Why Isn’t There A Word For That?

More of that crazy, zany word stuff that only scholars, geeks and – aw, you guessed – writers care about. That’s right, boys and girls (and scholars, geeks, and writers) we’re talking about words!

More about Arika, YouTube’s Patron Saint of Wordsmiths

Cartoon: ‘Stages of Work’

Grant Snider continues to awe us with his deep insight into the creative soul:

More of Grant Snider’s sensitive perception at Incidental Comics, HERE

Buy Grant’s wonderful book HERE

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 19 Teleplay

by Larry Brody

Over the past several weeks I’ve posted the scripts for Season 2 Episodes 1 through 5 of the FoxKids Network The Silver Surfer animated series I ran for those who wondered what all of us involved in the show back in 1998 intended to come if we hadn’t been cancelled.

Today it’s the turn of Season 2 Episode 6, Down to Earth: Part One.  This one never got beyond “First Draft,” status because the possibility of the series returning was becoming dimmer. It’s dated April 24, 1998 and features the supergroup that started the original “Marvel Age of Comics.”

That’s right. This episode features my favorite heroes of all time, The Fantastic Four. Let me know if I got them right!

PREVIOUS SEASON TWO EPISODES:

THE END OF ETERNITY: PART TWO

SOUL HUNTER: PART ONE

SOUL HUNTER: PART TWO

REBIRTH

THE HUNGER


NOTE: If you’re new to TVWriter™ and/or to the original animated SS series, you have some backstory to catch up on. Fortunately, TVWriter™ just happens to have a section dedicated to The Silver Surfer. To reach it, CLICK HERE!

And now it’s time for:


THE SILVER SURFER

THE SILVER SURFER

DOWN TO EARTH: PART ONE

(FORMERLY “HOME ALONE: PART ONE”)

(#2147-19)

WRITTEN BY

LARRY BRODY

FIRST DRAFT
APRIL 24, 1998

THE SILVER SURFER

“DOWN TO EARTH: PART ONE”

TEASER

FADE IN:

EXT. DEEP SPACE – CLOSE ON A GOLDEN STAR

BLAZING brightly against the blackness of space. Suddenly,
part of the star moves, and we SEE that it is in fact NOVA,
literally swimming through the heart of this sun. She LAUGHS
gleefully, having a great time, as:

NOVA
Surfer! C’mon in, the water’s
fine!

THE SILVER SURFER

On his board, circling nearby. TENDRIL-LIKE sunspots cling
to him and then vanish as they are absorbed.

SILVER SURFER
I have no need to immerse myself.
I can absorb all the energy I need
from right here.

WIDER

Nova dives into the star, comes back up with flame streaming
from her the way water would on Earth.

NOVA
I’m not talking about nutrition,
Silverado, I’m talking about fun!

The Surfer soars closer to her, and Nova “splashes” him with
FLAME. With a backhanded BOLT OF THE POWER COSMIC, the
Surfer EXPLODES THE FIRE before it comes near him.

SILVER SURFER
How can I think about enjoyment?
This very universe is my creation,
yet is it filled with injustice!
(hard)
Why can I not make it perfect?
Why?!

Frustrated, the Surfer FIRES ANOTHER BOLT. We ANGLE WITH it
as the BOLT passes Nova and goes into the star, which ERUPTS
like a volcano with coronal energy.

BRODY THE SILVER SURFER 2147-19 FIRST DRAFT 04/24/98
2.

ANOTHER ANGLE

The ENERGY SWEEPS OUT at the Surfer and Nova, and they ride
along with it.

NOVA
Where I come from there’s an old
saying — “You deserve a break
today.”
(beat)
How ’bout you take some time off
your blamestorming and come with
me?

SILVER SURFER
You have decided where you are
going now that you no longer serve
Galactus?

NOVA
Only one place I want to go — a
sweet little mudball called Earth!

