Day Thirty

Day thirty: Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about his/her characters!

 

Well, I really don’t have anyone to tag with this one … so instead what I am going to do with my time now that these daily entries have been rounded up. I have a few projects planned that I want to share before I start them.

 

First of I want to start getting some world building nailed down pat. So for a little while I was looking at different writing websites out there for something similar to this 30 days project. Didn’t really find anything specifically for that but I ran across some world building questions on a blog for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It was an entry from 2009 with a bunch of different questions to consider when world building. Around 350 or so questions that are divided into different categories (climate, geography, magic, people, etc.). So, I want to use those questions and start some kind of daily/weekly/whatever-ly set up where I go through those. There are quite a few of them, so I know if I do daily they will get done faster, but weekly will keep me busy as well. I think it’s all going to depend on whether I want to do one of the questions at a time or more. I haven’t decided but that’s my next big blogging project.

 

Second, I have been reading a significant amount of books. I want to do some basic reviewing of those books just for my benefit. Might change up the format of how I’ve been doing it but I want to get them done.

 

Third … well I have a few other things planned, but most of those are more a long the lines of single entries on topics that got sparked while answering these daily ones here.

 

I don’t know how many of you out there are reading this. Mostly I think I am talking to myself, but if I’m not, is there anything that you would like to see from me? Any questions for me? I’m now an open book and want to answer what you ask!

 

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Day Twenty-Nine

Day twenty-nine: How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL (in real life) that reminds you of your characters or your story?

I think my writing is something that is always on my mind, whether consciously or subconsciously. It really doesn’t take much for me to get into the mindset of writing because it is something that is constantly right there on my mind and is easy to pull forward. Most of the time at least. I have mix feelings about that fact though, I mean its nice being able to pull all of it forward when I need it and to start writing, but it is slightly inconvenient if I get a sudden urge and need to write and I am no where that I can do that. That’s why I always have a pad of paper with me whenever I go anywhere; there is also one beside my bed and at work. No cute, small purses for me because I always shop with the fact that I’ll have a standard, letter-sized notepad that I have to fit into the bag in mind. I’m just crazy that way.

As for when it comes to different things in life reminding me of my writing and the characters and stories they belong in yeah some things do remind me of it all. One day that pops in to my head is when I went to the zoo with my step-daughters and we saw the big cats, tigers to be specific, and I got to watch how they lived in the “wild” (granted not really the wild, but my characters in tiger form aren’t wild either), I got to see them interact. Some of the best unintentional research ever!

Other then that, little things will show up but a lot of my characters and my story are in my head. The world is unlike ours in many ways and it’s a lot more difficult to see the world as they see it – at least in relation to viewing our own.

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Day Twenty-Eight

Day twenty-eight: Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of tell us a few smaller ones.

Not really. I mean my characters have their flaws but nothing that would truly be classified as a disability (whether it’s mental or not). Some of my characters have interesting psychological things happening to them, but in their world it’s not really classified as anything more then weird magic. But we can go ahead and talk about some “flaws” my characters have that could be misconstrued as disabilities in our world.

Noah – His magic allows him to do a few things that would probably get him committed to a facility if this was our world but just makes him strong in his. He is a prophet, not only does he get visions but he gets ones that are prophecy for his people and is potentially life/world changing. He gets different visions of different forks off those prophecies. It’s interesting for me to write, and unfun for him to live. Another one of his gifts is he can see people in their different forms. Example: say he runs into a room of people and some are human and some are not – those that are human would just look like themselves but those who are not, say a Cat, would shimmer back and forth between his or her human shape and their animal shape.

Selene – She hears voices. Granted, the voice she hears is that of a very angry goddess that can use her voice to kill, but she still hears her in her head where no one else can. But like I said, this is how magic works in their world, to be talked to by a goddess would not cause anyone to blink an eye in their world. To hear voices in our world would have someone either institutionalized and/or medicated.

Aislynn – Her life is lived with a second personality in her head. Usually when a character in my books are shape shifters the form they take is one in the same with themselves. They are physically aware of the difference but mentally they are the same and are aware of the actions they do in either form. Aislynn, because of her heritage, is mentally separate from her tiger form. Though she is mentally aware when she is in the form of her tiger she doesn’t necessarily have control but she is aware. It is like she is two people in one body.

 

So, as you can see a lot of my characters have signs of what would be considered mental disabilities/illnesses, but in their world these are just signs of what would be considered strong magic.

 

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Day Twenty-Seven

Day twenty-seven: Along similar lines (as yesterday), do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters?

 

When it comes to description and my characters, I am currently a little slack on describing them. I see them in my head when I’m writing, but I’ve had some difficulty in getting the descriptions out in the writing. Been working on that. One of the goals I have is to nail down, in writing, exactly how I see my characters and that’s been fun to do.

 

But when it comes to certain descriptions that I find import in the story – say if a character gets hurt and gets a scar that might play a role – I am usually good at describing that. An example would be Aislynn, in one of the chapters of her story a major turn of events is when she gets her dreams “hijacked” by a Dallion priest and that priest plans on scarring her using the standard that is used for his people. Basically carving symbols in a person’s body, and he uses this to try and punish and hurt her. When she wakes up she ends up covered in these symbols and blood and they are left on her forever. It’s a fun scene that I think I used description well in.

