Thursday, August 5, 2010

Milestones: Kick-Off

Materials acquired:
-Pilot G-2 07 gel pens (My favorite for handwriting)
-100-sheet College Ruled Composition Books (25-cents each!)(And can be stickered and drawn-on all over!!)

For each idea or story, I will start a composition book that will house all the outlines, characters, plot points and miscellaneous sundries that will be required to see the story/project to completion. All ideas will be cataloged in these primarily...while notes might be jotted elsewhere, I will compile them here.

Yeah, well...I can buy the stuff, but if I don't sit down and write, all I have is more stuff. However, Project 1 is underway. Next step...gather all relevant notes from previous notebooks and gather them in the new one. If I can find them...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ray Bradbury Made Enemies

The venerable sci-fi writer on his religious beliefs at CNN.

What amazes me isn't Bradbury's ideas (He calls himself, appropriately, a delicatessen believer) but how many commentators below the actual article write him off for them, which are very simply universalist views that love is good, lets get along, etc. Oh, and he thanks God.

It is amazing that at the mere mention of "God", any god, so many atheists come out of the woodwork to defend their faith. And yes, I said "their faith", because it takes faith to say there is no God, just as it takes faith to say that there is God.

I won't go into the particulars of that here...that is for another post, and frankly, another bog. The point of this post is to say that seeing the vitriol spewed at Bradbury for proclaiming a very safe, unspecific faith, leaves little doubt in my mind that writing towards a very specific faith-based world-view will draw even more ire. As I plot out the direction of the story I am aiming to write, I think I have to gird myself against this kind of atheism-fueled, zealous faith-based apologetic.

In other words, "Haters Gonna Hate".