The Surfer considers for a short beat and then nods. The two
of them are soar away together, speeding up and
FORESHORTENING INTO WARP as we

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF EARTH – THE SILVER SURFER AND NOVA

WARPING IN together just beyond Earth’s moon. Nova CLAPS HER
HANDS like an appreciative audience.

NOVA
Check it out, my friend, Pink
Floyd territory…

The Surfer follows Nova’s gaze to:

THEIR POV – THE MOON

Its far side facing us as:

NOVA (O.S.)
The dark side of the moon. And
beyond it —

We TIGHTEN PAST the moon to the surface of the Earth, and the
familiar outline of North America beneath swirling clouds.

BRODY THE SILVER SURFER 2147-19 FIRST DRAFT 04/24/98
3.

NOVA (O.S.)
(continuing)
Home sweet home!

BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER AND NOVA

As the young woman streaks toward Earth.

SILVER SURFER
Nova, wait! You are not who you
once were — and just as I found
when I returned to Zenn-La, your
world may be also be much changed!

ANOTHER ANGLE

Nova isn’t listening. She continues downward, and we HOLD ON
the Surfer’s look of concern. Quickly, he soars after her,
and we ANGLE FROM THE TWO OF THEM TO:

READ THE ENTIRE SCRIPT HERE

Writers and Concentration – Distraction Doesn’t Have to Win…Does It?

Nathan Bransford, author of the Jacob Wonderbar series of books, is one of TVWriter™’s go-to guys for writing and productivity tips and tricks. One particularly relevant example of Mr. Bransford’s helpfulness is the article below. Especially to this TVWriter™ minion in particular because, as my partner often says, “Distractions?” You don’t just  succumb to them, you create them just so you can do the succumbing.”

Sorry for the TMI. This should make up for it:


How to regain your concentration
by Nathan Bransford

Around the end of last year, I noticed something really alarming: I was having a seriously hard time concentrating.

  • I couldn’t write a blog post without flipping through random tabs.
  • I couldn’t read a book without checking my email.
  • I could barely make it through a long form news article.
  • Forget about trying to sit down to be productive writing a novel!

Since then, as you may have noticed with the uptick in blog post frequency, I’ve made a nearly-full concentration recovery.

You too can once again have an attention span greater than a hamster’s! Here’s what I learned about how to regain concentration.

Turn off your notifications

All of them, except for the barest essentials.

I now keep my phone almost entirely in Do Not Disturb mode, and have programmed just a few exceptions, namely phone calls from family members in case of emergencies. And I turned off notifications on my computer entirely.

Now…

  • When I walk down the street, I can let my attention wander without getting pinged. I have ideas again!
  • When I’m at my computer, I’m not getting distracted with incoming emails.
  • I’m not getting a random notification about the latest Netflix show I’m not going to watch.

Decide when YOU want to look at your phone. Don’t let your phone decide that for you.

(And for a look at some of the science behind the effect this type of technology is having on us, check out Jennifer Hubbard’s recent article in Creative Nonfiction).

Close all those browser tabs

I used to have about twenty tabs open to sites I would check frequently. Email. Facebook. Twitter. The weather. The news. You name it.

The problem with having a million tabs open is that I got into this mind-numbing habit of scrolling through them and checking for updates… even sites that basically never update.

And meanwhile, every time I got a Twitter notification or a new email, I’d jump and check it, interrupting whatever else it was I was doing.

Close those tabs, or at least limit to the precious few that you need to check a million times a day. Otherwise, open stuff only when you need to.

Write in full-screen mode

Even when I was writing, I was still constantly distracted. I’d see a new email open up behind my writing window and go and check it. And good luck if you happened to have Twitter open underneath your word processing application….

Read it all at Nathan Bransford’s Blog

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – April 9, 2018

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

RIP Steven Bochco

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 18 Teleplay

‘The Following’ Season 4 was Cancelled by Fox Because the TV Series Became a Victim of Lazy Writing!

And our most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT Writing Contest

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

The Logline

Spider-Man Unlimited

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!