V-Log: Hero Problems

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Sigh.

V-Log: Discussing Character Development Of The Hero Of The #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I was feeling a little nervous about a plothole in the novel I’m writing and I think I may have come up with a solution.

Maybe.

V-Log: Update On My #Novel I’m #Writing For August 19th, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

V-Log: The Influence Of Stieg Larsson On The #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

V-Log: The State Of My #Novel I’m #Writing The Morning Of August 19th, 20018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Where things stand as of right now.

V-Log: The State Of My #Novel As Of The Evening Of August 18, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

In a last ditch effort to save the novel, I’ve decided to shoehorn my personal experiences with the late Annie Shapiro into the narrative. I don’t know how successful I’m going to be in the first draft making this something that doesn’t make people groan, but we’ll see. I had to do something to make the concept accessible and throwing my relationship with Ms. Shapiro into the mix seemed the best way to do it.

I’ve also decided for kicks to loosely based the female romantic lead on a mixture of Ms. Shapiro and fashion icon Alexa Chung. It’s my story, I can do whatever the fuck I want do with it. Anyway, we’ll see how successful all of this is. I, for once, have hope.

V-Log: The Influence of Mission: Impossible ( Fallout ) On The #Scifi Novel I’m Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The thing about the latest Mission: Impossible movie, which I thought was excellent by the way, was it had interesting characters who drew you into what was a rather policy wonk plot. As such, I find myself thinking about how to address some Big Ideas in this novel I’m writing, but in a manner that the average person will appreciate.

Here are some other videos about what I’m writing.

V-Log: The Role Of #Feminism In The #Novel I’m #Writing In The Context Of Pop Culture

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This is a really good little video about my thoughts on feminism in the context of my novel and pop culture in general. I go into how I have to balance various storytelling needs if I want to produce something of pop culture note.

Here are some other videos about what I’m writing.

V-Log: Thoughts On Character Development In My #Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

V-Log: My #Novel, #Hollywood, Lisbeth Salander, Natalie Portman & A Summer Tent-Pole Movie

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

As I enter the second act of the scifi novel I’m writing, I’m dwelling on the big ideas this story addresses. The story itself is kind of weighty and cerebral and deals with some issues that don’t see all that obvious to the average person, but I hope if I insert enough drama, action and innate conflict into it that someone, somewhere will find it entertaining enough to finish.

Two books I may read and reference a lot in this novel are The Clash of Civilizations and Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare and the Birth of the Human. A lot of this novel deals with the critique of the Western tradition from both the Left and the Right and how Humanity would deal with the innate conflict associated with an outside force’s decision to “pick a winner” in the clash of civilizations. I have been thinking about this concept for the better part of five years, so really most of my thought is going into character development at this point.

The series I really want to replicate the success of is the Millennium series. That was a really entertaining, really accessible series that you just couldn’t put down once you got into it. But I have extremely low expectations. I’ll be happy if I can just get, like, one person I don’t know personally to read the first book and ask me when the next book is coming out. That’s how low my expectations are at this point.

As it stands, what I’m interested in, what my goal is, is to write a female character as interesting as Lisbeth Salander. My character would be a little bit older, maybe about Natalie Portman’s age, but she still would be compelling. It’s urgent I have at least one character who draws people in given how otherwise cerebral the story is in general.