If there is one thing I have learned, it is that I am lousy at estimates… and numbers. The proof of this is in this week’s estimate for “The Specialists: Rogue.” A lot of pages have been created since the last update and you would not know that by looking at the estimate below. Why? Like I said, I am lousy at estimates and numbers. As those pages kept coming I realized “Rogue” was going to be longer than my original estimate and longer than my revised estimate. I am now using my revised revised estimate. However, if I am able to keep the pace of the last two weeks, “Rogue” could be completed in two to three weeks… maybe. What can I say? I write ’em as I see ’em.
“The Great Escape,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “Jurassic Park,” “Elizabeth,”… I cannot even remember all the roles this great man burned into my memory. As an actor he had the uncanny ability to take even small roles and make them unforgettable. As a director, he gave us one of the greatest films I have ever seen – “Gandhi.” It was a remarkable film about a remarkable man. To this day, I find it to be one of the most inspiring and emotional films I have ever experienced. It was a film that took over two decades of planning and work to finally bring to the screen. Lord Attenborough never gave up. “Young Winston,” “A Bridge Too Far,” “Magic” and “Shadowlands” are among my other favorites directed by Lord Richard Attenborough.
He will be missed.
Yes, late again. Various causes/reasons/excuses. I will not bore you with the details.
As stated in the last update the “Untitled Contemporary Fiction Project” is dead. That decision has not changed. I will drop it from the progress report in the next week or so.
It appears I may have to change my progress meter selection. The one I have been using does not seem to want to work when I do. So, I am… experimenting. 😉
At this moment, I do not believe the world can even begin to comprehend what we have lost.
As I sit down in front of the computer for the evening/morning writing session, it occurs to me that I should update everyone on my status.
Yeah, yeah, I know. It is late… very late if you count the fact that I did not post an update at all last week.
Now, a bit of news. “The Specialists #4” has been moved up and placed on the production board. I decided I wanted to do the fourth “The Specialists” story before I began work on the previously scheduled “Untitled Science-Fiction Project #1” which does, in fact, have a title… I’m just not telling. “The Specialists 4” outline and storyline have come together very easily the past two weeks and I decided I was in the mood to go with it early even though I don’t have a title for it yet.
Finally, for all practical purposes the “Untitled Contemporary Fiction Project” has been shelved. I didn’t like it. 😉
And so it goes…
Okay, the BAD news is that “Rogue” is obviously not as near completion as what the previous numbers indicated. I was aware of that… and I made you aware of that. The GOOD news is that I believe the new estimate is accurate. And so the story goes…
98% complete? Not bloody likely. As I said last week, I am trying to get a handle on a more accurate estimate. 98% ain’t it. If I had to guess, I would say I am more likely in the 80% to 85% area. I might be able to be a bit more accurate after this week. Of course, it would help if the characters would just do what they’re supposed to do!
Also, I had planned on beginning the actual placing of words to paper on “Untitled Science-Fiction Project #1” last week. That didn’t happen. That will not happen until “The Specialists: Rogue” is complete… maybe.
I will be trying to get a handle on a more honest estimate of where we stand on completing “The Specialists: Rogue.” 92% complete is optimistic… to say the least. However, based on my original target that is where we are at. I am lousy at setting targets. I do a rough outline of the plot and base my target length on that. I was pretty close on “The Specialists: At Any Cost” and “The Specialists: Sex, Spies and Lies.” Those were much easier to estimate since they were adaptations of previous versions. I am also a victim of character rebellion. I do the rough outline, make my estimate and start writing. Then the characters take over. They move the plot. I tell the story as it unfolds. I do not force it. I do not pad it. I do not prematurely clip it. I simply tell it… and get in trouble with grossly inaccurate estimates of length and completion deadlines. This is literary Hell. I love it.
Yeah… I can state with complete certainty that the length of “The Specialists: Rogue” is going to be… a bit longer than originally planned. So, the estimates may change in the next week or two. I am also thinking of placing the “Untitled Contemporary Fiction Project” on temporary hold so I can target more time on completing “Rogue.”
I can say with some certainty that the length of “The Specialists: Rogue” is going to be a bit longer than originally planned. Just sayin’…