Behind The Scenes

15 Nov

Really great description to creating a Martial Technique

http://gravitytales.com/novel/immortal-and-martial-dual-cultivation/imdc-chapter-1368

14 Nov

The Duck

So, I have a Blackduck rubber duck by my work computer. I’m pretty sure this is where The Duck originated. That whole in the void chapter just flowed out.

Anyway, Rubber Duck Programming

14 Nov

I just realized Chapter 12 could be a surprise ending

As a I wrote the last sentence of Chapter 12, I realized both that the story could easily end there and if it did, then the alternate title I provided at the start was foreshadowing. And as we all know from Bloom County, foreshadowing is a sign of quality literature!

13 Nov

Why I like Wuxia

Really, it is Serialized Fiction and then because the paragraphs are short and choppy. I understand it to be more poetic in Chinese, but it comes across in English as a comic book in words.

You can almost always pick a random chapter and just start reading. It is the same formula almost all of the time. Man can not fight Enemy, man gets better, Enemy is no longer a match. Rinse, lather, repeat.

But you get that same sense of wonder as a comic book, “Look Captain America is fighting the Red Skull! I wonder who will win?” No, there isn’t any real wonder, not the first time you read and not the 200th time.

But what there is in that repetitive story is a warm cocoon of safety. The good guy wins. He might appear to lose, but by the end of the story arc, he has won.

13 Nov

Started Strange Origins

I’ve started a Wuxia, called Strange Origins. It is one of 4 or 5 that I recently started, but I’ve gone much further with this one! I’ve gotten stuck several times on dialog flow (my arch-nemesis), but I’ve gotten past that by admitting this story is for me and I’ll make things flow the way I want. I.e., no pretext I’ll try to publish it.

I also find it interesting that I’m popping the fourth wall all of the time. When you read translated Wuxia, you find that the author’s comments almost always get printed as well. It is probably the machine translation of the stuff they scrape off of the Chinese servers.

So, I’m trying to get that vibe going.

13 Nov

Wuxia is wow

I’ve been reading translated Chinese Wuxia and it very much reminds me of the intent here.

Some links:

https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/invincible

http://gravitytales.com/novel/peerless-battle-spirit/

http://gravitytales.com/novel/immortal-and-martial-dual-cultivation

https://toc.qidianunderground.org/#K

07 Jan

Say My Name Bitch!

So I have a whole story (from consecutive dreams) all rolled out, but not written down. I know the start and the end, but I’ve since lost part of the middle. In particular, I have a female character who used to be important and she stopped being so – now I no longer know why and I’m not sure if I want her?

I.e., is the protagonist supposed to always love the same character? I’m not talking changing interests like a soap opera? I’m talking maybe like Luke and Leia, with Leia eventually going to Han.

Perhaps that is my answer…

Anyway, quick overview:

  1. Scene 1: A summoning circle
    1. Daemon gets summoned
      1. Say my name bitch!
      2. Sacrifice something
        1. Odin and his eye
        2. Lent for a mass summoning
        3. New Year’s resolution to build it up
    2. It is a trap for the summoner
      1. Her master isn’t sure which daemon will show up
      2. She is the sacrifice
      3. Larger summoning circle around her
    3. Daemon does not want to kill the summoner
      1. Do we let the summoner know why?
      2. Reveal it in the scene where the Agent is trying to arrest the daemon
      3. Does he kill the master?
    4. Daemon walks away.
  2. Scene 2: A dance party in a college town
    1. Agent walks up to daemon, asks for a dance
    2. Daemon is working multiple jobs
      1. Doesn’t sleep
      2. Doesn’t eat
      3. Just saves the money
        1. No rent
        2. Clothes just appear
      4. Does he have a fake ID?
    3. Agent reveals he is surrounded and they are going to banish him
    4. For another couple of dances, he offers to go peacefully
  3. Scene 3: An interrogation cell
    1. 1 way mirror – Agent and her boss are watching the daemon
    2. Daemon knocks on the mirror, needs to get to his next job soon
    3. Banishment is tried and fails
      1. Gotta say my name bitch
      2. They try with the name that summoned him
        1. Fails miserably
    4. They summon a guardian angel
      1. It tries a general banishment
        1. It fails
        2. Name fails as well
    5. Banishment only works on daemons who have done evil
      1. Daemon claims to be reformed
07 Jan

Wanting to write again…

I’m tried of spinning the same wheel and expecting different results.

