Plant and NNWM-2K15 Update

NNWM-2K15 Update:

Another chapter of my NNWM-2K15. I’m still writing chapter 33, but figured I could release Chapter 29.

The next post will contain Chapter 29 of the 2015 NaNoWriMo work-in-progress, and it will go up immediately after this post goes live. It’s password protected. Since it’s been a while, click HERE for the previous stuff.

Please, don’t ask for a password thinking it will make me feel good. Especially, don’t ask unless you’ve read the first few chapters and know that you are interested in reading more. Unless you intend to read it, don’t ask. I will not feel hurt, I will not cry myself to sleep, I will not hate anyone who chooses not to read my effort. I will, however, get a little miffed if I get asked for passwords by a bunch of people, and then only my regular four or five readers read the stuff. 


Plant Update:

Some people might remember THIS post, and specifically, this photo.


Well, the plant is still doing OK, and as I was shooting stuff for eBay, I decided to snap a picture or two. Specifically, one using the on-camera flash . . . 


. . . one without using the flash . . . 


. . . and then merging the two into an HDR file . . . 

20160131_DSC3926_1-Processed-Processed_DIGI. . . before applying some Impressions paint filters.

20160131_DSC3926_1-Processed-Processed-Processed_DIGII’m about to prune it, so I’ll take a few shots after I chop it up. I might even root the clippings . . . we’ll see. 

I also want to mention a movie I watched: The Dark Valley. It’s an Austrian-German Western (with English subtitles) streaming on Netflix. 

Despite it being a tad dark, a tad deliberate, and a tad different from what I normally watch, I liked it. I especially liked the choice of music – modern songs, one of which I liked a lot for its expression of frustration and anger (it’s my theme song as I follow the presidential race spectacle – mind you, the lyrics don’t make sense, but the emotion in the “how dare you” vocal portion and the music combination are perfect). 

I’m putting this video here so people can listen to it:

Now, that’s just the song. I am going to also link THIS VIDEO VERSION that has scenes from the movie, but know that there are spoilers in this video, and it’s also violent. But it’s very good, especially since the shootout in the movie had this song playing – just like here. For them who want the full effect of the song in the movie, watch this version.

As a writer, as a lover of action movies, as someone who likes guns, as a person who likes music, it all came together really well.

If you do watch the violent video version, I will tell you that as a writer I would like to capture in words the expression of the actor (Tobias Moretti) at the 3:20-minute mark. He’s a bad guy in a fight for his life and he’s just watched his brothers get shot. Just before the 3:20 mark he yells and fires his gun, and then his face shows the mental, emotional, and physical weariness of the moment. It’s fleeting, but in that one-second shot, you almost feel bad for the man (remember, he’s the bad guy).

It probably won’t affect others like it did me, and it took me a long while to figure out what the actor did, and I can’t yet say ‘why’ it works other than it fit the moment perfectly. I watched that particular segment many times trying to explain to myself the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ it carries so much impact (again, at least for me).

I worked it out the ‘how’ . . . maybe . . . it’s the slow blink and the deep breath he takes. How do I write that in a scene?

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9 Responses to Plant and NNWM-2K15 Update

  1. oneowner says:

    I like the detail the flash brings out but, for my taste, the shadows are a bit harsh so I like the no-flash shot. I’ve had to use flash on some subjects at the Museum so it’s a nice tool to have available.


    • disperser says:

      I usually tone down the flash, but it was a quick shoot and didn’t want to bother (it was set for my eBay shoot. Also, the backdrop is a lot closer than I normally would have it, hence shadows. In this case, it’s also because I had the camera on the side, so the onboard flash casts shadows to the side. They would not be as noticeable if above as opposed to the side.

      Finally, the reflective surface (glass) picks up too much from the mini-studio cube white walls and ceiling, washing out the details under the glass. Ideally, I would have this in a much larger cube or, better yet, in the open. Even then, it’s glass . . . it’s gonna reflect something.


  2. Thanks for the movie recommendation! I will give it a whirl! I often like soundtracks better than the movies.
    I admire actors and what they can convey in their eyes, faces, body language, etc., sans words spoken! I’m not sure how to write that in a scene. But, I bet you’ll figure it out. Screen writers probably only write something like “act upset” in ( )’s and the actor chooses how to express it…based on the depth to which he/she’s become the character.
    Wow! Your beautiful little plant is thriving! Love it as an Impressionist painting!
    I am on a lynch…er…lunch break…but I will get back later to see how Gin is doing!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you.

      As for the scene, I know the script only has a vague description, but it’s probably a combination of both acting and direction and editing (some of the sequences of shots are slightly off, so I imagine editing plays a significant part along with the other two).

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  3. PiedType says:

    Enjoyed the info on bonsai (hadn’t seen the original post). I’ve tried a few in my time, almost always little junipers or something pine-tree-looking. Don’t recall what happened to them.

    I like the impressionistic photo best. It softens things. (I’m another who doesn’t like heavy flash shadows.)


  4. colonialist says:

    I rather like the unshadowed version.
    Wouldn’t it actually be easier to write about feelings at a crucial juncture than to project them with acting? That seems to have been a really good job.
    I seem to be behind again on reading, and will have to stay that way until I catch up with myself – hey, slow down! (Getting even further ahead, the rascal!)


    • disperser says:

      The thing is, in that particular scene, it’s difficult to convey in words what the actor managed with a look. I can use some words (as I did above), but for me the look in his face, while recognizable, is difficult to put into words.

      I once saw a picture of a man carrying a child on his back as he waded through floodwaters. The look on his face was immediately recognizable to me but I would not be able to explain it with words. It spoke of hopelessness, resolve, determination, all while facing something beyond his ability to control (I thought I saved the photo, but I can’t find it anymore).

      As for slowing down, I’m already far behind. I should have put this to bed by now and already be in the revision stage. And, if you have your own things to catch up on, no worries about mine.


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