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I think it'd be a lot of fun to do that.  Chaser9 (I think) and I plotted an episode guide for an entire 7-season run of Voyager at some point.  I really like my alternate season 6 of Supernatural.

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Would you be interested in such a thing, as a writer?

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A dramatization. May not have actually happened.

ME: "So, I was thinking that after SLIDERS REBORN, I'll turn my attention to REDEARTH88."

TRANSMODIAR: "What is that, a video game?"

ME: "It's this unfinished web series about a video blogger who's unknowingly the center of a mysterious espionage operation involving two rogue spies. The fun thing about it is that the vlogger's videos tend to be very dramedy and romcom-esque while the spies' videos are a mix of paranoia and surveillance footage and intense action. I think maybe I could convert the existing vlog entries to blog format, then spin the story in a direction where -- "

TRANSMODIAR: "Stop."

ME: "I'm thinking one of the spies is actually an artificial intelligence developed by -- "

TRANSMODIAR: "What the fuck is wrong with you?"

ME: "What?"

TRANSMODIAR: "Jesus Christ! Would you take a good look at yourself? You are not god damn patron saint of every unfinished story ever shit out there and left to rot. You have wrapped up LONELYGIRL15. You have wrapped up SLIDERS. Now you're doing SLIDERS again -- like once wasn't enough! Stop writing fanfic, you moron. Finish this ridiculous twentieth anniversary special you roped me and Nigel Mitchell and whatshisname Informant into with your dumbass Status Updates thread -- and move the hell on. Why do you spend so much time and energy on writing you can't sell?"

ME: "I think you fail to understand the joy and pleasure of writing a pastiche, of recreating -- "

TRANSMODIAR: "You've done enough recreating! Isn't it time you actually created? SLIDERS REBORN was supposed to be three chapters, now it's six parts, four hundred fucking pages of script, that novella, the posters, that stupid social media campaign -- enough is enough. If you devote your writing skills to fanfic, I swear to God that I will start to hate you. I will have to hate you if you keep doing this."

A dramatization. May not have actually happened.

The upshot of what I want to communicate is this: please don't write ARROW and SUPERNATURAL fanfic. You two have done enough fanfic. If you must write ARROW fanfic, write an original series about a vigilante who throws knives as opposed to shooting arrows and make it so that he spent four years stranded in some insurmountable mountains or in the Arctic. If you must write SUPERNATURAL fanfic, write an original series about two college roommates who are forced to go on the run in Europe fighting cybernetic monsters.

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Fanfic is fun, in that you don't have to think quite as much or take it quite as seriously. If I see an error in Buffy Season 8, I shrug and move on. In one of my books, it drives me insane. It is genuinely relaxing to write something that doesn't matter sometimes.

Fanfic could open doors in terms of building a following that could potentially follow you to your original work.

Fanfic is also good practice. I haven't written in screenplay format in years. Writing fanfic could help me get back to that.

Also, I have some really good ideas for Supergirl!


But right now, I have a book coming out in a few weeks, three more to edit and prep in that series, and a whole other book to edit and release after that (this one started out as a Supernatural idea, in a way. So I kinda took your advice!). So I don't know if I will ever have time to write just for the fun of it.

Which leaves my website in a coma. Maybe I can use it as a training facility for people who want to write. Starting with fanfic is a good strategy. I could be like Oliver Queen training newbies!

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Thank you for having the courtesy to tone down my original language!

Earth Prime | The Definitive Source for Sliders™

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So, earlier, I was angsting about how I didn't want to deal with Colin or write for the character in any way, but his name came up naturally in a scripted conversation where it became necessary to dismiss his existence. But, because I don't want to be a jerk, I've decided that Quinn's Bay Area slide system in SLIDERS REBORN's finale will be named the Cyclotronic Optical Local Interdimensional Network, subtly indicating that while Quinn found out Colin wasn't really his brother at some point between 2000 and 2015, he still thinks of him now and then. God damn it.

You see, nobody ever told me not to take fan fiction too seriously and now I'm in too deep. Don't let this happen to you.

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Wow....

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I stole that from Steve Jobs and Aaron Sorkin.

