kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
Ugh, feel so weird today. Just wanna sleep. Or read. Or both, if that's possible. =.= But I can't quit so close to the end!

So. Characters. Even the MCs could use a little more fleshing out, and as for the rest of them... *sigh* So here I go. Gonna try and answer the questions for today's challenge specifically (the one about where they do and don't fit in seems especially interesting), but don't be surprised when I tangent off the deep end.

Paori: Born in a cave. No, really. Parents ran away moved to Beacon Town to start a new life as miners or something. Not sure of their names yet, but I think they died in an accident (or "accident") a few years back. Paori's an only child, and was taken in by the local temple, which he'd been considering joining anyway. He did feel he'd belong there forever, but events are going to change that, alas. He's fairly comfortable in caves, but I think by the end of the book his belonging will not be a place so much as a person and/or calling. >.> Shh, don't tell. Also, I get the feeling he's not naturally patient. So he'll probably wind up often doing things on his own rather than trying to explain what needs doing to others.... *mwahahas* Oh, and he's 20, and the three most influential people... one or both of his parents, and one or more of the priests who taught him: the head priest Paloma, and the priest that taught him to read/basic lightworks.

Vester: Born in the northern forests, very close to the mountains. 17, and his most influential people are his parents (killed just before the start of the story, very tragic and angsty) and the shaman-like person (aunt? uncle?) who taught him to whistle. Since he's travelled nearly all his life, he's most at home on the road, though the northern lake where his people live are a nice "home base" for short periods of time. Not claustrophobic, but gets antsy with a roof over his head for too long.

Sylver: Born on the coast, just outside a fishing town. (These brothers were not very convenient in coming into the world, I wonder how their parents managed. And what they were thinking.) Vester's parental info applies to him, of course, though I think he was more attached to a different relative at the lake— one who told a lot of interesting stories. His wanderlust is a little less Vester's "gotta keep moving" and more a desire to explore new places. Especially comfortable in the caves where he can squeeze into unlikely crevices that others can't reach. 8.

Flynn: Born in the eastern swamps or whatever I make that area. Really didn't fit in with the way of life there, and the way people tried to utterly ignore the powers of light and sound, even when they clashed accidentally and screwed things up, so he came to the ruined city to learn more about what happened and why, and how it can be fixed. Also a grandparent really instilled in him a passion for history (as well as passing on the ancient writing, which most people don't bother with). A handful of other people came with him, including his wife (second influential person) and their two little ones who were born there, and he's really come into his own as leader/archaeologist. Third influential person was the parent that tried to stop him from wasting his life on the dead past, and thus led him to leave in rebellion.

*sighs* I was hoping to get to Paloma, and Virue, and maybe even a couple other characters, but. Sleep. It beckons. No, it drags me by the collar. Still, I accomplished a few good things here....
kayqy: Aaaaaaaaaah! (aaah)
Supposed to be working on characters today, but I haven't done too much of that yet. Partly because I spent most of the day explaining "key powers" to 5th graders a few thousand times (and explaining why I don't think the world will end in 2012), partly because my brain got stuck trying to reconcile the other day's epiphany to my original snippets and ideas (which does affect my MC, so I suppose it could count?). But then I remembered that Paori's temple is this strange fringe group anyway, so I just need to change a little what they're strange about. :P But anyway.

I still want to do a bit of the character stuff, even though I'm tired. My MCs are pretty fleshed out, but I need a few more people to populate this 'verse with.

Soooo... let's meet the leader of Paori's temple!

Name: *hunts down original notes and compares to list* Paloma vel Rion (with Rion meaning something impressive, like Light— no, that should be taken by the head of the main WV church. Crystal, or Pure, maybe)
Description: middle-aged guy by now, fairly average looking, decent charisma no I am not rolling a D&D character

(3 questions, come on brain, you can do it!)

