All right! *cracking knuckles* Time for an update.
I have a list that grows +2 for every one thing I check off. On one hand, I can see the progress from the checked off items. On the other, it's discouraging that I'm not nearing the end.
And I hate DirecTv at the moment. First of all, it took an HOUR to cancel my contract. Wherein I had to listen to nonsense like:
I'm moving to a house that already has television installed. They want me to continue my service in one room on a separate bill, so that I can maintain "HD free for life." I said, "Let me get this straight, you want me to pay $100 plus a month, for a year, to maintain a service that if I come back later would only cost $5 a month. So that's $1200... It would take me how many months/years to make up that cost? Why would this be something I'd want to do?"
The woman paused. "You'd have free HD for life."
.... No words...
But that, while aggravating, wouldn't have made me as furious as I am with them. No. It's the fact that in the five days since I've canceled my service, they've called every 15 minutes to get me to change my mind. I'm so not kidding.
EVERY. FIFTEEN. MINUTES.
I've had to shut off my phone. Thank god they don't have my cell number.
I've been playing with light contrast this month. I want my images to be powerful. To say something. I feel like I've grown stagnant in my work. So I've been pushing myself creatively. The firefly picture in the last post used flashlights. I also used the iPad and window light.
I looked for dynamic light situations. Waited and waited. And grew frustrated.
Then I broke out my flash.
Unfortunately, I stink at manual focus. Especially in the dark. haha.
Can't win them all. :)
Um... I am.
I really don't have much to say other than that. It's a first draft. I have to remind myself daily that first drafts stink. They really, really do. They're all drafty, full of ridiculous plot holes and lack emotion.
The characters are trying their best to develop their voice. They're growing. This is all I can ask. I see their potential. I see them struggling.
The tension is not there yet. It's plotted. It's alluded. It's not felt. I'm not so much worried about that as I am the characters, though. As soon as I can create characters who exude passion, tension will come.