On this segment of pop culture preacher, I’ll be talking about the Lord of the Rings trilogy. So spoilers if you haven’t seen that, but – really? – it came out in the early 2000s? Go watch it. Also, spoilers for the Bible. Same response if you are concerned with spoilers for that too (+/- a couple millenia).
I’m hip-deep in the development of a trilogy, which is an undertaking itself. But combine with the fact that I have a problem finishing things and, well, you get it. I want to edit my first book, but am more enticed by the thought of working on the sequel… then the third. But without that first book, the trilogy isn’t anything.
How do we buckle down when everything within us wants the excitement of crafting a new narrative rather than get muddied in the trenches of … *shudder* editing. Maybe I can find a new angle or an interesting subplot to add to the original book to keep my interest vested? Perhaps. Maybe I could dig deeper into my characters, breathing new life into them and, in turn, new life into my desire to finish the process.
Maybe it comes down to the famous 76ers adage: Trust the Process.
Did you ever draw stick figure flip books in your school notebooks? I used to get a kick out of it. It was something fun to pass the time when I probably should’ve been paying attention in class.
Recently I found this app Animatic. And it captures so perfectly that old feeling of flip book animation. You draw (on your phone or tablet) frame by frame, and it has onion skinning, which is basically semi-transparent images of previous frames for referencing. You can also adjust frame rate of the overall piece (if you get the subscription for 9.99 a year you can adjust frame rate per frame as well). You can also link it to PhotoShop to get your frames onto your desktop.
What I love about it is it took a nostalgic pastime of mine, and made it much easier to do. And the price of entry for the app is FREE, and that free version is perfectly useful as it is.
We can continue squabbling.
We can sit atop the high horse.
We can pretend we are the moral authority.
We can point the finger at someone else for our world’s problems.
Or we can reach across the aisle.
We can humble ourselves.
And we can create something new.
Humankind is counting on us to admit that we’re broken and imperfect people.
And we may be arrogant and self-righteous, but we don’t have to stay that way.
I was scrolling through my feed today (as ya’ do), and I came across this tweet.
“You deserve this,” the voice says.
Groundhog Day. Groundhogs Day. Groundhogs’ Day?