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Quetzalcoatl

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  1. I'm having flashbacks of when I used to moderate the Lyceum back in Nightly's heyday and this crap would happen on a daily basis.
  2. So, I'm stuck again. Sort of. In some ways I've made a lot of progress sense last posting here. Figuring out those first act questions really helped solidify the premise of the story. I know who the lead character is, his backstory, major malfunction, his place in the world. I have a clear vision of what the quest is. Not some vague half-formed idea like before. I know exactly what the purpose of the quest is, the destination, and a big part of the journey there. So you could say I made a lot of headway. But none of that really constitutes an actual story, does it? The actual sto
  3. Thank you all for the advice. I guess you could say I lucked out because she ended up canceling. Its a long story, but we had to do a zoom date instead. I was kinda bummed about that but at least it took the pressure off of what to do.
  4. Yeah, I was half-joking about canceling. I'm leaning toward candy now. I'm not sure why I didn't think of it earlier. Its not over the top like the other things I mentioned, but it acknowledges Valentine's Day and pretty non-dramatic way. What do you guys think about the candy?
  5. How about this. I tell her I'm having Covid symptoms and cancel. I never meant to schedule a date on Valentine's Day to begin with. I would have never intentionally done that, for this reason. If any of our female members are reading this, please help! What's my best move? How bad would it be if I didn't get her anything? I mean, its a first date. She can't be expecting anything, right? But then again, it is a date, and it is Valentine's Day....
  6. So a rose is too much? Is there another breed of flower that's considered less personal? What would you recommend? I thought about a card instead, but I personally consider that even more personal than a rose. I also thought about a balloon that says Happy Valentine's Day, but thought that was too cheesy, on the opposite end of the spectrum from the rose. I just know I need to do something given the day, but I need to be careful given that this is just a first date.
  7. So, the other day I made a date with a woman for tomorrow, without realizing that tomorrow is Valentine's Day. First dates are awkward enough for me, and now I'm feeling more pressure due to it being Valentine's Day. Part of me is saying don't sweat it, its a first date and Valentine's Day shouldn't mean much under the circumstances. But, another part of me thinks its a mistake to not acknowledge Valentine's Day in some way. I'm not suggesting showing up with a whole bouquet of flowers or anything ridiculous like that, but what about one rose, just a small token acknowledging what day it i
  8. I think I may have had an epiphany! The character's major malfunction in the first act will point the way to what the human story is. Using the Star Wars OT as an example, Luke's major malfunction is that he longs to get away from his mundane existence as a farmer and find adventure, yes. But also, he wants to learn about his father that he never knew. That's part of his major malfunction too. He wants to go off with Obi-Wan and become a Jedi and basically follow in his father's footsteps. The twist is that he learns that his father is a bad guy and following in his footsteps is revealed
  9. According to my date, it was good sushi. But given that I was a sushi virgin, I can only take her word for it. I guess its just not for me.
  10. I guess for me its a matter of not knowing where to start. Should I have a basic premise in mind when developing the first act? Or should I expect the premise to develop from writing the first act? What drives what? That's what I can't figure out. Yes, I've developed most of my first act stuff, but I can't even be that comfortable with those choices if I don't have some kind of larger picture to guide me. I feel like I'm just flying blind and my anxiety is only fueled by the fact that I don't have any kind of larger vision for what I'm doing. I need something to guide me. Here's th
  11. I'm spinning my wheels again. The good news is that I pretty much have my act one checklist completed. I nailed items 2, 3, 4, and 5. I pretty much had these for a while now, but how fleshed out should these answers be in the act one stage? "What is the world they live in, and what is their conflict with it? To answer this question thoroughly, don't I need to know something about the story that I haven't even developed yet? Without getting too much into it, I know that my protagonist has inherited a spell (it's passed along at birth) that will allow him to seek out something th
  12. Yeah, I kinda got that feeling too. Nice to know I'm not completely clueless.
  13. But what if this thing that I want so badly be critical to the story isn't in the first draft, and I can't even see a place for it? Doesn't it pretty much mean changing the whole premise of my story? Remember the movie Signs? That whole story was ultimately about a guy regaining his faith that he had lost, right? That was the whole point of the story, the big pay-off that everything was leading to. If, hypothetically, this is what Shyamalan set out to do from the beginning, didn't he have to keep that in mind when writing the story, sense everything ultimately revolved around that? The f
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