So I was thinking the other day that all the Big Recent Video Game Titles I can name come with DLC. It seems like a foregone conclusion now that if a game has a big budget and release and all that good stuff, a few months later, it’ll get some. It’s not even limited to souped-up weapons or alternate outfits anymore, either. Games like Mass Effect and Dishonored give us entire mini plot arcs, where a different character becomes the protagonist, or your character solves a side conflict.
My question is, has anybody ever seen this happen with books? Not like that, not like paying an extra five bucks for a text file of the secret epilogue chapter or anything. But where a writer went back to a world, and told smaller stories from the same place - stories that weren’t necessary for understanding the original plot, but added color to the universe and were fun in their own right.
Because I really love my noirverse, and there are more stories I could tell in it beyond what I have planned. Inhabitants of retro-future LA whose lives have nothing to do with the murder mystery surrounding Ada & Co., or side characters that would make the story too slow and complicated if I tried to flesh them out more. The problem is I wouldn’t have enough content for them to make them quote-un-quote ~*novel length*~. They’d just be short stories.
So yeah, aside from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner [‘cause I’m already aware of that one,] have you ever seen examples of this kind of companion content?
06/05/13 @ 01:05pm
■ sometimes i try to be motivational
■ try being the operative word
I’ve seen a few people having writing anxiety on here lately, and I propose a little… warm-up.
Pick some guilty pleasure scene, kink, plot point, style choice - whatever - and remove the guilt. Write something you would want to read, in the way you would like to read it. I don’t care if you’re writing Arcade fucking the guy from Teen Wolf and narrating like Anastasia Steele. You’re not going to show this to anybody. You’re going to remove all outside pressure for it to be this or that way by not letting it reach the outside.
You do, however, have to sit with it - alone - until you like it. Edit it. Extend it. Rewrite it. But you are not allowed to walk away from the thing until you are satisfied. Until it makes you happy, instead of filling you with shitty, poisonous self-loathing. You don’t have to adore it. You don’t have to think it’s worthy of being published. But you have to think that the time you put into it was better than giving up.
16/04/13 @ 11:54pm
■ leslie goes deeper
■ long post
In June of 2012 I listened to The Prince of Egypt soundtrack, and envisioned a prelude to Bioshock. I was about as good at animating as I was at quantum physics, but I wanted to share the vision with others. All seven minutes of it, no matter how long that took me.
So I started storyboarding.
In late January or early February, I put up the last part. I finished it.
Around the same time, I heard the Fallout Big Bang was happening. People suggested I sign up as an artist. I insisted I sign up as a writer.
It went up on fanfiction.net yesterday. I finished it.
The point of these examples is not to assert myself as a genius. I’m the opposite. I sweat bandoleers of bullets to finish two dinky projects, and whatever attention they may get is going to be on luck, not merit. But the experience of seeing them through to the end was more valuable than anything else I’d learned in a long time. And while I’m not there yet, I’d like to think it took me a long way.
But having done that now bums me out about one thing, and that’s that I know talented people who haven’t. Abandoned novels. Abandoned comics. Stories that have stewed in development hell for years, turning to vinegar as the writers foster self-hatred and increasingly consider giving up.
I know why they do it. I did it. To a large extent I still do it. I’m here now to tell you how, two times, I beat it.
15/04/13 @ 03:17pm
■ arcade gannon
■ fallout: new vegas
13/04/13 @ 11:00am
■ stick to prose leslie
■ who am i kidding all of my poetry is embarrassingly personal it must make people so uncomfortable
I’m in a skyscraper, in the hallway of an upper floor. Red panels on the left wall. White tiles on the floor. Glass to the right, with a view of the city below.
21/03/13 @ 05:14pm
■ four 4 u ader
■ hard boiled angels
08/03/13 @ 04:05pm
■ YES THIS IS THE CROCK I'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SIX YEARS
03/03/13 @ 08:55pm
■ stick to prose leslie
■ it's fantastic how personal these are getting
24/02/13 @ 07:04pm
■ stick to prose leslie
■ been on a kick with these lately CAN YOU TELL
19/02/13 @ 02:07am
■ stick to prose leslie
■ tw: self harm
■ WRITING IS A MUSCLE GUYS
12/02/13 @ 11:56pm
■ short story
■ original fiction
■ header image is not my art obviously
A few days ago, a friend and I were talking about just writing for writing’s sake. Putting some junk down on paper. And I thought, why not.
The title comes from a Chinese fable that dates back to the early 400s. In a time of political unrest, a wayward fisherman discovers a hidden utopia, where the people are kinder and more peaceful than the outside world.
“It’s official,” I hear from behind the newspaper. “Booker’s the favorite to win.”
“I mean,” he conditions, “I don’t know. Maybe my taste is all in my mouth.” He sets the paper down and shakes his head. “But I just can’t figure what the Academy sees in him.”
“I dunno how the Academy sees anything with its head that far up its ass.”
A chuckle. “You’re funny.”
“No I’m not.” I return the milk to the fridge and sit across from him with my cereal. “I just swear a lot, and say what nobody else will.”
“Well, doll.” He pauses for a sip of coffee. “Maybe that’s what humor is.”
23/01/13 @ 05:34pm
■ the house of the samovars
|So as many people have, I've discovered your blog through your wonderful tutorial on suits, and it has helped me greatly. After that, I've trawled through your blog and have now fallen in love with you and your characters. I just wanted to ask exactly how would you go about researching on a topic for your stories/tutorial, because they seem so detailed. Stay Gold!||◤||
“fallen in love with … your characters”
bring the smelling salts (◑‿◐)
No, really. This is a cop-out answer of me, but the kind and the extent of research I put into something depends on what the project is. My main manuscript relies on a lot of a priori stuff I learned growing up, but I still boned up on boat types, trawling techniques, and that little, stupid “what fish are in the North Atlantic” crap that you know some nitpicker will notice. You just know.
Going off that, I’ve known for a long time I wanted to do a story that would require knowledge of Soviet Russian culture. However, if you know the first thing about it, you’ll know that it’s complex - and much of it not really guessable if you’re American. I realized I couldn’t do it on my own, so I got school on my side. I studied the language for two years and wrote a research paper on The Master and Margarita, which was set in the decade I was interested in. The Russian department here has since gone to hell, and I’m a little lost as to where to research next - but I’m glad I got out with as much learned as I did.
[Fun fact: Kostya was the product of a science GE. I was taking Brain Dysfunction and couldn’t be fucked to study, and I realized I needed a motivator. So I made a neuroscientist character - that way, when I was studying for the class, I was researching for him.]
For hitmanbbs I’m reading about guns and some history of organized crime. For my new project I’m re-reading Steinbeck. I guess there is a common thread after all, and that’s reading - reading anything and everything you can get your hands on, even if it’s only tangentially relevant. No knowledge is wasted.
I’m now going to undermine my whole post and confess that I did the suit guide on Google. Clearly I wasn’t planning on as many people seeing it as they did.