Where did Joe grow up? I think he grew up in a fairly prosperous coastal/river town.
What if he didn't like his home? I don't think he did, actually. Well-off family, but he was one of several brothers and sisters, all of which seemed more successful and more appreciated. Also, I think he may be afraid of the ocean. One of his brothers told too many bedtime tales about monsters of the deep, I guess.
How does Joe fit into your speculative element? Well, he is a priest. And the one who figured out the sound-absorbing crystals, which kind of led to him becoming the head priest. So he's pretty involved, even if his attempts to combine light and sound through ultimate purity or whatever make the rest of the church look at him askance. The rest of the world also looks at him a little funny, but they still appreciate his skills enough to buy the crystals.

guhhhhh I want to do more, but braaaaain, it is gone. =.=
kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
*yawns* Busy weekend. Fortunately today's challenge was pretty simple: just a matter of how the education system works in my world. Which, since I already knew that most of the people just trained to take after their parents, or sometimes another relative or acquaintance, may be the first time this challenge really has only taken 15 minutes— most of that spent on tangential information about the church, which does teach a few people to read histories and keep records.

However, I also went ahead and brainstormed with my sister (huzzah for familial sounding boards!) about what exactly was divided in the cataclysm I've been calling the Division. And I had some fairly epic breakthroughs. Whiiiiiiich I am not going to share with you just yet, muahahaha. XD

...Okay, okay, I'll give you a couple of scraps:

~In some places, the Division may also be called the Dischordance. *checks dictionary* Or Discordance. >.>

~Vester can whistle to call fire.

*mwahahahas herself to sleep*
kayqy: "It was a good thing decapitation isn't fatal." (decapitation)
Today's challenge is supposedly about plot hooks: taking the what-ifs from yesterday and using them to find ways to integrate the "speculative element" with your story. I have just a few problems with this:

1. I am a little confused between yesterday and today: to me, what-ifs are the plot hooks.

2. My speculative element is pretty integrated. I mean, I have a priest fighting demons with mystical crystals and a magically-whistling sidekick, what more do you want? Sure, it's a blurry line between magic and religion in this story so far, but still, it's already crucial.

3. I had a really great time at the Arts and Jazz Fest this afternoon, and thus have very little brain and energy for coherent thought.

So yeah, phoning it in today. At some point I will go back and delineate ways that Paori and Vester et al might try different magics to solve problems and/or make things easier, with various exciting results, but for now, I'm just going to jot down a few interesting ideas that came to me in the past 24 hours (yes, even though I can't brain with intent, my brain still keeps going):

~Me (last night to friends): How evil would it be to put key information in an ancient tome when the only MC who can read is mute?
Friends: Deliciously evil. :D

~Me (listening to random DragonForce song this afternoon): This is a cool song, too bad it's too upbeat for my mutelight playlist. Oh well, guess I'll save it for the sequel— WAIT WHAT SEQUEL?!

~Me (watching A Bug's Life tonight and remembering the stories she came up with in high school that started as Bug's Life fanfics until she discovered the concept of OCs): You know, it'd be really awesome if Flynn's ruined city happened to be one of those from the AC in Paori's world— WAIT, SERIOUSLY, BRAIN?

I swear, my brain just mashes bunnies together like a chef throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks.

....and that metaphor made a lot more sense in my head. Which probably tells you something.

*will be back to taking this seriously tomorrow* As serious as I get, anyway. :P
kayqy: In the depths of the earth... the fires of creation (volcano)
Remember that annoying teacher in middle school that made you turn in your outline and research notecards and such as separate grades from your final draft so you couldn't put the whole paper off until the night before, like any sensible student? =.= Yyyyyyeah. Meet today's assignment:

Get out your timeline, your economic/political groups, and your list of syllables.


Because I totally made nice long, comprehensive lists of these, and not just some vague ideas to use in future planning. *nods*

As I look at what I do have, though, I don't see much that really doesn't fit the mood. Mood's been one of the strongest parts of this story almost from the beginning, and been key in most of my choices regarding characters and names and such. (In fact, I'd be more worried that this strong mood sense has kept me from trying more interesting elements that don't seem to fit at first.) And a lot of the mood has to do with execution, too: a cave full of magic crystals sounds epic and mysterious and awe-inspiring.... until you think of Rainbow Brite.

Anyway, in case I haven't spelled it out, or it's changed since I started this, let me reiterate my mood:

-blue and grey and muted purple and forest green
-a wooden flute lilting an elegy from a cliff by the sea
-the occasional epic symphonic choir
-a small yet warm fire holding back a blizzard (...maybe?)
-moonlight on snow
-tiny, everyday things coming together for a purpose greater than one can imagine (is this mood or theme?)