STEVE: (to his daughter) "You know what Lisa stood for? The computer, the Lisa, you know what it stood for?"
LISA: "Local Integrated System Architecture."
STEVE: "It stood for Lisa. Colon. Invented Stupid Acronym. Of course it was named after you, are you daffy? Local Integrated System Architecture doesn’t even mean anything, of course it was named after you."
LISA: "Why did you say it wasn’t all those years? Why did you say you weren’t my father?"
STEVE: "Honey...I honestly don’t know. I know I didn’t want to be yoked to your mom  I’m poorly made."

It's one of the weird delusions I find myself facing. Whose feelings would I be hurting by excluding the Colin Mallory character? I dunno. But maybe there's one reader who for reasons beyond me really likes Charlie and Colin and is a little irritated to have Quinn disown Colin -- in which case maybe their hurt could be salved by knowing that Quinn named a computer system after his supposed brother. I mean, who cares? Even I don't care about Colin at all. But my indifference should not be SLIDERS' indifference. Except in saying that, I'm expressing the absurd and delusional claim that my fan fiction is a legitimate extension of the series.

You see what I mean? And you've both been here and come through. Don't go backwards, boys. Move forward and maybe I'll even catch up with you someday.

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Hunnh. I never thought I'd say this -- but the new version of iOS works incredibly well on my older iPad Mini 2. I rarely update without ultimately reverting back to an earlier version as new versions of iOS tend to slow things down, and I only tolerated iOS 9 over 8 because I wanted swipe typing. But iOS 10 has shortened all the animations so the tablet actually feels smoother and quicker than before.

With Android, however, I'm still on Lollipop. There's been no stable post-L build for the Moto G 3rd Gen.

Windows 10's finally stablized into a usable OS after a long period of patches and updates. And it's still free, sort of, if you download the assistive technologies version.

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I was going to update my S4 with a custom ROM. Unfortunately, it's boot locked, so I don't have that option.

Sigh. I'd love a new phone, but at leasty S4 is still working well after three years.

Maybe I can get a Note 7 for cheap!

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I think possession of a Note 7 should see you identified as a suicide bomber at this point. My God, that's terrifying. That said, my dream phone would be a Samsung S5 and if you wanted to move on from your S4, you could probably find one unlocked and cheap off Amazon by now. 16GB of memory, terrific processor and RAM, great screen and the unit is waterproof! I'd snap one up except I have the Moto G 3rd Gen which I haven't destroyed because it's waterproof and I've protected it with tempered glass, and so long as this is working fine, I'll forego any upgrading.

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My brother went swimming with his Note 2 a few months ago. He managed to fix it... but then went swimming with it again a couple of weeks later. It didn't survive that one.

He upgraded to a Note 4, which he found on eBay and he seems to really like it.

My two other brothers have an S6 and an S7. My sister in law has the S5, and my father has the S5 Active... I guess we are a Samsung family. So I've had a chance to look them over. Honestly, I loved the Note 7, when I saw it in the store. I think it is a bit poetic that the phone sunk because of the battery, since so many Samsung fans used to love their changeable batteries. It is a shame, because the phone itself is really, really nice.

If I ever do upgrade, I think I'm going to want some of the more recent features, like Samsung Pay. But I don't see myself being able to afford anything like that in the near future, so my S4 will do fine.

I did just set up wireless charging. It is really cool, except I wanted to use it on my nightstand, since my phone is my clock at night. The problem is, the phone stops charging when the battery is full. Then it drops down a percent or two, and starts charging again. When it does, a bright notification comes on the screen and the phone makes that sound that they make when you plug them in... And this continues until you just take the thing off the charger... Which would be fine, if I didn't have the screen on all night so that it could serve as a clock.

But wireless charging is cool during the day. ☺

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I honestly don't know what to say about your notification light and battery-full sound effect. Does the Touchwiz ROM offer no way of customizing the notification lights or shutting down the sounds? All my suggestions would be through the Google version of Android letting you modify notification lights and sounds. I set my phone each night to silent until the next alarm that wakes me up. Maybe you should just get an alarm clock.

Wireless charging! The Moto G 3rd Gen can't do it. It's a neat idea. However, I must confess -- I don't really need it. I used to carry around a portable power bank around that could recharge my phone five times fully -- but I recently installed a 2.4 amp USB charger in my car and the forty minute drive from the office to home puts my phone from 80 to 100 halfway in.

One area where wireless charging would have been a great boon -- I have broken the charging ports on nearly all my devices at least once and had to get them repaired. Even now, my iPad Mini 2's charging port is a little loose and I imagine I'll need to call in Applecare soon.

