So with April coming to a close time to look at the metrics. The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:
Judging from my monthly posts I appear to be doing roughly 10k words a month. I’ve only been on this new schedule for three months so I think it’s time to write faster and awesomer. (Yes, awesomer is word. Yes I’m ignoring spell check out of blatant curiosity why do you ask?) Overall I’m happy with where the story is going. I’ve gotten to a point where Spencer and Melinda’s stories should be intertwining themselves shortly. The constant back and forth that has been going on will be one story until the end. The target of 110000 is just a target. I don’t foresee it going over 110000 so if I get under the goal it’ll be fine. My hope was to get it done by the end of this month but obviously that’s not going to happen so I’m pushing my deadline to the end of next month.
I’m happy to see a ship in the bottle episode in the TARDIS. Last season’s Doctor’s Wife was more psychological while this was more action oriented I thought. It is the one type of episode that could easily be stretched out into a multiple episodes and I wouldn’t bat an eye since Doctor Who has been around for 50 years and after 900 years the Doctor must have an metric ton worth of baggage and possibly even a stowaway civilization on board. The set designers pull off some nice rooms: the observatory, the aforementioned pool, the library, a giant tree that can manufacture anything you want and the TARDIS’s engine room which impressed me more than her center. Unfortunately, it’s the leaps in logic that’s making me re-watch the last five minutes and I’m starting to agree with my mother: Is this half of the season sucking.
“There something in the mists!” This episode started really well and the last five minutes just boggles my mind. It was a dark and stormy night in 1970’s on the moors in your a-typical British Manor where there is a ghost afoot and Dougray Scott and Jessica Raine are on the case as Professor Alec Palmer and Emma Grayling. They are investigating the resident spook story of a woman haunting the home for several hundred years when the Doctor and Clara arrive to help in this moodier than normal episode that harkens back to The Unquiet Dead when the ghost turns out to be something quite different. Like last week’s episode this is a bunker episode until the Doctor Who goes Poltergeist to solve the problem and everything turns out fine when we find out why the ghost was haunting the house only to find there’s something else that needs to be fixed too at the last minute of the episode. It’s a C plot really and while it’s nice have the monster of the week not being the monster of the week it just felt like the writers were trying to stick too much into one 45 minute episode.
I come away with a few things when I see Oblivion: Joseph Kosinski has a good eye for design as he’s shown in Tron Legacy. And Tom Cruise can save the world until he 70 and people will still believe it. It’s not this year’s Matrix but it’s fun all the same.
“Swallow your soul.” The good news is I don’t need to invoke the Paulie C WTF did I just watch-sticker for Evil Dead (2013). Having seen Evil Dead 1, 2 and Army of Darkness on DVD I count myself as a causal deadite fan. I enjoyed the first two movies more than the third. The horror aspects of #1 win out over the comedy of the second and the third. It’s no surprise Evil Dead came back. Let’s be honest if Freddy, Jason and Michael Meyers have been bouncing around for a while why can’t we go back to Evil Dead since it worked out so well for Cabin in the Woods?
2nd episodes for companions have followed a certain formula since Rose and #9 jaunted off. Save Cardiff in Episode 1 and go somewhere mind blowing in Episode 2. The Rings of Akhaten falls somewhere between Love and Monsters and Fear Her on my I want my 40mins back Doctor Who scale of suck.
So with March gone, April 1st come and gone it’s to look at the ole metrics… March started with Emerald City Comic Con and decided to change the gym routine so I’d get home by 7am. Managed to read through Velvateen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, Hull Zero Three and rowing through Flood by Stephen Baxter. This gives me enough time between breakfast and work to get some writing done. The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:
Couple of links: Camp NaNoWrimo began yesterday and yes I’m going to use it to finish the last 50k. Joss Whedon’s top 10 Writing Tips. Scrivener is one of the sponsors of Camp NaNoWrimo and let me say that if you looking to self publish your novel or Kickstart a project please get Scrivener or please learn about format your baby properly. I bring this up because one of the Kickstarted novels I sponsored had a great cover and then you turn the page an the formatting in iBooks/Kindle was atrocious. If you want to look professional then let’s looks professional. Google manuscript formatting. Create a M$ Word template. Or, get Scrivener. Learn Scrivener and press the compile button . . . and watch what happens when you check off the wrong button. Lastly, time off from work for San Diego Comic-Con has been approved. So, posts showing assembling a Mal Reynolds or Doctor Who outfit will be forthcoming.