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Sporadic countdown is over. This is my thousandth entry. I wonder if anyone but me saw this coming...

And so, I'm sat here with a glass of rather good Merlot (well, a step above Spanish Antifreeze), full of salad and a rather fucking huge steak that will also be for breakfast tomorrow as I misjudged the size. And I've got to thinking: I started this journal in 2002. October 2002 to July 2005. That's a decent enough span. The only thing I can think of that's kept my attention for a similar length of time has been the old White Wolf forums[0], where I spent a lot of time as a respected and knowledgeable guy, until I hit the crisis point and became an agressive old fart. But I was still right. But I digress. I missed the 500th post last May because I was in the aftermath of being well and truly fucked in the head. I missed the 666th post through not thinking to check for it until I was in the 700's. 1000, I'm not going to miss.

The steak and wine are a celebration, also a mollification of the fact that I'm crashing early due to traffic chaos likely tomorrow when I'm supposed to be heading home. In celebration, I've an idea. Also a minor rant about writing, but that's under the cut.

I made a mistake with my latest story. 2000 words in and I'm stuck. The exposition's done, the initial fight scene is done, and it's right at the point where one protagonist turns to another and says "What now?" and I realise that I as the writer don't have an answer. There just isn't one that I can see. I wrote the story to illustrate an idea. It'd be perfect for a 1K monologue, like a lot of my early stuff. But the setup and the premise and inspiration all clamoured for a character-story. The only thing I forgot to come up with was a plot. The real problem is the post-singularity equivalent of "how can man challenge the Gods?" and as that wasn't in my actual idea-to-be-illustrated I can say that I happily have no fucking clue as to the answer. I'm sure someone who clicked the cut tag must have, so let's hear them.

[0]: I still haven't really looked at the new ones. I'll hang around for a bit once Lore is released, but I don't want to come in as a freelancer. I want to come in as a fan who happens to write for the game. There's a marked difference. I want to earn my fucking respect, damnit.

Anyway. This celebratory idea. There's what amounts to three full years backlog of posts, more or less. What's the one (or several) things you remember most? Why, if you care to share that? Bonus points if you can remember roughly when it was. Double bonus points if you're brave enough to go hunting for a link.

Give me your memories, because I've got my own and I've a feeling that a montage post is not far off. It won't work without you.

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spudtater
Jul. 5th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Would have to read the piece, really.
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digitalraven
Jul. 6th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
It's that one plus a thousand words tonight. But such can be discussed in the pub.

Alarm at fucking half six. I hate this week.
mythdude
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Beat me to a 1000 posts...I don't believe it.

Happy 1000th post, Strong Bad Stew! ^___^

And yeah...when I did the submission for the second round of White Wolf's contest, I found I had that problem where I couldn't figure out how to make it any longer as I thought it was big enough. :/ ::hugs:: Good luck though!
digitalraven
Jul. 6th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
Except that's not the problem at all.

It's not big enough. I just don't know what the second part of the plot should be.
mythdude
Jul. 6th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
Well, try to think about what the next logical step would be. What would the characters do after the scene, or what sort of event would happen as a result of it?

I know, you've probrably thought of all these. All I can think of.
digitalraven
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
a) Wait for the matroshka brain to eat the planet, plus characters.

b) The matroshka brain would eat the planet, plus characters.

I've gone through the really basic shit alreayd..
joexnz
Jul. 6th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
celebratory ideas
I haven't known you for three years, and I don't tend to trawll back
so I thought I would ask what kind of lj user you are
Why did you start your lj
is anyone banned from commenting on your lj
how often do you make non public posts
how many fiiter groups do you have, do you use them
how often do you read your lj
how many people on your friends list have you actually meet
how many people have you defriended over the course of your lj
do you have ljs you frequently read that aren't on your friends list, for malicious intent or amusement value????
digitalraven
Jul. 6th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: celebratory ideas
Why? Because I got a code, because I wanted to read a large number of LJs without flicking back and forth (in the days when RSS was weird and new rather than flowing in my veins), because there was a chance I'd update it more than my LJ.

A few people are banned. Trolls from communities who tried invading. Other than that I don't ban. I don't even delete comments. Freedom of expression and communication is one of the highest freedoms possible. I hold to that.

Non-public posts... varies. The better part of May was locked, but there've been stretches of six months without one. On balance, maybe one every couple of weeks?

In addition to my read filter, I've another two I use (a close-lock, and one for wanking on about designing RPGs with specific focus on current projects), and two more for grouping purposes that I no longer use.

I check my LJ several times a day. I'm addicted. Morning, lunchtime, when I get home, sporadically throughout the night. Being a comment-whore doesn't help.

I've physically met 26 of the New Revolutionary Army. However, physically meeting with people isn't a precursor to anything. I know and trust four people on there more than anyone else, and I've only met two of them. I don't know what the other two sound like, and I really don't care.

I defriended about five about a week ago. No loss.

I don't have anny LJs I read frequently that aren't on the flist. I don't like the idea of being a regular reader of someone without announcing it, even if you are just doing it for cheap laughs or because you dislike them. It just seems... petty.
razorsmile
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
The real problem is the post-singularity equivalent of "how can man challenge the Gods?"

http://www.livejournal.com/users/razorsmile/23118.html

To quote Tony Reali, "Self-promotion is the mating call of the mute button." Or in your case, the "ignore" button.

Good thing I don't put much stock in ESPN ...
razorsmile
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Of course, this assumes you haven't already finished the story. If so, ignore the above.
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