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17 December 2007 @ 11:14 am
Weekend update  
Things accomplished this weekend:

~ New car stereo installed, one which plays from my iPod while recharging it. The radio controls to scroll through my albums and things are a bit awkward and inconvenient, but other than that I am ecstatic. Endless music possibilities while driving. :)

~ For our mutual Christmas gift this year, Mark and I are upgrading out receiver (home theater) to an HD 7.1 receiver. We went to Best Buy this weekend with that in mind, and ended up purchasing a Harmon Kardon for $100 less than it usually would have been, which ended up being $100 cheaper than any of the other HD 7.1 surround receivers we were considering (a Pioneer and a Yamaha - which, for the exact same money, would by like purchasing a Ford when you could have gotten a smokin' deal on that Ferrari.) That would have been awesome, if we hadn't then had to spend that saved $ on cords for the new receiver. *sigh* Last night, Mark got it hooked up, mostly. There are always problems when hooking up new home theater equipment, and this was no exception. For a while there, we had no picture from the Tivo. Sound, yes, but no picture. Mark figured it out right before bed last night. He has more fiddling to do, as the 7.1 allows us to finally use the extra Bose cubes my Mom gave us that were too much for our old receiver. Personally, I liked our old sound. I don't think we need the extra cubes (especially when we could put them in the bedroom with our old TV/receiver to have some decent sound in there.) But Mark is the soundphile in our house, so we'll see.

~ While at Best Buy, we also purchased S1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We have watched the first four episodes so far.

~ I realize Aang is still a kid, and he was trapped in ice for 100 years, but please tell me he will eventually realize that there are More Important Things afoot than his desire for extreme sports/surfer experiences.

~ Zuko ends up joining Aang/Katara/Sokka, right? Right?? Because his father sounds like a complete bastard, and Zoku's tough exterior and single minded persuit of Aang is clearly all an attempt to please a man who doesn't deserve to have a son. Zuko has this flawed young villain thing going for him...okay, so maybe I have a thing for darker characters. And Zuko doesn't seem a villain as much as he does tragic.

~ The girls making Sokka dress up like one of them to teach him was priceless! So...Sokka's going to become a kick ass warrior because he's learning stuff everywhere they go, right? Not that comic relief isn't fun, because it is, but I guess I was just hoping for some more serious undertones with this show, ala the Justice League, or the first animated Batman. I mean, it has serious undertones, just not as much as I was thinking it would. Aang acts like this carefree kid a lot of the time, but then there are these moments when you realize most of that is the exterior of what he really wants to be, when what he really is, is the Avatar, last hope for mankind.

~ I had this dream about writing this weekend that was extremely vivid and not about writing either of the current projects. No, no, it was an entirely new project, not even my genre (unless you count fanfic). And I knew the story, the characters, everything. Not that i'm going to start anything new. No, absolutely not.

But more importantly, believe it or not, this dream gave me real insight into my own process. It has been a vague source of concern for me, writing McClairen's book, that the characters will not cooperate as I want them to. That even though I have all these plans for Callista/McClairen, the characters may not want to get together.

Does this sound weird? Maybe it is for other writers, but for me, I don't just create two characters and think "Oh, they'll be awesome together!" and then make it happen. Sure, I created Callista specifically with McClairen in mind. But she is so much more than just a 'heroine for McClairen'. She is her own character, with her own flaws and strengths and baggage to be overcome, and the more I write her, the more true this becomes. When I put characters on a page together and dialogue ensues, I'm not making up the dialogue, exactly. I hear what the characters say, I hear their words, how they'd say it, how they'd respond to X statement, and that's what I write. So when I finally put Callista and McClairen on a page together, what's going to happen? I'm not sure, because I'm not there yet. There exists a possibility that they won't work out, that the two characters I designed to be together won't have any chemistry, won't mesh, won't want to be together. I don't think so, but it could happen.

The story in my dream? Those characters had chemistry. The key space pirates already have chemistry together -- I've written short scenes with them before. The very first scene I wrote for Dark Vision (still hate that title) was not the beginning, it was a scene from much later in the book with Parr and Elysia together, and they clearly had chemistry. Maybe I should have done that with Callista and McClairen. I think I had that dream in part, because I'm vaguely worried about that.
Nu: book-soul damagequiet_rebel on December 17th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
There exists a possibility that they won't work out, that the two characters I designed to be together won't have any chemistry, won't mesh, won't want to be together.

Oh, it exists. I'm going through that right now with my male and female protags. They were amazing together in another draft/version, but since I've changed things up, I've had a hard time finding that spark and remembering what made them click.
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 17th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that must be frustrating! Are there other romantic possibilities, or are they pretty much it for each other?
Nu: book-soul damagequiet_rebel on December 17th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
It's frustrating because even my crit group is shipping the two characters with other people. Hah. I have created a love square, but I still want the two to work out. The book's not finished yet, so, maybe I will discover that spark again and fall in love with them all over again. I hope so!
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 17th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
LOL - oh, no! Although shipping them with other characters could just be a sign that all of your characters rock. :-)

You have a critique group? Online or RL?
Nu: book-soul damagequiet_rebel on December 17th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Hehe, Maybe? :)

My crit group is through school. Every month we have to turn in/e-mail a certain amount of pages and we critique each other's works.
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 17th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Nice! Are there a lot of serious writers at your school? Do many of them write genre fiction?
Nuquiet_rebel on December 17th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)

The entire program is actually geared towards genre/popular fiction. Here's the site, if you want more info.

I'm starting my second term next month, and so far, I'm loving it.
Ambassador of  Awesomeamphetamine_47 on December 17th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the stereo! May I ask what kind you got? I'm demanding asking for one for XMas and am looking at options :)

And your Christmas icon is lovely! :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 17th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
It's not the best one out there by any means - but it does charge your iPod as well as play it, and the radio controls can scroll through your music, although that feature seems a little awkward yet. Perhaps more expensive models have better menus for this.

here it is at Circuit City

And thanks! I have several, as I couldn't decide which one I liked best. :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
One of the bonuses to this one was the included iPod cable - other similarly priced stereos w/the same features did not include a cable, which runs about $30-50 all on its own.
Ambassador of  Awesome: Xmasamphetamine_47 on December 17th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Awesome--that's one of the ones I was looking at! Thanks :)
a joyful girl getting loud: [av] we are legionperi_peteia on December 17th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
I will not spoil you for Avatar, because it is so much better that way.


Also, the show DOES get more and more serious as it goes. To the point where you're like ASJHADGJHAS HOW IS THIS Y7 NICK SHOW SO DARK WTF.

Season one is excellent and delightful. At mid-season the mytharc really starts up and there's some EXCELLENT character development and backstory (I think you're going to LOVE episodes 112 and 113 particularly). Then there are a few more (often HILARIOUS) adventures sort of revealing things about the world, before you get to the sort of trilogy of episodes that end the season. The last two of which are so epic that I can't even begin.

Then season two blows the roof off as far as complexity of character, going places you didn't expect them to go, and all around awesomeness (highly assisted by some new characters who show up).

I look forward to your continuing journey.

Edited at 2007-12-17 11:27 pm (UTC)
Mai: Cats in a sink - lovemaisfeeka on December 18th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
I totally understand. I had a character go off and get involved with entirely the wrong person and I couldn't get her back. The story ended up great, but it was not anything like what I had planned.