The long weekend was nice, especially since I’ll be working over the next upcoming two. Oh well.
In not just good news, but the bestest best news, my wife took home three awards from MisCon – Best Fantasy Short, Audience Favorite and Best in Show (best overall short film). I’m so proud of her and can’t wait until she begins her next project.
I hope to join her on the next flight out to Montana as they had a ton of breakout sessions for writers. Jim Butcher, best known for The Dresden Files, was the guest of honor this year.
On the research front, I read and took a ton of notes this week. A lot of focus was spent on Japanese culture during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868). The contrast of Western life during that time is really interesting.
Did you know many Japanese believed that if the toilet was kept unclean, women risked giving birth to ugly children? Oh yeah, fun stuff.
I’m also getting a better sense of the family structures and daily routines through which my focal character will exist.
Planning seemed to be the theme of the week. Get some great learning material here:
- Victoria Grefer has written an excellent article explaining its virtues, even for pantsers.
- Kristen Lamb touches on what can happen when you don’t plan.
- It was the topic of my latest blog entry in the Dwight Swain series.
I hope you guys had a great week!