We’ll Have Phun, Phun, Phun ‘Til Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away…

I thought it was time for a purely blog-related post: a progress report on the Phil Phorce, episode 3.  I left everyone hanging way back in the beginning of August after two characters had been eaten by a dragon.  Have I been able to do something with that?  Yes, yes I have.

Since then I have written a full-sized novel, none of which pertained to the Phil Phorce.  I have written lots of blog posts in bursts as well– but almost no Phil Phorce.

I forced myself to get back to that a few weeks ago, and have completed something like four scenes.  They’re fun to write, but procrastinating is sucking up my time.

Yes, I know that’s no excuse.  I thought I’d try it once, though.

I’m using this episode, as I have used the other two, as an experiment– I’m experimenting with styles, with methods, and with concepts.  For this episode, I have tried a new style of outlining– very vague, leaving plenty of room for the discovery writing I love, but it gets the end where I want it.  Basically, I wrote the first scene, established my basic premise, and from there figured out what I needed the episode to end with.  From there I worked backwards, figuring out what would have to happen to achieve such an ending.  I didn’t go too far, however, lest I lose all spontaneity.  For instance, I don’t know [spoiler], and if [spoiler], I’m not sure what I’ll do.

I’m writing this episode, as I always do with these episodes, by slightly copying stories I really like.  I don’t know if anyone noticed, but the second episode was almost a direct copy of Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox.  Think about it: Artemis goes back in time, is helped by something that shouldn’t have happened, then after returning to his own time he goes back and arranges things so that they happen in the right way.  I didn’t realize the similarities until after I had written it, but it unfortunately turned out that way.

Remember when I wrote the post Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V?  The last paragraph– go read it.  See what I said?  Now reread the first sentence of the above paragraph.

Well, phooey.  Phooey, phooey, Hamster Huey and the Gooey-Kablooie.

There goes that plan out the window.  Guess what I’m copying this time?

Keep guessing.

So.  I am bound by my conscience not to give away any large spoilers, but I can say a few things.  So far I know that the story includes linoleum and fantasy conventions, and pokes fun at Doctor Who (which I am allowed to make fun of because I don’t fully know what it is yet), Star Trek and My Little Pony.  I’m not sure which world icon I’m planning to abduct/assassinate yet, but we’ll get there eventually.  That’s the sort of thing I’m leaving open on my outline.  I know whodunit, but I have no idea what whodunit done did.

I probably won’t be doing a theatrical trailer for this episode as I did with the last one, because it’s awfully restricting come writing time, but I’ll do my best to get this thing out here as soon as I can.

One thing is for sure– I’m going to have fun with this.

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    …yeah. Your title made me go look up that song and it’s playing as we speak. Thanks, it’s awesome.

    Doctor Who’s an interesting show. I’m kind of a half-fan of it in that I’ve seen the fifth season but had to take a break because it freaked me out a little too much. I still love the characters, though. How do you feel about time travel and 900 year old Time Lords who travel through time and space in a time machine perpetually frozen into a blue police box? If you answered yes to the above question, then you’re good to go. You’ll probably love it.

  2. Alyssa

     /  September 16, 2012

    My guess…
    are you copying Fathoming Egression?

  3. tomte

     /  September 16, 2012

    Although I am a My Little Pony fan, I shall forgive you for your poking fun at it, as long as it’s a good episode. 😀

  4. Sounds awesome, I’m looking forward to it. On the topic of world icons, might I suggest someone who wouldn’t be missed? Or maybe Neil Gaiman, because he’s awesome and would be great fun to write.

  5. Charley R

     /  September 17, 2012

    Wheeeoooo! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with – experimentation is always fun. I plot vaguely like you do, to allow for interesting detours and such, and let me tell you it’s basically an open invitation to all the best sorts of plot bunnies.

    Enjoy yourself, and hope all goes well! 😀

  6. My Little Pony, My Little Pony…now that theme song is in my head. Wonderful. I suppose that was your unintentional evil scheme?

    Well, I’m excited to see what you come up with. You know I quite enjoy the Phil Phorce.

  7. Okay, so if T-abouts are distant cousins to T-shirts, where do T-birds fit in?


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