Crunching Numbers & Letters: a WIP update

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Feb. 5th, 2020 // WIP update

Hi, everyone!

I decided to have a separate blog post for a few different aspects of my life, just to shake things up. I usually write long posts, but I find it easier and more productive to write short posts about multiple topics.

Today’s focus is C.O.D.Y.’s Intentions, a feature film I’ve been sitting on since high school. It follows Raymond McCoy, a young man who decides to have his body  frozen in 2020 after losing his lover, Matthew. However, he wakes up in 2287 after the Earth has been ravaged by fires for centuries, and now humanity is living in these utopia-like domes. To Raymond’s dismay, humankind cannot leave the domes and the human race now has an uncomfortably close relationship with robots in the Eden-like domes. It always sounds a bit awful when I talk about it, but I’ve been working on my pitch and that’s the best way I can explain it so far.

C.O.D.Y. started out as a book in high school for a project in junior year. My teacher wanted the entire class to use Google’s idea of twenty percent (20%) time – something like that. Everyone I told about the book told me that it would make a great film. I agreed with them and I was about fifteen chapters in before I decided to tuck C.O.D.Y. away for a later date.

However, I started having hardware issues during the summer between my junior and senior year in high school, but by God’s grace, I was able to recover the bones for C.O.D.Y.

Now that I’m in the last year of college, I get to turn the book into a screenplay with the help of SCAD professors and students, and I think it’s going well. I had a few issues in the beginning, which resulted in multiple drafts, and while I’m getting worn out by all the rewriting, I really want to see this film on the silver screen one day.

At some point, I realized that I forgot about Habitica on my phone. I don’t remember the day I stopped using it, but I don’t think I’ve touched it since December of 2019. Last night, I sat down and created some new rewards for myself, to entice myself into using the app again, and added some new chores to help me earn some gold coins for said rewards. I’m determined to use Habitica again because I remembered how good it made me feel. The sense of accomplishment would pretty much make my day.

I’m still pretty good with Forest – I use the app multiple times a day now that I can grow a tree in ten minutes. Forest helps me break down my tasks into smaller chunks, making them less intimidating, and like I said before, it’s a good app to pair with Habitica. (Not sponsored, I’m just trying to maximize my daily productivity.)

I guess I’ve been obsessing over being more productive lately, because the other day, I sat down and calculated how many hours I have for homework and writing after class, my commute, getting ready for the day, etc. Mondays and Wednesdays are at six and a half hours. Tuesdays and Thursdays are at nine and a half. The weekends (Friday through Sunday) are at sixteen hours. These numbers are based on the idea of getting eight hours of sleep a night and giving my brain an hour of rest every day. They’re not horrible, but I have to really use every second I can.

Of course, I’m still going to blog (I’m really getting into it now) and knit when I can. I even hopped on Google Calendar and planned out my day, not quite “to the T”, but pretty close. Again, maximizing productivity here. I know there are going to be some hard days, given a depression “flare up” and whatnot, but I’ll see how that goes, ya know?

All in all: C.O.D.Y. is going well. I have to start working on my TV episode for my other writing class this weekend since pages are due next week . . .

I’m going to aim for one WIP update a month, but let’s hope for more than that.

I hope you all take care! Stay safe!