D.R. MacMaster's Blog – October 2008 Archive (9)

Scribbling Update --Friday

Very productive day.

Did over 1000 words of my crime novel, a meeting between my protagonist and the female lead, with lots of loaded dialogue and such, and about 20,000 words of my non-fiction book about the movie business.


I don't write that fast, I just collected a bunch of my original articles together.

What comes next is the new material, and the long hard slog of adapting the older articles into a coherent whole.

Plus I got… Continue

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 25, 2008 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Scribbling Update

I've started some of the heavy lifting with my non-fiction book. To those who are new to this blog, I'm doing a book based on the writings and ideas of my main blog which combines satire and common sense to dissect how pop culture, mostly the movie business, is run.

I know I can't just paste in my articles, no matter how tempting that is, so I have a lot of updating, editing, and adjusting to do.

Wish me luck.

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 23, 2008 at 5:44am — No Comments

A Decision Is Made...

After getting some encouragement, I've now begun my non-fiction project trying to explain what works and doesn't work in pop culture. It's going to be a lot of work, and I'll be doing it alongside my crime novel, but I think I'm up to it.

Most of the non-fiction project is editing the posts I did for my blog. Wish me luck on it, I'm going to need it.

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 21, 2008 at 5:02am — No Comments

An odd development....

I do a blog where I talk about the business behind pop culture. How movies are made, or not made, how studios are run, and not run, and other business issues.

I've developed a small, but apparently loyal following. Ironically, a couple have started saying that I should write a book about my ideas. And now that I look back, I think I just might give it a crack.

There are too many books about celebrities out there, and insider gossip. My work has been to try to make sense of… Continue

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 19, 2008 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

My Experience With Democracy...

While I was working the poll, so to speak, during the recent Canadian federal election I learned a few things about people.

About 5% of people go around town, and even drive, without their wallet and I.D., driver's licences included.

1 person in 171 will actually get offended by getting asked to see their driver's license at the poll, and then storm out, muttering curses at the universe in general.

1 person in 170 will actually take the time to go to their… Continue

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 18, 2008 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Scribbler's Progress Report...

Didn't get much work done on my crime novel yesterday and today.

Yesterday was spent protecting democracy in Canada. I was working as a poll monitor, assisting with the Canadian federal election. That meant spending 14 hours in a creaky old Masonic Hall with 70s faux wood panelling, and a bipolar furnace, having the two worst meals I ever had, and dealing with the endless paperwork a functioning democracy needs.

Still, wasn't a complete loss, I got paid, not enough for the… Continue

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 16, 2008 at 9:31am — No Comments

The Scribbler's Progress Report....

Work on my first crime novel is chugging along pretty well, 1 1/2 chapters, and about 8400 words in. I'm also writing it with a "novel writing" program called yWriter which was invented by a sci-fi writer from Australia. It allows me to create detailed files on characters, locations, and even props in advance. It's still pretty new to me, and I'm still finding my way around, but it all seems to be coming together in new and exciting directions.

It's a hard-boiled story about… Continue

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 13, 2008 at 9:54am — No Comments

I'd have been an important fellow in 1400 AD....

Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...

The Cardinal

You are the real power behind the throne. No one dares dispute or refuse you. Which is good because that's how you get things done. You are also, however, completely corrupt and highly immoral. This doesn't bother you in the least as you lounge around your rich comfortable surroundings, reveling in wealth and authority.…


Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 11, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

The Stuff The Dreams Are Made Of...

Every once in a while I have a dream that has a coherent plot, characters, and other stuff. I usually jot down some of the details, most of the time it doesn't come to much, but in rare instances a good idea comes out of it.

But what bugs me is when I have a dream about a good idea, I wake up and remember everything, but the good idea.


Last week I had a dream that I was with some kind of comedy troupe performing in an old… Continue

Added by D.R. MacMaster on October 10, 2008 at 1:58pm — No Comments

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