Friday, June 29, 2007

Personality Disorder Test

Personality Disorder Test Results
Paranoid |||||| 26%
Schizoid |||||||||||||||||| 78%
Schizotypal |||||||||||||||| 62%
Antisocial |||||| 26%
Borderline |||||| 26%
Histrionic |||||| 22%
Narcissistic |||||||||| 34%
Avoidant |||||| 26%
Dependent |||||| 30%
Obsessive-Compulsive |||||||||| 34%
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EDIT: Did another one just now (24 October 2008), as I've been reading about psychological disorders in the psychology course recently. I seem to have become more schizoid in the past year and a half. ;) But less paranoid, which is interesting, considering how much X-Files I've been watching recently...

Personality Disorder Test Results
Paranoid |||| 14%
Schizoid |||||||||||||||||||| 82%
Schizotypal |||||||||||||| 54%
Antisocial |||||||||| 34%
Borderline |||||| 30%
Histrionic |||||| 30%
Narcissistic |||||||||| 38%
Avoidant |||||||||| 38%
Dependent |||||| 26%
Obsessive-Compulsive |||||||||||| 42%
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Schizoid Personality Disorder - individual generally detached from social relationships, and shows a narrow range of emotional expression in various social settings.

Test author comment: I don't think Schizoid personality is a valid disorder (read), some of the smartest people in history were schizoid because they occupied a remote end of the intelligence bell curve. Schizotypal personality can encompass highly original thinkers as well as totally insane people so I think it's a flawed type.

Script Frenzy! - Day 29

Days until fade-out: 1

Well, decided I wasn't going to go to bed until I finished. So I did. Still feels like scenes are missing, but on the other hand... I was watching "Notting Hill" earlier. Unfortunately, a Scandinavian release, so no director's commentary (during SF, I've been watching "Love Actually" and "Wimbledon" with director's commentary). Found the script, though. It was 17k-ish words. At the point I was earlier tonight, I still had more than that. Now I've breeched 20k! \o/ I did it!

Then comes the polishing and stuff. But hey, I made it! And it's a day to go! (Two days, technically, as it's only just turned Friday an hour and a half ago.) Happy now.

Total word count: 20,064

Script Frenzy 2007 winner

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Script Frenzy! - Day 27

Current word count: 18,431
Words left: 1569
Days until fade-out: 3

Written about 1600 words today. Have just as many to write tomorrow and then I'm done. A couple of days ahead of schedule! That will feel good.

Today, I got out "Writing Your Screenplay" by Cynthia Whitcomb, which I bought a couple of years ago or something like that. It will be my guiding light when it comes to the editing process, which will ensue once Script Frenzy is done.

Today I was struck by the horrible realisation that there isn't a lot of character development in the story. That's pretty bad. So the scenes I've written today, I've put in some self-esteem issues, which they can overcome in the end.

Also, a 25-year-ish gap in a couple can work IRL. To date, it seems to still be working quite well for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and they've been married 7 years now. And they seem to be genuinely in love, so there! Not every young woman is a golddigger, nor is every older man a perv. (Some people would argue that in relation to Mr. Douglas, I bet, but shush you. :P)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Script Frenzy! - Day 26

Current word count: 16,760
Words left: 3240
Days until fade-out: 4

Everything has been transferred from the story. Now I'm at the stage where I have to think of new scenes to put in, and that's proving to be a bit tricky. "Tricky" meaning "AARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!" Okay, perhaps not that much. I've identified Act 3, but still don't know where Act 1 finishes and Act 2 begins.

I've added a scene in a bookstore, in a country village, MMC's first lesson, and a scene that explains FMC to have a bit of a thing for older men. But I need more. Have asked around on the Script Frenzy forums and have got some suggestions there, as well as in the newly formed Order of Merlin (Merlinordern) in the SH forum, which is a writing circle like The Circle of Prophets (Profeternas Cirkel) once were in VVT. Got some input there too, which is good.

I do feel slightly stressed now, and there's only four days to go. Okay, I only have to write 810 words per day now, but I want to finish ahead of schedule. I just need some more scenes.

