Truth and Consequences Part 9

ITALIAN-HAND-AND-A-HALF-SWORDI happen to be a writer, and on occasion I like to post Fiction stories for my readers to check out.  Sometimes these stories are just random ideas.  Other times they are stories I wrote and the contract fell through so they are just gathering dust.  Its up to you to figure out which is which.

This particular Short story is called Truth and Consequences .It involves two of my more abrasive dungeons and dragons characters going on an adventure together.  The world and setting of this story comes from Josh Weekley.  If you you enjoy the setting of Braeton and the tapestry of the pseudo historical world, he’s written a novel set in the same world called ‘Crown of the Dwarf King’.  Check it out on Lulu.com.

This is the seventh part of the story.  If you are just tuning in, you can find the earlier posts here

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JUST FINISHED: The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

 AUTHOR: Victor Pelevin

TITLE: The Sacred Book of the Werewolf AUTHOR: Victor Pelevin

There are a lot of books about Werewolves, however Victor Pelevin’s novel isn’t really one of them.  There is a werewolf in the book, actually a few but the story spends most of its time focusing on the life and times of a werefox, and probably with good reason, as a werefox is the main character and the entire story is shown through her eyes.  I also am not quite sure how sacred of a book  it is.  The title has to refer to the book one is reading as it begins by telling you that you are reading a literary version of found footage.  However aside from explaining to you the main character’s theory its not very religious or spiritual.  Instead its closer to a love story than anything.

The book itself takes place mostly in a near-modern Moscow, with a feeling of the late 90’s firmly in place.  It is heavy on the politics of Russia at the turn of the century, heavily mixed with Chinese culture whether on accidental or the author’s intention.  There is also heavy emphasis on entertainment and pop culture that really gives the book a time and place.  All of these elements give the book’s setting a feeling of both familiar and foreign at the same time.

But  will you enjoy your time in Hu-Li’s seedy Moscow, with blood, sex, fur and claws?  Well its definitely a possibility, of course you could also hate it.  Yeah its really one of those type of stories.  But werefoxes are known for their casting of illusions, so its right on point.  But whether its something up your alley you will need to read on to find out.

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[This Writing thing (1 of 3)] Making this Writing Thing Work

once-upon-a-timeSo it’s November, and Nanowrimo is in full swing.  All those wonderfully committed writers are plucking out staggering high daily word counts, and impressing us all with their tenacity.  And I have to say even though I write about six days a week, and tend to always have my next project waiting for me, I feel a bit ashamed.  I should be writing more.  My daily counts could definitely go higher.  But to imagine those poor waylaid folks who can’t even sit down and put a single word to paper, despite dreaming of being an author.  My heart really goes out for them.

And that’s what led me to start this new three part series.  I wanted to illustrate, how I manage to do ‘This writing thing’.   And maybe, I can help a few more people finally release their beautiful imaginations into the jumble of prose writing.  And if not, hey at least I’m writing?   And just a friendly reminder like all these Pro-tip, advice columns, this is completely from my point of view.   So viewer discretion is advised.

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The trouble with Inspiration

plagiarimsAs some of you might have seen I was not sure what to write about in this week’s writer’s tips blog, so I took to social networking to help me decide. The choices were an entry about inspirations, or about character writing outside of your comfort zone.  And there were a few more people interested in hearing about inspiration.  Actually a few writers were curious about the concept of the turbulence that Inspiration can cause.  And that sounds like a lot of fun to write about, so that’s where we are.  And for those who chimed in for interest on Writing outside your comfort level, I’ll be focusing in on that really soon.  And those comments also changed my initial idea.  I really like the conversations and I might try for feedback more often.  Plus  H.H. Neville gave me another topic that might be getting some focus not soon after.   Speaking of inspiration!

I think we all know what inspiration is.  It comes from many fonts and eddies in our minds.  They can sometimes be accidental and often were not even sure where they come from, and our minds spin out of control like a train wreck we can’t look away from.  Of course then there are other times when our inspiration speaks to us in a much more lucid way.  When we see a concept in a film, tv show, video game, novel or what not that spawn this appetite to make it our own, be it for critique, deconstruction or just because it seems fun.  Not matter how inspiration hits, or why we drink it up like fine wine the truth remains that there is always a dividing line between too much or too little.  But how do we manage ourselves to fall in line to create something unique or all our own, when most of the things that pop into our head are birthed by the concepts of other things.

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INFODUMP: It’s a little slow round here…

busy-beeThere hasn’t been a lot of activity here in the last few weeks, but it comes with good reason.  I suppose when its quiet here, that usually means I’m busy elsewhere, which is completely the case the last few weeks.  There’s a few bits of “to do” things that have been in my way, at such a rate I haven’t been able to clear off enough to really sit down and put something together for the Colony.  Course it’s not just the colony… that’s been on hold. It’s a deadline season, as a lot of you if you come around these parts often are pretty use to.  When work builds up… well paid work gets priority.

That’s not to say I don’t miss this little space.  I am eager to get back to editing out the rest of Truth and Consequences so I can start writing new bits of it, which will be coming, before the end of the month I think.  I’m also behind on new reviews that have been building up, and I’m emendated with tons of topics I want to write articles about.  So this “other work” can’t end soon enough!  Continue reading

About the Voice

Silhouettes!

Silhouettes!

One of the more famous paraphrases in cartooning is one that Matt Groening of the Simpson’s fame made.  It’s about how you can gauge the strength of your character design by being able to distinguish your characters even from a silhouette.  That is to say even with no details just the shape of the character should make its identity known.  I’ve

always liked that concept.  And though I can’t say that all my character designs have stood up to the silhouette test that bit of advice is always in the back of my mind.

Of course as writers we don’t have a silhouette test.  We’re not a visual medium, so unless you’re a weirdo like me who draws all the characters in a novel for fun, there is not a ‘character design’ as there is in visual media.  Granted this could be greatly debated.  As many an author spends more time thinking about how a character looks and moves than his or her political leanings.  But, even still we don’t have the same kind of silhouette sort of deal that Groening referred to on the writing page.  Though I do feel we have a similar track to gauge when we go about developing characters.

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Truth & Consequences Pt. 1

youre-a-geek-300x240I happen to be a writer, and on occasion I like to post Fiction stories for my readers to check out.  Sometimes these stories are just random ideas.  Other times they are stories I wrote and the contract fell through so they are just gathering dust.  Its up to you to figure out which is which.

This particular Short story is called Truth and Consequences .It involves two of my more abrasive dungeons and dragons characters going on an adventure together.  The world and setting of this story comes from Josh Weekley.  If you you enjoy the setting of Braeton and the tapestry of the pseudo historical world, he’s written a novel set in the same world called ‘Crown of the Dwarf King’.  Check it out on Lulu.com.

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Barlaeworth was a simple farming village, far removed from the shadow of the capital.  Neither its location nor the bounty of its land granted the spot any small bit of importance.  Of the countless maps of Braeton no cartographer in the last 300 years, had wasted a single dot of ink on its existence.    Of course this story would not be told if it was poised to remain in its obscurity.

The sandy brown fields of wheat and barley encircled the invisible city of Barlaeworth.  The long brown reeds flowed like a murky river from the carefully divided squares of farmlands to the haphazardly carved dirt roads of its market center.  For an entire generation the farmers of Barlaeworth had tried in vain to grow crops other than barley and wheat.  But no matter how fully toiled or how virginal they left their fields, for the last 50 years, it mattered not.  The host only saw to deliver to them the same toffee and bracken toned bounty.  From the houses, to the shops, the entire village seemed only to know the color of sand.

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