Party of...none?

Okay I was going to record my last dream I had here, even though it wasn't a straight beginning, middle, end dream but I got distracted and I completely forgot. So I'll hold off for the interpretation later. Right now I'm jamming to Project Vibe Radio. The music is bumpin and it's like midnight lol. I never tried out internet radio before, but I think it's a permanent fixture on my surfing page about now.

Anywho, I wanted to take a moment and talk about men. Or moreso, men and myself. I'm extremely picky about what I'm looking for in a dude. Possibly to the point that the dude I would love to be with doesn't exist in real life. Naturally I don't like guys who have big egos, think women are objects to own, trade and barter with and especially guys who only have one track minds regarding women and partying. Actually, I'm more akin to go for the nerd and the type of guy who is introverted and solitary like myself. In essence, I want a guy who has a beautiful spirit and kindness.

Now what's funny is in Anneli Rufus' Party of One, she says loners are the most difficult partners to meet. Which is kind of sad because I'd love to connect with someone like me. Pref quirkyalone, solitary introvert.

Oh, the irony...

Sci-Fi Adventure Romances

This is nothing really new I suppose. It's just something my conscious brain finally caught up with I guess, hehe.

I love me some sci-fi ir [multicultural] romances with adventure. I'm still making my way through the whole Starhunter series (definitely the cure for my recent BSG blues) and I'm noticing how I miss and want to see more of this type of show. Firefly was like this, BSG was going in the direction of this before they dropped the ball, and even Eureka is sort of like this (not so much space advenure but the sci-fi romance is there).

I wonder if there are any books that have this space opera feel with adventure romance and a cool couple I can get behind. Space Pirates is the closest thing I've come to this and I'm still trying to figure out what format to present that in. Narrative is easiest, but people like to view things in the visual form. Graphic novels would be nice, but I like the movement of my characters in their environment. Animation would be best, but there's the time constraints in making the production. I may have to go with a mixture of the two like I did with the Cimmerian City Universe video.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Whenever tv gets daring or really interesting, it gets cancelled before it even builds a solid viewership. Corporate suits at the networks must have ants in their pants because they usually don't give a show a chance. I'm surprised Heroes has lasted this long, but I guess the large viewer base can't be ignored. That cast is awesome, btw.

There are so many shows I would love to continue onto movie form. They aren't remakes so the suits won't mess up pre-existing characters and situations and they have enough viewers who want to know what happens in the next chapter. Case in point, besides the previously mentioned, there's also Surface, Invasion, Threshold. Someone mentioned how that's the basic lot of the sci-fi fan. Sometimes we don't get the whole story.

And don't even bother to look to Sci-Fi Channel, and, seemingly Space Channel in Canada for anything totally new (unless you want the shows you used to watch in the good old days of sci-fi).

Some fans are taking the genre within their own hands making fanvids and original vidcasts, like the group making Venus Rises. The cool thing is filmmaking has become very accessible to more than just the multi-billion dollar movie studios. Thank goodness for that. We need more blood and diverse minds telling different types of stories out there.

I think this is a perfect time for me to start bringing my favorite genre(s) into my creative work on the page and in videos. After all, new characters have such interesting stories to tell.

In the Right Mood

I always wonder how other people's brains think. I can only know the inner workings and crazy ramblings of my own and I think it'd be fun to brain hop one day and see how other brains work. For instance when I write, I have to be in the right mood that fits what I'm writing. To give an example...

When I write Cimmerian City, or any variant in the series, I usually have to put on Blade Runner, Blade I or II, the Underworld series or Resident Evil Apocalypse because it's a dystopic science fiction suspense thriller (with possible bits of horror thrown in).

Right now I'm about to go over my Alloria story, so I tossed on First Knight. Sometimes I watch Dune or the Lord of the Rings.

Even soundtracks help get me in the mood because I can write certain scenes that play like movies in my head. The Eye of Alloria's entire story can be told with Loreena McKennitt's Book of Secrets album down to the last scene with Dante's Prayer playing in the background.

I have a cinematic mind where I see characters act out like in a movie and I'm basically just a bystander recording their actions, words and thoughts. It's kinda crazy if you think about it. I hear some writers have to block out their story and characters in an outline beforehand so they can go ahead and write within that context. I tried that a few times but then I told the whole story and I lost the will to write it, sadly. I have to write the story out straight from my head where I become the reader/viewer watching the story unfold in a spontaneous fashion. I love the "high" as I write!

I saw an article once in script magazine about wakeful living through wakeful writing. I'll touch a little bit on this and then maybe write about it a little more at the Amira Press blog on myspace.

Some of you may have heard of Richard Linklater's Waking Life rotoscoped animated film. While I can't tell you exactly what the film's about, I can tell you it is the visual representation of films being personal dream-visions (thank you Mr. Lynch! :-D). Although the writer of the article was talking about scripts and screenwriters, I think it can also apply to novel & short story writers as well.

A quote reads: " ...each [script] is a series of dreams, recollected in ecstasy, tranquility or terror. Sometimes, as we dream, we relive a certain life event or minor moment. Other times, as we dream, we visit a hallucinogenic, nonsensical stratosphere that, when we wake, we find the jaunt has shaken us to the bone. Screenplays can be a mixture of these two types of dreams--a synthesis between reality and fantasy."

And I think that best describes how my particular writing process plays out.