Friday, June 18, 2010

Arkana design done by my friend

So since in high school I ended up becoming friends with the artistic people, (who happen to be incredibly nice O.o) I asked my friend Emily to draw Arkana and create her clothes and weapon. I think it came out pretty cool:
It's on her deviant art right now, under VampireNote13 I believe. I think it came out pretty awesome. The simple, yet effective, steampunk feeling it gives out is awesome.

She's also drawing my other character, Jacob. I'll post that picture when she's done.

(And it's...also copyrighted by Emily and me xD)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rewriting a Story

So when I was around 11 or 12, I wrote a novella (at the time I called it a novel, psh. Actually, I think it was just a short story :P) which was basically a Medieval Fantasy Europe story with a 12 year old (going on 13) prince who meets an 11 year old witch. Blah, blah, blah stuff happens and I finish the story at about 100 pages with humongous font and gave it to my best friend for Christmas (she gave me a story in return, called "Violet".) So years later I decide to rewrite. I rewrite the reasons, the back story, the characters grow older, they gain flaws and talents, even added Dragons, I try to make it as Grey and Gray Morality as possible, and I end up writing the intro.

Then I go to a bookstore and when I pull a fantasy book out, it was almost always set in a Medieval Fantasy Europe setting. I already knew it was popular, but I never realized how many authors were doing it until that day. I know Tolkien popularized it, and it's because of him I was writing my story in the first place, but I don't really want to do that anymore. I thought over my story and tried to figure out what to do. But sadly, I couldn't come up with anything.

Then, when I was reading the tv trope page (it's my favorite site now xD) about the anime adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, I read this:
...directed by Hayao Miyazaki, very loosely based on the novel. Now, instead of a Medieval European Fantasy, the land of Ingary is a Steam Punk world filled with both technology and magic.
It's not surprising seen as how it's Hayaoi Miyasaki (there's always a pattern like that in his films xD but I'm not complaining of course) but it bought forth an idea. Going from medieval epic fantasy to steam punk!

There are different types of Punk related to steam punk, so I'll have to play around with them. I know this has also been done before, but steam punk is something I've never tried and never thought I would try. But I could try to combine both (and I know that has been done too, I'm not trying to make it sound like I'm the first person to think of it) and write my story.

Of course, I'm still writing my SciFi story and Broken, and there's hundreds more ideas in my head, so for now, it's just in the planning stages. But I do want to do something more than just medieval world and put some effort in it (because don't worry, I'm not just taking Steam Punk and running with it. I have to work hard on creating the world.)

There you have it. My plan :D

P.S: It might sound like I'm trying to mock stories with medieval settings, but I'm really not. I'm just trying to do something I've never tried before. Besides, how could I ever mock something like Dragon Age. It's because of that game I wanted to add dragons to the story.

(Wow, some of the pictures came out too big xDD))
"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.