My last laptop, the admittedly buggy and glitchy Asus Transformer T100 Chi, was laid to rest because the charging port broke and could not be fixed. I feel a bit more confident about the Surface 3 because the port looks to be carefully reinforced and the cable's designed to prevent pressure on one side or the other -- but even then, I bought the two-year repair plan.

Your brother seems keen on submerging his phones. To do it once seems like misfortune, but to do it twice seems like predetermined assault on his hardware. That said, it's really inexcusable that any phone in this day and age isn't water resistant. The Moto G 3rd Gen is designed for the impoverished or people who destroy phones so often they have no business spending more than $160 or so and it's waterproof. There's also really no excuse for phones without microSD slots, which is why the Google Pixel line of phones just exasperates me.

The iPad Mini 2's lack of a microSD slot irks me as well, but after every Android tablet in the city proved itself unreliable, I had nowhere else to go. Still, iOS tablets have something Android inexplicably doesn't -- you can hold the narrow-bezeled iPad with your fingers on the side of the screen and the device can distinguish prolonged touches on the side of the screen from actually tapping on it.

In contrast, if your fingers go on the sides of an Android tablet screen, it registers as a touch and you have to hold the tablet without letting your fingers so much as graze the front or you have to wrap one hand around its entire width. I'm astonished Google still hasn't sorted it out, but they seem to have pretty much given up on the Android tablet anyway.

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Hey, there's a new build of Marshmallow that works great on my phone! I like the smoother animations. It looks like Google added extra frames. There's also a finally working function for merging your microSD storage with the internal memory which is quite handy on my phone which has a mere 4.53GB of free space once the OS and apps are installed.

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On the subject of charging -- for the longest time, I was using a small power bank the size of two chocolate bars to top up my phone occasionally when in a desperate situation. However. Ever since I installed a high amperage USB charger in the car, I've been able to recharge my phone fully during even brief commutes. I gave away my power bank, but I found myself needing one again because my laptop is charged through a microUSB port. I was impressed to find that Aukey has a high amperage power bank that retails for about $17 on Amazon. They've gotten smaller, cheaper and more powerful than my old 2.1 amp power bank.

Hopefully, it won't explode or anything...

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I recently replaced my S4's battery for the first time in the three years that I've had it. I took a good look at the old one and saw that it was beginning to bulge. That can't be good.

New battery lasts longer, depending on how much I am using my phone on any given day. This makes me extra upset that it would be difficult to replace the battery in the new phones. It simply isn't realistic to expect me to shell out $600+ every three years for a new phone. It was different when AT&T would give me a great deal with contract renewal. Those days are gone. Sigh.

Maybe I can find an S7 on eBay for super cheap smile

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What are the features you want from an S7? The S7 is already missing one critical feature you say you want, a user-replaceable battery. Three years is about average for a battery. I don't expect my Moto G 3rd Gen to last more than two years, but it is an *extremely* inexpensive phone and I bought it open box from a man who met me outside a gas station to sell it to me, so it was even cheaper than that. There are probably decent and affordable phones now with all the features you want, made by companies whose products haven't been declared a terrorist threat.

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I actually meant to write "Note 7"... which would have been funnier. Oh well, that joke failed.

I'm a fan of Samsung. This whole thing will pass. People are acting like batteries have never exploded before. It's happened to a lot of different phones, just not on as large a scale. I'm sure they'll be fine with the next generation. Cars are recalled for killing people and those companies never seem to go under.

I really don't need many new features, but if I ever felt a need to update, I'd want Samsung Pay. Which is better than most of the similar features in other phones. But that only started in the S6, and the S6 doesn't have the SD card slot. So the S7 would be the better choice.

I may want a Note though. Bigger, plus a stylus. That's cool. I really liked the Note 7, aside from the whole "blowing up" thing. But if that is a problem with the batteries and not the phones themselves, it's a real shame that they couldn't be easily swapped out with third party batteries.

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So, I downloaded a screenplay writing app for my phone. Since I sometimes find myself going an hour or two at a time, unable to get real work done and running out of things to look up online, I figured that I would do some fun hobby writing that I don't have to think too much about.

I've been playing with the Supergirl character. Typing with thumbs is slow, so I haven't written much, but I have almost the whole teaser for my version of a pilot. The Krypton stuff. It's fun to write, because my brain is like interactive TV. I can see the show playing in my head and manipulate it. It's a fun way to shut out all of the other character voices that normally scream for attention.

