Baby steps are still progress

We went to Jurassic World last night. I really enjoyed it, but more as a memory lane experience. There was an awful lot of stuff I've seen before. These include a thin layer of plexiglass between some children and a pair of hungry jaws, flares & Tyranosaurus Rex, surrounded by velociraptors when something worse shows up. There was even some creative driving right out of Indiana Jones' playbook, that scene included several rear view mirror shots that mirrored Jurassic Park. For a long time I feared they were going to use an exploding compressed air tank, right out of Jaws, to solve the big problem. They resisted. It was a great film, but with 20 years to work on it, it could have been more creative.

We had the grandkids last night after the movie. My daughter-in-law entered some kind of Spartan thingie that involves mud, sweat, and entirely too much work. We took the kids to the flag football game. Our grandson pulled four flags today, one of which turned out to be an actual tackle. He even completed two touchdown passes. Before you get too excited, he passed the ball about five feet and the other kid ran to the end zone. They're five and six year olds. I think that's wonderful for that age.

Grandma took them to town when she went. That gave me some quality time with my iPad. I worked through two chapters of an old story. I decided not to do a complete rewrite of this one, but I'm going to fix a few easy things.

I also added about five index cards to my various outlines. I need to put a bigger effort into one of them, but all of them need a bit more plot. That's what happens when the Muse sends me characters and scenes first.

In a way, I completed a couple of extremely short passes myself today. It isn't much, but it is forward progress. I'll finish my clean up project, one chapte at a time. I'll finish my outlines, one index card at a time too.

Eventually, I need to start the editing passes on The Playground. I'm in no rush and intend to enjoy some things this summer. If I don't start a new novel until winter, that's fine by me.

Tonight, I'm going to check out something new on BBC called Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Is anyone else going to check this one out?


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20 responses to “Baby steps are still progress

  1. Sounds like progress indeed. Thanks for the review on Jurassic World, too!

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  2. I’ve not heard of this show. I will have to look it up. Just binge watched Bosch. Loved that series of books and the show is actually doing a fair job of mirroring the story lines.

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  3. Kudos to your daughter-in-law for competing in the Spartan Race! That’s so cool! And YAY for the grandson! And Yippie Skippie to you, my friend, for having a productive day! 😀

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  4. I have no interest in Jurassic Park, but I am planning to watch Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. I recorded it (and next episode of Orphan Black). My husband and I will get to it some time time this week. It’s had good reviews.

    Congratulations to your daughter-in-law on the Spartan thing, and to you on your progress. 🙂

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  5. Love your comments about Jurassic World. Whenever I watch a movie or show I find myself saying “Here comes the first plot point” or “We should see the antagonist right about… now”. So much so my husband’s learning structure. Now, HE says “Oh, that’s why such-and-such happened. We just passed the Midpoint.” Adorable.

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  6. Sounds like a great day. We were out on the water today. Caught a couple of keepers. No TV for me. Writing and hanging out in a google hang out with vaper friends. We shouel get some bloggers together some time and do that.

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  7. I heard Jurassic World is kind of lame compared to the original but nothing will ever top that. Jurassic Park was iconic. I’m still over-the-top eager to see JW, even if it is, well… average.

    Never heard of the BBC show you mentioned (I’m deprived and don’t get BBC America. Stupid Verizon).

    Congrats on your forward progress with the muse. I did pretty much the same today and reworked (in outline) the first two chapters of my WIP. High Five to us both!

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