Basically, I want something awesome and stunning, in the original senses of the words, something clear and pure that takes your breath away, not only in the manner of a mountain's distant majesty, but also in the nearness of a hummingbird on your finger.

(....and now I have to come down off that mountaintop and go back to naming merchants. *rolls eyes and reminds self that the tiny things being meaningful is kind of her point*) Anyhoo, things to keep in mind:

-definitely will not really call the other continents Urbania and Suburbia. Really. >.>
-should possibly figure out what Paori's people call their continent.
-see if anyone else thinks it seems jarring/contradictory to have people names be random-sounding syllables, while place names are "translated" to English. (opinions, anyone?)
-One of the keys to making all the mundane things like mercantilism relevant to the mood and epicness will be the demons. Which means I need to figure out what they're doing and why, dangit.
-STOP WAITING UNTIL IT'S SO LATE TO DO THIS. *headdesk*
kayqy: "It was a good thing decapitation isn't fatal." (decapitation)
*does not flee from mention of politics!* :o Not sure how much I'll actually get to them, though. I think I used most of what little brain I have tonight on writing an actual scene *gasp*. But I'll try.

For five minutes, make a few notes on the map to mark places that have more of a type of resource, and jot down anywhere that has a definite deficit of something needed.


Well, as I mentioned yesterday, I already figured out one main resource, and the expanding merchant network that's growing in the continent. But man does not live on crystals alone not even if they're really, really girly so there are various quarries and mines and such. And while no one section of the continent is truly lacking in basic necessities (other than water in the desert, duh), people are starting to get used to little 'luxuries': dried fruits or meats from the other side of the mountains, exotic woods, pretty gems... and also at least one very precious, mysterious herb/seed/thing that I apparently already wrote into previous scenes. *not-quite-randomly dots the map with mines and quarries and a few other things and declares self done with that part*

When you're done with the resources, take another ten minutes and identify which major groups in your civilizations care about which resources.


Augh. >.< *scrabbles for brain* Uh... I should probably keep something in mind for the increased trade affecting the eastern nomads— they'd have to have at least on immobile village to make meeting merchants easier, and not sure what they'd do about westerners mining on their land... and the company with the crystal not-quite-monopoly is probably going to come into conflict with my heroes... or the demons. *really needs to figure out the demons* Is there a day in this challenge that covers demons?
kayqy: Oyasumi~ (oyasumi)
Tried thinking about this at work again today, but this crazy "work every day" concept is taking its toll on me. I just could not brain enough to focus on it very long. Or anything, really. But I managed a couple of vague ideas, so I'll see if I can add to them before I lose consciousness...

Day 6:

I'm still not sure if they mean all sentient races, like elves and such, or just human races; and I can't seem to limit myself to where peoples evolved natively or whatever, but at this point, screw it, I'm just gonna roll and see where I end up. :P

So far I've gotten two main things:

1. Humans are the only humanoid sentient race on this planet. There are gods (or at least one god), and demons, and other sorts of creatures that happen to be sentient: I'm thinking something catlike, something birdlike, and perhaps something dolphin-like. There is interaction among these races, but not interbreeding, thankyouverymuch.

2. Paori's continent is either the lost cradle of civilization, where humans began, spread throughout the world, and then waned and was lost to disasters; or it started as an ancient colony, like a cross between the Pilgrims and 18th-century Japan, secluded from the rest of the world and largely forgotten. I suppose it could be both, but this seems unlikely.

3. (Okay, I said two, but this is basically derived from 1 and 2, so.) The non-human races did start on the other continents, but at one point some traveled and lived on Paori's continent, too. However, most of them died out soon after the seclusion of the continent— probably due to lack of breeding possibilities, or something more sinister— or did they? >.> So while they would still exist on the main continents, they're merely legends and superstitions to Paori's people— always be polite to a cat, don't tell secrets around birds....

