Month: August 2014

It’s SAN DIEGO Comic Con For a Reason…So Please Stay Here!

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This week the outlook for San Diego Comic Con staying in San Diego past 2016 became a bit murky. The plan was to use a hotel tax to help pay for the Convention Center expansion.  But that measure was struck down in the appeals courts, and the City Council has no plan to appeal it.  That means that the expansion’s future is up in the air, and without the expansion, San Diego Comic Con’s ability to stay in San Diego may be in jeopardy.

Here in San Diego, there are proposals all over the place for new stadiums for the Chargers, tearing down the iconic San Diego Sports Arena (if you saw the movie Almost Famous, then you know about he Sports Arena; not only that, but that’s where my parents saw Elvis and the Rolling Stones back in the day), and reconfiguring Balboa Park ahead of the 2015 centennial celebration.  The thing most people don’t know about San Diego is that after a tumultuous decade or two of pension crises and irresponsible political doings by politicians with strange agendas, getting major plans together is harder than it should be.

That said, the expansion of the Convention Center makes a lot more sense than building a stadium that is used for a few events each year as opposed to a larger convention center that brings millions of dollars to the city on a regular basis.

It’s also important to note SDCC’s origins in San Diego.  If Los Angeles wants a major con, then make one.  (As long as it isn’t called “comic con” you’re ok…right, Salt Lake City??)  Comic Con should stay in San Diego because it was born here.  It wasn’t until the movie studios came down from LA that the lines got longer and panels filled up to the brim.  Frankly, I think that there is enough interest and enough capacity to have a major con in San Diego, LA, and Las Vegas.  

Would that be a bad thing?  I say no, not at all.

Check out the article from Entertainment Weekly about SDCC: 

http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/08/29/comic-con-san-diego/

 

 

You Think Your Writing Sucks? That’s Okay; I Know the Feeling

Sofia Black

Currently listening to: Die Vampire, Die!, from [title of show]

We all know the feeling. That moment when you think “my writing sucks”. And it might suck, but that’s okay.

I’m having one of those days where all of the sudden, everything I write is terrible. Like, I write a paragraph, glance back at it, and think “What the hell is this crap?”. And it’s not just one particular piece: I’ve worked a little bit on four different WIPs today, and I’ve gotten the same feeling on every single one of them. I literally cannot write anything I’m satisfied with today. My fingers are itching to delete every unsatisfactory word.

But I can’t let myself do that. Why? Because I need to learn how to give myself permission to suck. I’m not the only writer who’s ever felt this way–I know that. Sort of like how I…

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Essential writing skills: how to make words your servants

Matthew Wright

Half the battle for writers is making writing their servant – not being a servant to the words. It’s a lesson novice writers usually only discover after they’re about half way through the first book and are finding the words mastering them, not the other way around.

The way books should be sold, cover out (the best way to display them). I wrote this one... I re-pitched my history of New Zealand for its second edition, altering the tone to bring the writing up to date.

It has to be addressed. And there is, alas, only one way to do that. That’s right – practise. But that shouldn’t be a chore – writing’s fun, right?

Once you’ve made words your servant – and your friend – you can start paying attention to the equally crucial matters of content, tone and style – together, what we might call ‘voice’. This isn’t something that just happens; it can be directed and controlled, just like any other aspect of writing. Take George…

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Writing an Ensemble

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With the success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, I’ve been thinking a lot about ensembles in stories. Most of the things I write tend to feature a fairly large group of characters at its core, so it was great to watch a movie that did an ensemble right.

Stories are all about character, and that’s Guardians secret. Every online reaction I’ve seen focuses on how much they loved Groot, or how great Rocket is, or how surprisingly great Drax is, etc. It isn’t, “Oh, the explosions were so well-rendered. A+”

If stories are all about characters, stories with ensembles are one of the most satisfying types when they’re done correctly. Because they don’t just give you one or two characters to love — they give you a whole group of them. Teams, crews, posses, miscellaneous rogues in a loose collective. . . Ensembles provide a smorgasbord of characters.

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Writers Block!

A Hobbits Journey

Today I’ve been free writing due to having so many ideas floating around in my head I wanted to write about.  Free writing is something I’ll mention a bit lower down in this post.  Today has been very creative and I’ve gotten a lot accomplished from a writers/bloggers point of view.  But in the same sense just last week I had a “bloggers block” like you wouldn’t believe.  Being creative and bringing new ideas to the table when a bloggers/writers block happens is like fishing for that prized deep see marlin in the local pond….you just aren’t going to catch what you want.  Below are just a few ways I like to get out of that writing funk and I hope they help you as well.

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Step away from the computer is what I have to tell myself!

If I run out of ideas and inspiration which…

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Twiddling thumbs

Jane Dougherty Writes

Today I have been doing jobs around the house— a bit of badly-needed cleaning and six months worth of ironing. And I joined Wattpad.

The only reason I can think of (for joining Wattpad; the house was dirty so I know why I did the cleaning) was through a sense that I ought to be doing something vaguely promotional.

The Green Woman is finished and I have a choice of WIP to be getting on with, except that I’m not. I feel guilty about not doing the other, painful and unpleasant part of the author’s job—promoting. It isn’t enough to have written and published the damn books, an author is supposed to convince people to buy them.

I’ve thrashed this out often enough now to have convinced myself that all these spammy activities of rapid fire tweeting and posting buy my book pleas on a thousand FB group pages that…

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