V-Log: More Dwelling On The Influence Of The 2016 Presidential Campaign On My #Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Struggling with the 2016 presidential campaign and my novel.

V-log — The State Of My #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing For Nov. 15th, 2018: Romantic Questions

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’ve got some issues with romance in my novel.

Some Hack Is Totally Going To ‘Steal’ My Novel’s Concept

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I feel as though I have a window of opportunity. I can see from my access logs that an unusually high number of people are looking for the original first act scene summary I wrote. As I have said, it was inevitable that I would do something like that and obviously I made a mistake.

I am working on a much, much better version of the scene summary now and the only reason why I fear someone won’t steal a march on me is, well, even if you’re a hack and you use what I posted as inspiration, for, say, a movie, it’s going to take you time to write a screenplay and actually produce a movie from it. So, I have some time. Not a lot of time, but enough time that if I write really fast and work really hard, at least I might be able to produce something before a hack version of my idea comes out.

Or maybe not. Nothing is for sure in this life.

I just have to believe in myself. The new version of the scene summary is moving along pretty well and it’s so completely different than what I posted as to be nearly unrecognizable. The general gist of the story is still there — and so some hack could really screw me over if they “stole” the concept using what I posted — but, like I said, I have a little bit of a window of opportunity.

I takes time to produce a movie, no matter how big a hack you are, and so that’s all I can hope for at this point. That’s the only reason why I keep going. I simply don’t know. So, rather than freezing up and not doing anything, I’m going to try to race towards the finish line and see what happens.

Wish me luck.

Mulling Novel Concepts

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I find myself thinking of different novel concepts and I’ve boiled it down to two. One is about a man coming to grips with secrets that his late mother has left for him to deal with, while the other stems from something I learned about Poland after WWII. You see, Poland was pretty much completely destroyed as a part of WWII. Almost totally. There wasn’t much left after the war ended. So all the beautiful old buildings you see there now are actually reconstructions.

So, they’re not really that old.

Maybe 50 or so years at the max. So, that got me thinking, what if you were forced to move an enormous chunk of humanity — say about 1 billion — to a new planet and you had to unite humanity under one culture and government. How would you do it? I have generally come to think of this as The Impossible Scenario.

You just can accurately do it. It’s not possible. But I’ve come to one possible scenario that is the closest I can come to solving The Impossible Scenario and it’s good enough that I might look into trying to tell that story. It would actually be a two parter the way I imagine it.

But really the issue is I have to sit down and do some serious thinking about how this bonkers situation would come about and how, on an individual level, it would be represented. But it’s one of my favorite things to daydream about.

The other novel concept is really cool, too. I may bounce back and forth between the two simply to keep myself entertained.