Writing a Fight Scene

I was messing around with StumbleUpon today and came across a pretty cool writing blog with an interesting post titled Write the Fight. I have yet to get to a “fight sequence” part of my novel, but I figure I would get there at some point. Anyhow, this article is pretty in depth and I figured some of you might be struggling with this too.

Here are the basic steps to writing a fight scene, according to the article:

1) Decide which characters are going to be in the fight and how they’re likely to react to it.

2) Design a location for the fight to take place in.

3) Imagine every movement that the characters make as though it was a fight sequence in a film.

4) Build on your imagined film sequence and put it into words.

5) Insert these words into your writing, being careful to avoid too many extended descriptions and metaphors. Keep the adrenaline going and your sentences short.

Anyhow, if you like this, read the rest of the article. It’s very informative. Also, check out the rest of the site.

Price of Milk Soaring

Anyone else notice a bit less cash in their wallets?

There was an interesting article in my local newspaper today about the rising prices of milk, eggs, and other “essential” foods in America. According to the article egg prices have risen 19 percent in the past year, milk prices have gone up 13 percent, and fresh chicken prices have gone up 10 percent. Combine this with a two year upward trend in the price of gas and stagnating wages, and you have a problem.

However, our vaunted President Bush is greatly concerned. Here is his quote:

Meeting with economic writers last week, President Bush dismissed several polls that show Americans are down on the economy. He expressed surprise that inflation is one of the stated concerns.

“They cite inflation?” Bush asked, adding that “I happen to believe the war has clouded a lot of people’s sense of optimism.”

That is a quote from a man who is out of touch with the regular working people in this country, the ones who go to work every day, earn a paycheck, and have to buy groceries to feed their families.  This is more than the poor.  This includes the middle class as well.

The stock market’s doing great, though, right?