I’m having a lot of fun thinking up ideas for a weird and hopefully compelling tale based on some real and very vivid memories I’ve had, one of which I mentioned earlier in this blog (A New Year and Some Old Thoughts). I’ve been calling this story “October 6th”, for no reason in particular, only that this story came to me right around then last year. I’ve plotted out a series of about 14 episodes, and since I don’t know what I’m doing I rather think that this will be a learning exercise. I talk a little bit about this story idea here, although I have elaborated greatly on my original idea (which was going to simply be a short story, then a novella).
I’ve been working on the pilot, and it is going slowly but I hope to have more of it written today. I admit I have been working on this more or less as I have energy and this is not the only project I have on my mind, so it is going very slowly. I’ve been working on science-related projects and ideas as well, and started a podcast in April that I have been neglecting. I meant so many times to write a second episode about how clinical trials work and use as an example the existing vaccines under development (which is really exciting news, that some are progressing very rapidly through the development process).
Mostly I have lots of story ideas, which just come to me each day- either ideas for new stories, or additional ideas relating to ones I have already plotted, partially written, or have concepts for. I now have a list of project ideas for which I have at least a concept for, many of which I have plots, outlines, notes, or details for, and the list is above 80 projects now (some non-fiction). There is simply no way I can make all of these projects into some sort of reality unless I get a fair bit of help, and so I am simply at this point accumulating them, because I get more ideas every day and I can’t write fast enough to finish them all before something new occurs to me.
Now, I have some free time to myself this evening so I had better make use of it and try to nail down a few more scenes (or at least, make more notes to do this later) for my pilot. I really have to come up with a new name for this show. I actually don’t have any idea how to write a treatment so I’ve been just describing scenes more or less how I write, which is apparently easy to translate into a screenplay.
[Update: Today I finished a series of detailed notes outlining what will happen in the segments of the pilot I have not fleshed out yet, and I hope to translate this into writing and dialogue during the remainder of this week. I’ve set aside this time for creative writing, though I do have some science work to do also.]