I don't think I will post it on my website though.

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What screenwriting app or program do you like to use?

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On my computer, I use Final Draft. They don't appear to have an Android app though, so I'm trying one called DubScript on my phone. It is actually pretty easy to use. It does most of the formatting itself.

Of course, I don't know quite how to get some things done, so I may have to polish in Final Draft later.

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The Samsung S5 is the cheapest option for Samsung Pay with waterproofing and a microSD and it's your only option for those features with a removable battery.

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I used Final Draft to write "Slide Effects" and Parts 1 - 3 of SLIDERS REBORN, but I have to say that I was. becoming increasingly disgruntled with it. The latest versions did not seem to have been optimized for Windows 8, so I was seeing a lot of freezing and lagging and delayed input was just maddening. Around that time, screenwriter John August revealed a new version of the Courier screenwriting font, Courier Prime.

This new font was so well-suited to screen readers and digital displays while maintaining the typewritten look that I had to go with it. I switched to using the screenwriting software Fade In, which used the new font and was smooth on Windows. In contrast, Final Draft could not use Courier Prime correctly, adding in extreme spaces between each line. I went back and converted all my scripts to Fade In and it's been good.

The only issue I have with Fade In -- dialogue will cut off in mid-sentence to go to the next page. In Final Draft, dialogue would always break at a period, making sure no sentence was split across a page. The setting to adjust this in Fade In doesn't work.

As for writing on tablets -- try swipe typing keyboards, it's a slight improvement over thumbing each key individually.

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The S5 doesn't have Samsung Pay capability. It started with the S6... the Note 5 does have it though.

Rumor has it that Samsung is going to do away with the Note series and focus entirely on the S series. I think that would be a mistake. I know people who like the different lines for different reasons. The brother that I mentioned who just got a Note 4 uses the pen a lot, sketching up plans and diagrams for projects that he's working on. As an artist, it's been a great tool for him. Meanwhile, my sister in law who used to have a Note 2 (which she gave to my brother, who then took it swimming) found the Note too big for her. I believe she has an S5 now, and that seem to work.

I was planning to make the jump to the Note series if I ever did upgrade (again, the prices make it really, really hard to do. They either need to bring back the renewal deals or lower the price of phones). But I have no plan to upgrade anytime soon, so we'll see how it goes. I'm kinda hoping for the foldable phone that they've been talking about... normal size phone that unfolds into a larger tablet. Cooooool


While we're at it, i want the TV from this video:

https://youtu.be/eoIQmWd8LTQ

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Sorry, my mistake. I confused the S5 with the Note 5 and conflated Android Pay with Samsung Pay.

The only way I'd feel comfortable buying a Note 5 is if it were the 128GB model. I think it's ridiculous that companies charge so much for more than 16GB when so many phones offer microSD slots. I've gotten used to buying cheaper phones and usable a 128GB microSD to store multimedia. With my 4.5GB phone, I've even transferred app storage to the microSD. Apps running from the card do indeed run a bit slower, but I make sure that external memory apps aren't ones I use too often or don't need to run fast. Even if FBReader takes a few extra seconds to start up, once the ebook is showing, speed is irrelevant.

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... okay. So, for a very long time, I've been working on the last outline for SLIDERS REBORN. The story was fine and the general outline and overview was complete. But I often didn't have the fine details in place for how to get in and out of each scene or the geographical and regional information for each location or the exact background information for each alternate history or the specific means of illustrating it.

For the last five installments, I always came up with that while I was writing the script and it led to exhaustion and burnout. I tried to do all that research and preparation upfront this time so that when scripting, I could focus on dialogue and physical action rather than trying to work out which San Francisco neighbourhood we're in and where the rope came from. "Quinn solves the situation with his usual braininess" often left things vague and while it was neat to improvise on the spot, it was also very tiring. This time, all the solutions are in the outline.

At this point, I've put in all the details -- "Quinn stops a runaway car with a muffin" has been fully expanded into a proper solution, the location of the Sliders Incorporated office has been selected and all the surrounding details of that particular neighbourhood in San Francisco is in place. I know what all the characters are wearing.

I'm going to start writing the script now, and aim to try to complete at least 4 - 5 pages a day. This will be my final SLIDERS script. Wish me luck!

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Good luck!

