Mission:Impossible — Fallout, My #Novel & Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

by Shelt Garner

As a way of training my mind not to be so silly while writing this novel, I’ve started to listen to soundtracks to “serious” movies. I listen to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo OST and Gone Girl’s OST. But the soundtrack I listen to that makes me nod my head and say, “That’s what I want” is the one to Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

That’s what I want from this novel. While I love, love, love the Millennium series, they’re also slow as hell at times (the first book) or confusing as hell (the third book.) I really like how accessible and fast paced the Mission:Impossible movie obviously is from its soundtrack.

I have a number of scenes — especially in the second book — that are sit up in your seat exciting. Just thinking about being able to write them is enough to get me through the first book. The planned second book as two scenes that will knock your socks off if they ever were filmed.

Now, of course, that’s a ways down the road. But it’s what keeps me going. It’s what keeps my mind focused. I really need to stay focused. I need to keep my head down and read, read, read then write, write, write.

No one believes in me. This is all on me. This novel’s strengths will be mine, as will its weaknesses.

Let’s rock.

A Little Bit Of A Deep Dive Into Mission: Impossible — Fallout In The Context Of My #Scifi #Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner

The novel I’m writing is turning out to be significantly more action packed than I originally imagined. Going into this, I imagined this story would be a ruminative, introspective study of America in the Age of Trump. I thought it was going to be me my liberal, globalist cuck version of Atlas Shrugged.

Boy, was I wrong.

The more I actually write this story, the more it turns into a story that with a little tweaking here and there could be the basis of a tenpole summer popcorn movie like Mission: Impossible — Fallout. The comparison is not perfect, to say the least. That movie, as best I can recall, doesn’t even mention political parties even though it deals with some very political concepts in a general geopolitical manner. Meanwhile, my novel is pretty upclose and personal about modern politics for the specific point of moving the plot along.

I’m doing my best to mitigate this by having the female romantic lead center-Right in her politics, but simply by introducing politics into the story I’m going to piss people off from the entire spectrum of political views. But I know that going into this. But having said all that, I find myself thinking a lot about how I can learn from Mission: Impossible — Fallout when it comes to effectively conveying some pretty big concepts in an entertaining fashion.

The thing about Mission: Impossible — Fallout is it’s so action packed that you don’t really have time to contemplate its political views until it’s over and you’re having a sundae with your date at Dairy Queen. Then you might mention in passing the absolute lack of any mention of Left / Right or Democrat / Republican.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie and it has obviously left a lasting impression on me as I attempt to write my own piece of pop art. I guess the reason this is happening is time and again I find myself writing something pretty action packed without really meaning to, then I think about how Mission: Impossible — Fallout did it and how much of a struggle it will be for me to match that.

I do find it interesting the different internal logic of a movie versus a novel. In a movie simply don’t have time to get into details that in a novel you have plenty of time to talk about. I really, in a sense, would prefer to be a screenwriter at some point instead of a novelist, but this novel concept I’m working on is really, really strong and I want to write this story. I want, for my own sake, if not for the reader, find out what happens to these characters I’ve thought up.

But I’m just in the first draft and not very far long — as of right this second — as it stands. I almost want to watch Mission: Impossible — Fallout again just so I can study it’s storytelling method as I write my own tale. But I have a general idea in my head of what happened, so that should be enough.

Wish me luck.

V-Log: Contrasting & Comparing Of My #Scifi #Novel With Mission: Impossible — Fallout

by Shelton Bumgarner

It’s interesting how much I find myself influenced by Mission: Impossible — Fallout as I write this novel. Going into this, I did not really expect that to be the case. But as I actually write the novel, I realize M:I — F really helps me understand the expectations of pop art. I find it interesting how they never mention any political parties during the course of the movie, even though they talk a lot about politics in a general manner.

My novel, in contrast, wallows in politics. The whole crux of the conceit of the story is, well, politics. I take a very dim view of modern politics and human nature in this story, but in the back of my mind I find myself thinking about how M:I — F deals with it in an entertaining manner.

Here are some other videos I’ve done recently about all of this. Enjoy.