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Change of Blog Address

Hey Everyone!

Well, I’ve not updated this site in an incredibly long time and will not be doing so again. I’ve changed my career from screenwriting to novel writing. I’m just a few months away from self-publishing and posting a weekly chapter of a fantasy novelette. If you are interested, check it out here: jpdailing.com

Take care all!


Prioritizing Priorities

Writing. Getting groceries. Day job. Going to the movies. Meeting up with friends. Making time with the girlfriend. Getting a haircut. Seeing the eye doctor. Catching up on TV shows. Upgrading the computer. Excising. Doing a bit of video editing. Finding a new day job. Posting on the blog.

So much to do, so little time in which to do them.

The above are not in any order of importance, but it’s a slice of the stuff that has got to be gotten done within a given month. Some are more fun than other, and other need to be done more than others.

I turned twenty-eight a couple weeks ago and… yeah, no longer can I skirt the edges of “mid-twenties”, I am officially late-twenties. Normally that kind of thing would have been freaked, but I had been working twelve days straight by that time and was too tired to really care. I guess that’s the secret of adulthood.

Welp, time to get crackin’! Here are my priorities in reverse order:

Priority #4 – Creative Projects

Writing, video editing, maybe doing something on Etsy? I’ve got a list of fun stuff I can do, but they doesn’t satisfy my #2 (Building Income). Some of the stuff I’m working on, like my script for the Nocholl Fellowship is at the top of my #4, but it is no sure thing and even if I make it, the money won’t be forthcoming quickly, so it’s a bit on the back burner.

Priority #3 – Personal Maintenance

Getting my eyes re-examined, getting a hair cut (I’m practically chewing on my hair), losing those extra twenty pounds around my middle. These are more expenses than anything, but looking good, feeling good, and having functioning eyesight are reasonably important. I’ve not been keeping up with these as faithfully as I should so these need to be a bit more forefront.

Priority #2 – Building Income

Money. It’s not a single source that cuts it anymore, diversity of revenue is the key to the future. Frakking economy. So while maybe airing a popular youtube channel or podcast or something can be a nice little trickle of extra pocket money and possibly something that would ad a nice chunk to my W-2, I need a base income to sustain myself. My current job in food service is enough to spill a bit into my savings, but it’s a soul sucking, thankless, overworking, pain in the ass. So I need another one. All my life I’ve been avoiding the white collar nine-to-five office job, and now they are looking pretty interesting. Steady hours, a dress code that’s above a t-shirt, and I don’t have to smell like edible product all day.

Priority #1 – Friends & Family

No matter what, above all else, it’s the people in our lives that matter the most. Relationships are what can be taken from one stage to the next. Jobs come and go, tragety and elation come and go; parents, siblings, extended family, children, spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, high school buddies, college colleges, co-workers you can stand, random connections in random places, these should be your number one priorities.

And so with these priorities, I trudge the final laps towards my thirties and hopefully my priorities will shift to where money isn’t an issue, I can work on what ever tickles my fancy, and technology will make health problems a thing of the past. It’s the new American Dream.

Take care everyone!


Camera Angles vs. Psychological Distance

While writing, there is always the temptation of writing camera angles and directions in a spec script. Sometimes the vision is so powerful and perfect, fingers try and direct the scene with “ANGLE ON:” “BOOM SHOT:” “HELICOPTER SHOT:” or the horrific, “We move in closer to:” This absolutely takes the reader out of the story and these are to be avoided at near any cost.

But the vision…*sadface*

How can the screenwriter accurately portray the scene/shot in the writer’s mind with out beating it over the reader’s head? Answer: psychological distance. Give the reader the sense of the vision, while still giving them the flexibility of imagining it themselves.

Here is the progression:

  • The sun crests over the horizon and illuminates the ocean as a speedboat splashes its way north.
  • The ocean receives the light of the morning sun as the speedboat splashes its way north.
  • The hull of the speedboat is splashed by waves as it heads north as dawn breaks.
  • The DRIVER of the speedboat grimaces at the dawn as he splashes his way north across the ocean.
  • The DRIVER of the speedboat grits his teeth at the dawn as he splashes his way north across the ocean.

Same elements (hell, even mostly the same words), but different perception. From extreme wide-shot to extreme close-up and the flavors in between, subtly manipulating the energy of the shot.

And each reads so much more fluid then a stark:

EXT. OCEAN – DAWN

ESTABLISHING SHOT – ANGLE ON: SPEEDBOAT

Speedboat heads north. The DRIVER frowns at the sun.

…Ick. We’re writers damn it, we can do better than *THAT*!

And so we should ^_^

Happy writing everyone!!