NaNoWriMo Day 3: Wrote A Good Bit, Still Behind Schedule

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For the most part today I asked people for help deciding, “Should I do this, or this?” and then writing what I could during word sprints ran by the NaNoWriMo Word Sprints twitter. It’s very effective for me.

I still haven’t decide who the main protagonist is. So far, I have told the story from the POV of:

  • The mailman, who is def not the main protagonist
  • The security guard, who is possible
  • The main detective, also possible
  • A housewife on the block, could be
  • One of the teens from the neighborhood who isn’t the killer, maybe

I’ve also introduced:

  • The retired neighborhood busy body, an alright possibility for the main progtagonist
  • Four more teenagers, one of which IS the killer

The story will be told from more than just the 5 POVs I’ve said, but only a few more. Basically, I need people from about 4 or 5 households who we see from their POV as they interact with their own household and other neighbors, because the neighbors all start speculating about each other and secrets that were never meant to see the light of day come out as possible motives, and there’s just a lot of drama coming as more people die and the community gets more and more scared.

I’ve never written from this many POVs but I’ve read plenty of books written this way, so I think it’s going to be great. However, I DO need one main protagonist. I kind of like the detective, honestly, but I worry that might get a little to Silence of the Lambs, one main character but several people’s POV, especially since the detective is a woman.

Any thoughts?

Anyways, hope you guys had a nice, productive day!

 

 

NaNoWriMo Day 1: No Progress Yet

It’s that time again folks! This year’s story is one I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I’m so ready to finally write it. However, I’m still stuck in planning mode so I didn’t get any words down yet. Here’s hoping I get to it tomorrow!

My synopsis is very basic because I’m terrible at those, but it gets the information across!

Sycamore Hills is an upper middle class, family friendly gated community. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens there. The parents go to work, the children to go school, the landscapers and handymen all have background checks, and nobody gets in or out without authorization.

And yet somehow, one pleasant summer, every few nights tragedy befalls a household. Locked doors and windows, locked gates, tall fences. None of these stop the killer from striking when the residents of Sycamore Hills least expect it.

DUN DUN DUUUUUUN!

I don’t have much for Day 1 to report otherwise, but I will pose this question to all of you guys as I did on NaNoWriMo forums, but since it’s a spoiler, I will link you there instead. You can reply to me at any of my places, Twitter, the forum, here, whatever! I just don’t want to give away the killer on DAY 1 of NaNo!

Let me know how your progress is going, and as always, follow me on Twitter for far more constant updates!

Martin Movie House Fright Fest: Friday the 13th

Tonight I got to experience something truly unique and special for someone born in 1991: I have never seen Friday the 13th before tonight, and I got to see it for the first time on a big screen.

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I’ve mentioned previously that Theatre Dublin is doing Fright Fest this month, showing horror films on the movie screen they purchased for only the low-low price of $5 per ticket. Let me tell you guys, you think surround sound is great, but imagine surround sound in a building with theatre acoustics. Talk about amazing experiences!

Having never seen Friday the 13th before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Amazingly, my baby sister, who I went with, has seen it, so she knew what was coming when I didn’t. I will admit, I threw popcorn during the first murder jump scare. It ended up being a pretty solid horror film. Is it up there with my favorites? No, not at all. But I feel like I enjoyed this experience more than I will the other films I’m seeing this month because, unlike everything else I’m going to see, I got to see a movie from 1980 on a big screen for the first time. Every bloody second was in HD with surround sound and it was amazing!

My only real heartbreak is that so few people came. Just as with The Shining, there were maybe twenty people total to see the movie. It did show last night as well, but I figured with so many people without power still from hurricane Michael, a lot of people would like at least the entertainment and air conditioning of seeing a movie for the low price of $5, but alas, there were less people than at The Shining. My fear is that, should this not work out, they will stop having movies at Theatre Dublin, and it’s a great experience. It’s especially rewarding to have classic movies showing. This Fright Fest isn’t the only classic movies they have. Over the summer, I remember one month was Western themed. They also show new movies, which I guess probably gets more ticket purchases since the price is about the same as at the local AMC but with FAR cheaper concessions.