 

Along that same line I have the Dallions. Part of their culture is to be marked and/or tattooed as they go through life. Different symbols that represent different stages of their life and they begin to receive them from birth until death. These are similar to marks that are forced on Aislynn all at once in the scene above but the Dallion’s marks become colored in unlike regular scars and take on a bluish tint.

 

I have a lot of fun describing abnormalities and I am attempting to broaden those descriptions to other aspects of the story as well.

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Day Twenty-Six

Day twenty-six: Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OC (original characters) and post your favorite picture!

 

I may have touched base on this once or twice in different places, but I don’t believe I’ve ever talked about it here. I could not draw to save my life. Well, no that’s wrong. I can draw maybe one or two things. And not very well. I can draw a very simple flower (you know the one you learn in kindergarten where you take a circle and then add half circles for petals – that’s the one I can draw), a heart, sometimes I can draw a shape that looks like an eye but other then that I’m really a failure. Even my stick figures kind of suck which is a slightly depressing thought.

 

So, in answer to this question, no I do not draw. And really I have never asked anyone to try and draw my characters. Never really thought about it in any extreme. Maybe one day when I’m really famous someone will draw me fan art! (Psh … if I ever get to the point of really famous I hope if I ever felt the need to get my characters drawn I’d ask one of the few people I know to draw them. But fan art would be an interesting concept.)

 

So, since I can’t draw, I’m going to tell you a story about art. When I was in … middle school I think, I decided I was going to take an art class. Mostly because my two best friends actually had a wonderful artistic talent and I wanted to take a class with them. Hah, that was ridiculous. I found out I was not very bad at certain things like basic shapes. I was actually reasonably good at one of the projects they did where you took a current image (like some picture taken from online) and they you plotted it out and either enlarged it or shrank it. I think I was only good at it because the concept and work of the job was already done, I just copied it and did what I needed to do. I was also reasonably good at the calligraphy part of the class, but that’s mostly because my mom used to do it for fun and I had dabbled in trying it myself before.

 

But really, the point of this story is that I took an art class and realized that I was decent at mimicry of others’ work but when it came to coming up with my own idea I complete failed. A little back story before I move on: about this time of my life my friends and I were also fans of an anime called Sailor Moon. I imagine there are some of you out in the internet world that have heard of it (or at least have reasonable research skills to pull up Google, Wikipedia, or some other such tool to look it up) and each of us had our favorite characters. My favorite was Saturn, I also was addicted to purple. So taking that back story a little further, our final project was to come up with our out image involving something we like. Of course my friends and I chose to do something with the characters from Sailor Moon. Well let’s just say the picture sucks. I decided to do a picture of Sailor Moon herself in her usual getup. I think I even still have the picture. It was complete disproportioned, she had a razor-edge pointy chin (if she was real she would cut right through ya!), there was know depth to the picture at all.

 

So I hope you enjoyed my confession on my lack of art skills and I’ll talk to y’all tomorrow!

 

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Day Twenty-Five

Day twenty-five: Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

As of right now, none of my characters have “pets”. I don’t find it to be an important aspect of my story, at least as of yet.

When you take my story, I think you would consider it in most circles to be paranormal or urban fantasy. A lot of my characters are focused on a race of people that physically change their form into a different creature. Mostly, cats like tigers, lions, etc and to bring domesticated animals into the picture kind of seems weird. One aspect that I’ve been thinking about incorporating into the story is the idea of familiars. Animals that are used to emphasize powers in my people but I don’t know if that is going to come to pass or not.

Even if I do decide to bring in that idea to the story, the animals themselves are not going to be pets per se, more like characters unto themselves and so I plan to develop them as much as the character they are there to support. But, like I said, I’m literally on the fence about this idea. Some days I really like the idea and other days I really feel like it is one of the stupidest things I have thought up as of yet. Not only stupid but cliché.

So, as an answer in short: Pets, no. Familiars … er, maybe.

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Day Twenty-Four

Day twenty-four: How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?

Simple answer: YES!

I like to kill my characters because I’m morbid like that. Granted, I don’t do it just because I can, but death plays a big role in my writing. There are many characters that I kill, including some big time main characters. I like to think that a lot of the deaths have a point to them. A certain growing moment for some of the different characters in the stories.

I’ve also brought people back from the dead. Most of the time because, in rewrites, I’ve realized that the death of a certain character doesn’t give the right lesson that it initially had. So, I bring a character back to life and they get to play a further role. Sometimes I kill them again, different context and a different lesson learned to the people who survive the death. It’s an amusing occupation to be a god of a world.

One big thing that I want to point out is that the world that my characters currently live in is terrorized by a war. Two countries are fighting for dominance of the land and the people. Like with every war, death is a common ailment. Families get torn apart, children loose parents, and some parents loose children. War is a destructive topic to focus around and even though the war is not always constantly a part of scenes, its still a part of the character’s lives and so death is something that goes with the plot.

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