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The Real Thing

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I was hanging out at Dale Reierson’s Season of the Dying Facebook event:
THE SEASONS OF DYING brought to you by THE HORROR HOOLIGANS. Come read for the first time ever their unique spin on the Season of Dying. This is going to be the most Original Event you have ever been to…
Burning body piles-Davide Mana
Disease-Mikey Campling
Starving -Alex Kimmell
Cannibalism -Sheri Williams
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse -Dani Smith
Pestilence -Thomas S Flowers III
Famine -Dale Reierson (S.E. Rise)
War -Jim Greenfield
Death -Dane John Cobain
Locust -S.E.Rise
Dying of Thirst-JG Clay
The Rot -David Paris Singer-Carter
The Flies-S.E.Rise
The Scavengers -Duncan Ralston
The Madness -Alex S. Johnson
The Dead -Cassandre Dayne
The Hunger -Maddie Holliday Von Stark
The Apocalypse-Alex Nader
The End is Near -P.Mattern

It’s been interesting, and not long ago, Mikey Campling posed a question I just couldn’t resist answering:
“Giveaway time. I’ll send you an ARC of A Dark Assortment. Random winner picked from the comments below. In the spirit of my dark little stories, tell me what dark little fears haunt you when you’re alone in the dark…”

After writing it up and pushing post, I got to thinking this is similar in many respects to some of my previous posts, so I thought I’d include it here. This is just such an example of ways I use to create new species.

Shades-I used to be haunted by them. It started when I was really young, like four or something. I grew to recognize their approaching presence with this sudden paralyzing panic that began in my subconscious while sleeping and then forced me to claw my way to a wakened state. It’s not long after, thirty seconds or so, it or they would appear. I could only see them because they were darker than the dark of my windowless room, basically it’s like taking a picture of yourself and then filling it with a black hole and holding up to a moonless night with no stars. You can feel the malice off them long before they appear. On one occasion back in the summer of 93′, I was surrounded by five of them, two to each side, one at the foot. I’d been working really hard at breaking the paralysis they held me down with over the past six years or so, and I had bouts of success during these weird battles of will. During this particular visitation, I managed to do exactly that, and as I sat up to take a swing at one, just to see if this was a physical force or something less so, they all stepped back as the dark swallowed them. Why not anymore? Well my friends, that is a different story 😉

Here is Dale’s event if you’d like to drop in; hot intestines on the house for all! Tell him I sent you.
https://www.facebook.com/events/895169427222379/920069014732420/

Procreating Species

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For many, if not all of us who write Fantasy and Science Fiction, procreating species it’s very important. I’m currently writing in six separate worlds, the book that is in editing, titled Atolovus, the first installment to my series The Arch of Quorydun, centers on a planet called Solanar while a separate series is being written on a world called Korrynth. In both cases, I’ve done a good deal of research into a number of scientific branches in order to make the world and the many species that live on them believable. Every writer has their own way of doing this, and it can be one of the more time-consuming aspects of the story process, at the very least, it is for me.

When I began writing Atolovus, I needed a framework to make it unique. I chose a blue star for a sun, then I researched the difference of light and its impact on life. There is quite a difference, and it effects everything. After further research, I made the world about the size of Mars. That changes a number of other things like rotation and revolution, and gravity and time among others.

Once the environment is set, by means of a hand-drawn map, the first thing I do is populate it with species widely recognized in the genre I write in. That sets the  factor for belief in place. Thanks to people like J.R.R Tolkien, and Gary Gygax, humans, elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits are now universal, and most of our own mythological creatures are as well, dragons, Unicorns, Minotaur, etc. That is the easy part.

My next step demands determining things like, borders vs environments vs civics; then race, skin color, height, weight, eye color, and diet. Diet takes me to plants and animals: what kind of plants, how are they different, and how are they similar. Which ones are poisonous, which ones aren’t, which ones are medicinal; the same is true of animals.

Here comes the work. The harder part is to take one step further and consider the types of life that aren’t common to us. Species evolved in a different environment, will possess different abilities and characteristics, but not so much that we can’t connect with them on some level. Every year we discover new ones right here on Earth, and the consistent variety remains astounding!

This is where things get fun. I’ve taken to creating my creatures and species in the same manner that a player in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons builds a character. I have my own list of criterias, and often I begin with a creature we have right here on earth. Then I ask myself what would change to make them adaptable in the new environment. I don’t do this all at once. I do it when it becomes necessary to introduce a species. Common reasons include domesticated species, food sources, and predators. That said, like here on earth, not all species native to a planet are widely known, and many times, the characters stumble across one in the wilds, on a ship, in the mountains, the plains, or even in a common conversation around a table, fire or deck of a ship.

My new editor, just recently asked me to send her a copy of my personal monster manuals/ creature compendiums. The fact is, they are mostly inside my head! I just haven’t had the time to list them all out on word docs. Guess I better add that to my daily list of goals! Happy experimentation everyone!

Baby Shoes Flash Fiction Anthology is Out!

Signatures and Signs By Terry Persun

Introducing Terry Persun

 

Terry Persun, the author of The Doublesight series: http://www.terrypersun.com/#!fantasy/c1bjl will be posting a guest blog post on my site tomorrow morning during a two week long Blogswap tour announcement for his newest released novel, Gargoyle. I will be also guest posting a blog page on his site Friday. I’ve had the honor of reading an earlier edition of Gargoyle and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the Fantasy or Science fiction genre’s. You can see more of the guest posts by other fellow Booktrope authors on his page, http://www.terrypersun.com/ and you can see all his works on his website as well. Hope you all drop by and see what wisdom Terry has to share, and don’t forget to check out my post Friday on his blog!

Happy Reading!