4. (Attempting to actually answer the question...) What they look like? Well, Paori's pale, but that's mainly b/c he's underground so much. I want to say that those that settled in the east/central parts of the continent are darker-skinned.... OOH MAYBE I CAN HAVE A TRIBE WITH HEAT-SENSITIVE MELANIN-PRODUCING ENZYMES LIKE SIAMESE CATS. XD *bounces* Also, I think blondes might be even rarer than redheads around here. Not sure.

Okay, think that's about all I can manage for tonight. Still more than I thought I'd get when I started! \o/

*falls over ded*
kayqy: The plot jackalope! (Default)
(*note: nothing to do with the band Third Day. Though I'm probably the only one who thinks of them when those words are capitalized.)

And the link works today! \o/

So, pull out your list of climates from Saturday and look them over. You should have a bunch of climates, maybe even places, and a word or two describing how you feel when you're there.

Well, it's time to make your first real decision about your novel. What kind of mood do you want it to have? See, we're going to set your novel in the kind of climate that contributes to its overall mood and theme.


Mood, huh? Well, when it comes to Mutelight, I've already got a mood more or less figured out. So far it's an epic, mystical tale, much more serious than most of my other bunnies. A few down-home cozy elements, keeping its focus on the few main characters rather than a cast of thousands, but also its fair share of existentialism and possibly-apocalyptic drama. And I almost feel like I'm cheating today, since I already know so much of it is set in the mountains and caverns, and some northern forests, but even so, here goes. *pulls out list* *puts back list, pulls out other list* Day 1, not day 2, right. >.<

*nods and hmms* I described mountains as 'exhilarating', so they definitely work. (Though now I realize I should possibly visualize a little greenery on these mountains, and not just stark rock. I mean, the starkness can be there, but I don't think there'd be that large of a human settlement above the treeline, you know? They have to get their food somewhere...) Mountains are epic; probably why so many epic fantasies include some. Though most fantasies simply see them as an obstacle to overcome, rather than home ground... I could play with that a bit. *suddenly has character development! Characters gain 25 XP! Characters reach level 2!*

Forests also work (though not rainforests), they really give me a sense of peace and calm, yet with something potentially lurking behind a tree, either for good or ill. You could hide anything in a forest....

And while I hadn't considered swamps before, the fact that I labeled them 'mysterious' seems promising. I guess I mainly think of Florida/the south when I think of swamps, but they can be in cooler climates too, right? And I also love the limitless mystery of the ocean; I don't think it'll be a major setting itself, but a good coastline, or very very large lake, so it can be along the edges, hinting at things unknown...

So yeah. Technically I've mainly restated stuff I already knew about this world, but some of the whys and hows are already clearer. Woo! \o/

*may need to give herself a pre-10PM deadline on these things, seriously*
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
So.... two weeks before I fell off the "post a week" wagon. Oops. But I shall not give up, nor shall I whine angstily about lack of motivation or audience!

(Audience: *breathes huge sigh of relief* Crickets: *are thwarted in their attempt to chirp*)

Instead, I shall write.... A LIST.

(Crickets: *chirp eagerly*)

Not just any list! An epic list! A list of all the stories and 'verses that I must write, that I want to write, and that I will probably never write no matter how imploringly the plotbunnies stare at me!

(Crickets: ........ )

Oh, come on! *sniffs* Well, even if it's boring to everyone else, I am going to do it for myself. That way, five years from now, I can look back on this list and go, "Oh, yeah, I remember that story, lamest idea ever, no wonder it never went any— wait. That's brilliant."

EPIC LIST OF FUTURE LITERARY GREATNESS )

Not sure if I shall update this post as priorities change and new bunnies appear to gnaw holes in the old ones, or if I'll just periodically post the whole thing over again. (Not too often, I promise!)

(Crickets: *cheer*)

Oh, har de har, guys.
kayqy: The plot jackalope! (Default)
Greetings, Earthlings and residents of the ether. Consider this the token first post to make sure things work and make my page look less empty and forlorn. Currently I have no idea where I'm going to take this-- I'd like to make a commitment of at least one content-riffic post per week, but I'm not sure if these will be thematic, blog-like posts that assume the entire world cares about what I have to say, or private journal entries for my closest friends.... most of whom aren't on here that I know of, but whatever. 'Tis a work in progress. Onward!
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