|A bit of Star Wars fan fiction featuring a nameless bounty hunter and a prospective client.|
(short stories) SoulshineThat superhero stuff is truly everywhere these days. My little brother was always a huge fan, buying all the toys, comic books, video games, etc. Those heroes wear crazy costumes, have insane powers and save millions of people in every arc of their story. But this world, our world, has no such superheroes. But it's not because of the lack of such powers or goofy costumes. It's because, in reality, power isn't everything. Even if it's a superpower.
My name is Evelyn Rook, and... I'm a superhero. Or at least I have everything I'd need in order to become one. I do have a special power. Although it's different than what you'd expect. I can't fly, run really fast, shoot laser beams out of my eyes, nor do I have any special shield or hammer. But my power is something others don't have. I can see souls. Not those dead ones, I'm not some kind of a witch, but the souls of those who are alive.
Inside everyone's body is a little flame. Although, it's not always little. The flame grows and b
Science Like ReligionI want to believe in science like religion,
To worship the Atom as God,
To speak equations like tongues
And write theorems like gospels.
In particular, I want to believe in the Multiverse Theory.
I want to escape to imagining the web of infinite possibilities,
A realm of the chances I never took,
The words I never swallowed back,
The breaths I never held.
If I prayed, perhaps I could peek into them,
Watch the other Me's in the shards of my broken mirror,
The other You's through the ripples in my bathwater.
There would exist a Universe for every choice I didn't make
(For every choice I was not allowed to make):
One for the Me whose parents stayed together
(For better or for worse),
One for the Me who never met You,
One for the Me who never loved You,
One for the Me who was never dumb enough to tell You she loved You,
One for the Me who calls You her own.
I want to believe in science like religion,
To engineer a heart that couldn't break,
To code the law of ave
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Two StrainsI am the botanist, and I take care of the plants.
While the rest of the crew were in cryosleep, I was the one who stayed awake, to tend the crops we would need to feed ourselves when the last step of our decades-long mission came and everyone was woken up.
At the time I only needed to feed myself, and sustain the growth of the plants for the rest.
Our main crop was wheat- a combination of two strains. The first and most numerous one was modified to make it more nutritious, resistant to various bugs, and better able to withstand the specific environmental challenges of space flight. The other -a strain of my own, packed into a tiny corner of the greenhouse- was completely natural, akin to the ancient grains man had been growing for centuries before genetic modification. The unaltered strain was my pet project, an experiment of mine to prove that with the right care, natural wheat could be just as hardy.
For the first few months of our trip, when the rest of the crew was still awake, I m
.:Developing Your Own Species:.• Unusual Characteristics: Creating a species usually stems from the writer envisioning a character or a group with characteristics impossible for a human to have. Determine what odd characteristics you have in mind for your characters and collect them together to begin to form traits of a species. Determine any unusual markings or colorations, how they hold themselves, their tendencies, and begin to think about powers and special abilities apart from that which a human can do.
• Powers: Writing normal lice of life humans isn't for everyone. Characters with powers are unique and intriguing if you can write them as such. Be careful to avoid over-powering your characters to the point of them being predictably boring and too unrealistic to follow. Even though you do not want to write human characters, your human readers appreciate seeing realistic struggles that your characters have to deal with in spite of their powers which make them different.
o All Possible Powers: Keep a
Giant List of Writing ResourcesI follow a TON of great, professional writing blogs on tumblr, and I have a humongous list of helpful links. So I decided I would list them here for you guys! (And so that I finally have an organized list, haha.) If you have a tumblr, please follow these people ;D
Creating Religions: http://paigereiring.tumblr.com/post/80792620480/building-a-religion
Creating Economies: http://thewritingcafe.tumblr.com/post/82123740230/this-is-a-basic-guide-if-you-want-to-know-every
Creating a Fictional American Town: http://thewritingcafe.tumblr.com/post/77430918953/any-tips-on-creating-a-fictional-town-in-america-i
Creating Sports: http://clevergirlhelps.tumblr.com/post/81536147351/hi-there-i-was-wondering-if-i-can-get-any-help-or
Naming Your Own Months: http://writing-questions-answered.tumblr.com/post/60459001849/guide-naming-months-in-your-fictional-calendar