I had a similar problem when I was working on a book that I haven't edited or released yet (not part of my F/H series). It was set in New York, but in the past. So I always had to look up maps and whatever videos/pictures I could find, just so I could add the little details that make the world come to life. A lot of the time, those details were just for my sake and didn't end up in the book. Just remember not to include anything that doesn't come up naturally. Too much useless information can come off as awkward.

Actually, it did happen with Freedom/Hate too, come to think of it. I worked out this whole map of how the world ended up the way it did. Every time I tried adding too many details in the story, early readers would respond negatively, because it took them out of the story itself. So I had to go back and remove a lot of the historical details and stop trying to show off how much work I'd put into building my world.

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My research is more specific. For example, in Part 3, there's a scene where Quinn looks around the city and immediately determines that there's an undiscovered WWII bomb shelter the sliders can go to for safety.

The outline did not specify how Quinn knew that -- I decided I'd just figure it out when writing the script, but at that point, I got stuck, couldn't figure it out, looked blankly at photos of San Francisco, spent a day pondering it before working out a solution where Quinn notices that a missing building on the skyline means the foundations were never dug and the bomb shelter is undiscovered.

Later in Part 3, Quinn looks around a coffee shop and the outline says, "He uses the Sherlock Scan to tell that the whole world is suffering from an ecological crisis." When I got there in the script, I spent two days trying to figure out how Quinn would do this and fretted and got stuck and it just drained me. With Part 6, we've got San Francisco being attacked, so I thought it best to know the names of different neighbourhoods and have basic descriptive detail for them.

And then there's also the sliders' feats of brilliance. In Part 3, I wrote that they successfully stop the destruction of the multiverse, but I hadn't fully worked out a solution yet and thought I'd improvise when I got there only to get stuck and Transmodiar had to bail me out of that one. So for Part 6's outline, I did what I did before and wrote in vagaries ("Rembrandt uses peanuts to stop the animal human hybrids"), but then I went back and made sure to actually write out the solution step by step so I wouldn't have to think of it in the moment of writing the scene in full length script. Hopefully, this will mean a smoother process for this draft.

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In other news, despite claiming I would stick with my Moto G3, I decided to buy one of those cheap Samsung S5s I've been encouraging Informant to get. I had a bad experience with my G3 this week. I was at an event as a photographer, but due to an incident involving a cat and the curb, I cracked my camera lens. Not the lens, really, just the external filter, but it couldn't be removed immediately and I had no camera to do my job. So I used my phone. The photos were unacceptable. I guess the Moto G3 is fine for still shots and posed photography, but for event photography in an indoor space with light coming not from bulbs but windows, the G3 just flat out failed. Every image was blurry and mislit, nothing was in focus and thankfully, at the halfway mark, a colleague asked me why I was using my phone and loaned me her camera.

Since then, I've been finding myself increasingly irritated with the Moto G3's occasional freezes, brief pauses, moments of lag -- all the stuff you deal with when your phone is a budget model with limited memory augmented by a microSD. These things didn't bother me before because the phone got the job done as my voice recorder / notepad / navigational device / calendar / alarm -- but it let me down as a camera and now everything that seemed acceptable about it seemed unacceptable, especially when the Samsung S5 was on sale at a nearby warehouse at shockingly low prices.

So, I have left the world of 8GB Android phones with slow processors and 1GB of memory and gone back to a flagship, albeit a flagship of 2014. But it's cool. The S5 is like Sharon Stone; not the hot new thing anymore and admittedly past prime time, but as capable today as back in the day and more than up to any challenge other than Samsung Pay. This phone's waterproof and I got one-day shipping on a case and tempered glass protector, so I'm sure it'll survive. I'll keep the Moto G3 as a backup.

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That sounds like a horrible situation to be in. I have to say, I've been really happy with my camera. When I was watching my nephews a couple of years ago, they were goofing around and making clothes out of paper and tape. I got a shot of one nephew that looks like a studio portrait, and the only light was a window. I've gotten a few of those moments captured beautifully. My sister in law actually asked me why I always get such great pictures and she couldn't. I think part of it was just my eye for spotting the moments, but I also rely on the natural lighting. Phone flash kills pictures. I think you'll be happy with the S5 if I can get good pictures from an S4.

I got an Echo Dot. Same day delivery too. Now I have Amazon's Alexa in two rooms, controlling all of my smart switches and stuff. I could only justify getting it because I had points and gift cards to use, but it's pretty cool. I can be super lazy now.

