Today we celebrated a birthday in my house. Birthdays are always great fun and one of the very times that everybody likes to get up early. We open presents before school, before work, and when the tea kettle takes too long, before coffee too. There was the usual collection of cool stuff, books, and checks but for anyone looking to find the perfect Christmas gift for a Nerf junkie I need to tell you – the “Nerf Zombie Collection” is very, very cool. The shot gun variant is semi-steampunk and fires 3 darts at once. Hint, hint.
The other big news today is that I won the 5 minute fiction contest this week. Thank you for voting, and an extra special thank you if you voted for me. If you have never experienced an adrenaline rush while writing, I recommend you try this contest at least twice - the first so you get used to the panic and figure out just how much time everything really takes - and the second so you get to actually enjoy the stress of competing.
However, today I will not be writing about TV like I usually do because I haven't seen anything new to comment on or anything new in the few shows I have watched to highlight. Well, there is one thing. When you are writing dialogue for a script rather than a novel, less is definitely more. Let the actors and setting show so you don’t have to tell. Three lines in a book might only take three words in a script. Trust the actors. Trust the director. Trust the snake voiced by Winnie the Pooh.