Creating Your Own Infection: http://slitheringink.tumblr.com/post/65666799736
365 Things I Love About You365 Things I Love About You
1. I love how you always make me smile
2. I love how you always make me laugh
3. I love the way you inspire me.
4. I love how cute and adorable you can be
5. I love the kindness that you show
6. I love how I can always be there for you
7. I love how you can always there for me.
8. I love how you stand up for the things you believe in
9. I love how open-minded you are
10. I love your gentleness with me
12. I love how you take my breath away.
13. I love thinking about you
14. I love how sweet you make my dreams
15. I love hearing your laughter
16. I love it when you smile
17. I love you still when your angry
18. I love you still when your sad
19. I love you still when you're a mess (though you'll always be beautiful to me)
20. I love the way you feel
21. I love the way you hold my hand
22. I love the way you smell
23. I love gazing into your eyes
24. I love the sound of your sweet voice
25. I love how much you've taught me about life and myself
26. I lo
7 Ways To Prepare Yourself for World-BuildingThere are plenty of tutorials out there telling you the whats and hows of world-building, but I've not found any on how to prepare yourself for the process. Without further ado, we will delve into the 7 ways I use to prepare myself for world-building.
1) Know Your Purpose
2) Know Your World
3) Know Your Scope, Detail, Depth and Concentration
4) Writing Mysterious/ Unknown Lore
5) Broad Approaches to World-Building
6) Research Lore and History
7) World-Building Record Style
1) Know Your Purpose
It's just as important to know why you're world-building as it is to know how. Are you doing it for fun, as a writing exercise, or are you world-building for a story? The answer will affect multiple aspects of your world-building.
World-building for a story is a lot different than world-building for fun. If you're building for a story, you may be constrained by thematic, plot or character requirements. If you'r
DAILY DEVIATION: Cast Off Characters
Muse sat at the head of the table, looking distinctly “in charge” and immaculate in her sharp, high-end business attire, complete with stockings and heels. She had her nails done to perfection and was wagging her infamous red pen between her fingers and a smug grin on her lips. This did not bode well for any of us as I watched them file into the board room for the meeting.
Structure was shuffling papers and muttering something about everyone getting their coffee and finding their seats, acting as if he had everything under control, but by the look on Muse’s face, I knew from experience, this was going to be dicey.
Plot and B-Story came in together, as always, with B-Story at Plot’s elbow and speaking in hushed tones in Plot’s ear. They sat across from me and Plot nodded curtly in greeting, acting superior as always he did.
I noticed the big board room was rapidly beginning to fill up, and it seemed like everyone was here for today’s meeting. Syntax s
The most valuable writing lessons I knowSo lately, someone has been continually asking me "how do I write" and a lot of other people have asked me similar questions - "how do I write a book?" "how do I make my characters interesting?" "How do I know that I'm writing well" and so on. I could make a tutorial on how to write a book. Hell, I could write a book on how to write a book. Hundred of people already have. What that would do, I think, is bog people down with a lot of details that they may or may not need. Instead, I think I'll share some of the most important things that I've learned that has helped me with the process and become better than I have ever been.
Lesson #1: Don't Wait for Inspiration
This is the most common excuse that I've heard for people who want to do any kind of art - I'm just waiting to get inspired. If you wait for inspiration before you start writing you will die... never having written anything. That may be a slight exaggeration, but in my experience, the inspiration comes from the wr
How long have you been on DeviantArt? I've had an account for a couple of years, but that was after probably something near a year of just lurking. Eventually I just had to scratch the itch and start building a Favorites collection.
