All the Nasties

Good times are rolling.  How good are they?  Just look at how Happy Fluttershyhappy Fluttershy is, and you get an idea; I’m just about as happy as the pink-haired pony.  Trust me.  If I wasn’t, you’d know it because I’d tell you.

Things might not be perfect, but they are bearable.  This means I’ve sorta kicked all the crazy stuff that had been getting me down the last couple of weeks, and more or less moved on–and I’ve done that by getting my story in shape.  Which took a bit of work, but that’s nothing new.

Let me show you what I did.  You’ll like it.

Since I have this thing coming up in my story–you could call it a battle, but it’s more like an attack by crazy people who just wanna burn everything to hell and gone, and leave nothing standing when they’re finished.  I’d call them nihilist, but the moment I do that I gotta hear Walter go on about them, so lets just say they like chaos, and they don’t like the main group in my story.

So time lines . . . I needed one for my story, because I didn’t want to have to think about what action was going to occur while writing the scene.  It’s hard enough to write without thinking, “Oh, this is suppose to happen now,” or wondering what so-and-so is doing while I’m raising hell in another part of the story.

I worked up my first time line using Timeline software, Sigel Attack Timelinewhich is open source, so it can run on just about anything using Windows.  What you see is the final creation, where I put up normal events, then incidents that happened during the time indicated, and . . . well, I threw the weather in there because since this happens at a particular point in the past, I wanted to know conditions at that time, which I did by going to the Weather Underground website and finding the Airport Weather History.  From what I could figure out, it was a cool night, but it wasn’t raining.

It took a few hours of thinking and figuring out times, then writing down what happened to which characters, but as you can see, the lines were completed, and fates were sealed.  Now I knew what would happen to my characters, who would be heroes, and who would die horribly.

Yet I was missing something . . .

What it was missing was the ability to write it up the way it needed to be written.  Even though I had a nice time line laid out for all my action, I’d still need to write this stuff.  That would mean setting up my story in Scrivener, and that meant moving the time line over–

So after a few hours of watching movies at home–something Attack Timeline ScrivenerI almost never do these days–I began the task of getting my information into Scrivener.  I started laying out my cards, but rather than look at it on the cork board, I went into outline form and began putting things into proper order with a date and time.  And when I was finished a few hours later–ta da!  My story was laid out as you see to your right.

I know some are saying, “Cassie, you’re crazy.  That’s a lot of crazy there,” but you couldn’t be more wrong.  Each entry is a scene, and when it comes time I write the scene within the confines of the point laid out–and I’m done.  I don’t need to worry if what I’m writing is in the proper order, because I already know.  I don’t even need to write things in order, because I know what happens in each of these plotted points:  I only need to write.

One thing the Scrivener time line did for me:  it made me realize that one character who was suppose to be involved in the action wasn’t.  When I’d put the first time line together I mentioned the character, and then never brought them up again.  Realizing this, I made certain I pointed out in my Scrivener time line that their fate was sealed–

Now that doesn’t sound good, does it?