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Pike Talk

Note to past self:

When writing notes on a potential story, it would be really helpful if you'd use terms more specific than:

"-tells a little, hints"

and

"-more explanation"

and

"-final battle, decision"

Seriously. Hints at what? What explanation? What decision? Obviously I knew what I was talking about when I was writing this attempted outline, four years ago, but looking at it now... *boggles*

Most bizarre phrase: "bit of Pike talk"--Pike talk? Like... Christopher Pike? Or the dude in the Buffy movie? Or... I really have no clue on that one. And I don't mention this Pike anywhere else in the notes.

The worst thing is, I know I'd figured out a whole bunch of important things about how this world works, but I don't seem to have bothered to write them down. What the hell, 23-year-old me!?

I guess I'll just have to hope what I figure out now is better than the ideas I had then!

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bassclefgirl
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Clearly it's a discussion of the pros and cons of the Pennsylvania turnpike. ;)

I'm pretty sure I've come across almost that exact thing before. Maybe not in a full outline (since I don't have a ton of those, but I'm trying to work on that), but certainly in notes to myself -- "wait, what's supposed to happen in this scene? Liz, you dork."

Good luck figuring things out! :)
megancrewe
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm usually pretty good about writing down any ideas I have for a story, but obviously I dropped the ball with that one.
meredith_wood
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
lol. At least you made some notes, however badly done. ;-) I can't teach myself to make notes at all.
megancrewe
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, I couldn't get by without notes. I have so many ideas (many of which end up contradicting each other) that I need to put them on paper or I'd never get them sorted out. :)
jgurtler
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
I HATE when I forget what I was talking about in a story. I've done it and it makes me so mad to have to come up with a new idea when I know I already had one.
megancrewe
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I know! That's what bugs me--there's this *one* element that was really important to the story that I know I had figured out... and I have no idea what it was any more. Bah.
fabulousfrock
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ugh...yes, I think I have mostly learned my lesson about TAKING NOTES...I also have a bad habit of writing, having to leave to go to work or something, but having a great continuation in mind. I think I'll get right back to it...but I don't, and I don't remember what I was going to write.
megancrewe
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've done that too! I'll get some idea and be sure I'll remember it and then... oh no, what was it again? I've started ending my writing sessions by jotting a few point form notes at the end of the prose where I've stopped about the things I've thought of that I intend to happen next, which has helped.
semaht
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Heck, at least you managed to make some notes! I come up with these fully-formed bits of outline, but I'm always in some situation where I tell myself I can write it down "later". It's so clear in my mind, there's no way I'll forget! Uh huh.

I think you were thinking of the British slang term, "Pikey", wikipedia entry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikey
Most of US folks learned the term from the film Snatch. Brad Pitt's character.
megancrewe
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
I do that "Oh, I'll definitely remember this later" thing. Especially with the ideas which (often) come to me as I'm trying to get to sleep. I have learned that I really must write them down, or they will be gone. But sometimes I still don't. :P

And I'm pretty sure it wasn't Pikey, because I have no recollection of ever knowing that term... and also I'm pretty sure Pike referred to something in the story world, I'm just not sure what.
akabins
Sep. 9th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
haha, good stuff. I often have notes to myself that merely say:

"FIX THIS"

or more basically:

"NOOOOOO." Looking back I have no idea what I was talking about.

It makes me think of when I used to tutor a drama class and all of my scene notes said things like "Don't do that." Upon reading them aloud to the class, I had no idea what I was talking about... Lesson learned? hah.
megancrewe
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Heh, well, at least you know which parts need work... even if you're not sure what you didn't like about them. :D
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