A Discovery.

I was filing through my old documents the other day, and I came across and old blog post from 2006. I had enjoyed the conversation remembered and thought that I’d post it here. I can’t spend a lot of time thinking about writing to day. I’m off to go do a much hated day-shift.

Sigh. The things I do for love…

The Conversation.

“I did LEK… 251… last quarter.” Heike puffed as she leaned against the railing. “It wasn’t… exceptionally… delightful.”

I allowed myself to drop back against the wall and glanced at my watch.
7:15am.

It was too early for this.
“I did it… last year.” I gasped. “A year early… but I wanted… to get it… out of the way. Passed it by the skin of my teeth.”

My breath was coming back.

“Why didn’t you do the other one?”

She was breathing easier as well.

Heike chuckled softly and fidgeted with her spectacle frame.
“I did.”
“Ah.”

My companion, Heike, was half German, with a pale complexion, dark hair, glasses with turned over bottle ends as lenses and a type of thin willowy grace which I admired. I would like to describe her as handsome rather than pretty, intelligent rather than smart. She had knack for understanding things that did not come with pure intensive studying.

I missed the last question she directed in my direction but quickly took a wild guess.

“252.” I filled her in.
She gave me a horrified look.

“We do NOT have 252 flights of stairs left to go!” She snapped. “Where do you want to climb to?”

Our department had 11 floors.

It was a steep, light blue building, almost in the shape of an H. The floors were high roofed, the floors wide, and the occupants many.
Today, most of them were puffing up the stairs.
Our elevators weren’t very trustworthy and today, not one but both of the main elevators AND the service elevator were out of commission.

It was a monumental day of course, normally only one or two were out of order.

There were more than a few unhappy staff but, as with all things in the Agric department, ranting and raving just didn’t work.

We were not the most unorganised department on campus for nothing.

Realising my mistake I blushed and chuckled softly.

“Heaven?”

“Help me.”
We started climbing again.
Heike and I had a strange sort of alliance which, in an attempt to keep it uncomplicated, could be called friendship. Although not outcasts we were both side line runners in our department. She was the only Goth in a group of about 200 people and I was well, me.

She never asked why I chose to remain apart from the rest of the group and I never asked her about the pentagrams and other occult signs that decorated her person.

Our Alliance was founded on the fact that I disregarded what was said behind her back about her and she disregarded the rumours that were circulating about me. It worked out well, and seeing as how we were also studying the same course (though different years, she was finish at the end of this one) with some overlapping subjects (my fourth year subjects), helped to advance what was a strange sense of companionship.

“You know what?” Heike said after a moment. “You’re mind in like the Titanic Alyssa.”
We had about 6 flights of stairs left.
“Excuse me?”
Heike carried on as if she didn’t hear me. Her English had a pleasant accent and, like me, she tended to lisp some of her s’s.

“Vast.” She continued uninterrupted. “With many levels, many activities, idea’s filtering around like people on deck…” She had to take another breath, we weren’t very stair fit. “Secrets, storage. Food.”
“I beg your pardon.”

“But ultimately, very hard to turn once set on course.”

It was a strange way of thinking about it.

I sniffed and pushed my lenses back up my nose.
“I’m trying to decide whether or not I should be insulted.” I told her off hand.
She laughed and smiled back at me.

“I did say it’s vast.” She said by way of defending herself. “And, it’s true. Once your mind is set on a subject, you don’t listen to anything else. Or hear anything else.”

Well, that had a touch of truth in it.
“I’m selectively deaf.”

“Call it what ever you want.”

“A concentration problem.”
We reached the eighth floor.

The image was stuck in my head.
“You are aware of the fact…” We stopped to take another quick break.

7:20am.

“…that the Titanic sank.”

She patted my shoulder and pulled me forward.
“It’s only a matter of time. But, don’t worry… some of your ideas will survive. You have life boats.”

I grumbled something unrepeatable.

“But not enough.”

“The curse of miss management.”

I laughed.

“At least I’m going places.”

Amusement danced behind dark eyes.
“But will you reach it?”
I pushed her down a step.
“Faster than you will.” I said. “Now come, we have to get down by 7:30am. I need to get those papers before LEK…”

“252.”

“Did that get stuck somewhere…”

 

THE END…

 

 

 

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What is Script Frenzy?

I took this from their website, as they explain it better than I ever can. J I thought that I’d clarify before I continue writing about my Script Frenzy escapade.

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or “best” scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner’s Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact.

Even those who fall short of the word goal will be applauded for making a heroic attempt. Really, you have nothing to lose—except that nagging feeling that there’s a script inside you that may never get out.

Who: You and everyone you know. No experience required.

What: 100 pages of original scripted material in 30 days. (Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome.)

