Friday, October 5, 2012
The Grumpy Bulldog: Strategery!
Hannibal on the A-Team used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together" and I think I like watching a plan come together. That would explain why I like those parts of "Breaking Bad" and also crime movies like "The Godfather" and heist movies and even revenge movies. They all involve a lot of planning and often intricate scheming in order to accomplish whatever the goal is.
Maybe that's not all that surprising because my favorite video games are strategy games like "Conflict" for the NES and "Age of Empires" for the PC. I'm also fascinated with tracking box office numbers though I don't bother to go to many movies, which again I think is just that I like to follow which strategies pay off and which don't. Maybe that's why I like baseball too. I think it extends to writing as well because I often find the planning of a story to be more fun than the actual writing of the story. It's fun for me anyway to figure out how things will fit together. Some stories I think I end up abandoning because they were a lot more fun planning out on paper than they were to actually write, or the high concept sounds great but getting into all the gory bits proves to be too cumbersome.
Anyway, the odd thing is that I have no affinity for puzzles and I don't read many mysteries either. Though in the last year or so I got more into noir detective stories, perhaps for the reasons I describe. I don't think "cozy" mysteries would interest me as much; not enough violence and action. I did read a lot of military fiction like Tom Clancy and stuff back in my younger days.
There you go, a little Friday rambling. After I've watched the whole series I'll probably do a full "Breaking Bad" entry plus should my book ever get published I have a guest post for Michael Offutt's blog comparing Walter White and the Black Dragoon of my book. That will be fascinating I'm sure.
The far more important thing is I can finally announce Neil Vogler, Sean Craven, and I have signed on to do a project with December House Publishing. More details will follow over the next few weeks. It's sad they already have my bio up. The publisher of A Hero's Journey? Not so much.
Monday's Phony Photos is one for the ladies...