The first round of edits on Superhero Novella #1 is nearly done. This first pass was mostly to fox plot inconsistencies, timeline issues, and figure out if certain twists were going to remain in the narrative and as part of the characters.
As I surfed the internet the other night, likely procrastinating something really important, I ran across this article in which two or three men list ten superheroes who should get their own movie. Now, let’s be honest. That article title should have rightfully read “10 Male Superheroes Who Need Their Own Movie.”
There is not a single female hero to be found in that list. Which got me thinking a lot about it. Marvel has announced they’re developing a solo Black Widow movie. I’ll believe it when I’m sitting in the theater and its opening credits are rolling.
I tweeted about the article and a couple of my followers suggested I write my own list. Which would be great. Except that I’ve never read a single comic book in my life. How could I write a list when my only knowledge of female superheroes comes from the movies I’ve watched in the last 14 years?
I know Storm, Jean Gray, Rogue, Black Widow. That’s about it. At least for Marvel universe. (Thanks to Lego Marvel Superheroes I could come up with a bigger list.) I have vague recollections of playing superheroes on the playground in elementary school (probably 2nd grade) and always being Black Widow.
My brother had a rather large set of Marvel trading cards which I used to peruse when I was little. Then when the movies started coming out, I would come home from the movies and go through the collection to find the characters we’d just seen on-screen. Through those, my mom and I would educate ourselves on them. Generally, we end up calling my brother and asking him to fill us in on things.
As I’ve gotten more immersed in the geek world these last couple of years, I’ve gleaned a teeny bit of knowledge of who some other female heroes might be.
A fleeting idea led to me re-downloading the Marvel app for my tablet. I’d downloaded it ages ago when I found a post on Pinterest where the person had taken screenshots of a new Avengers comic. Screenshots which featured background extras that looked remarkably like Rose, Jack, the Doctor, maybe even Micky and River. I had to buy the comic to verify what I was seeing.
Marvel writers and illustrators are Whovians!
But I never read that comic.
So two nights ago, I thought I’d remedy this gaping hole in my nerd education. I bought a couple of comics and started reading.
And promptly got frustrated because I’m pretty sure I jumped into the middle of storylines, despite seeming to buy the first issue in the first volume. I may have started in the wrong place. But how would I know where to begin in the pantheon of comics available via this app?
I wouldn’t. But the internet is rife with horror stories of women being treated poorly or downright heinously upon entering a comic book store. I shudder to think that one poor experience with an app and lack of knowledge would turn me away from comic books forever. However, it just might happen because it’s so overwhelming and there’s literally no road map.
I read an article the other day listing five video games or franchises that are just begging for a movie. The author included The Legend of Zelda. While I would love a Zelda movie, I’m not convinced it should happen.
Probably the best option, the least of all evils should a movie version of any LoZ title be made, is that the game’s script writers create a brand new Zelda story and write it as a screenplay straight off the bat, bypassing the game platform entirely.
Why would this perhaps be the least of all evils? Doing it this way would ensure the story was cohesive start to finish and made sense outside of the gaming world.
Think about it. If Ocarina of Time were adapted to a movie, what story would be told? They’d probably forgo Young Link’s adventures through the Deku Tree, Dodongo’s Cavern, and Jabu-Jabu’s Belly. But that’s not right because that’s so much of the setup to Adult Link’s journeys in the Hyrule of the future.
So if they focus only on Adult Link, where do they focus? How do they incorporate freeing the sages, earning their medallions, and the final fight against Ganon(dorf)? They can’t. They’d have to find a way of him freeing the sages, but without it feeling disjointed and like so many superhero sequels that have too many villains.
Now, if Peter Jackson got his hands on Ocarina, and money became absolutely zero object, he could make an 8 movie series, one for each temple and show the entire journey.
But that would never happen.
If any Zelda title were to successfully be adapted to the big screen, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are the most likely candidates. I say SS only because Girahim is such an ever-present villain and the one who sets bad guys after Link that he could more easily be made into the film’s villain.
TP you’ve got the single object being searched for and that leads to the villain fights. Which would more easily be adapted to the big screen as well, fitting a standard 3-act structure a bit better.
I’d still be nervous sitting down in the theater no matter what happened if a Zelda movie were ever made.
Really, I don’t have any wordage to report. I have been letting the superhero novellas sit and stew. A lot.
I haven’t seen one of these things in ages. Memes like this were all the rage when I started blogging. I was tagged in this by Natasha over at Thirty Nerdy Fabulous the other day. As I’m severely lacking for blogging motivation, this will serve as a nice kick in the pants to get a blog post written.
The questions (and my answers):
1) Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote? Whether it was a short story, poem, song lyrics, whatever? How old were you?
I wrote a kids’ picture book in 9th grade honors English. (I think. It may have been 8th grade English.) We had to write a story and put it together like a book somehow. Our “books” were donated to some hospital or charity or something. I wrote it and had my very art-talented brother illustrate it. Loads of extra credit. Just don’t ask me what the story was about. I have no idea.
In thinkinga bout it, though, this may not have been first. If it was 9th grade English, the poetry book we wrote may have come first. Awful poems.
2) What is your guilty pleasure in the writing world? That thing we know we shouldn’t want, but can’t seem to get enough of.
3) Star Trek or Star Wars?
I thought I’d blogged about this on here before. I’m firmly in the camp of liking what I want and as much as I want. So both. Both is good. They’re equally good for their own reasons. I don’t buy into the argument that you can only like one and not the other and if you like the “wrong” one you’re somehow less of a geek.
4) If there was one book/article/whatever you would suggest an aspiring author read – what would it be?
I’d recommend they find out what their learning style is and find something that helps them learn the way they learn best. I’m a visual learner, so I learn a lot about writing from watching television and movies.