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So, I rooted the phone, installed Cyanogenmod 13 (Marshmallow), installed Google Camera -- and all my photographs were a blurry mess. I examined the camera lens on the back. It was covered in scratches. I adjusted the focus to see if the lens could focus past the scuffs and embedded marks in the lens. It didn't work. The phone ran great except the very feature I wanted -- a decent camera with image stabilization -- was hopeless. I called the warehouse to protest. They informed me that the phone was an open-box return resold to me (hence the low price), that it had never been used and any damage was my own doing and they could not help me. They referred me to a repair service, saying it would be a cheap repair to replace the lens. I vowed a vengeful reprisal upon their business via Yelp and Google reviews and they hung up on me.

I visited the repair shop in the morning and handed over the phone. The technician briefly examined the camera lens and then carefully peeled off the scratched and distorted protective sticker that was on top of the lens.

I have to go back to the warehouse later in the afternoon to apologize and buy them some coffee and donuts.

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The Walking Dead is straight terrible.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

The Walking Dead is straight terrible.

I tried watching the pilot, but didn't get the appeal either. I just assumed I was missing something; after all, it is wildly popular and there are intelligent folks that like it.

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I'm not really a horror fan, so I tend to think all horror is terrible whether it is or isn't.

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This election cycle has me wondering if I should take a hard look at my life, document every single potential scandal and put it online with apologies and descriptions of corrective measures taken so that it won't come back to haunt me in a decade.

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Ireactions, you have the strangest luck with technology. I can't make fun though, because I would totally forget to take the protective plastic off.

SQ_21, The Walking Dead had a really weak, but fortunately short first season. I started to enjoy it more in season 2.

If that one doesn't appeal to you, try iZombie. That's a good one. smile


New book announcement! The Secret Citizen (book 3 in the Freedom/Hate series) will be released on November 7, just in time for Election Day. It's now available for preorder.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01M9ENSR7/

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The problem with the Walking Dead is that I don't care about any of the characters.  Last night's episode was brutal and daring with a villain (played by Sliders alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who should be terrifying. 

And, yet, I can't even spoil the big cliffhanger because I can't even remember the character's name who died.  Nor did I care to look it up.  And that was even one of the characters I liked.  They killed a second major character a few minutes later, and it didn't even affect me.

The show was too attached to certain characters (who are essentially Navy SEALs now) so they had to kill off most major characters they add to the show.  So the old characters are boring and the new characters don't last long enough for you to care. 

The fact that the plot is repetitive is the problem that gets referenced the most, but I think that's just sorta the way the show would have to be.  They'd have to look for shelter, and shelter would reasonably be failing all over the place.

The actors are good, and the performances are good.  I just don't care about any of the characters at all.

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Informant wrote:

If that one doesn't appeal to you, try iZombie. That's a good one. smile

Ha, I've heard good things but I have too many shows going now as it is.  This is the first year in a while that I didn't even finish the show I picked as a summer catch-up (Orphan Black - although I only have two episodes left there).

Maybe that can be a summer catch-up show down the road.

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Oh my God! Will you people make your own damned zombie show thread? This is the god-damn STATUS UPDATES thread and unless this WALKING DEAD conversation is going to lead to someone revealing a lengthy struggle with necrophilia, it has to go somewhere else.

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So, I'm setting up an S5. Another one. I'm collaborating with someone on a Christmas gift for a friend. The thing is, as much as I know Informant appreciates Samsung's post-processing and HDR algorithms for flash-free photographic excellence, I deal with absolutely none of it. When I install the Google version of Android on a phone, I lose all of those features. When I deleted Touchwiz from my old S3 and my current S5, I lost the night mode, I lost all the detailed sharpening, I lost the grain reduction, I lost the multi-exposure-merging.

The truth is I don't care about any of that; I like using a flash and I like the texture of grain on photos and I tend to run every photo through Photoshop anyway for flash glare reduction. All those fancy camera features are part of the Touchwiz ROM and without it -- well, you still have a terrific Samsung lens and shutter and that's really all I need. However, after the future recipient ranted about photography a couple days ago, I realized that she would not be happy with losing all of Samsung's camera features. But I also know that she hates Touchwiz.

So, I'm currently in the process of reflashing the phone with the original firmware and OS and I'm going to see if I can work with a new Samsung App called Good Lock. Good Lock is apparently Samsung's new app (well, it's been around since at least April) that lets you theme Touchwiz and it seems that some of that theming can create a Nexus style look. Hopefully, with that and Xposed and rooting, I can get most of the Google style function on the phone while still keeping Samsung's camera app.

