My writing life needed a bit more organization– or at least a sense of going through my notes, updating things and figuring out my focuses. Today on my “All Projects” file (where I list a quick blurb of projects and their current status), I took a handful of things that were under “Miscellaneous” and created a new section: “Terminal Cases”
The Terminal Cases are projects that aren’t technically “dead”, and thus go into the Graveyard… but it’s more likely than not that I won’t go back to them and finish them. But I did do some work on them, and there are some good ideas in there that it’s worth not totally writing them off… yet.
- The Lowered Bar: The idea behind this was to follow four mediocre students as they muddled through a mid-grade college, eventually to get degrees but not really getting educations. I never really came up with a full outline, just various scenes. It never really came together into a unified whole.
- Long Night of the Pieman: This one was based on my experiences pizza delivery, boiled down to a driver’s adventure in one night. Here I had a full outline, and wrote a fair amount. But as my days as a driver got further and further behind me, the less relevant the piece felt to me.
- The Xanadu Job: This one was a sci-fi Ocean’s Eleven, quite literally. The team was even eleven people, with roughly the same jobs in the movie, and the underlying plan was similar, with some sci-fi twists.
- Arthur Wood’s Metatextual Life: My concept here was Arthur was a young man, just moved to a new city, starting up a life there. But at the same time, Arthur is the main character of a TV show, with a rabid on-line fandom. So I had ideas for how these different facets affected each other. Like, from Arthur’s point of view, he had a friend that he saw all the time, but doesn’t see anymore; but from where it’s a TV show, the actor playing that friend left and is now on another show. Stuff like that. I had an sketch of how Arthur’s life would go over five years (in the form of a five-season episode guide), but there was something structural about the whole concept that eluded me. I never quite sussed it out. So here in Terminal Cases it’ll sit.
- Convergence of Angels on the I-35: This one is well over a decade old in the Terminal Cases pile, really. I had written many chapters longhand, long ago, and then typed it up on the computer. Due to various mishaps and errors in judgment, any electronic version is lost. I still have the longhand, but I have yet to type it up and do anything with it. And I may not, because it is very much a “young man’s” book– I’m no longer 23 years old, spending long nights in diners. But I do love the title.
- Nightingale: This was my “flawed superheroine” project, about a wife & mother who survives when her family is killed, and gets her vengeance on. I had imagined it as a short TV series, or later as a web series.
- Dr. Hiro Hirose vs. Professor Badass: This originated from that Internet Meme of Prof. Badass, which you’ve probably seen. I imagined him as the head of a whole evil team (which you can see the write-up here). Then I came up with matching heroes to oppose him, lead by Dr. Hiro Hirose. (Written up here.) The whole thing started as an exercise in googling interesting hero-like pictures, really. But when I tried to actually write, at least so far, I realized I had characters, but no story. Yet. Maybe it’ll percolate back up later on. Heck, a year ago I considered “Triple Cross” to be in the Terminal Cases, but it sprang back up in my brain, and now I have a complete set of rough-draft scripts. So, you never know.