V-Log — Developing A Novel Worth Reading #Thriller

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

V-Log: Alexa Chung, Eve Peyser & Novel Development Silliness

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

One of the struggles of writing a 200,000 word novel is you have to entertain yourself as the writer. So, you find yourself thinking up silly things that might do just that.

V-Log: The State Of The #Thriller I’m Writing As Of Jan. 31st — Hitting The Sweetspot

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Things are going well.

V-Log: Things Are Getting Significantly Better With The #Thriller I’m Developing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m very pleased with how things are beginning to shape up with the novel I’m developing.

Emily Ratajkowski’s Phenotype & The Construction Of A #Thriller Character

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’ve decided I want my “Girl With” to be a tall woman with a phenotype similar to Emily Ratajkowski. There is, of course, a fine line between constructing an interesting, believable character and simply writing an obvious sex fantasy. So, I am very conscious of that developing the character. But using Emily Ratajkowski’s physical features as the “chassis” for the character automatically brings with it some constraints that help move the plot along.

Someone like her is noticeable in a number of unavoidable ways. She’s a tall, beast of a woman who’s ample bosom alone is enough to bring attention to her. Now, let me be clear — the only thing this character shares with
Ratajkowski is her physical form. Ratajkowski is an affable, warm, languid woman who is so laid back, most of the time she seems barely awake. I just like the idea that my Girl With has to compensate for the strengths and weaknesses of how she’s built as a human being.

Really, the fear is the character becomes a Barbwire, and, as such little more than a middle-aged man’s sex fantasy. I have to make the character flawed enough that that is not the case, but not so flawed that you dislike her completely out of hand.

I’ve been thinking about all of this so long that I really need to fish or cut bait. I feel have my first serious deadline coming up and as such things are going to start moving rapidly.

Tonight I’m going to try to think of as many crazy ways to play “hide the secret” from the reader, while laying out the conceit of the novel out and doing a lot of prep work for the overall story once it begins in earnest. I know this scenario like the back of my hand at this point. I have some basic questions I have to answer fully and realistically in my own mind so I can do the same for the reader.

It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also a huge amount of work given the ad hoc manner in which I’m doing it.

V-Log: Emily Ratajkowski & The #Thriller #Novel I’m Developing

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This video is pretty good. Gives you some sense of my state of mind as I develop one of the main characters in the thriller I’m developing right now.

The State Of My #Thriller As Of Jan. 30th, 2019

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m starting to feel a little bit better about this story. There are several mysteries that are resolved in such a sequence that I think it’ll keep people guessing.

Really, this big issue is simply locking things down and stop revising things so I can sit down and start writing the first draft. This story is definitely very personal and at this point, a lot of it depends on my personal writing ability. I can think up the greatest story ever told, but if my writing sucks, then no one is going to want to read it.

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V-Log: The State Of The #Thriller I’m Developing As Of Jan. 29th, 2019 #Writing #Amwriting

Some thoughts.

V-Log — How The Sausage Of Novel Development Is Made

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Watch me talk for nearly an hour in a vague way about the novel I’m developing.

The Vision Thing — A #Startup Codenamed ‘Irredenta’

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Gab is this insane cesspool of hate frequented by alt-Right mouthbreathers. But it does fill a niche. And as, such, I suggest that there are a lot — a lot — of Twitter users who, if they were given a viable option would at least try it out.


I’m old enough to remember the TV show America Held Hostage, which would turn into Nightline. I’m saying we’re in a similar crisis and, as such, have a similar opportunity. But there’s more to the story than just that.

A lot of different things are happening right now and I suggest that a new app could address than all in one fell swoop. People want a viable option to Twitter. A growing number of people, given the opportunity, would be interested in an app that would help facilitate massive protests against the Trump Administration to end it once and for all. And, lastly, the online news business is suffering a historic contraction.

So, the app I propose, which goes under the codename Irredenta, would address all those issues. The app would be designed in such a way that you would, essentially, pay a core group of users to break news using it. But, get this, much like the Usenet of yore, you have inline editing of that content so the comments are actually inside full page posts using groups. Or, put another way, that’s what you work towards. That’s what you grow into.

The basic app would be a lot like Crooked Media’s Vote Save The People but with a news service of sorts attached to it. It really isn’t that hard to imagine. You just need just the basic vision and resources to pull it off.  I have the vision, I just don’t have anything else.

So, unless I get some traction on this, I’m probably going to shut up about it soon enough.