1. frigocc

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    Magic, Drugs, Fupa, Spaceships, and More: The Adventures of, well, me . . . frigocc

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by frigocc, Jun 7, 2019.

    This will be a long and slow process, but going to be keeping track of all of my different projects and ideas here. I'll try to update daily, but, you know, life and all.



    Deadbeat's Guide To Becoming A Hero

    IDEA: Average deadbeat loser from Boston is down on his luck. His girlfriend cheated on him with his best friend, and he got fired from his job. He decides that he wants to do more with his life, so he decides to become a superhero. Realizes it's not as easy as it seems. Hard to take a quick dump in spandex, too. Humorous story that's more about the journey than anything. Decided that I'm going to make this a standalone book. I had ideas for sequels, but feel like they'd be better-suited for a different series I'm working on. This one, while having quick wit, and narrator/character back and forth, will be absurd humor, just not on the level of the other stories. It just wouldn't fit this story, having cars running on duck sauce and such.

    PROGRESS: About 10k words in.


    The Asshatssins

    IDEA: A confident, alpha male marksman joins an alliance of inept, dim-witted hitmen based out of London. Paired with Nicholas, the most dim-witted of them all, Oliver tries to bring order and respect to the once-great organization — and he's quickly laughed out of the room. Absurdist story that also is about the journey, rather than the climax, like all of my works are.

    PROGRESS: One scene down


    Lou, The Chosen One (title is a work in progress)

    IDEA: Lou Clark is unlike most Aurelians. He's balding, he's just under the average height, and he'd rather sit at home playing video games than go out in the real world. When he discovers he's The Chosen One, everything changes — well, not really. Nothing changes. Training is too damn hard. Why go to another planet when he can just stay at home and jack off? He has everything he needs and more. This is definitely a work in progress, so no plot fleshed-out yet. Parody of The Chosen One trope. This will also branch off to the sequels instead of them being sequels for Deadbeat's Guide.

    PROGRESS: Two paragraphs, lol.


    Magic, Drugs, and the Great State of California (another title work in progress)

    IDEA: Larry Squatter doesn't know his real name. He was raised in the foster system, and made a few stops in juvie. But these days, he spends his time housesitting for homowners on vacation — well, until they come home, that is. "Get off my damn property, you damn squatter!" He doesn't need to. The great state of California has his back. He lives rent-free, and spends most of his days high on drugs. When he learns from a mysterious stranger that he's actually a wizard, he sees this as an opportunity to do something great with his life: never pay for drugs again! In between adult education classes at the local community wizarding school, he perfects the art of not just making drugs, but distributing them! With just a flick of a wand, this once-downtrodden druggie becomes an entrepreneur.

    PROGRESS: Just a concept, ATM.


    King Arthuritis and His Kites

    IDEA: An aging King Arthuritis must cast away his kite-flying hobby, and come out of retirement for one final mission. Something something something, I dunno yet.

    PROGRESS: Concept


    Funny EMT-Basic Guide

    IDEA: Studying for the EMT-Basic was boring. Not hard, just boring. So why not package all of the information you need into a humorous novel? Not meant to replace actual NREMT study materials, but more of a comedic look at the world of EMTs.

    PROGRESS: Concept


    The Forgotten Bands: Obscure Rock of the 60's, 70's, and Beyond

    IDEA: Non-fiction. Huge rock/metal fan here, and I think it's fun to discover awesome bands that have fallen into obscurity. Whether it's the great blues band Earth that turned into a heavy metal Black Sabbath one year later, or Billy Joel's metal band, Attila, that literally made ear bleed with it's amplified organ, there are tons of undiscovered or forgotten bands out there that this generation will never otherwise hear of. Biggest hangup to this is getting copyright for pictures, or somehow taking my own (might be a good excuse to travel to different countries!).

    PROGRESS: Haven't written it in a book format yet, but a lot of the info-gathering is already up on my Instagram page. With some shiny editing, and some more in-depth looks at these bands, should be a good start.


    The Frugal FIREfighter

    IDEA: Book about financial independence and retiring early geared at firefighters, and their unique situations with schedules, incentives, benefits, pensions, assistance programs, etc.

    PROGRESS: Concept


    Presidential Elections Don't Matter

    IDEA: This would take more work to research, but something I want to write anyways. Basically, I believe that it doesn't really matter much who wins Presidential elections in America. There are too many safeguards in place for anything too crazy to happen, almost all elected Presidents are actually pretty moderate, and bad policies are quickly undone by the next President. Would want to look into the policies of current and former Presidents to prove this, and show that we should instead put our focus on things like the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    PROGRESS: Concept


    Football Math

    IDEA: A guide on how to implement mathematical concepts into your football coaching. Will talk about creating formations, wide receiver splits, how to adjust to formations/motion, how long routes and cuts should be, how deep your safeties should be, etc. All using mostly-basic math (with some calculus, for those that want to read that section). I love coaching football, and I think understanding the math behind it can make you a better coach. Now, do I expect you to calculate a derivative on the field? No. But can you use some simple trig to determine WR splits when creating a formation? Yes!