5) What show/movie are you a fangirl of?
I know I’ve blogged my OTP lists and fandom lists before. (Probably on Tumblr.) But to recap the main ones: Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Star Trek (obviously), Star Wars (obviously), Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, The West Wing, Intelligence, Harry Potter, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Will also throw in Legend of Zelda here just for good measure.)
6) Are you for self publishing or traditional?
I’m for whatever fits your personality and your project. Me, I know I don’t have the personality for self-publishing so I’m going to stick it out on the traditional side. But I have friends who self-publish and I have friends who have started to mix both in their careers.
7) What is your one pet peeve that drives you mad in books?
Deus ex machina. (I’m looking at you Twilight). When something that should be a huge stumbling block for the main character isn’t. (Or the opposite.) It’s a mechanic dating back to Ancient Greece (or even earlier, perhaps) and it’s stuck around and persisted so long because it’s convenient. A writer paints themselves into a corner and throws the rule book out the window to solve the problem.
8) Do you have any rituals (ie turning around in a circle three times, a specific snack you must have, a blood sacrifice to the muses) that you perform before you sit down to write?
No. Sometimes I’ll turn on music while I write, other times not. Just depends on my mood and what I’m writing. Twitter’s usually up in the background and I might have a second browser window minimized for research purposes, but otherwise it’s just butt in chair (or bed) and fingers on the keyboard.
9) What are the top three songs on your writing playlist at this moment?
When I listen to music while writing I just put my entire iTunes library on shuffle. My library is on the songs setting and sorted by album so I guess that would make it “Mamma Mia!”, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and “Super Trouper” from an A*Teens album. (Shut up.)
10) Which decade have you been displaced from? In other words, in another life were you possible a flapper in the 20s or a hippie in the 70s? Big hair in the 80s? Rockabilly in the 50s?
Um… Regency would be my guess. Except that I’m far too liberal minded for that era. But I like the clothes from that era and from 1770s-1780s England. Also from 1900s to 1910s England. So basically I just probably should have been born in England sometime.
11) List/show the five favorite things on your desk right now.
There’s nothing on my desk right now that would be anything special. But I do have a TARDIS cookie jar in my room alongside a teddy bear dressed like a guard from the Tower of London.
I’d tag people on this, but since no one reads this any more I’m not sure there’s a point. Thanks, Natasha, for asking the questions. It was interesting trying to answer them!
Another week of the month, gone. How are your WiPs going?
Mine are going swimmingly. As are my 2014 Writing Goals
Goal #2 states to finish my Woven rewrite by the end of February at the latest. Well, when I wrote that goal I didn’t realize just how close to the end I was. Or how smoothly the last bit would go.
I officially finished the rewrite last Friday. It’s been sent off to a trusted beta for critique and I’m well on my way to meeting my goals for the year.
Movies I’m Excited for This Year:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Guardians of the Galaxy
More Books I Want to Read:
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (10/7/14)
Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Shulz (9/16/14)
Exile by Tamora Pierce (9/14)
Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (9/14)
Wordles by AdriAnne Strickland (8/8/14)
Between by Megan Whitmer (7/29/14)
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (7/22/14)
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (7/8/14)
Relax, I’m a Ninja by Natalie Whipple (6/3/14)
Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose (5/8/14)
The Falconer by Elizabeth May (5/6/14)
House of Ivy and Sorry by Natalie Whipple (4/15/14)
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin (4/8/14)
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (4/1/14)
The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen (3/4/14)
I See Londo by Chanel Cleeton (2/3/14)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (1/28/14)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Out now)
Goal #1 was to finish the superhero book by mid-January. Well, by my calculation mid-January hit today.
And I officially wrote “The End” on draft one of the novella on Saturday. The book is rough and would need a lot of editing. I’m still trying to determine the relative futility of editing and polishing the book.
You may have seen my Tumblr posts or Twitter posts about wanting to cry on Saturday night. It was in relation to a book review I read on a geeky news site I follow. One about people with super powers. One about people with superpowers eerily like mine.
A book which I had not heard of let alone read before Saturday night.
So, goal #1 accomplished and onward toward accomplishing goal #2.
How are your WiPs going?
There are a few books this year I’m looking forward to. This list is in no way meant to play favorites or anything. They’re just the ones I know are coming out and are already on my radar.
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Relax, I’m a Ninja by Natalie Whipple
I would love to add more books to this list. In fact, if I’m going to meet my Goodreads challenge this year, I need to add more. I especially want to start diversifying my reading list. I’d love recommendations if you have them. YA preferred though I’m open to others if they’re not too salty. UF and fantasy, even some sci-fi if it’s on the softer side (not too technical).
Whenever I start thinking about my writing future, where my books I’m writing now might fit, I always circle back to one giant fear.
That I’ll never find a fit for my books.
I’ve had two friends lose their publishers. One has jumped full steam ahead into self-publishing. Which is great. It fits her books well and she’s happy there. (At least I view her as happy, despite the setbacks.) The other is still sorting out her best option.
I’ve seen people become very jaded very quickly with the traditional publishing process. I’ve seen them start to diversify their list, some traditional and some self-published work.
I see some friends set a backbreaking pace for themselves in self-publishing.
I see so many paths, none of which feel right for me, for my books, for my personality.
I’m not a fast writer by any stretch of the imagination. I simply don’t have the hours to devote to writing any faster than I do when I’m at my most productive pace. (My most productive pace being 1K-2k per day. On bad days I write 500 words. On extremely good, and rare, days I can write 2K-3K.)
I need to stop trying to fit into the molds others have made for themselves. I know this, but it doesn’t stop me trying. And worrying.
But I know I don’t fit anywhere right now. I’ve never fit in, my whole life. I’ll probably always be the girl no one knows what to do with.