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Fic 454: A Good Wife

RED OKTOBERFEST TIME! Just a dash of angst to kick us off, but everything ends sweet. Enjoy!


The bright lights of the respawn room were blinding. Heavy was almost certain that was on purpose. Make it as miserable as possible to respawn, and maybe you try a little harder not to die next time, hmmm? He closed his eyes for a moment to let the disorientating feeling of being reassembled pass before opening them again. There was a groan beside him. Letting his head roll to the side, he saw Medic rubbing his own tender eyes with a freshly clean glove. A pang of guilt hit him. Medic must have gone down right after him.

“Take the point” had been the orders given to them that morning. It was a grim task at the Gorge base. The route to the second point felt like a march to the gallows, and the mood in the briefing room had taken a perceptible dive the moment that Spy had given the direction. But they had a job to do, and so they would do it. They would take the point, one way or another, even if it killed them. Over and over and over again.

Which it always did.

Death was never a surprise in their line of work. In fact, it was part of day one orientation. Still, any mercenary worth their salt too a certain amount of pride in their work, and part of that pride involved dying as little as possible. Every trip to respawn stung just a little. Doubly so when Medic followed him after.

“After that round, I think I should be asking for a divorce.” Medic’s voice was muffled by his gloves, but still echoed through the tiled room. “You were not a very good wall back there, mein Freund.”

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anonymous asked:

How does one make good characters?

It’ll be super easy once you get the hang of it.

All you have as an idea for your new character is a basic feeling or idea = line drawing (the green guideline).You don’t know anything about them other than the fact that they’re vaguely humanoid. They could lose parts, they could have parts added; it’s all up to you. Usually, for creating characters, my best ones come from pasts that are just “fine”. No burning trash fire of a childhood (usually ends up as a Mary Sue if you can’t spin it right) or a “I’m a royal” level of privilege childhood. My most commonly used muse right now is a guy who had a normal childhood and had a normal life (before the beginning of his character development). Super super boring. My main goal was having this character start off as boring as humanly possible so that my starting point was THE most blank slate. Anything I do with him ends up super interesting because I’ve cut off everything except for his idiosyncrasies. 

I’m developing the feeling I’m getting from my Blank Slate into Cute and Perky. Make up facts about your character as you develop them (I develop by drawing). What’s their favorite dish? What’s their parents’ most terrifying thought concerning them? Are they the type of person to slurp soup through a straw just to see the reactions from people around them or not? Why do they love the color green so much? Be as weird and random as you possibly can. Those idiosyncrasies will develop into reasoning and will create a full-bodied character out of your Blank Slate. Miss Cute and Perky here loves to eat the tips off strawberries before the rest because a cartoon character from her early childhood insisted that triangles must become rhombuses (through some educational programming). She cuts her bangs super short because she saw a picture of Audrey Hepburn and fell in love.

It’s time to spoil your Developed Blank Slate. Pour your time into them. Imagine them beside you in everyday life to judge their reactions to what may happen to them. Now that we have some weirdly specific traits developed for Miss Cute and Perky, we’re going to think about her a lot. I frequent a clothing store with very cute and stylish clothes. I imagine she’d love the dressy styles and insist on swimming laps in a pool with the new swimsuit she’ll sacrifice her paycheck for. 

Make your Developed, Spoiled Blank Slate upset. Put them in an unfamiliar situation, and urge them to make themselves familiar with it–or don’t. It’s entirely possible your character will refuse to interact with any environments but those they’re comfortable in. This is the moment where you’ll begin recording. Write. How will they act? Why would they act that way? How does this New Thing affect them? How does this change them? Is it a change for the better? For the worse? Or just slightly different? This is literary realism => a story about character development. This is the Grand Cheat to creating a fantastic story every time. Good, realistic character development. Miss Cute and Perky wilts while she waits for the doctor. Why? Well, we all hate waiting. She does, too. Maybe she just wants to get it over with already. Maybe she’s dreading the needle. Maybe she’s dreading the test she has to go to afterwards. Maybe her shoes are too uncomfortable and she’s been Suffering for the past hour. Maybe she’s hung over. That’s for you to explore.

TL;DR: Start as basic as possible. Give your character super specific habits/idiosyncrasies. Develop the reasoning behind them. Translate the idiosyncrasies into characterization.

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The New Exclusive Place To Stay On Kauai

In Kauai, the 700 acres on the North Coast, the former Kahu Aina plantation, that Mark Zuckerberg recently bought for a reported $100 million will remain private but on other land, the Discovery Land Company is planning the Hanalei Beach & Golf Club on 8000 acres on the island’s North Coast and Timbers Resorts is transforming a 450 acre stretch with knockout views of the mountains and the ocean into a combination private residence club/hotel/Jack Nicklaus golf course development, Hokuala, slated to open in 2017.

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‘The Eichmann Show’ Producer Laurence Bowen Launches Dancing Ledge With FremantleMedia Backing
LONDON — “The Eichmann Show” producer Laurence Bowen has launched scripted production company Dancing Ledge, which has a development deal with “The Hobbit” and “Sherlock” star Martin Freeman.…
By Leo Barraclough

Dancing Ledge has a development deal with ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman

LONDON — “The Eichmann Show” producer Laurence Bowen has launched scripted production company Dancing Ledge, which has a development deal with “The Hobbit” and “Sherlock” star Martin Freeman. The company is backed by global production and distribution giant FremantleMedia, which has taken a 25% stake.

