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lost_angel
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Scraps
I have a habit. I don't know if it's a good or a bad one. I write little snippets of thoughts on stray bits of paper, just passing thoughts, essay or journal entry subjects, amusing observations, zippy titles, bits of phrase, quirky characters, and ideas I intend to more fully develop later when I have the time. Sometimes I use the same paper and the whole mass looks like a badly planned urban spiderweb development, prepositional phrases curling in on themselves like bound Chinese feet as they hem in another idea, separate idea. I'm probably just flattering myself that they should even be recorded.

I try to explicit in my jotting, so that if I don't see the note for another year, I'll still know what I was thinking, even if I'd forgotten. It doesn't always work like like porn, lots of action and only the tiniest bit thread of plot to tie it all together; it's like the flour to hold your sugar cookies together. I have no idea what I was comparing to porn at the time, but that's all I've got left of it now.

Others just get ignored; the topics don't stand the test of a few hours wait and were merely passing interest and only to me. Yet, there were others still that nag at me, that still nudge me to write even after months or years of dormancy. I'm sure I rob them of their power and immediacy by not writing when I have them.

Here are some of the ones that I do remember to try to write about. I'm putting them here so I can throw the scraps away. If you see one you think you'd like to read, let me know, and I might actually get around to it faster than never.
  • more people should wear hats and carry umbrellas, even when it's not raining
  • I replay frustrating social scenes in finitum in my head, I can't let them go, especially if I was embarrassed and thought of a witty response too late
  • video games are the new storytelling device, allowing the tradition, albeit altered, of passing down stories
  • my ability to lie, that I've honed over the years, has at times been a point of pride in the talent (gift?) but disgust that for a long time it was second nature to me, even when I didn't have to or didn't want to lie. I've broken the habit, but I still know it's there, somewhere, if I need it.
  • Bicycle on 92.1, the DJ accidentally let Queen's Bicycle play on repeat for over an hour one afternoon, I didn't stop smiling for a week
  • more smiles: seniors playing in a casino slot tournament, pounding buttons to The Hustle with play by play announcements from an older, remale emcee; graffiti on railroad boxcars, traveling the country; casinos are the highest concentration of retirees on scooters in the world
  • When I was a child and even more desirous to impress than I am today, I sometimes stole other people's stories and retold them as my own
  • why fat people don't like to go on cruises (that should date this one to about a year ago)
  • why the LSAC (law school admin council) is a total racket, and that setting up your own racket is still the most dependable way to earn money

There are so many more, hundreds, but I can't include them all here and they're not all interesting either. I also should sleep I'm putting the rest under private and perhaps posting them later if they make the cut. I've already done this before only they were all posted under private settings. Maybe by putting them in my journal this go-round, I'm one step closer to actually writing some of them. Still others have to bide their time until I actually use the character, the quirk, or the title in story.

mood: not sure
music: Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"

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lyricalpink From: lyricalpink Date: March 12th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Y'know...that's really interesting to me. Since changing my major back to English, I've given a great deal of thought to writing a thesis on videogames being a storytelling medium for kids (and adults) now. I've often thought that society and institutions didn't give credence to video games being a true art form, albiet unconventional.

Anyway, I could go on for hours on that one....and hopefully some day someone will take me seriously about it. As yet, I keep getting blank stares from anyone I bring it up to.
alcamar From: alcamar Date: March 12th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC) (link)
One of the biggest reasons I tend to play the video games I do is because of the story involved. I loved the Halo/Halo 2 storyline, and thus why it's one of the only first person shooters I play. I tend to play RPG type games, and for that very reason. One of the reasons I love WoW(World of Warcraft) so much is because of the quest system. You go up to someone, they give you a quest, and you go do it. But sometimes it's a decent bit more than that.

An example, one of the quests I got was that I went to one of the town "census" guys. He was looking through his books and realized an entry hadn't been updated in a while, and wanted me to go check it out. I went to check it out, and he wasn't there, but there was a clue to go elsewhere. So it lead back and forth, following a trail of information. It wasn't terribly difficult, most of the time they told you exactly where to go and very little fighting, but it was really fun to just play detective, to follow the story and see it until the end.
There's a couple more quite interesting ones, but that one stands out in my mind most, alot because it was quite different than others I've seen in game.

So I'll definately agree with you, it's more than just "fun". It's a combination of a game, a movie(some games with big movies in the game to tell more of the story), and well hell, an entire world built and put on display for you to tinker with, immerse yourself in, etc. It's like reading a book, you can forget the outside world and actually become one of the characters.
lyricalpink From: lyricalpink Date: March 12th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC) (link)
What WoW server are you on? =)
alcamar From: alcamar Date: March 13th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Whisperwind mainly, bunch of friends from back home I'm guilded with. You?
lyricalpink From: lyricalpink Date: March 17th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (link)

WoW

Horde on Blackhand and Alliance on Malygos.

Blackhand with a lot of Oxford folks: the_deuce, navy_dave, saintignatius and a few others who aren't on LJ.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: March 12th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC) (link)
I think you should write your thesis on it. It's a fascinating topic, one I've pondered for a couple years now. I think video game stories are a little different though. Just like any story that goes from one medium to the next, it gets altered along the way to take advantage of the strengths of the medium itself. Video game stories aren't as detailed sometimes or the characters aren't as defined; they're mostly plot and plot devices. However, if you look at most of the movies that are made today, they fit in seamlessly, and one can argue that it's the preferred type of story for the average movie-goer (or, you can argue, as I do, that those thinner stories are what Hollywood keeps shoveling out because it sells, and that people would enjoy better stories if you just gave them the chance to and they could see them through the haze of big budget magazine gloss).

Video games are a legitimate story telling medium, even if more traditional story proponents prefer to snub them. It's just like any new medium that comes along; you can embrace it and let your story-writing grow and expand to take advantage of it.
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