The Adventures of Tater Tot and Spud

Today’s Saturday, when I’m supposed to post some Original Fiction. But, engrossed in our student film contest, I didn’t get the chance to write anything new for y’all this week. So, I figured I’d go back in time a bit, and share with you a little something from my past.

This is a comics script I wrote around the time I was in college. I’d never written a script before, and I didn’t know what I was doing. But, like anyone just starting out with a new venture, I knew what I liked, and I had a pretty good idea for what I wanted to see. This project never came to fruition beyond my first draft below, but, when I found it the other day, I figured it might be a fun change of pace for this blog.

Take a gander if you’re so inclined. The script is silly and stupid and full of comics in-jokes, and I didn’t bother to retype it from this old printout, for fear I might be tempted to fix all the mistakes. But, it still makes me smile. I think that’s worth something.

Tot-1Tot-2Tot-3Tot-4Tot-5Tot-6Tot-7The story/script has a lot of faults. It’s too slow to get started, doesn’t get to the action quickly enough, and it’s clunky overall. But, I think the world could use more heroic Tater Tots – and more imaginative Edwards – no matter how ridiculous and flawed their stories might be.

Do you ever look back through your old stories and writing projects? Do they make you smile, or cringe, or both? (It’s okay if they do both. 😉 )

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8 thoughts on “The Adventures of Tater Tot and Spud

    • Thanks, Vanessa! Sometimes, I have to revel in the silliness and unfettered concerns of my younger days, no matter how poor the execution of the attempt. I suppose it’s one reason why I find it so difficult to throw away any of my writing.

      I rather enjoy going through my cringe-worthy archives, if I’m in the right state of mind. They’re almost always worth a laugh! 🙂

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  1. This was fun, Mayumi! I envy you still having your earlier writings. Not that I wrote much fiction in school, but it would be interesting to see what I wrote back then for classes and such. I’m afraid all I have are my old yearbooks to remind me of those days. And it was others who wrote in them, not me. I can remember a few snippets, but that’s about all.

    Now, I don’t throw away any drafts of anything. Better to learn a lesson late than not at all, right?

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    • You likely wouldn’t find it so enviable if you saw the space all those folders and binders take up, JM! 😀

      The one writing I didn’t save were my academic papers, with the exception of a senior thesis on Maria Rosetti (one I didn’t BS through). I rather wish I had done, now, if only to lend a bit of gravitas to my portfolio. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. This is the kind of thing to grab when we need to lighten up about our writing paths!

    I thought I had kept a lot of my stories that I wrote when I was a kid, but I have never been able to find them after having moved a few times. There is a slight possibility that I was so embarrassed at them that I threw them out. Gasp! I wouldn’t do that now, but I could see myself doing that at a point in my life when I thought I’d never make it as a writer.

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    • As much as I think right now I wouldn’t want to throw away any of my old stuff, there is something to be said for giving yourself a clean slate. Maybe subconsciously you needed that, Kate.

      I remember reading a post or comment from you somewhere, talking about how you save some of your edits but not all of them. I think of that a lot when I glance at the size of my “unused” documents. It shows a lot of restraint and confidence to *not* save everything!

      Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Oh yes. And original drafts. My gosh–those always make me cringe. My teen poetry though–I was so angsty and wanting to be deep. It’s pretty hilarious now. 🙂

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    • Those first drafts are often funny to me, too, Kourtney. I wrote one serialized story that was something like 500K words! AGH! Going back through it now – a few years later – I can see all the ridiculous mistakes I made. But, I can see the love I poured into that story, too. It’s been fun revisiting older works to see how far I’ve come, of course, but also how much better I can still become. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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