PERSONAL: Reading Update October 2014

I gave a reading update last month, as usual. This round, I read where I could in between many commitments, slowed but not stopped…

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PERSONAL: Reading Update September 2014

I gave a reading update last month, as usual. This round, I polished off a lot of books ahead of my move back to Toronto to prevent having to tae them with me, which resulted in some pretty nice results…

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PERSONAL: Reading Update August 2014

I gave a reading update last month, as usual. Since then, I’ve been pushing myself to read as many books as possible before summer ends and I move back to the city. And it seems to be working!

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WRITING, ETC.: Links Roundup Aug 3-9

I spend a lot of time on Twitter. One of my main functions there is collecting and reposting interesting links. But a tweet, or a retweet, is so ephemeral. It vanishes into the livestream within minutes. So, I thought — I’ve wanted to do more here at The Diversionist and a collection of said links might be a good way to make them a little more permanent.

I figured I’d start with a week’s worth of links – which comes out to the grand number of 64! Here goes…

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WRITING: @YouAreCarrying Literary Improv, Chapter 2

I’m pretty charmed by @YouAreCarrying, a Twitter bot that will give you a text-game style inventory if you tweet the word inventory at it. It’s like an insta-prompt, and it always gets my brain buzzing with creativity.

So, as a creative experiment, I’m going to write a story based on what the bot gives me, with each ‘chapter’ using the given inventory. Why not have a little fun? Think of it as literary improv…

Chapter one is here.

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WRITING: @YouAreCarrying Literary Improv, Chapter 1

I’m pretty charmed by @YouAreCarrying, a Twitter bot that will give you a text-game style inventory if you tweet the word inventory at it. It’s like an insta-prompt, and it always gets my brain buzzing with creativity.

So, as a creative experiment, I’m going to try and write a story based on what the bot gives me, with each ‘chapter’ using the given inventory. Why not have a little fun? Think of it as literary improv…

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PERSONAL: Reading Update July 2014

I gave a reading update last month. Since then… I’ve been reading quite a bit.

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WRITING: Execution is What Counts

Greatness lies in more than an idea.

Even legally, what’s protected is the execution. Because therein lies the soul.

If you gave the same logline to seven great writers and asked them to turn it into a script, you would likely get seven brilliant scripts – all vastly different from one another in tone, theme, pacing and even content. They could probably all turn around and sell their scripts without fear, because they would be that different.

We, as writers, each have a unique perspective. Which means that though an underlying idea is great, it’s not your meal ticket. Your golden spec idea? There are at least five people out there who have had the exact same idea. Three of them have written it. Two have pitched it – one’s gotten turned down and the other’s circling the drain in development hell. But you don’t realise that you’re not a singular genius because none of the others have hit the market.

And that’s with the most unique idea you might encounter.

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INHUMAN CONDITION IS GOING TO SERIES

My webseries Inhuman Condition – my passion project, which I have loved and shepherded for two years and relentlessly promoted for the last few months – has been selected to receive IPF funding. In short: We’re going to series!!

What does this mean? The details are scarce, as Smokebomb will be firming up official plans now that we’ve got the greenlight. It’s my personal hope that we’ll be in production before end of the year and release early next, but there’s no official word on that, so don’t quote me. Episode count and length, also unconfirmed, though I’ll let you all know the moment it’s officially firmed up.

What can you do to support us? Well, first off – many of you have already been amazingly helpful by participating in our IPF campaign, so I want to take a second to THANK YOU for helping make this possible! We – literally-  couldn’t have done this without your support and enthusiasm.

But, you say — the past is the past and we want to participate now. Well, thankfully, there’s plenty you can do – by engaging with our ongoing campaign & transmedia and, hopefully, having a bit of fun with us!

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MY WORK: Blogging At GLOBALTV

So this is pretty cool. As of three days ago, I’m now blogging for the website of Global TV, the Canadian network that airs such shows as The Blacklist, Under the Dome, 24: Live Another Day, and The Good Wife in Canada! I’ll be covering Under the Dome in the run up to – and throughout – the summer hit’s second season.

My first post – RIP: Deaths of Under the Dome – went up Monday! And I’ve got plenty more where that came from. Please, if you want to support me, keep checking out my posts at Global TV. If you want to go the extra distance, comment on the articles and discuss the content of them, to let Global know I’ve engaged your attentions. Please do, because I’m having a lot of fun!

ETA: My articles (and some written by others) can all be found here.

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