Fantasy Novel Writing

Years ago I was accepted into a creative writing magnet high school. I enjoyed every second of it, felt like I learned a lot, but mostly walked away thinking it’d never be worth publishing because writing is so hard to make a successful full time job.

Flash forward to now and I have dozens of manuscripts, outlines, and character maps laid out that are only collecting dust. Then the other day I pulled one out that is 10 years old and just started typing.

It’s a fantasy epic that has half a dozen main characters, languages, cultures and a few sub plots to supplement the big picture. In two days I’ve written 5000 words and edited 4000 of them. Apparently my worries of picking back up the creative spark were unfounded. I wanted my first officially finished book to be a science fiction, but this one is coming out a little quicker then I expected so I’m not going to complain.

So in addition to sewing, burlesque, online sales, and pug care-giving, I am now writing again to hopefully publish. *raises glass* Here’s to motivation and preservation!

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TRON: that’s what I’m talking about!

I’m not saying I didn’t like TRON: Legacy, but I was sorely disappointed in the story compared to the original film. In the first film Tron was the hero and Flynn was the observer/sidekick of HIS story. So in the second film, why did Tron as a character have to take such a back seat? Where was the legacy? I felt like something was missing, especially since it’s implied that in the grid-years it’s been between 800 and 1000 years, at the very least just change the title of the film to something other than TRON, like THE GRID maybe? Or FLYNN RETURNS? Anyway, enough with the negative, here’s the positive:

So when I heard about an animated series that would bridge the gap between movies with a story about a possible successor of Tron? HELL YEAH I got excited! It has an all star cast AND Bruce Boxleitner as the voice of Tron, AND Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) style character designs. It sounds too good to be true, EXACTLY what I was missing from the film’s story.

So Disney has the first episode available to watch on youtube, and I just watched it. Although it lacks the pace and excitement of the films, it is just as much a feast for the eyes as ever. The story is exactly what I was hoping for, and even a little bit more. Hopefully, like any television series, it will pick up speed. I need everyone to watch this series so they fill in the story this franchise sorely needed. Then, IF we get a third film, it won’t feel quite as defeating when they continue the story but still call it TRON without the Tron ;)