I finished a sort of thing this week. It’s barely a story, more a rambling about erasing and altering memories. Once again I didn’t use the song prompt, but it’s a good one so I might use it next week.
I discovered Jorge Luis Borges this week also, who somehow had escaped my awareness until now. I’ve read only a few of his stories so far but have been impressed by each one. They are the sort of stories I want to write, and I’m going to try to draw some inspiration from them.
Read The Library of Babel for an idea what he’s about. Huge ideas compressed into short shorts, quick and powerful.
I’m going to be reading a lot of him and probably trying to copy his style over the next few weeks.
Posted by Jonas David on December 8, 2013
I nearly gave up this week, then I came across a story I’d started writing a month or two back and got re-inspired by it, and finished it.
I think this is the first time I’ve ever managed to come back to a project that I put on hold. Most the time when I ‘take a break’ from something, it is forever in the drawer, never to be worked on again. Maybe, there is hope for me ever having multiple projects at once after all!
The story was sort of fairy-tale ish, about the Queen of Time, who makes the seconds tick by but can have take no part in all the happenings she observes. It wasn’t inspired by this weeks prompt but sort of fits with it anyway so I’m going to go ahead and check it off my list.
I’m beginning to question whether it’s possible to write anything worthwhile with only a week to think about it. But either way this challenge is getting a lot of writing out of me, and hopefully there is gems of goodness in some of these stories that can be polished up later.
Week ten, here I come!
Posted by Jonas David on December 2, 2013
Finished the story for this week which was about some people who live on an island in the sky, and one man who believes there are other islands and wants to try to fly to one. Started out feeling pretty good about it, but then it just fell apart. I got to the end but am really not happy with it at all, it will need a lot of reworking before I even want to show it to anyone for advice. Oh dear. But, another week done anyway!
I also watched the movie Europa Report, which is currently available on netflix instant. It’s the story of a crew on a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter, to check for signs of life beneath the ice. I found it to be really engaging and intense, and I think it’s one of those movies that will stick with me, especially certain scenes.
I enjoyed the intense curiosity of the crew. They were willing to take incredible risks to gain a bit more knowledge. One quote in the movie, by the Pilot Rosa is “Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known… what does your life actually matter?” She puts this into action in the final scene, as their ship is sinking beneath the ice, she opens the airlock and lets the water pour in. We watch her leaning over, looking down at the water trying to catch a glimpse of whatever is in it, her curiosity present even in the face of certain death.
I really wish they would have left the creature unseen, or at least mostly obscured, as it was for the entire movie until the end. Because the movie wasnt about the creatures beneath the ice, it was about the people and their quest for discovery. So when we see the creature at the end, and its just some dumb squid looking thing, it can only be felt as a let down, a really anticlimactic end. I feel a much better close would have been the water rushing up toward Rosa, and the flashing lights in the water, and maybe a little glimpse of something moving, then leave the rest to imagination. The gut feeling of mystery and the unknown, and discovery and awe that the movie had given me up till the end was muted by that final view of such a mundane creature.
Over all I think this is probably the best sci fi movie I’ve seen this year (havent seen Gravity yet) and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in sci fi, or science and exploration in general. This movie is heavier on the sci than on the fi, I think, and makes itself pretty believable.
Posted by Jonas David on November 24, 2013
I’ve been rejected yet again by DSF in the second round. I’ve been hoping for so long to get that third professional sale so I can join SFWA… and….
It turns out I don’t need three to join after all.
I need three sales to join as an ‘Active’ level membership, but I can join as an Associate with just one sale!
So, I have now applied for membership and hope to hear back soon!
I’m inspired and excited even after another annoying rejection!
Posted by Jonas David on November 18, 2013
This week my prompt was Sheer Heart-attack by Queen, I took the line ‘turn on the TV let it drip down in your eyes’ as inspiration. The story ended up being about a society obsessed with VR, and one man who’s DNA made him incompatible, and unable to join in the virtual world.
It turned out very rushed and I don’t know if any of it is even salvageable, but I wrote something! Next week’s story will hopefully be more focused.
Also I’ve been listening to pretty much nothing but Lady Gaga’s new album this week, so maybe that is partially to blame for my lack of sci-fi inspiration. Back to Ayreon’s new album for me!
Posted by Jonas David on November 17, 2013