I wanted to see if Good Lock could go on the S4, but it seems you need Android 6 for that and the S4 was never updated that far. Damn. But it does have me wondering -- how vital is lowlight photography without a flash? Someone asked me to help them figure out if the Moto X Play was a worthwhile phone for their photography needs. The reviews are all universal: the camera is beautiful in daylight hours, hopeless in low light. But all those low light reviews are taken without a flash. Is it really reasonable to review how a camera performs in night conditions when the flash is turned off?

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Haha, I thought status updates was just a miscellaneous thread.  But, yeah, I don't need a thread for any zombie shows.

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As I work my way through the final SLIDERS REBORN script while working on a freelance article about indie stage theatre storytelling shows, I'm pondering life after SLIDERS.

I keep thinking that I should write a one-man stageplay show about a lead character who is myopically obsessed with a cancelled TV show at the expense of all else in his life.

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ireactions wrote:

I keep thinking that I should write a one-man stageplay show about a lead character who is myopically obsessed with a cancelled TV show at the expense of all else in his life.

They say you should write what you know...

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ireactions wrote:

I keep thinking that I should write a one-man stageplay show about a lead character who is myopically obsessed with a cancelled TV show at the expense of all else in his life.

Can that man be so obsessed that he's surrounded himself with a cute/mousy computer genius, a washed-up singer, and an overweight British professor?

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In my head, I am now casting a very prominent role for my Supergirl redo. Young woman, close to Kara's age. Strong ties to both Kara and Alex. If Alex represents the side of Kara that is constantly pushing herself to be better and more kick-ass heroic, this other character would represent the side of her that appreciates the smaller things in life. The quiet moments. The sunsets. She's someone who wouldn't feel trapped in her hometown, living a quiet, "normal" life. She could spend her life as a librarian or a homemaker, and she would be just as happy as Alex is kicking alien ass (though Alex is being reworked in my head, so she probably isn't going to be the super soldier that she is on the show... I haven't finalized her role yet).


Why am I mentioning this here? I need to think up an actress that I can picture in my head for this role. I may never write this script fully or post it anywhere, but the show continues in my head. So, who would fit in that world with Alex and Kara?

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Depending on how realistic you want it to be, the first person that popped in my mind was Ellie Kemper.  She might've done the show if it was on CBS....she might be bigger than the CW.  She's also probably older than what you're looking for, but she could play a lot younger.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellie_Kemper

Season one Community Alison Brie could also do it, I think.

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Ellie Kemper is probably too old. The character would probably be around 22 to 24.

Season 1 Alison Brie isn't bad though. I could see her fitting into their world. I might use her in my head for now.

Thanks!

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Informant's character has me thinking of Saoirse Ronan or Taissa Farmiga.

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The thing about doing a stageplay about a SLIDERS obsessive -- I wonder if my lead character would be a fan of SLIDERS if I'd go the GALAXY QUEST route and make the character a fan of JUMPERS and its lead character, Quintin McConnell. If it's SLIDERS, it ties you to the show more vividly and intimately. If it's JUMPERS, you have the option of potentially hiring someone to play Quintin and let the fan interact with his fictional hero.

The other thing I wonder about -- in order to write a stageplay with conflict and drama, I would need to vastly exaggerate my obsessiveness with SLIDERS. The truth is that I regularly blow SLIDERS off for more important things. I remember Laurie and I sitting down at a market restaurant to work on our projects. But then Laurie started talking about her dead father and my vague grunts in response only seemed to encourage her to keep sharing about him and I put the laptop away and accepted that I would not be getting any scripting done on SLIDERS REBORN because I needed to listen to her talk about her dad.

But, for entertainment purposes, I would probably rewrite that entire scene so that the lead character is so obsessed with SLIDERS that he doesn't notice his friend is trying to share something emotional and important. It would be fictionalized severely. And I would probably make the lead character a woman and ask my stage actress friend Emily to play her because my quirks have always seemed more suited to someone like Emily.

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I'm having a bit of trouble stringing some of my setpieces together. This is something Michael Piller wrote about in his unpublished MAKING OF STAR TREK INSURRECTION book:

There’s a new kind of action writing in Hollywood that I simply don’t know how to do. It begins -- even before a word is put down on paper -- with identifying set pieces, big self-contained action moments that are thrilling and memorable, and then finding some way to string all your set pieces into a coherent narrative.

