Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MS #2

I recently restarted MS #2.  It's been a hard road, coming back after a few months of not doing anything on the story.  And what I reread, I didn't like.  The plot was there, but that was about the only thing good about it.  I know I'm going to have to rewrite it.  But for me, I have to complete the MS first, so that I can see everything more clearly before I started rewriting.

But just getting to the end is the hard part.  I'm 35k in of 50k.  (My first drafts tend to be short).  And every word is a fight.  It's hard to be motivated when I know I just have to rewrite the thing.  But I know it will be better if I just finish first so that the whole thing can make sense in my brain.  I have big plans for rewriting and revisions, but I just have to get to that point.

I think I need to go back and reread some stuff from SAVE THE CAT!  (Seriously, if you don't own this book, you totally should!)  And next time, spend more time outlining before diving in to writing.  I do simple outlines with major points and stuff, but now I see why detailed outlines are so helpful!  (Why hadn't I seen it before??)  But as long as the MS gets completed, I'm going to call it a winner.  For now.  (Until I get to revisions...)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Skyfall - James Bond

I'm a little late on this review as I went to see it some weeks ago.  But better late than never, right?  I've heard a lot of good things about this movie, so I was pretty hyped up.  I love James Bond, action movies, and stylistic settings, so I thought this was going to be awesome.  And while I liked it, I think maybe everyone else hyped it up too much for me.

The different settings were amazing.  Bond traveled to Turkey (we had shots of the Bazaar and the Haggia Sophia which are beautiful), to Shanghai with bright lights and the scene in the clear building, to Macau with the float lights on the sea.  So the settings and scenery were very picturesque  and those parts were probably some of my favorites.  And Javier Bardem was brilliant as a villain   Creepy, crazy, and sinister, but in such a way that it wasn't over the top but was over the top.  (Okay, I know that makes no sense).  The scene when we first meet him, and Bond is the chair (you'll know what I mean when you see it), loved it, lol.

For me, I absolutely loved the first half.  But as soon as they got to Skyfall (Bond's supposed childhood town -- as if that could ever be the real name of a town,) I felt a little let down.  The explosions and frozen lake were great, but it felt less climatic to me than the first part of the movie.  If they had done the Skyfall bit first, and ended with the subway scene (again, you'll know it when you see it), that would have been so much more climatic and awesome.  I just think it kind of stagnated a little at the end.

If you like action movies, obvi you have to see the latest James Bond.  There were some really cool scenes that made it worth seeing, but I guess I just didn't like as much as everyone else.  But I still did like it.