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Everything posted by Quetzalcoatl

  1. I always put Black Widow in the B-list category of superheroes, so I wasn't expecting much or super-excited about this film. Maybe it was my low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised, and enjoyed this movie a lot. I loved the dynamic between the "family" and seeing Natasha's backstory fleshed out more.
  2. Might be a really dumb question, but is this also what is known as plot driven? As opposed to character driven? I've never been able to fully wrap my head around the difference between plot driven stories and character driven ones. I've got these questions at least somewhat figured out. For a long while now I've been leaning toward the latter. He idolized these people, and he feels let down. He feels that they could, and should, be better than what he is seeing. His betrayal was his way of trying to force them to take accountability for something that they had done (still don't
  3. I kinda have a theme, but I wasn't consciously aware of it until I read your post. Without getting to much into it, here's an example of what's hanging me up. The lead character was an orphan who was raised in mines by dwarfs and has no idea where he came from. He encounters a small group of his own people and goes away with them. He has practical reasons of doing so (the plot pretty much drives him to do so) but on a personal level, he's motivated out of a desire to connect with his roots and find out more about his origins. This group as a whole, in turn, is searching for a secret meeti
  4. So here's where I am on the writing thing. What I realized is that I can flesh out events pretty easily. I know what I want to happen, what the consequences are, etc. But its all "surface." For example, I know who the characters are and the things they do. I know the consequences of their actions, emotional fallouts, etc. But I struggle with why these things happen. I know that a character has to do X, but I don't know his motivation for doing it, just that he has to in order for the next thing to happen. Now I just have to figure out the underlying motivations behind the characters' a
  5. On second thought, even with construction stalled for a while, it would have still taken up the better part of those two decades that separates the PT and OT, given how much Jen aged in the time jump that happened in Rogue One. That opening scene couldn't have taken place that long after ROTS. Guess my explanation doesn't work after all.
  6. You also have to remember that construction on Death Star 1 ceased for a time. In that opening scene of R1, Director Krennic tells Galen Erso that construction on the weapon has begun again, or something to that effect. We were never told how long construction was stalled, so that could account for the time discrepancy. That's how I rationalize it to myself, anyway.
  7. I guess what bugs me is that we needed dialogue to "show" something. So many times in the PT dialogue was either unnecessary because what we were seeing was already self-explanatory, or necessary because otherwise we wouldn't have been able to make sense of what we were seeing. It felt like Lucas wanted to tell the whole PT story through dialogue. Take Anakin's and Padme's relationship, for example, and how that unfolded. They both state their feelings for each other and Anakin just throws out the idea that they should be together and keep it a secret. There was way too much talk an
  8. So every few years I like to have a SW marathon, and usually I'm left with some new insights and questions that I never thought to ask. Here are a few... 1) Does Rogue One ignore the prequels? According to the PT, Palpatine inherited the DS plans from the Geonosians. But in Rogue One, the Empire didn't just build the thing. We are told that the plans that the rebels extracted were the work of scientists employed by the Empire. Is this a continuity problem? Or were the plans that Palp got from the separatists incomplete and in need of further work? Has this ever been addresse
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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....
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Yeah, I kinda got that feeling too. Nice to know I'm not completely clueless.
  21. 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
  22. This is one thing I'm hesitant about doing. I'm currently reading LOTR (I've seen the films a billion times but never read the books), and the thing that I really like about both LOTR and The Hobbit is that the lead character is a nobody who pretty much spent his whole life in his small backwater home, and pretty much knows no more about the world beyond his own borders than the reader does. Throughout the quest, the reader is slowly introduced to the world with the hero. I've read a lot of fantasy stories and my favorites are the ones that fit that mold. I always thought it was such an or
  23. Yeah, that's a great post, and a big help. I'm relieved to see that I actually got a lot of that first act stuff nailed down already. A lot, but still not all. And I think you're right that I'm thinking of too much at once. Even though I don't know how it happens yet, I instinctively know that there is some kind identity crises and subsequent betrayal coming, but that happens later. I guess I haven't been fleshing out the rest of my first act because my mind keeps leaping forward to this betrayal business and what it is. So maybe I need to shelve that for now and continue to flesh out my
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