May. 8th, 2014


I do it. I finished Elizabeth Bear's Eternal Sky trilogy, which is a fantasy epic inspired by the parts of the world touched by the Silk Road. And I have some thoughts...

On the books, and on epic fantasy in general... )

Sep. 4th, 2011

Meme and Fanfic Stuff

I need to kick my writing muse, so have a meme. Taken from [ profile] earthstar_moon

1) Give me a pairing. (added: can be a gen pair of characters)

2) Give me an AU setting.

3) I will write you a three-sentence fic.

Contemplating signing up for [ profile] girlsavesboyfic (Which also allows 'girl saves the day/world' this round) and/or [ profile] smallfandombang. The first I'd have to look through the list of Things to Write for something suitable. The second involves seeing if I have any horribly obscure fandoms with long fic ideas.

At least the latter is slow-paced and won't involve me writing when I should be working on graduating and finding a job.
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May. 7th, 2010

Okay, I'll level with ya. I was shaped a lot by Star Trek. You can kind of tell from my aliens, though part of that is that in a visual medium, not having to think about facial expressions too hard helps.

So, anyway, I was writing my comic and came up with the issue of languages. Trek assumes a universal translator*, while, say, Star Wars takes place in a universe where everyone knows everyone else's species and one tends to learn to understand (and speak, vocal organs willing) the common language(s) or buy a protocol/translation droid.

Here's where I'm at now.

Languages in the PD-Verse
Read more... )

I always feel somewhat self-conscious when playing with worldbuilding and stuff.

* So did Animorphs, for that matter.

** No relation to Larry Niven's 'verse. Just like the term for 'the parts of space we trade with' that doesn't convey the idea that the rest of the galaxy is a backwater.

*** Using the term loosely, since at least one species (the Nini, who only get a cameo in the comic proper) communicates via radio created by bio-electricity.

† Never set which human language was common there.

Jun. 7th, 2008

Fiction is Like Cooking

So, there's been a lot of fuss over the Twilight series. I haven't read it -- in general, it has to be a damn good vampire-based teenaged romance (or... well, any one of the three) for me to not want to throw it against the wall. But, I got to thinking (and I totally blame Journalfen for this)...

Fiction is like cooking. There are very few new foods in cooking -- chances are, if it's at all edible, someone, somewhere has eaten it. Now, some things might not be common, but they've been eaten. Now, you can make new combinations -- last fall, my dad served me salmon with mango salsa and it was pretty darn tasty. And there's plenty of new-to-you things -- I mean, no one's eaten every type of food. You can also make old favorites well -- my mother makes wonderful turkey soup and Irish soda bread, and tasty apple pie.

Now, what's funny about books like Twilight (and Eragon is another one I've seen this for) is that some readers tend to read these and assume that these are New and Original because they have never read much or any Supernatural Romance or Animal-Companion/Heroic Fantasy. Now, I haven't read these, but nothing I've read about them makes me think that these are new and innovative ideas. Both seem to play the conventions of their genres pretty straight, with little innovation or crossover.

Again, I've read neither of these books, so for all I know they fall into the 'old favorite done well' category*. But, reading the reactions of some of their teenaged fans is like taking someone to their first Asian restaurant -- it could be takeout-Chinese or the upscale Thai place downtown, but your guest is too busy cooing over how they never imagined you could make 'meat, rice, sauce and veggies' taste this different to notice the actual quality of the food.

* Granted, the reviews I've read don't agree, but I prefer reading snarky reviews to non-snarky ones.

Granted, in a younger reader, it's kind of expected -- sometimes being introduced to a genre rocks your world. When you get well old enough to be reading books from the Adult section of the bookstore, it's a little astonishing. Especially given how common those sub-genres are.

And you really should do some reading before you proclaim to the internet how New and Innovative said books are. It makes you look a bit silly, especially if you are old enough to have heard of Anne Rice and Laurel K. Hamilton (or, in the case of Eragon, Tolkien, LeGuin, McCaffrey, Lackey, and every D&D tie-in novel ever.)

Aug. 3rd, 2007

Site Stuff

So, I'm trying to decide how to archive my writing. I have two options (well, three, but I'm ruling out the 'plain HTML' that I've been using so far).

-- Option 1: An archive script.
Pros: Has things built in, like chaptering and searching by word count.
I can run it on site, once I clear up a database.

-- Option 2: A journal.
Pros: Many people already use them, so they'll see updates automatically, without me having to make a feed.
Comment threading -- I like being able to have a conversation about my fics.
If I write something for a community, I can link to my archived copy, rather than the one on my journal -- keeping all comments in one place.

What does everyone else think? I'm leaning towards a journal.