Not sure there will be a Script Frenzy next year, as they need $120,000 to break even. That's a lot of money. And so far, they've only got a bit over $21k. Would love to donate some, but am very short of cash right now. Would be fun to participate in another Script Frenzy (dunno about NaNoWriMo in November... scripts are more my thing), as I've got several ideas for other scrips I want to write, but if there's no official Script Frenzy next year, I guess I'll just have to pretend there is one next June. Or just start writing scripts anyway, but not the "I have to get to 20k words in 30 days" thing. We'll see.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Script Frenzy! - Day 21

Current word count: 14,226
Days until fade-out: 9

I beat the half-way mark the night to the 15th, which is half-way through. The past week has been full of distractions, however. I was working Wednesday to Friday. Friday also meant it was return to DDO weekend... which we were playing on on Saturday, and then were out in the evening. Sunday also doing stuff, and in the evening, I was playing DDO. Monday and Tuesday were both spent upgrading the SH forum to phpbb3. So I've basically lost a week, but it's still doable. Only have 1½ A4 pages left to transfer, and then I just have to fill in the blanks. Which should be okay.

Less than 7k words to go, after all!

Return to DDO weekend

Returned to DDO for three days last weekend. Was supposed to be extended to Tuesday, but couldn't log in on Monday morning. :( Spent Sunday night questing with my Bard, and did part 1 and 2 of Waterworks, which got her to level 3. It was +50%xp during the weekend, which helped.

Since then, I've had a bit of a look on the DDO forums, and have finally managed to do that Bartle test I've heard about.

The Bartle Test
Breakdown
: Achiever 46.67%, Explorer 80.00%, Killer 33.33%, Socializer 40.00%
EASK players often live by the phrase 'The journey is often more enjoyable than the destination.' They are motivated by meeting the challenges of the world, but they are usually in no rush--because seeing the creatures and places of the world is even more fun.

Online Gamer Playstyle Survey
Based on your answers, you are Supporter-Organizer.
This combination is also referred to as the Impresario playstyle. You provide a foundation for other players to enjoy the game. You tend to help other people achieve their goals before you do things for yourself, hoping to reap later rewards in the form of loyalty and dedication to growing a guild or clan.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What old skool my little pony are you?




You are MAGIC STAR! You're the nice one, always giving people a chance and having hope. Good for you, you nice little pony you!

Take this quiz!

YAY! Magic Star is actually one of the ponies I have as well! :D

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Script Frenzy! - Day 10

Current word count: 7881
Days until fade-out: 20

I've found her, the female main character! The male lead I, as have already been established, picture as Sam Neill or Alan Rickman. The female one I couldn't quite decide on which one. Then, last night, we watched "Doctor Who" on BBC1, and there she was. The character of Sally Sparrow, being clever and cheeky and all that kind of stuff just made me think of my FMC. The actress is the beautiful Carey Mulligan (Kitty in "Pride & Prejudice" from 2005). So she's born in 1985, but then again, so is Keira Knightley. Romola Garai is born in 1982, just a couple of weeks before me, and she would be a good FMC, I think. Yet Carey Mulligan... bingo! Perfect. <3

"Yeah. 'Sir, how come your characters
never seem to get the girl?' Brilliant. Sure
he would love that question."

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Script Frenzy! - Day 7

Current word count: 6568
Days until fade-out: 23

The program says I'm 32 minutes into the script. Huh. I'm just getting to a huge turning point, and that is in no way after a mere half hour into the film! But, on the other hand, they meet on page 3, go on a date on page 10... That's just not good enough! Although, right now, the task is to transfer the 20-page story into a script first of all, and once I've done that, start filling in all the blanks. Such as the beginning. I mean, sure, for him, it's love at first sight. For her, he's just some actor. A considerably older actor to boot. So she's got to be a lot harder to get than just " 'Hi, I fancy you, can I take you to dinner?' - 'Sure.' - 'You're the love of my life.' - 'I love you too! Let's live happily ever after!' " ...I mean, wtf?!

Here's how it's gonna work:
1. Transfer rest of story to script.
2. Check word count - unlikely having reached 20k. (The story is 20 A4 pages, 12k-ish words.)
3. Fill in blanks to make up 20k.
4. Celebrate having completed Script Frenzy! 2007.
5. Edit.
6. Edit again.
7. More editing.
8. Rewrite a lot.
9. Edit some more.
10. Get a company like Working Title to buy the script and make it into a great movie.

Aim high! )In the words of Dieter Bohlen: You can win if you want, anything is possible.)

