Stock: A Story Idea

So I’m lying here with a cotton swab in my mouth to dull the pain of my rebellious wisdom tooth and I suddenly had a story idea. Before we begin, please forgive my spelling. I am without internet and am typing instead on my phone.

The idea. Your normal story follows a series of characters and they usually start fairly stick, developing into complex ones along the way. Usually. What if it happened in reverse?

The story follows a series of characters in a character waiting room scenario where they are main characters in a long running series. They are fully developed and complex already, but they start to notice that their fellow characters are starting to lose personality traits and motivations as the story goes on.

Being in the book is like a job and they are actors in this grand play, as is the case in most of these sports of set ups, but behind the scenes, they imagine there is a creature stealing their personalities, or maybe one of he minors trying to take a leading role by making the mains all dull. They don’t know and are trying to figure it out before they turn completely intuitive stock characters.

In the end, of course, they find its nothing so sinister. Heir writer, after having written so many books and desiring a chance to write something else, has a deadline approaching with this book and is a little blocked.

And hats the idea. It will need a few years to mature, but I rather like it as a base. Although I hope I don’t keep up he trend of interesting ideas while in pain.

Video Dilemma

I’m planning on starting a video blog series on here. Something nice and simple, talking about whatever strikes my fancy at the time, with a sporadic update schedule. Unfortunately, I’m encountering a bit of a dilemma. Which player do I use?

I’ve eliminated Youtube1 and hosting it myself using the JW-Player.2 This leaves the two other places I have accounts: Vimeo and Blip.

I know quite a bit about Blip, but is anyone out there very familiar with Vimeo? Is it a good place to do the vlog thing?

  1. Just not a fan of the quality on it when I upload my other videos []
  2. I would probably use up all my webspace in a couple videos. []

Respect Your Fandom

Or, if you must piss off your fandom, make sure they don’t have the internet.

As Wiseau Films is discovering after taking down two videos from popular internet review site, ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, upsetting even a potential fanbase who is tech savvy is a bad idea. Upon releasing a video mocking the situation and clearly pointing the site’s fans in the direction of the people responsible for the removal of the review1, their Facebook has been flooded and those fans are also presumably flooding the site with emails.

The review in question? It was for a cult classic due to being hilariously awful, The Room.

One of the two reviews removed have subsequently been reuploaded to Youtube2 and are being shared among fans who have started a boycott and have informed Wiseau Films that, while they had been considering purchasing the movie, they now will spend no money on it. They point out that Fair Use places reviews and parody as exempt from copyright claims.

This isn’t the first time there’s been a fan backlash due to copyright. I, myself, will not read Anne Rice due to her attempting to sue fans for writing fan fiction of her works. And there was Metallica and their fans.

Just don’t piss off fans or potential ones. It’s always a bad idea. All press is not good press.

  1. Not that this is necessarily the best move in general. I can see a few issues with harnessing your fanbase’s rage intentionally. Whether this video is an attempt at that, I don’t know, but for those thinking about doing something similar, think really hard before doing so. []
  2. I’m a little disappointed that only one of them was uploaded. I really did like the one by Obscurus Lupa. []