My sister and I got two movie tickets, two 24oz drinks, a popcorn, and a box of candy, all for only $21. At the AMC that would easily be $50.

My only hope is that more people will come join the fun in seeing movies you would otherwise NEVER get to see on a big screen like this. On the 18th, the film they’re showing will be Psycho and as that is a favorite of mine, I CANNOT wait to see it on the big screen! The closest I ever came was on the overhead projector on a 5 foot screen during Film Analysis class in college. This is gonna be awesome!

So, citizens of Laurens County and the surrounding counties, join me on October 18th in seeing Psycho, the famous Alfred Hitchcock film, at 7pm at Theatre Dublin for the low price of only $5 a ticket. I promise you, you will not be disappointed!

Martin Movie House Fright Fest: The Shining

I live (nearly) in Dublin, GA, and it’s a small town. We have about 16,000 people in city limits and 60K in the micropolitan area (because in Georgia, small towns are SMALL so we center around one town). We have a theatre downtown that in the past was a cinema called Martin Theatre. Now it’s called Theatre Dublin and before this year, it hosted local live events. However, in the past year, they bought a projector and screen and have been showing movies as it did before the 80s when we got a ‘real’ cinema in town.

For the month of October, they are showing various horror films (and various other Halloween flicks) for the season. Tonight, the first movie of Horror Fest was The Shining. As someone born in 1991, I never got to see The Shining on the big screen, and honestly, it was INCREDBILE! I thought it would be about $10 per ticket, but me and my sister got in for $10 total! For that price, I might see every single movie of Fright Fest just because it’s so cheap and every movie is one I like. I was already planning to see Psycho and Scream, but I think there is also Ghostbusters, Casper, Friday the 13th, IT (original), Scream, and The Rocky Horror Picture show on ACTUAL Halloween!

Rocky Horror on Halloween is THE BEST THING EVER! I’m SUPER excited for that!

Either way, if you live within driving distance of any of the showings during Fright Fest in Dublin, Georgia at Theatre Dublin, check them out! It’s a place of local history and I can only hope that these new cinema showings will help provide funding for further Dublin history!

(Also, as random as it sounds, don’t dismiss the ‘history on a pole’ display outside of Theatre Dublin. There’s a post that has a thing on it and if you press the buttons, it tells you the history of whatever you selected! I’m not shocked we got Top Small Towns with that kind of convenience!)

Book Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had really high hopes going into this book, and though it was a good story and a very creative idea, I can’t say I was blown away.

Let’s start with the positives: This is a very unique coming of age story about a gay teen in suburban Atlanta that I really, really identify with so much. I’m bisexual and live in Rural Georgia, so to us, Atlanta is the shining beacon of gay freedom. Every queer kid flees to Atlanta or Savannah at some point in their Georgia life, so this resonated with me. The culture, the types of people around Simon, and the way his parents are very accepting but he still feels iffy about letting them know because it’s a big deal out of relatively nothing. Simon is a great character who I entirely understand, and I loved him to bits.

The problem is everybody else. There isn’t a single other character, apart from maybe Blue in his emails, that doesn’t feel flat and one-note. Everybody is just exactly what they are: a name on a page. Nick, we don’t know much of anything about him except he’s Simon’s friend who plays guiltar. Leah is Simon’s kind of weird and bitchy friend. Abby is Simon’s new, non-native friend. Martin is a guy in theatre club that is blackmailing Simon. Nobody has any depths besides Simon! We know very little about his family, his friends, his classmates, and it’s even mentioned in the book that Simon DOESN’T KNOW them. It’s just unrealistic that a person wouldn’t know ANYTHING of depth about the people around him, no matter how secretive he is. And because of that, it makes all the characters besides Simon and Blue annoyingly flat.

Hell, the DOG is more dynamic than any of the other humans besides Simon and the anonymous Blue. It’s just so frustrating that such a great idea with such a good story lacks depth in anybody but the main character.

I would give it 5* for the subject matter and plot, and 2* for the characters. I’ll give it 3* just because I do like it more than I dislike it, but it’s not as well written as I hoped this beautiful idea would be.

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