Zack line: “Welcome to Earth.” Zack Baker slammed the door shut before crossing the grass with his hand outstretched.
What I'm looking forward to: Glitch’s faux pas.
What I'm not looking forward to: Researching off grid living.

Stellar Gift of Death Post 66

Stellar Gift of Death

Progress Bar from Writertopia

METRICS
New Words: 2555
Chapter Fourteen total words: 2974
Total words for the first draft: 56,822
What I hate about my writing: I’ve reached the end of what I’ve already written in longhand.
The Good: This post covers what I have done in five days.
The Bad: I have been REALLY bad about keeping up with my metrics posts. Makes me look like I’m not working at all even worse than I am.
Fave line: “Do you have any idea how much trouble you and your friends are in for interfering with an IGA investigation?”
What I'm looking forward to: A quiet morning to get into the next scene.
What I'm not looking forward to: Groping my way without handwritten text.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Something in the Air Post 01

Something in the Air

Progress Bar from Writertopia

METRICS
New Words: 177
Total words for the first draft: 177
What I hate about my writing: Worrying that I’m going to put in too much.
The Good: They posted a challenge specifically for crossovers, and with a long enough lead to the deadline so I can work on both.
The Bad: I’m breaking the rule I made to work on fanfiction.
Fave Glitch line: Some inventor I am; can’t even figure out these storm-blown instructions.
What I'm looking forward to: Allie and Zack’s arrival.
What I'm not looking forward to: Making the transition for the stuff I don’t want to include in the challenge but I will have in the final chapter.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Stellar Gift of Death Post 65

Stellar Gift of Death

Progress Bar from Writertopia

METRICS
New Words: 694
Chapter Thirteen total words: 4048
Chapter Fourteen total words: 419
Total words for the first draft: 54,278
What I hate about my writing: Reestablishing a routine. It took three days to get to the 500 words mark.
The Good: Slowly, oh so very slowly, I’m adding to the word count. But I am never starting a new chapter at work in Word 2007 again. When I get home I need to go ahead and format the blank files for the rest of the chapters to preserve the proper formatting. Who the hell was the genius who decided the default format FOR AN EVENTUAL PRINT DOCUMENT should be spaces between every paragraph LIKE THEY DO ON WEBSITES?!
The Bad: The finishing marathon spreadsheet is not optimistic that I will finish this novel anywhere close to June 19th.
Fave line: You’ve never met anyone you couldn’t resist goading, have you?”
What I'm looking forward to: The confrontation with Uffget.
What I'm not looking forward to: Leaving town with my manuscript. Writing around my family is always a challenge.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Tin Man: Prince of the Outer Zone Post 3

Today has not had a good start at all. So I'm really glad I already put and got approved for some vacation time yesterday. Only 16 days to get through.

In an effort to get more enthused about today, you get more casting pics!

Kiamoko's real world example: Niedzica Castle in Poland (I think, my source material is at home :p)


Here's another angle:
I need to go check Maguire again for how close Kiamoko is to water. My chosing this castle was more for the architecture and less for landscape.

Not named yet Commissioner of Police in Central City played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson:


Franklin, the Steward of Kiamoko is played by Joseph Marcell:


General Leblanc, Commander of Scrowtown Base is played by Michael Hogan:


Since I have been unable to track down the extra I picked out of the miniseries, I recast Miriam Jason. She is now played by Emily Ann Lloyd:


The head cook who berated Ahamo and Wyatt Cain in the second chapter of Tin Man: Pirates of the Nonestic has got a name and a new position. Rosie Gamgee is now the head cook for Kiamoko and is played by Kathy Bates:


History Lesson time: In my fanon history for the O.Z., Maguire's Wicked-verse happened (the book, NOT the musical). The Wizard was not "a good man but a bad wizard;" Oscar Zoroaster Diggs came to Oz looking for the Grimmerie, but became sidetracked when he discovered he could orchestrate a coup d'├ętat and overthrow the Ozma Regent. It is heavily implied that he fathered Elphaba while her mother was under the influence of the Miracle Elixir, which may explain Elphaba's green skin, her aquaphobia, and occasional ability to read parts of the Grimmerie, which originated in the Wizard's world. This is the character The Marvelous Land of Oz hints at, which fan outrage caused Baum to drop completely in favor of the kind humbug.

The last Mystic Man (played by Richard Dreyfuss)'s actions have had some ramifications on the plot and led me to thinking about the office. These thoughts led to a brainwave that lets us have the corrupt tyrant AND the lovable humbug.

So let me introduce you to Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, the Wizard of the O.Z. played by Ben Kingsley:


Dorothy Gale didn't get to go home after she accidentally killed Elphaba and she eventually teamed up with Ozma to overthrow the Emperor Apostle. After Ozma was settled on the throne, she experimented with the first conjured travel storm to bring Henry and Emma Gale to the O.Z. for Dorothy. Uncle Henry and Auntie Em made it along with the Professor Marvel they had been consulting about Dorothy's fate.

Emmannuel Ambroise Phadrig gave some very good advice over a crisis facing the Queen, and she made him the first Mystic Man and a de facto advisor to the throne. He is played by Frank Morgan:


I don't know if they'll actually make even a flashback appearance, but that's what the muse has come up with.