So I was thinking of either doing The Nanovampire or my Say My Name Bitch story (more later), and I just reread On The Run and wanted to visit it again. And then I found both Jenny and Sam. No clue where to go!

By the way, I read what is basically Paranormal Romance all of the time. There I said it, I didn’t say Fantasy or Science Fiction. Also, in the ones I like, the protagonist is female. I’ve come to realize what I like is that the characters are almost always flawed and go through growth. Granted, most of it is towards some guys, but still, they are not as super heroic, i.e., flat.

An author who generally showcases flawed characters (mostly with the same flaw – lack of confidence) is PS Power.

12 Oct

A revisit

I really need to use character names before someone with that name walks into my life. Well, at least  I have a timestamp to prove I was using it first. :->

Anyway, d’oh, Sam can communicate with Max when he is in wolf form. Perhaps she has to come to grips with her fears and go rescue him?

17 Nov

A new start, but with Sam

The voice sounds right in the prologue, but once the action starts, it is purely descriptive. I felt bogged down, like I was making her the perfect character. I want her shy in public, but boisterous in private. In public, she is overwhelmed by the pressures of everyone’s expectations. In private, she has anchors in Ginger and Max.

If there was any magic left in the world, there would have to be some in Tulsa. So to prove that there was any magic in the world, we would just need to scour Tulsa to find even the smallest spark. The hardiest of all magics was the wild form, so we wouldn’t waste our time looking for some which was safe and predictable. We would have to look for something dangerous, dangerous and cunning. For it would have to be well hidden to have survived the ages of reason and science.

As we survey life in Tulsa, we might eventually find a drab little house with its own drab little family. Life is hard for that family, the Parkers. The mister and missus work hard to provide for their daughter. They are proud people, but life has not been fortunate for them. A series of bad investments has wiped out their savings. That is their curse, they once had much more, but now they have to make do with broken dreams.

And life is doubly hard for Sam, their only child. For she is more than pretty beyond her years, she is intelligent. She can see beyond the surface beauty. That statement sounds so innocent, but it harbors a deeper secret – one that will be revealed in time.

While Sam is interesting, she is not the evidence we need to know that the wild magic yet lives. But she has a certain air about her, a taint if you will. One would expect a child of that drab family to be beat down, introspective, unaware of her impact on the world. Yet, she has a wild streak to her, perhaps one stroked by wild magic. So we will follow her for a bit, to see where she leads us.

Sam Parker was as usual huddled into a book and her escape from reality was itself a form of magic. She yearned for adventure and the local libraries provided a safe outlet. Unlike her classmates, she didn’t have a Playstation to provide relief. Some might mistakenly call her a bookworm, but at 13 she was still more of a tomboy. She kept two personalities ready for all occasions. When she had to deal with people, she was the bookworm. When she got to be with her friends, she was still the tomboy.

The bookworm kept others at bay and the tomboy kept her friends close to heart. Unfortunately for the rest of her world, her circle of friends consisted of Ginger, her cat, and Max, the boy down the street. If the teachers at school had met Ginger, they might have held out hope for Sam. But as they just knew Max, they despaired  of her ever coming out of her shell. Her cross country coach, Miss Winders, held the most hope for her, she had watched Sam blossom from a gangly preteen who was all legs to an attractive teenager.

But Miss Winders knew that Sam only came to practice and meets because Max liked to run and Sam wanted to protect him.

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