When: April 1 – 30. Every year. Mark your calendars.

Where: Online and in person (if you want!). Hang out in the forums, join your fellow participants at write-ins, and make friends by adding writing buddies online.

Why: Because you have a story to tell. Because you want a creative challenge. Because you’ll be disappointed if you missed out on the adventure. Because you need to make time for you.

How: Sign up. Tell everyone that you are in the Frenzy. Clear your calendar. (US participants: Get your taxes done now!) Start some wrist exercises. Have fun!

The 5 Basic Rules of Script Frenzy

1) To be crowned an official Script Frenzy winner, you must write a script (or multiple scripts) of at least 100 total pages and verify this tally on ScriptFrenzy.org.

2) You may write individually or with a partner. Writing teams will have a 100-page total goal for their co-written script or scripts.

3) Script writing may begin no earlier than 12:00:01 AM on April 1 and must cease no later than 11:59:59 PM on April 30, local time.

4) You may write screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, comic book and graphic novel scripts, adaptations of novels, or any other type of script your heart desires.

5) You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.

Still unclear? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

My first step to Script Writing is…

Knowing what a Script looks like.
I kid you not, I don’t have much of an idea as to how to write a movie script. It’s not something I really considered doing. Ever. So, when I decided to start to prepare myself for April’s Script Frenzy I dove onto the internet (gotta love Google) and started to see what I was getting myself into. Writing a story is easy to an extent because we all grew up reading books and understanding its basic lay out. Telling a story, or rather narrating a story is also second nature because it’s a talent so ingrained in our history. Writing a movie script on the other hand isn’t.
So, I’ve been surfing around and came up with a few good tips:
1) Read movie scripts – To my surprise there are quite a few websites where you can go and download movie scripts for reading. Here’s a few:
a. http://www.script-o-rama.com/snazzy/dircut.html
b. http://www.dailyscript.com/
c. http://www.simplyscripts.com/
d. http://www.imsdb.com/
e. http://movies.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Free_Movie_Scripts_Online
2) Study the format – This might well discourage me from doing it completely, lol. I don’t get it, and the problem is that I struggle thinking in the box that the formatting puts you in. But, that’s my personal opinion and my personal fear coming in that I might not succeed. For this task – I found help at Script Frenzy directly. They give you a very nice lay out of a script here:
a. http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/eng/howtoformatascreenplay
3) Dialogue, Drama and Action is the key. I think that you can get away with good action and mediocre drama and good dialogue but mediocre action but I don’t think that you can get away with both being bad. This is if you’re writing for Hollywood anyway. I think the biggest challenge with a script (for me) is that you don’t have the character’s thoughts to guide you. So, you need to be very aware of body language, reaction and things like that. Unless you do something like the first season of Allie Macbeal where you can hear her thoughts. Hmm. Something to play with.
4) Have fun. That’s what it all comes down to. Just enjoy it.
So, now I’m reading the script to Jurassic Park, trying to put the formatting and style into perspective. The great thing is that, lol, if I don’t feel prepared by April, I don’t have to do it.
Simple as that. 😉
Alyss

Doom, gloom and a movie script…

You can only tell a story so many times, and frankly – I’ve become a bit tired of my own. So, I thought that I’d break away from my usual doom, gloom and life’s not treating me fairly, and tell you of a new project that I’m playing with. As you all know, I did NaNoWriMo in November and it was a heck of a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it, purely because it challenged me more than I had been challenged in the past. At the end of NaNoWriMo we received a kind of ‘news letter’ which told us of other projects similar to NaNoWriMo that we can participate in. Most of them were spin off’s from NaNo, made by people who couldn’t quite let the rushed feeling go. I considered some, but then decided that I’m just too busy and didn’t want to put myself under a lot of stress. But, one sort of stood out, and it was affiliated with NaNo (so I’m already registered on the site). It’s called Script Frenzy, and the challenge is to write a 100pg script in 30 days (why they can’t make it in months with 31 is beyond me).

I’ve been thinking about this and have slowly come to the conclusion I think, that I might just want to do this. The fun part is that I know absolutely NOTHING about script writing. Really. Nothing. So, my project for the next two months before April is to do some research, see what I can dig up and then, maybe, if I have enough ammunition and inspiration, take on this baby.

If you are interested, the website is:
www.scriptfrenzy.org

A Brief Moment.

I’m sitting at a friend’s house, surrounded by books and unfinished artwork in the room that I tend to use. My partner would’ve been with me, but isn’t, pulled away by the duties that death brings. My heart aches for my other half, but there is nothing that I can do to make this burden easier.

So, I sit in quiet, and I think. And write.

And hope that the light will come again, maybe not tomorrow or the next day.

But soon.