Dreaming of Better Endings

I woke up in the middle of the night with a new ending in mind for the second episode of the web series. I had spent the earlier part of the day rewriting that episode, and I got it to a place where it was solid. One of the writers from InkTip, who saw the previous draft, concurred.

I increased the stakes for one of the characters in the scene, which forced the other character to work harder to win his objective. I cut one page of dialogue, then added in another two pages of fresh wordage. I thought I was done.

This morning I added three more lines of dialogue. It was the difference between ending on a nice, well-rounded, feel-good moment between friends, and shocking the reader (audience) into a cliff-hanger. Gotta keep ’em coming back for more, right?

The other part of my day yesterday, was dedicated to designing a full page ad promoting myself and my 2D in 3D work, for GALAvanting Digital Magazine. It’s an e-magazine dedicated to listing all the Galas and fundraising events in the GTA. I was given the spot because I did some work for the Chocolate Ball last year, free of charge.

Design and layout doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m competent enough bending Photoshop to my will, but starting with a blank canvass and a few random elements is daunting. I poked around for a few hours before looking at layouts for other posters and advertisements on the internet. When I found one I liked, I did my best to approximate its look and feel, and came away with something I’m happy with.

I spent more time designing that one advertisement, than I did writing two episodes of my web series. I’m looking forward to the day when I won’t have to wear all the hats.

Today has meetings and phone calls in store, with more meetings to line up over the coming weeks. Tomorrow will be dedicated to writing something that has NOTHING to do with my career. I promise.

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