This approach almost never results in a good movie because it abandons the fundamental demands of storytelling. Of course, I want top-notch visuals and effects, but I don’t go to the movies to see them. I go to see stories about interesting characters.

The opening of the last SLIDERS REBORN script involves Quinn taking on a small army of gunrunners followed by a car chase through the streets of San Francisco. I'm having trouble communicating the chain of logic for why Quinn feels compelled to fight these people or chase down three humvees and a stolen police car, why he doesn't just call the cops and go home or why an investigation into secret weapons caches in San Francisco suddenly becomes a rescue mission. The weird thing is that all these reasons are in the outline itself, but when laying them out in the story, it became necessary to truncate them to throwaway lines of dialogue, just enough to somewhat (or barely) justify the action sequences.

However, the action sequences were not intended as eye candy. The idea is that the fight with the gunrunners could show off how sliding technology has advanced significantly and show off some of the sliding flourishes that Quinn's now capable of -- I needed to set up and show off the sliders' superpowers. The car chase was a way of having the story lay out the surroundings of San Francisco and give a sense of what this now-interdimensional version of San Francisco is like. However, in converting the outline to script, a lot of these details are being reduced to the point of having only enough to get to the next scene and it's a struggle to make sure that the details that stay present are at least the alt-history details.

Ah, screenwriting.

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Another thing. One key element established in Part 3 is that on Maggie's world, soldiers would be deployed with communications gear where a home base operator would provide the with intel, immediate research, advice and ideas via an earpiece -- like pretty much every superhero show today where you've got Cisco and Dr. Snow giving the Flash advice in his ear.

The sliders work on a similar setup where the home base operator is helping to run the mobile slide system -- except that where in a TV show, you would frequently cut back and forth between the action and the home base, I'm finding that it does not read well on the page. Constantly putting in CUT TO: and a scene heading is going to be too distracting for the reader. As a result, I've put in exactly one shot of the command center and for the rest of it, Maggie and Arturo are simply talking to Quinn via the earpiece and 'off-camera.' Which isn't actually a good visual representation, but it works better in this prose format.

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I'm hitting another weird situation -- the opening is a bit like a James Bond movie where we have an introductory action sequence. They're not supposed to be that long. But this opening action sequence is shaping up to be FORTY PAGES of script. The thing is -- there's a lot more description here than in a real screenplay. If filmed, it would only be 15 minutes. But something that takes twenty seconds to show -- like an office complex of gadgets and a quick-paced fight scene -- is taking a page to describe. This could possibly be a 250 page screenplay when it's done.

I guess this effectively destroys the (fragile) illusion that SLIDERS REBORN is a filmed revival of the series. It's a novel that happens to use the screenplay format.

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For your communications issue, please allow me to introduce you to your new vest friend, the intercut.
http://www.screenwriting.info/15.php

For your action scene, a lesson that I learned while writing action sequences in my books is that sometimes, less is more. Describing a fight sequence gets long, repetitive and boring. Cutting a lot of description in them saves the reader the time that it would take to get bored and skim past the action. Hit the highlights, but if you're going blow by blow, I would recommend taking the red pen to a lot of it.

I don't actually have a lot of my Supergirl pilot written (maybe ten pages, because I'm typing with my thumbs and only when bored) but the issue that I'm having is in not wanting an action sequence just for the sake of having one. I'm not sure that this series would necessarily have a monster of the week. I guess it doesn't matter, since I won't have to write a whole series. smile

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Oh, I don't know. Informant, here's the first 32 pages. You tell me what I'm doing wrong.

http://freepdfhosting.com/885454a1c8.pdf

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Actually, I've worked out a solution. I need to divide the script into episodes and make the episodes like separate chapters of a novel. They'll still be one script, but each segment will have a separate title card. Not a title, I want to keep the "Regenesis" banner, but I'll find a decent quote to start each portion and focus on a specific character or pairing. That way, a 46-page SLIDERS-meets the Marvel Cinematic universe episode can be followed by a lightweight Season 1-esque comedy of mistaken identities, then a David Peckinpah-style detective story, then a pacey science fiction adventure like in Season 2, and then back to the superhero material for the last installment. They'll all, individually, feel like TV episodes.

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Sounds cool.