In the mean time I have been wanting to write a bunch more for the Zombie Dinosaur project - but I realize that after the first act (which I was happy with) there is a lot of rewriting to complete, and that has to be done after I figure out how I intend to tell the whole story. My initial impression is that the story is likely going to be at least two books - so I've got to seriously work on two story arcs to make it all work. (this is preferable than writing a 4-600 page novel (which I'm not too interested in committing to). I'm also debating whether Zombie Dinosaurs is really a good title for the project; it's definitely the inspiration, but ... the story seems to be going in an entirely different direction - which is good, because the story is good.
Without giving away any of the plot - there is a significant back-story that I've had to do a lot of research for. If I intend to not only be informed on the subject, but also able to tell the story of the character who is to play a significant role in the motivations of my characters - man, I've got to learn a whole lot more on the subject I'm writing on.
So, while there haven't been many updates on the subject - I have read quite a bit on the subject in question.
First off, in the craft of writing itself, I have been through a couple of books, happily.
- Stephen King wrote a great book (right around the time he was hit by a truck and temporarily crippled) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft which was a lot of fun to go through. A lot of very interesting insights on how he works and how he's grown over the years. Funny anecdotes, plus the trials and tribulations of being a starving artist.
- Syd Field is the staple book for how-to screenplays. Thus, The Screenwriter’s Workbook: is an apt title. I am still considering whether I want to develop this as a graphic novel, a screen play or a novel just yet. Not sure what I want to do with it - besides the tremendous amount of time it would take, the graphic novel idea would be really fun to finish (probably not nearly as much fun to produce, though).
- Karen S. Weisner's From First Draft to Finished Novel which has a lot of good information for writing a novel.
- Linda N. Edelstein’s Writer’s Guide to Character Traits to help develop characters > I've been using this quite a bit to help develop characters in The Extent, as well.
- Richard E. Rubenstein's Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews rediscovered ancient wisdom and illuminated the Middle Ages was a great book on science burgeoning out of the dark ages.
- Jeffrey J. Butz's The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity provides a very interesting secondary perspective on the life and times of Jesus and the Jewish world of the first century.
- Michael Grant's Nero which was about one of the Roman emperor's back in the day. There was a great fire in Rome back then, and he murdered a bunch of Christians in the name of justice.
- And I'm currently fighting my way through David Klinghoffer's Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, providing a lot more context on the Middle East during the first century (and quite a bit before that, too). All very valuable information for the foundation of my story.