Today was a pretty special day. Today, I went to school.
I mean, sure, I went to school every day I had to and wasn’t sick for, because I wasn’t a dropout or such a rebel that I didn’t go to school.
But today was different. Today, I went back to my high school (as a published University graduate who, apart from a brief appearance once, hasn’t been to my old high school since graduating. In 2003.) for a speech to the seniors, the one I’ve mentioned previously. Today, it finally happened.
And I think I more or less succeeded. I forgot a couple things, like how you’re supposed to stand within the range of the mic, at the end (there were questions, and I forgot about that whole mic part).
I later had an attentive audience for the meet-and-greet, though I did arrive like a minute before, and I think I interested people enough to check it out. We talked writing and superheroes and stuff. (Is it okay to use ‘bending’ to describe what a character does with elements? Cause the way I see it, that word is so entrenched into modern pop culture that they’re going to think it anyway. And it’s using ancient Chinese traditions, so…)
I even did a bit of writing, this was mainly between the presentation and the meet, and I remembered to write a note about setting the scene, so I used film script style for this. The scene being a prologue-type flashback, I thought, hey, why not make this interesting? The rest of the book is in prose, and I can’t say I’ve ever seen flashbacks and prologues in film script style, so… certainly adds a bit of flavour to a device that is usually done awfully. I wonder what other people think though?
Oh, and Children of Fire and Writing The Wasteland are both free until Monday on Kindle, so… you know… (awful plug is awful) (apologies to anyone trying to get them from here, I was fighting the machine while saying “almost done”. You understand, right? I believe the links are now fixed. Any hassles, let me know straight away.)