Weekly Recap – May 31st, 2013

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:

I hope you guys had a great week!

-Phillip

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        1. Jill, that would be fantastic. Thank you so much for the offer. You can reach me at pcmccollum at gmail dot com (trying to avoid the spambots, so sorry for the obfuscation 🙂 )

  1. Your wife must be very talented! Have you collaborated on any projects?
    Re: Japan and toilets, my sister stayed at a place (maybe Otsu?) where the tank was a handwashing sink- you wash your hands and that water refills the tank at the same time. (Her kids turned out okay!)

    1. She’s super talented, Mame and I’m always jealous of her abilities. Well, not jealous, but maybe a little envious. 🙂 We haven’t collaborated on anything, but we’re always bouncing our ideas and thoughts off each other. It definitely helps to have another creative-type to work through plot and character problems with.

      So interesting about your sister! It really does seem like a different world over there and I can only imagine how much more different it was before it became more Westernized.

  2. Wow!!! Congratulations to your wife! And Jim Butcher is seriously awesome! Glad you’re making progress! Knowing as much about your characters as you can is half the battle, isn’t it?

    1. Thanks Marie! I’ve never read any of Butcher’s stuff, but I know he’s huge in the Urban Fantasy genre. And you’re right, knowing as much about the characters and setting as possible is really a big part of good writing. I’m learning just how big of a part it really is!

      1. I recommend Jim Butcher!!!!!! Either Dresden or his furies series. And if you haven’t read Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, by all means do. Yes. I am a book pusher.

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