Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reviving Kosi Lionhair

When I posted the first instalment of Kosi Lionhair on #saturdayscenes I didn't make any changes from its previous incarnation. Then I reread the rest of the material. for future Saturdays, you understand. I remembered the difficulties I had with the plot. And remembered that I was unable to finish it ...

It was so long ago that I've lost the sketch-portrait I made of Kosi.

Kosi Lionhair began life about five years ago when I thought to expand the envelope, and write a novel in instalments and blog them, journal style, in the voice and POV of a young girl. Naturally writing into the universe I am still discovering, of the Australia Archipelago, a bunch of islands where once was a continent.

This particular story starts in one of the old cities with most of its buildings now with their feet in the tide. (the 'now' being in the present time in the story, 2210+/- AD).

So after I retrieved this one from the various files and after re-reading everything, I first straightened out the convoluted event horizon. I imposed a simplified plot adapted from the various aspects and decided I would need to toss quite a bit.

Well no I usually don't trash very easily. The detritus is sitting below the red line, waiting to be looked at with the Holmesian magnifying glass.

These days I do Scene Maps. A table, across the top 1) Name and number of scene, 2) Plot/Timeline 3) Observable actions 4) Observable emotions.

A couple more columns specifically for the particular story I'm working on. For Kosi Lionheart I'll be thinking particularly about 5) Technology because a large part of the story takes place in a spaceship, and 6) Politics because the powers-that-be of the day need to be convinced to allow Kosi and her friends to return to Earth.

EG of first row of Scene Map for Kosi Lionhair:

Observable Action/What’s New
Observable Emotions
1, Kosi Lionhair

Starting in Tween house for linear. 
Peering thru louvres;
13 is for eating birthday cake, picking your proper name & going outside on your own
Complained about her father
Scrubber to take out smells in the air
Tween houses for illegal children held in reserve against disaster. 
“These days, the Life Lotteries target the families of the government’s enemies.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Distracted is not the Same thing as Distraction

Ha ha, I apparently was so distracted getting the Owl Project ready for its launch, I practically rewrote my first post about it.

No, I won't post that nestbox again.

Perhaps a cute owl this time ...

Boobook eyes by Ross Hollands

However, I hardly touched the subject of owls today, preparing instead a story for submitting it to a Ticonderoga Publications Anthology.  

>>>>> And it's away. 

Maybe tomorrow, after I have unofficially launched the owls into the ether, I can get back to Monster-moored. 

The day after that, the 18th, is the National Landcare Conference and at high noon I'm told is the official launch of the Pozible/LandcareNSW Environmental Collection! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Life as an Owl Nestbox Procuror

I've been reading the Queensland Writers Centre Magazine about getting distracted. How to stop yourself not writing 3000 words by the end of the day. Of course, reading about getting distracted is allowing yourself to get distracted about getting distracted.

I had the latest draft of my novel Monster-Moored 80% done when I was asked to help with the Nest-boxes for Owls project, a crowdfunding campaign on the new Pozible platform, their new partnership with NSWLandcare.
Owl Nest-box

How could I refuse? We were one of 15 such projects in Australia, to be launched on the Landcare Anniversary day, in Melbourne ... always considering if we can get it together by then.

This was about a month ago. I learned about owls for the first week, sourced owl images. I just knew  that was going to be the hardest part. Ha ha.

I studied up on the Pozible requirements for the second week. Sourced Owl images. Still the hardest part.

Then started learning how to make the recommended 2 minute video. The hardest part.

It was meant to be 2 minutes long and it is not.

iMovie was meant to be intuitive and it was not. I had some lessons, thank you LR.

Spent all week on it and then some.  It was meant, to my ideas, to have owls hooting but it has not. Owls do more hissing than hooting and the calls are difficult to insert in the clips.

Now I am typing in the dark, practically. My movie must be uploaded onto Youtube before it can be embedded into my campaign on the Pozible site. Easy lemon squeazy, says Youtube.

First I had to discover that I have a channel courtesy of +Google and didn't need to sign in or dig up my little used password. So, the uploading is in process. A draft has been saved. Processing is taking forever. Is there something wrong with its format?

The platform tells me that: Your video has been queued and will be processed as soon as possible, And it says keep the page alive.

You mean I can't walk away and find a jumper and cook my dinner?

The deadline approaches!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not Enough Weeks in August

You can tell I've had a super busy August by the dearth of posts. The first week of August was all about learning about Owls.

Oops, that was meant to be a secret. I wasn't meant to let the owl out of the bag. Or should I say out of its nesting box?

Got one of those now, from Hollow Log Homes, just in time to be included in the start of the campaign.

Nesting Box for small owls and other hollow-nesting species

The second and most of the third week were about studying how to put together the campaign. Lots of study of the different Pozible campaigns. Why they succeeded. Why some of them didn't make it. 

The rest of August went in trying to catch up with myself and making a start on learning how to put the video together. Finally I located someone who offered to teach me the nitty gritty. We started this morning, full of good intentions. 

Spent a fruitless three hours with our techie hats on. The upshot of it all was that video shot on iPhone 4 will transfer to iMovie in widescreen format only. 

It's back to the drawing board with only a few days before the campaign is due for vetting by the two sponsors.