The Guardians

“I’m not sure. The stone I recognize. Archagus Valus has mentioned it once before, and it is recorded in an old scroll. With any luck, Vilder will know it by heart. As for the gate of Vrell, I have never heard of it. What did he say? What did he want from you?” Egrid queried Collin.  Continue reading “The Guardians”

Just a Job

Today, I will meet a man, who others propose, has the answer to a question I have been searching for. A question that it has taken me many years to answer. It is nothing as tragic as an orphan’s tale, nor sobering as news from a long lost brother. No, not even the despondent letter from a dead loved one. The task set for me is not my own. I bear the standard and the weight of another. I will carry this burden until either I die or it is completed. A dying friend’s last words can have that sort of effect on a man. I cannot, and I will not rest until he is answered for. Continue reading “Just a Job”

Character Sketches: Six Elements to Consider

I have been spending the better part of my afternoon filling out character sketches for a book I am developing. I won’t give away too many details, but to make it short I am writing a science fiction novel set in the not-too-distant future taking a look at human life on other planets from as scientifically accurate a manner as possible. I am really excited for this book. I’ve been bursting with ideas over it all weekend. But that doesn’t really pertain to the topic at hand. Since I am currently working out the characters for the book I figured that I might as well share some of my observations. Here goes.

Perhaps I should start off by explaining what a character sketch is. It’s like interviewing someone who doesn’t exist and pretending they are real until you know them so well (as a result of asking questions) that they actually do feel real and take on a life of their own. In other words, grab a doll and pretend you are five. No, seriously, I mean it. Do you want your characters to be believable or not? This is a task easier said than done (hence why it has taken most of my afternoon to do). I have no doubt that creating lifelike characters that readers can identify with, fall in love with, and curse at can come quite naturally to some but not to me. No, creating characters that can talk, act, and think in very real ways as opposed to sounding like I’m having a conversation with myself is not easy. It is something that requires a great deal of effort on my part, and in all likelihood, I am not alone in this. So today, I present you with, Character Sketches: Six Elements to Consider Continue reading “Character Sketches: Six Elements to Consider”

Dilemmas, Ethics, and Writing

 

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This week I have been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching (Yeah, I know I sound like a pansy). I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what direction my blog is heading in and if I like that direction or if maybe I should try and change course. Just a fraction of a degree over a long enough distance can make the difference between Continue reading “Dilemmas, Ethics, and Writing”

Why We Love Fiction

 

Why do we love fiction? What is it about a colorful picture on a front page with a thought provoking title that beckons us closer? Why is it that I can open a book only to put it down hours later and though I had not moved an inch, feel as if I was a world away? The fact is, that for anyone with an even slightly engaging imagination, fiction holds the power to captivate us in a unique way that nothing else really can. So, why do we love fiction? Continue reading “Why We Love Fiction”