What does your username mean? I'm a hobbyist worldbuilder. It dawned on me one day that there are Cartwrights and Wainwrights and Woodwrights and I thought 'Hey, I craft realms.' Thus, Realmwright.
Describe yourself in three words. Tall, bald, beardy.
Are you left or right handed? A little of both. I write right-handed, but I use some tools as a southpaw.
What is your favorite type of art to create? I suppose you'd call it "conceptual." Most of what I've posted has been based on impulse or an idea that I had to see "fleshed out." I have a lot of ifs and maybe and I wonders rattling around the old brain pan and it helps to have somewhere to put them.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Wow. That's a really good question! I guess if it was just *POOF!* I'd want musical talent: instrumental, singing, composing. I say that because I've dabbled in pencil, charcoal, sculpture, photography, and writing, but never music.
What was your first favorite? I've organized and shuffled and faved something over 4,000 pieces. I can't remember what was the very first. I'm sure it was fantasy based. Probably a ranger or monster or sword or something.
What type of art do you tend to favorite the most? It just depends what I'm in the mood for. It's usually fantasy or sci-fi related, but lately it's just been whatever strikes my fancy. Sometimes a landscape photo or a piece of writing that captures my attention. In fact, I recently meshed the two in a collection called "Worth 1,000 Words" where something I see generates an idea (be in flash fiction or something more substantial) and I grab it.
Who is your all-time favorite deviant artist? That's not fair...making me decide...making me pick one over others. I refuse to make anyone who has shared and inspired and moved me feel like I chose someone else.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? Again, that's not fair. There are different deviants for different reasons. If I wanted to talk Tolkien, it would be one. If I wanted to talk BSG and spacey navies, it would be another. Can I just say I'd like to raise a glass with any and all of my faves?
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? They make me think. They make me laugh. They make me cry. They make me share something powerful and brilliant and squeal "Hey, come lookit!"
What are your preferred tools to create art? I don't have a tablet and my drawing table is piled with junk. I feel quite left behind with the advance of digital everything and I'm too lazy to commit to doing anything about it. But I type really fast and I'm a wordsmith and storyteller by compulsion, so mostly I just string letters together in the right order and hit Enter. I haven't wielded a simple pencil in many years, but that was how I started oh so long ago when life was more simple.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? Sometimes it's my dank, little hole in the basement, lit by a 60 watt bulb and my monitor, that my dog thinks is the designated "fart and leave" room. Sometimes it's my gray, uninspired cubicle at the big office building that I get paid to occupy. Sometimes its sitting in traffic and telling myself sweeping epics or quite fairy tales because there's nothing on the radio. Or about once a month it's my brain getting an idea at 4:00 AM on a Saturday that makes me get up, make coffee, and slink to my aforementioned "fart room" to squint over the keyboard for hours and hours - after which I feel guilty for not getting dressed, mowing the lawn, and/or going to work for overtime pay. Neil Gaiman said it best.
What is your favorite DeviantArt memory? Being taken by surprise and WHAM! Inspiration strikes. It happens quite a bit. When it does, I love it! Even if it's 11:39 PM and I swore I'd log off and go to bed hours ago, but just one more Page Down....pleeeeeeease. When it doesn't happen, I curse myself as an ignorant, no-talent clod, and drag myself off to bed. Those are usually the Friday nights after a long week when what I really need is sleep. They're generally followed by my insulted subconscious saying "I'll show you 'clod.' Now get up at 4 and go write! You can sleep when you're dead. That's the part where your kids find your piles of half-finished manuscripts and constructed worlds, and sell them to make you posthumously famous and live off your unrealized dreams. Bwahahahaha!!" Sometimes my brain is a really reciprocal jerk.
|I've always had an interest in arts and humanities. I don't do much in the way of sketching anymore and my photography gear is gathering dust in a closet. For the past several years my focus has been the written word. I'm super into worldbuilding and everything that goes with it. I'm just starting to get into tabletop RPG play and design.|