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Woke up at four thirty this morning for no reason whatsoever and couldn’t get back to sleep.

By six thirty I got out of bed and started working on my story again.

It now has a title, three fully formed characters, a basic plotline (although I’m still letting the actual events come pretty much spontaneously), and an ending that I like quite a bit.  And there’s five pages worth of single spaced writing down on the computer (which probably translates to around 15 pages in an actual book, at a rough guess) and I haven’t even finished introducing the characters yet.

I’m having fun.

I find that my spontaneous writing reminds me a great deal of Douglas Adams.  Prettily written with a ‘huh?’ type of humor.

It entertains me, at least.  And that’s all that matters.

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A brain untied to work…

Though I’m not exactly accomplishing much with my break (a great deal of time is being spent watching tv or movies or playing video games…not that these things don’t constitute some form of work for a media scholar…), I find that I’m actually producing some quite good things when the urge to work strikes me.

Firstly, as I was never able to really write, because I could never outline a plot, I’ve decided to just do some spontaneous writing.  Strangely enough, I’ve wound up with two pretty solid story ideas in the last couple of days, each of which is good enough (and interesting enough) to wind up being a short-ish novel.  And, the important bit is that I’m thinking of them as I’m writing them, so there is actually material being produced, rather than just ideas that will become boring and forgotten.

How good they’ll be I can’t say.  But I’m enjoying the writing enough, that I may actually finish a draft of a story…  How amazing would that be..

Secondly, while watching “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” the other night (a film which is decidedly smarter than it lets on), I realized that, although there are many scholarly works out there about how Hollywood deals with history in film (usually focused on how Hollywood stories are ‘bad history,’ only loosely based on reality), there don’t appear to be any works on how historians and historical research actually appear on film.  I find this to be an interesting topic, and am considering working on a study.

I’ll list the films and television series I’m thinking of so far.  Anyone with anything to suggest, feel free to leave a comment.

  1. Bill and Ted
  2. National Treasure
  3. Tomb Raider / Relic Hunter / Indiana Jones
  4. Blair Witch Project
  5. 12 Monkeys (a man from the future doing historical research on the present)
  6. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (an interesting take on personalizing political and religious history)
  7. Sherman’s March (a documentary that does something similar to Hedwig with history)
  8. Back to the Future (primarily the third film, but time travel and learning ‘proper’ flow of historical events is an interesting aspect)
  9. Doctor Who / Voyagers / Terminator / Star Trek First Contact (also in the protecting ‘proper’ history vein)
  10. Logan’s Run (the difficulty of understanding a disconnected past)
  11. Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a straight historian as world-protector)
  12. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (in a one off, a dry historian is killed by the history he is attempting to define)
  13. Time Bandits / Star Trek IV (adventures in history; probably useless to the topic)
  14. Quantum Leap (don’t remember this too well, but Dean Stockwell needs historical research to help save Mr. Leapypants…)

Obviously these are disparate images and I’m still working out where to focus the idea.  Also obviously, this is a very rough and early idea; I haven’t put much time into it yet, so most of the films I’ve thought of are simply childhood favorites.  But if anyone has any specific examples to mention, feel free to bring them up.

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