Monthly Archives: September 2012

Character Sketch #1

While thinking about what to post today, I decided maybe I should share some of my own creations for once. Though I suppose the big question is where to begin? As of late, I’ve been working on a world for a story. The story is being told from the perspectives of several characters in a structure more akin to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen books. While I’m not deep enough into the writing to share it yet, I do have the characters in mind, and decided to lay the details of one out for you to see.

Thus I present to you my first Character Sketch:

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RIN NOBLESSE

Gender: Female
Age: 21

Rin is an athletic tomboy serving the Blackwood Family as a bodyguard. She has short-cut, straight, reddish brown hair and blue eyes.

Initially, she joined the military to escape marriage, but ended up finding someone she cared for in her new job, a young strategist named Shin who saw her as someone with potential and talents, and not just a woman. Presently, she is assigned to guard him, and uses loyalty as a guise for her true feelings. While not always the brightest, Rin is a talented swordsman and at times an unlikely leader as she struggles to survive in the civil war torn era of her homeland.

Hopes & Dreams: An end to the Civil War, and capturing the heart of Shin

Fears: People she cares about getting hurt, Fire

Hobbies/Habits: Whistling, Knuckle Cracking

Loves: Shin, fried pork strips, watching Shin’s strategies play out perfectly

Hates: Snakes, Hector Blackwood

Other Features: Burn scars on her back from her childhood. Miscellaneous cuts, scars, and bruises.

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I’m always happy to work on these, and answer questions in the comments!

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Time is such an expensive commodity these days…

While I feel guilty about this, at the very least I won’t be able to post more than this today. Keep writing!

~ Underdog

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Writers, Choose your Weapon!


Goblins, Ogres, and Other Sub-Human Beasties

Brian Rush

Let’s consider another staple of fantasy fiction: brutish goons.

These are creatures that present an ugly caricature of ourselves: goblins, ogres, trolls, giants, and similar creatures. Their depiction involves a certain stretching and distortion of human capability both physical and mental along with a sharp downgrade of human behavior in its moral dimension. Either intelligence or physique is downgraded; if intelligence is low then physical capacity may be superhuman, but certainly not both. Sometimes a sub-human beastie may be as intelligent as a human being or even a little more so in terms of tool-use capacity and low cunning, but shrunken physically. At other times it’s the opposite: the creature is as dumb as a stump, but big and very, very strong. And ugly. And usually hairy, or perhaps scaly. Its social intelligence is far below the human norm even when its technical intelligence is reasonably high; these things can’t…

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Goblins, Ogres, and Other Sub-Human Beasties

Brian Rush

Let’s consider another staple of fantasy fiction: brutish goons.

These are creatures that present an ugly caricature of ourselves: goblins, ogres, trolls, giants, and similar creatures. Their depiction involves a certain stretching and distortion of human capability both physical and mental along with a sharp downgrade of human behavior in its moral dimension. Either intelligence or physique is downgraded; if intelligence is low then physical capacity may be superhuman, but certainly not both. Sometimes a sub-human beastie may be as intelligent as a human being or even a little more so in terms of tool-use capacity and low cunning, but shrunken physically. At other times it’s the opposite: the creature is as dumb as a stump, but big and very, very strong. And ugly. And usually hairy, or perhaps scaly. Its social intelligence is far below the human norm even when its technical intelligence is reasonably high; these things can’t…

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Humility

Brian Rush

Humility is a virtue asserted by every religion and every spiritual tradition and understood by very few. It’s something that was brought home to me recently by an exploration of the phenomenon of leadership.

A leader, particularly one in a spiritual position, must live a paradox. He is “above” the rest in certain ways: taking greater responsibility, providing guidance and help to others that they cannot as easily do for themselves, upholding the highest standards of thought and behavior. If he starts to think of himself as above the rest, though, he hampers his ability to fulfill his function as a leader. There’s a natural and lamentable temptation to see leadership status as a privilege, and to take from it affirmation of one’s own superiority. It’s very difficult to avoid doing this, but the very best of leaders do.

As Lao Tzu put it:

To lead people, walk beside…

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May I Present… Fantasy Mapmaking!


How to be a better writer/artist

Truer than I want to admit to…


Time in Fiction

When coming up with a new world, one of the hardest things to come up with are some of the most basic measurements we have. Before, I re-blogged a post on Distance. Now, I want to talk about time.

What is time, other than a measurement for everything as it interacts and changes around us. The truth is, that as humans, we have one concept of time. 60 seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours in a day. 7 days in a week. Etc…

Regardless of how we measure time, something noticeable in all fictional works, is the similar time system to our own. 20 or 25 hour days. 5-10 day weeks. 10-15 months. Etc…

Why do we do that? In my own opinion, I believe it gives us a time structure we can better relate to. When you’re 15, it’s hard to sympathize with another 15 year-old when their year is 1000 days (or about 3 of ours).

So what does that mean for new races? Sure they live on a barely hospitable planet, but the year’s about the same length. So, they either have a planet traveling much faster, increasing natural forces on the planet, or, it moves slower for the planet to be closer to the center of the galaxy. A lot of planetary effects are built on the distance from the sun and other planets.

Also, in science fiction, the standard galactic year is almost always built around human standards as well. Creatures on other planets seem to just accept it and move on, despite their advanced statuses, but hey, what can we do? We’re only human after all, and I don’t see any extra-terrestrials reading my writing any time in the near future.

Thanks for hearing me out on… this.

Keep writing!

~ Underdog


The Hero’s Journey – Extra Credits

While this is different than my usual posting, this has a lot to do with writing. Check out these videos!

The Hero’s Journey Part 1

The Hero’s Journey Part 2

Keep writing!

~ Underdog