I’m going to try to keep today’s post short because I gots homework due mañana!! Okay, honestly, I’m probably not going to work on it anymore tonight (def tomorrow AM), but I want to veg out to Otaku ASSEMBLE‘s Game of Thrones finale review.
Today’s highlights were a discussion of Bienvenido Santos’s “The Day the Dancer’s Came,” a publishing seminar by the faculty, and Team Galang bonding over pitchers of mango margaritas. I really need to get a camera ASAP so I can capture these fun and amazing moments!
The Day the Dancer’s Came
What Stood Out for Me
- Beautiful language – some of the paragraphs melted like butter.
- Unfulfilled character in search of some sort of connection or link back to who he was or wanted to be.
- Tension is what the character thinks vs. what the character is – reality vs. fantasy.
- No need to translate language – you can (and should) create it in context.
- Think outside of the traditional story structure when shaping your story.
- Do I need this scene? If I lay out my index cards and pull out a scene, does it change anything? If yes -> I need it. If no -> take it out.
- Pick a book and consider what is the “shape” of the story in that book.
- Who is my protagonist? What does she want? How/what am I going to throw at her to keep her from getting what she wants?
- What is “platform”? – on building one.
- You know, um, what’s her name, Tila Tequila? We have the same publisher. – on their varied tastes.
- The thing about art is that it can be a fucking movie and a dishwasher. – I think it was in response to poets trying to write sci-fi novels, or something like that…