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“Well, instead of the Stalinist purges and the divorce and the investigation, erm, it could be about … losing a balloon.”

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I’ve typed up a few paragraphs of my archaeology/sci-fi project here and there, but today I’ve mostly been doing a lot of procrastinating and scribbling down something resembling a plot outline for this thing. And when I say “procrastinate,” I really mean “net surf” — even with my download speed cut down to 64kbps for the rest of my billing month, I haven’t found the willpower to close that stupid browser window. I will soon, because I’m really getting tired of websites loading at such a (lack of) speed. It’s entirely my fault too, because I wasted all that quota downloading episodes of Jonathan Creek and Dollhouse. Now there’s also series three of Robin Hood, as well as the eagerly-awaited special episode of Doctor Who coming up next week.

Another thing that has started to take up an ever-growing poriton of my bandwidth usage every month is my occassional viewing of webseries. Recently, the inaugural Streamy Awards, which recognise achievements in this field, were held in LA. A whole swag of these little trophies were won by two of my favourites, The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I follow a few of the cast and crew of The Guild, as well as keep updates on Dr. Horrible-related things, on Twitter. DH was written as a low-budget project to keep people working throughout the writer’s strike in the US, and Felicia Day started writing The Guild to do what I’m trying to do at the moment — to sit down on her arse and write something.

Since the web series is a relatively new medium, there isn’t really any established format. The current trend seems to be that you have a few episodes per series, with each episode lasting anywhere from two to fifteen minutes.

So, I’ve been thinking, “Maybe I could write a web series.” A couple of episodes of several minutes is cinch, right?

Nuh-uh. I keep getting reminded of that episode of Black Books where Manny and Bernard try to write a children’s book in one night. They keep moving their hands to try and start to write something, but the pencils don’t touch the paper. Also, I think it was Steven Moffat who once said that for him, the shorter a project is, the harder it is. You need an interesting story that you need to compress into a tiny runtime. That takes more cutting than your “average-length” stuff.

Still, a webseries seem to be a great idea for writers who are short on cash, have some connections and are desperate to do something!

I don’t have any ideas for a webseries yet, LOL.

Love,

j

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April 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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Welcome to my blog! I’ve decided to do the author-y thing and set up an “official” blog for public viewing.

For those of you who don’t know me and/or have come to this blog via Twitter, I am a twenty-two-year-old, single at the time of posting this, Chinese-Australian Sydneysider who would very much like to write stories for a living. I have started work on a somewhat archaeological science-fiction project, but this is currently something that I will only do in my spare time. You see, I need to get a steady job first. That’s my first priority, then comes the writing side of things.

Another thing I’m writing at the moment is my Doctor Who fanfiction. That’s on hiatus at the moment while I write this novel and/or other writing projects that might actually earn me a living. I am, however, writing things down in a little journal.

As you might imagine, I probably won’t be blogging very much about my projects right now, because they’re all in the early stages. I’ll blog about my fandoms, music, movies — you get the idea. This will be where I go FANGIRLY but exercise the critic within, to a certain degree. I won’t go posting any quizzes or memes, so you can breathe your collective sighs of relief.

For now, please put up with me while I take my time and tweak this blog to my satisfaction.

Lots of love,

j

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the title is Jar Jar Binks’ way of saying hello. He’s as annoying for me as he is for the next person above the age of thirteen, but for some reason I have a soft spot for that phrase.

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April 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

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