Bowen, previously co-founder and creative director of Feelgood Fiction, has a dozen projects in the pipeline for U.K. and U.S. broadcasters, including dramas written by “Sherlock” co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss, “Eye in the Sky” screenwriter Guy Hibbert, Chris Lunt, Dan Sefton and John Donnelly, as well as a new limited event series development commission for the History Channel written by Simon Block. Bowen is also developing several scripted ideas with Freeman.

Bowen’s past credits also include “Gates,” “The Hello Girls,” “Stone Scissors Paper,” “Suburban Shootout” and “My Life as a Popat.” Bowen also executive produced U.S. pilots of “Gates” and “Suburban Shootout” for Warner Bros./NBC and HBO, respectively.

Bowen will be adding to the Dancing Ledge team in the coming months.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO FremantleMedia, said: “Laurence is a hugely talented producer and he has a unique vision which is reflected in a brilliant development slate. Dancing Ledge is a fantastic addition to our creative network and I look forward to working with Laurence in the future.”

Bowen added, “I wanted to work closely with a top international distributor who could provide investment and help grow the new company.”

FremantleMedia has announced a number of investments and acquisitions in the past 12 months in order to grow its global network. These include Israeli outfit Abot Hameiri; Naked Entertainment, Man Alive Entertainment, Full Fat TV, Corona Pictures, Dr Pluto and Wild Blue Media in the UK; Dutch producer No Pictures Please; French indies Fontaram and Kwai; scripted producer Wildside in Italy; and the digital media company, Squawka.

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Janet Jackson to Exec Produce Lifetime Movie on 1920’s Harlem Mobster, Stephanie St. Clair + Serena Williams to Produce ‘Sister Dance’
Janet Jackson to Exec Produce Lifetime Movie on 1920’s Harlem Mobster, Stephanie St. Clair + Serena Williams to Produce ‘Sister Dance’
By Tambay A. Obenson

Lifetime today unveiled its 2016/2017 development slate. Skimming through the press release, of note, with respect to this blog’s interests, are:

Serena Williams will executive produce on original movie for the network titled “Sister Dance” (a working title), which tells a story that’s inspired by the annual dance-off competition which she hosts with her sister, Venus. In the scripted telepic, two sisters become rivals once they pit themselves against each other and their respective dance teams in an epic dance battle.

– Next, Janet Jackson will executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie – the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club. Born Stephanie St. Clair (1886–1969), Queenie (photo above) was a mob boss who ran numerous criminal enterprises in Harlem, NYC in the early part of the 20th century. She even bumped heads with the then Italian mafia, and managed to stay entirely independent. In Bill Duke’s  gangland crime drama “Hoodlum” (1997) she was played by Cicely Tyson, as some of you might recall. Kenny Leon is attached to direct the film.

Congress Gothic

You’ve been told not to enter the chamber without a judge present, but it’s only when you look in through the crack in the door as the chamber congregates outside that you understand the precaution.

The docket written on the white board reads ‘damnation’, over and over, neatly numbered one through eight in red dry erase marker.

“Where are you from?” you ask the girl beside you, waiting for the session to begin. Every head in the chamber snaps in your direction. “Florida,” they murmur in unison.

The Presiding Officer stands. She asks, “Is there a motion on the floor?” There is none. The floor is motionless. The chamber is cold and stagnant as a tomb.

A brief recess is called an hour into the session. Flawlessly synchronized, the speakers stand and assemble into a perfect circle.

“I don’t usually judge Congress,” the new judge explains. The Presiding Officer asks her for clarification. She stares numbly at the front of the chamber. “Two down,” she whispers. “Fist at seven.” Her face goes blank.

A speaker requests permission to exit the chamber. He doesn’t return.

The chamber calls a recess for dinner. The halls are empty. The cafeteria is empty. The school has been bought by a developer and is slated to become a shopping mall. Congress is twenty-five years behind the rest of the tournament.

The Presiding Officer’s gavel is not a gavel. Each time she taps it, her desk is dotted with red. A speaker who continued thirty seconds over time appears to be missing his femur.

After the tournament, your coach hands you a stack of ballots. They’re blank, but every speech was scored a 6.

(speech and debate gothic by sail-for-warmer-climes)

Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate to reunite for Landline

Set in Manhattan in 1995, “Landline” centers around a dysfunctional family coming undone and trying to keep together after a shocking revelation. The youngest daughter, Ali, discovers her father is having an affair, which forces middle child Dana to explore her wild side and mother Pat to confront the truth that her life can’t have it all. 

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1. Ines Garcia, a single mother of four, watches television in her Regent Park apartment during the hour or so in between her morning and afternoon jobs in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. Garcia lives in a low rise community housing development that is slated to be torn down and will be forced to temporarily relocate by August 31, 2014.

2. Old community housing is being torn down along River Street in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. The neighbourhood is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will see many of the old buildings replaced by condominiums.

3. Signs of life outside a row of houses soon to be torn down in Regent Park, a neighbourhood home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. The neighbourhood is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will see many of the old buildings replaced by condominiums.

4. Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will improve public spaces and see many of the old buildings torn down and replaced by condominiums in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

5. A handprint in paint is smeared on a post outside a house yet to be torn down in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. The neighbourhood is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will see many of the old buildings replaced by condominiums. Residents who live in the old buildings are being relocated while construction is underway.

6. Regent Park residents attend a private meeting held in one of the neighbourhood’s new condominiums to discuss their concerns about being forced to temporarily relocate by August 31, 2014, after which their current buildings will be torn down in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

7. Construction workers dig alongside a mural in Regent Park, Monday, May 5, 2014.

8. Old community housing along Gerrard Street is slated to be torn down in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

9. A man exits a Salvation Army building on River Street in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

10. A man and a woman sit on the grass outside the new aquatic centre in Regent Park, Monday, May 5, 2014.