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Story idea give away

Posted in Give away, humor, Movies, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2013 by oneoveralpha

As I wrote for my first story idea give away, “I have a lot of story ideas.  So many in fact, that – unless I start writing 10,000 words a day or live to be 900 – I will never write all of them.  So what am I supposed to do?  I think most of my story ideas are interesting and should be written, and if I can’t write them then someone else should.  Therefore, I’ve decided that I should start writing up some of the ideas I know I’ll never write and put them out there for other people.  All I ask is that if you do take one of my ideas and run with it, consider acknowledging where the idea came from.  Of course, unless your story becomes a blockbuster movie, I may never hear of it, but giving me a sliver of credit would be the decent thing to do.  :D”

I’m giving this idea away on Groundhog Day because it was inspired by the movie, Groundhog Day.  Basically, the main character lives the same day over and over again.  What’s different, is that each day he wakes up as a different person with all of their memories.  So the first day he wakes up as his boss, the next day he’s the cute blonde two apartments down, and so on.  At first he is extremely freaked out, but eventually he starts having fun with it.  One day, one of his pranks goes too far, and somebody shoots him.  Instead of dying, he just wakes up in the next body.  After that, when he wakes up, he’ll see what kind of life the person had, and if he thinks it’s boring, he’ll just kill himself and move on.

My thoughts on how to end it, was to have him eventually wake up in his original body, but not realize it.  Not wanting to live a day in that loser, he jumps out the window.  Was his body swapping finished?  Was it all a dream?  Who knows.

There are two reasons I won’t write this story.  The first is the basic, I don’t the time to write it.  The second is because there are several confusing elements that I never really thought through and would take even more time I don’t have to work all the implications out.  For example, does his body still go through the day?  Like when he’s in the cute blonde down the hall, could he make her body sleep with his body?  Even more confusing, when he wakes up as a new body, does he go through the original version of the day, or the latest version of the day?  The next day when he’s in the redhead two floors up, could he make her join the cute blonde to give his original body a really good time?  One day, could he go kill some celebrity, but then the next day show up and save the day to be in the spotlight?

There is a lot of bizarre things like that that could make for an interesting story.  As I said, I don’t really have the time to write it, so hopefully someone else will write it so I can read it.

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10 Movies for Aliens

Posted in Movies, Odds, Writing on October 31, 2010 by Stephen L. Thompson

A day or two after coming to the conclusion that I needed to take some time off from writing, I came up with an idea for a novel.  Sigh.  Anyway, as part of my laying the groundwork for this novel, I asked myself if I could send ten movies out to aliens, which ones would I send?  These don’t have to be the greatest movies, or even ones I like, but movies that give a broad overview to what it is to be human and our view of the world.  Here is what I came up with.  (Since I don’t know that many non-English films, I just stuck with English ones.)  What do you think, and what would your ten be?

Gone With the Wind (1939)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Spartacus (1960)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Titanic (1997)
Amistad (1997)
Shrek (2001)

Too many projects

Posted in Books, Movies, Odds, Stories, Writing on August 15, 2010 by oneoveralpha

Despite self-publishing a collection of 50 flash fiction stories a few months ago (A Man of Few Words), I’m already working on my next collection of stories, All You Can Read Buffet.  My original plan was for 100 stories, 60 revised, previously published stories and 40 completely new.  But now, I’m thinking it might be closer to 50-50.  Now, most of the completely new stories are ones I’ve started, but never finished.  And some are ones I never even started.  So I have a bunch of stories I need to write.  That’s not that unusual, but I would like to have the rough draft of Buffet done by the end of the year.  Why?  Um, it’s a nice sounding deadline?  So I’m trying to write all these stories which means I shouldn’t have time for other projects.  Right?

For years I’ve had the dream of starting my own paying, print scifi magazine.  For the reading staff I would just gather a group of friends who, hopefully, would work cheap.  I don’t have the money to do that, so that dream is years away.  But last week I was working on an issue with the blog of a writing group I’m part of, and I realized I could start a scifi blog for free.  So I set up Enjoying Scifi.  Contributors, if they want, can post their stories, but to broaden the appeal it will be open to anything scifi.  So I’m writing stories and trying to find contributors and get this blog off the ground.

Last year, I bought The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier.  I started reading it, but then it was set aside while I read other books.  Since then I’d pick it up and read a chapter or two, but then it would be set aside again.  But in the past few weeks I’ve focused on it and should finish it in a few days.  Now, I bought mainly to have it.  I didn’t have a screenplay in mind to write, but I thought it would be good to have a book that gives the basics.  Anyway, some years ago I came up with an idea for a (prose) story.  Basically all I had was the opening, which oddly enough, I saw in my mind as the opening of a movie.  So, after submersing myself in screenwriting basics, I had the feeling I should actually write my own.  And what better way to start than with a story I already saw as a movie.  As I said, I just had the opening, so now I’m finishing stories for my next book, trying to get a blog off the ground, and trying to write my first screenplay.

I admit that having these projects are ways for me to have an excuse ready in case I fall behind with my next book.  But at the same time, I couldn’t sleep one night and just said, “Screw it,” and I got up and started writing a screenplay to try to quiet the part of my mind nagging me to start one.  I have so many projects that I feel I need to do, but I don’t have the time.  Which sucks.  Of course, spending a couple hours playing computer games doesn’t help, but one needs to relax somehow.  😀

Why I’m not excited for Avatar

Posted in Movies, Writing on December 6, 2009 by oneoveralpha

Avatar is the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made. We have 1,600 shots for a 2.5 hour movie. It’s not with a single CGI character, like King Kong or Gollum. We have hundreds of photo-realistic CG characters. We were Microsoft’s sandbox for filmmaking beyond the cutting edge.”

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It’s stuff like that that makes me nervous. I haven’t gone out of my way to learn about Avatar, but 99% of what I’ve heard is about the special effects. I’ve heard nothing about it having an engaging plot or even being an interesting story. It’s all “The special effects will blow you away!” But special effects shouldn’t be the focus of a movie. Imagine a play where millions are spent on a backdrop and props. Would that make up for bad acting or bad playwriting? NO! If film makers learned anything from the George Lucas Prequel debacle, it should be that special effects are nice, but perhaps you should spend more time working on plot.

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