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Writing My Novel Part 1: The Basics of Things

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So over the course of this summer, I have taken my first venture into the writing of long form fiction. Now, this has been something of a task for me because I’m used to writing short stories and poetry; thereby, I create characters and set them free on the ocean of 2k -7k words. However, as my novel stands at around 50k words, I have invested a large amount of time and writing space for my characters and the premise of the story I’m going to tell. This post is to give a little insight into what I’ve been doing… here goes.

Premise: In the year 2042, the world turns all its nuclear warheads on each other and destroys the world in a cataclysmic event that causes the surface of the Earth to be uninhabitable to the humans that survived. (Matter-of-factly, I have written a short snippet that deals with this, which I hope to expand too.)  However, even as the human race is driven underground, the Eight monster races of the world (and some of their mutated offspring which don’t constitute a new race per say) which have existed in the shadows alongside humans come to power under the dust cloud covering the sun and making the Earth habitable for them. All Eight species try to live in harmony with one another, but like all those with power, peaceful cohabitation may not be possible… Enter our protagonist and her allies and enemies several hundred years after the great cataclysm…

The Eight Races (The races and a fun fact about them):

Vampires–Some feed on the  blood of the other seven… which is frowned and punishable by death. This is why it’s kept secret if they do. Others feed off the cultivated herds of mutant animals that they tend.

Weres– Werewolves and the like (there are more than just werewolves). They are called werebeasts by the other Seven races, which is a derogatory term… Prefer to be called Weres.

Arcane– The witches of folklore and legend who command external forces. In large covens, they have been known to shift the clouds and control the weather. Using their magic causes them to age physically; however, their youth can be recovered by focusing their magic toward rejuvenation.

The Fae– Similar to the witches in terms of their magical nature, yet they additionally are physically strong despite their lanky appearances. Known to be very beautiful. Their Queen is the Titania of lore. . .she rules them with a doll that contains the soul of Oberon, whom she trapped there so she should never be alone. Some call her the mad queen…

Elementals– Beings of immense power. Embody certain elements in a physical and magical way so that they become living fire, ice, shadow, etc. However, they can look human. Widely varying levels of power exist among them. Some are so weak that they barely exist. . .others can rend the Earth.

Harpies– One of the few flying creatures in the new world order. They are all covered in a fine layer of feathers that both protects them and streamlines them for flight. They are pack creatures that hunt, attack, and destroy creatures much more powerful than them through their group dynamic.

Infernals– Also called Demons by the other races. Usually remain in their monstrous / demonic form complete with flaming spectral wings and horns. They mostly appear to be genderless. Their ruler Bilge is known in the Christian Bible as Legion but not because he’s multiple demons…

Celestials– Called Angels by most creatures’ standards, they are additionally known as Valkyrie, goddesses, and more. Deemed by most of the other Seven (the Infernals won’t consent) to be the most powerful of the races, they are usually seen as the peace keepers because they can keep the others at bay. Have a club in the remnants of Carnegie Hall named “Heaven”.

There are other mutant species that exist that occur as splinter forms of the main groups… for instance, there are a few harpies that call themselves furies because they have acquired slightly different forms and powers. Hence, the variation of monsters throughout history.

Protagonist: Sadie is a highborn vampire who is relatively young by vampire standards (almost 2000 years old at the beginning). In addition to her youth, she is also plain by vampiric standards, which causes her purpose to be a little clouded. At first, she is just trying to find out from higher authorities what her destiny is, but inadvertently, she stumbles into a war that she finds herself at the epicenter of all because she chose to put on a necklace.

So there you have it, a little bit of insight into what it is that I’ve been writing. While I know that I’m being vague to a degree, I hope that my future posts will enlighten you  more. Maybe this will entice you to read more, even as I head to my 85k word count goal.

My Favorite X-Men Villains

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If you’re familiar with my blog or with me on any level, it’s probably evident to you that I am a huge fan of X-Men comics, movies (well..some of the movies), etc. While I am a fan because of the heroic characters, would a comic book or super heroes be any good if they didn’t have villains? The answer is no because they are what makes the stories. If they weren’t there to be the foil of the hero, we would have a pretty boring story. They are what causes the conflict…and in a narrative, conflict is everything.

1) Omega Red–for some people, this may be a lesser known villain. However, he is the stuff of nightmares in my opinion. Made by the Soviet Government to be unstoppable, Omega Red is a serial killer turned super soldier. He is excessively durable and can tolerate radiation that would kill normal humans. This fact is partially caused by his carbinadium tentacles. With them, he is able to absorb life-force and sustain his immune system (as a result of the carbinadium, he is poisoned). He mainly appears in conjunction with Wolverine’s story arc because the Weapon X program entrapped him in ice years ago. Why do I like him? Simply because he freaks me out. He is almost unstoppable…when the X-Men have had to take him on, the best they can normally do is imprison him (which if held against the Captain America story, means he could live indefinitely in his frozen state).

http://marvel.wikia.com/Arkady_Gregorivich_(Earth-616)

2) Apocalypse–Probably one of the most know über villains in the Marvel-verse, Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur, is the first true mutant to ever walk the Earth…and continues to do so 5000 years after his birth in Egypt. Being nearly indestructible, immortal, and almost omnipotent, he is a handful to deal with in the realm of X-Men. Why? Because he has his hand in most everything that goes on in the world. He is capable of passing the ages through the usage of his Lazarus Chamber which keeps him eternally youthful.  He is probably the most consistent villain of X-Men because he is eternal and his brand of evil does not change. If you combine this with his name meaning the end of the world and the fact that he has worshippers all over the world (hence more chambers) and horsemen who are at his call, he is probably one of the scariest mutants in Marvel.

http://marvel.wikia.com/En_Sabah_Nur_(Earth-616)

3) Mr. Sinister–Corny name aside, Mr. Sinister is the worst of the worst in the X-Man Universe. Once know as the Victorian Geneticist Nathaniel Essex, he is probably the most conniving and manipulative of the villains in the Marvel-verse. He is a very pragmatic and knows exactly what he wants. While Apocalypse is a genius, Sinister’s genius was worthy enough to be recognized by the might Apocalypse. With this genius in some continuities, he has (Spoiler Alert!) even killed the mighty En Sabah Nur. He was a contemporary of Darwin and saw that rapid mutation was possible. He also wanted to see how far this mutating could be taken…which led to some unorthodox experimentation. Why do I think he is the best villain of the X-Men? It is because he is pure evil…he pokes things just to see how they poke back and to understand how to “improve” his natural selection…he is not held down by morality….and thereby, has no scruples to keep him from truly being evil.

http://marvel.wikia.com/Nathaniel_Essex_(Earth-616)

Evil is a constant in the realm of super heroes, and every time it rears its ugly head, they knock it back down. These three villains are the cause of much turmoil within the pages of X-Men…Are there any in the X-Universe that you think are better? If so, who?

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April 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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