    PROGRESS: Concept
     
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  2. Alan Aspie

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    So you don't have a project but a production pipeline.

    Good luck to those project which you will pick under hard work!
     
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    Pretty much, lol. And I'll need the good luck. I feel like I can write at least moderately entertaining, but when it comes to plot, I have no idea what I'm doing.

    Anyways, first lazy update after like a week. Haven't really worked on Deadbeat's. Have been hammering away at the Lou Clark intro, since I don't really have a plot yet. I mean, I have a general idea of what I want to do, but I'm having trouble transitioning from the intro to the actual story (mostly because I don't have the specifics down yet).

    Again, it's really a problem of writing the journey, and not with an overarching plot.

    Some notes I've taken for future reference regarding this text. Might make zero sense without context, but oh well.:

    "Okay, I'll just snap my fingers, then. What do you think I am, a magician?"

    "Well . . . yes. You are a magician."

    "Ugh, fine."

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    "We'll use the auto-incorrect device to prevent the dictatorial Zarth from getting re-elected!"

    And use the device, they did. Unfortunately for them, the silent majority of the populace much agreed with his fresh new perspective on the issues, and wholeheartedly elected Zarth Supreme Leader of the galaxy.
     
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    Wrote a few paragraphs of Lou Clark's story. Will get back on track soon, but studying for two of the most important tests of my life coming (one academic, one physical). Academic one is the 18th, physical, the 25th. After that, I should be writing (and posting) more frequently.

    Mostly just writing little tidbits here and there that I'll eventually use in my story. Here's one about a character going into a shoe store:

    "Are you mental?"

    Lou looked at the man, confused. "What?"

    "The sign clearly says, 'no shoes, no service!'"

    "But my planet hasn't even invented shoes yet . . ."

    "Sorry. I don't make the rules."

    "This is your store, is it not?"

    "Yes. And?"

    "So, you do, in fact, make the rules."

    "Yes, but—"

    "And this is a shoe store, yes?"

    "I suppose you have a point."
     
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    Hey Frigocc, hope you're well.

    I love your ideas and the sense of humour you write with, but be careful. You sound like an 'ideas guy' which is great, but be careful you don't keep skipping from one brilliant idea to the next without finishing anything, I know from experience it very easy to do just that!

    All the best
    NC
     
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    Oh, I'm definitely an ideas guy. Not even just with books. I have so many ideas for inventions (most of which have probably been taken, like a parabolic-shaped toilet) that I'll never do anything with, lol. Anyways, while writing is taking a backseat leading up to my tests, I'm going to go all-out after the tests. Just trying to figure out what should be my focus. Of course, I already have about 10k words of Deadbeat's Guide, but I think if I truly wanted to make the best first novel possible, I'd go with the Lou Clark one. With that being said, here's another useless idea, this time for Deadbeat's Guide:


    "Drop down, and give me 25!" William shouted.

    "Alright." Bill moved into the front-leaning rest position.

    William chuckled loudly. "Oh, I'm sorry. I do that thing where I rearrange numbers and letters."

    "You mean dyslexia?"

    "Is that how you say it? I thought it was dleyxsia!"

    "No, I'm pretty sure it's dyslexia."

    William shifted his eyes to the right, and scratched his head. "Are you sure?"

    "Yeah."

    "Hmm. Okay, then. Drop down and give me 52!"

    "52? I can't do 52 pushups!"

    "Why 52 pickup, of course!" William pulled out a deck of cards, and flooded the ground with Aces of Spades.

    "That minging cheater!" Gregory exclaimed. "I knew he had 52 aces up his sleeve!"
     
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    Going to try to finally break through the wall today, and actually start plotting out my Lou Clark story after studying. I can think of all of the comedic asides in the world, but I still need to surround them with a semi-interesting plot.
     
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    I think one of my problems is that I work on things at the sentence level. I have all of these ideas that I write, but I focus on getting every last word, every last comma, and every last loose-end aside to thread back to the previous point. Basically, I want my writing to be tight. Very tight. I don't just want to create a good first novel, I want to feel like there is no possible way I could have written it better. I want every single paragraph to have punch.
     
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    Don't get it right. Get it done.

    Then rewrite an rewrite and rewrite until it's good.

    Don't polish before all the rewrites.

    Don't rewrite before it is done - from the start to the end.

    Think it like this:

    Your eleventh big writing project will be published or produced - but only if your skills develop in every project before that. Your first 10 projects are training for that eleventh.

    If you write 5 pages a day, you can write 300 page book in 60 days. Then you can rewrite it as many times you want to.

    If you write only 2 pages a day, it takes 150 days to write that 30 page book. Then you can rewrite it as many times you want to.

    You can develop anything and everything in background. You just take care that you write about X pages a day and 7X pages a week and 30x pages a month.

    You do that and soon you have several manuscripts.

    Don't write a book, not even books. Write yourself a writing life, a career.
     
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