P.S. Angfiel, if you're reading this: WHEN this movie gets made, if Alan Rickman gets the part of the Male Main Character... by then I'll have got decent money for the script and will get you a plane ticket to come and join me on the set so you can meet him IRL. (The catch is, you gotta read the script and hack it to pieces with constuctive criticism in the editing stages.) How's that? ;)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Script Frenzy! - Day 5

Current word count: 4761
Days until fade-out: 25

So far: They've met. They've been on a date. There's even been a sex scene! And morning after angst. And the Quirky Friend has just been introduced.

According to Ten Must-Haves in Any Romantic Comedy there are certain things most RomComs have in common. It's a good list. Without even making an efford, my story will have 7 out of 10. The "Older Perverted Relative" can be added, and I'm sure we can have a proper "Wedding/Dance/Party scene" as well. The "One Hit Wonders"... well, I'm not familiar with exactly what Burt Bacharach has written, but I do like a bit of Motown, so +2! All the rest of the points I have, so yay!

To quote the Script Frenzy Romance/Romantic Comedy forum:

1. Check. Rich celebrity vs poor drama student.
2. Check. Drama school.
3. Check. There's one of those, except not just yet.
4. Check. She's a bit of a hippie.
5. Don't have one of those, so good point, must add one.
6. Don't know what Burt Bacharach has made specifically, but I'm sure we get some Motown in there. I like Motown!
7. Check. There is a cat.
8. Hmm. That could be arranged.
9. Check.
10. Check. But of course!

I could so do script-writing for a living. It's awesome. <3

Monday, June 04, 2007

Bestest Show Ever!

Look! Someone put these on YouTube! I wuvs them.

Script Frenzy! - Day 4

Current word count: 3463
Days until fade-out: 26

I'm having a blast here. I've also considered another actor for the male lead. I'm thinking Alan Rickman could pull it off. And I'm not just saying that to make Angfiel happy. :P I reckon he'd do it well. I would say the main reason I'm considering him is because he did a shiny job in Love Actually and Sense And Sensibility. Okay, the guy normally tends to be very good, but the whole love thing. I'm not too familiar with the wider range of his films, so he might do an excellent lovesick puppy, I just don't know it. But from those two films, I'd say I'd be happy with him. Not as happy as I would be with Sam Neill, perhaps... but close enough. :)

But hey, I guess if Alan Rickman played the main man, I'd have both Angfiel and one of my sisters queueing up to go see the film... ;)

Procrastination eyecandy:

Sam Neill and Romola Garai version above, Alan Rickman and Anne Hathaway version below.

*Squeee*

Friday, June 01, 2007

Animaniacs on DVD

I think I even had season 1 on pre-order. Today I found out that they've released season 2 already! Season 3 is on the way later this month. On Region 1, I might add. Region free players ftw.

Things I wouldn't mind for my birthday (next month, remember?):



o:)

Animaniacs are great.



(The actor can actually sing that song ^^ still, without the lyrics. Impressive? Hell yes!)



Script Frenzy! - Day 1

So far, I have 614 words (667 being the daily total one would have to do to reach 20k in 30 days), and I'm only like 2 minutes into the film according to the program I'm using. On the other hand, it wouldn't be two minutes in on screen, as you require some establishing shots and things like that.

I settled for a story I've written and that I've been meaning to turn into a script. After all, it's about two actors, so what would be more fitting than making a script of it? It's a romantic comedy, inspired by a dream I had in mid-December 2003. The one that turned me into a SamNeilloholic, incidentally.

Even made a poster. Not with any actor names on, because I don't know who'd fit as the woman, and I have two suggestions for the man (yes, Sam Neill is one of them :P).

I started with looking for pics of Sam, and even though I have a truckload, I couldn't find one that would be good as a poster for this film, and also, the only woman of the right age for the female lead that I seemed to have pictures of with Sam (erm, because I couldn't be bothered to google for actress pics), was Keira Knightley, and that's not quite who I had in mind. Although, I'm kinda warming up to her after PotC3. (Oh, which I'll have to write about separately. Pirates 3, that is. W00t!) Also, the behind-the-scenes interview with her on the "Dr. Zhivago" DVD... gotta love her for that. She talks about Sam Neill and gets as starry-eyed and giggly as a love-struck SNeill listee, which is great fun to watch. You're welcome to the official mailing list any time, girl! ;)

Time to back to the writing.