I make it very clear that some of my writing is not for children. I have no qualms and no regrets. They have plenty of entertainment options. My primary portfolio is for readers sixteen and up. By that point, their parents should be aware of what their children are watching/viewing. Now, not all of my work is an exploitative gore-fest. Readers know that.
When I first began writing in full in high school, I was concerned with the number of what I thought were unoriginal movies. And then I read about an author saying that a lot of them start with fan fiction of sorts. I do not personally read too much fan fiction. A lot of it just gets too… weird and perverted, and that’s saying something if I’m worried about seeing it. Who knows, I could just be looking in the wrong places. None of that really matters now anyway. I write my own fan fiction, or that’s where some of it started!
If someone makes a scene in public I watch. r/PublicFreakout on Reddit is great for videos like that. Anyone would watch, because it is mostly hilarious even though sometimes it is quite frightening. As long as it is not happening to me it is funny. At any rate, some of these videos result in the cops being called, if they are not in the area already. The moral is- do something disruptive/dangerous/indecent in public and a government official (or everyone) will probably know about it. In my stories, this will even take into account a monster attack. Of course, when they arrive the authorities will have it look like nothing abnormal/paranormal/supernatural was happening in the area so everyone can move on with their relatively simple lives.
I have written for nine years of my life; long enough to backspace on my mistakes. I am writing this because if you are serious about writing, even if you never intend to publish, there are certain things you need to understand. Storytelling is a very personal action. We all strive to be proud of something we create, even if we are our own audience. Learn from some of my mistakes and explore what has gone right.
Humans have always been capable of extreme violence, but as stated in my last post, not everyone has to experience it. I do not like physical conflict and try to avoid it at all costs- so far I have been successful. Although I joke with myself and others that I watch enough impromptu street fight videos to know how to fight now…
Violence in the world is a terrifying, brutal thing to watch. Some experience it often. Others may never see it their entire lives. Regardless, it is a catalyst or reaction of conflict in many of my stories. For this reason when I portray violence in my story I have made a habit of attempting to not glorify it. We have seen those really gory movies that appear to rip people limb from limb, eviscerate them, behead them, and more. We know the tools of the trade. I am going to discuss the detail I put in my stories, and the reactions of my characters. This post is devoted to creature violence seen in Ruby Caves.
In honor of Mother’s Day I want to talk about my mother’s influence on my writing. Without her, a lot of vital aspects in my stories wouldn’t exist.
She has helped me immensely with cleaning up the plot for Ruby Caves. The same goes for Radiation Road, Mutant Cowboy Space Pirate, Vodka Men, and the extended cut of Atrocity (called Wish List).
She lets me know when a scene is too gory and helps tone it down. This primarily goes for Wish List. The Wendigo story was the first (and bloodiest, so far) story I ever wrote. I’m trying to give my readers an adrenaline rush through my writing, not gross them out. She’s helped me find my own limits. Too add to this, she also lets me know when a scene has dragged on for too long.
Dave being Polish. She gave me the idea for his last name (Kaczmarczyk) and from there his life was filled out. It roughly translates to “destroy peace” and some of her ideas on his characters fit that name very well. Dave is not altruistic, he is ruthlessly pragmatic. While his stories aren’t grounded in reality his fighting style sure fits what a human can reasonably achieve. His intrinsic ability to see and speak to the gods for what they are- the reason Death and Nemain (one of the Morrigan sisters) stick with him- was her idea.
Death looking like Humphrey Bogart at the end of Vodka Men. I hadn’t even considered it, but really, would you mind if Mr. Bogart came to you at the end of your life? I sure wouldn’t. Death is usually a skeleton to Dave (there goes the intrinsic vision) but to people he looks like the actor.
Her analytical nature is a major inspiration for Sarah Case’s personality. She is scary good at winning debates. She can more often than not defuse a situation. She has undying loyalty and support to us (me, my brother, and my sister) naturally. However, my mom gave me a critical point about Sarah’s relationship with William that altered the final outcome of the story. It has stuck with me.
She wrote the hilarious scene in Nutmeg Episode Seven: “Monster” where Nutmeg 3/8 is indecisive about eating Harland the thief. She almost wrote the entirety of Episode Eight: “Z” where Agent S almost runs over Travis Garcia. I only came back towards the end of that episode.
Finally, she has inspired me to add a little more humor to my stories. I came to the conclusion myself after she mentioned it to me. I don’t enjoy reading hopelessly bleak stories where there is little to no change in the character. The same goes for movies. Atrocity and Vodka Men are thematically my darkest stories, but they are meant as tragedies. And while I will add humor, it doesn’t mean I’m going to go soft on the drama or terror when it is necessary. A little genre blending never hurt anyone.
Thanks Mom, I love you! And to all the other people out there reading this, thank your mothers. For better or worse, there is no denying a mother's influence on our lives. Now stop reading this and enjoy Mother’s Day!
Continuing where I left off last time, let's learn more about Agent S. Jamie Simmons was recruited by Sasha Morris after surviving an alien attack while on vacation in the Philippines. He use to be an office worker who dreamed of becoming more. To be where he is today, he'll be between his late thirties and early forties. I won't specify, because it's rude to reveal (or ask) for one's age.
Their protege in the war for Earth is Agent R. Jamie Rook signed up for the Army during his senior year in high school. He aimed to become part of the National Guard. The nearby base gets a boost of annual funding by being part of a recruitment program. A psychological profile is built around new recruits using unique questions. Those are classified and never leave the room... or else. Rook passed the profile.
Men and women who don't pass the profiling continue with their training like strange men in great suits didn't approach them. Jamie met Jamie at the Kansas field office. This is where special schooling takes place. At the time of the story Rook is just on the edge of 23. He and Agent S bonded over their shared name. Agent S is more like a cool uncle to R. On the other hand, as they're on the field together, Agent Z and General Mako will be more like father figures. Throughout the story I'll try to cement the relationships. One big family keeping track of aliens.
What can go wrong?
I signed into my university late and ended up taking a class called The Art of Storytelling. On top of actually coming up with our own pieces, it was more about public speaking and how to compose yourself in front of others. Some of the lessons from that class was an assignment where I look at a picture of stick figures and write a story about it.
I recently had a project in one of my classes (The Art of Storytelling) where I had to read a book aloud to class. Note, this is a university class, so I was speaking to other adult classmates. I read them Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls. It has amazing illustrations by Dave McKean. As part of the project I had to come up with a post-story activity that a teacher could theoretically use after reading this book to young students. I invite any elementary school teacher to use the below as a potential activity after the book is read. Use it as you will, and you can change anything about it.
1) Wolves, good or bad? Dispelling the myths.
2) Communication within a family structure
1) Crayons, Pencils
2) Construction Paper (3 Sheets, Any Color)
3) YouTube Video “How Wolves Change Rivers”; 4 min 34 sec
1. Have the kids draw a wolf on two of the construction sheets, one with a happy face and one with an angry face.
2. On the sheet of the wolf with the happy face, ask the kids to list any reasons wolves are good.
3. On the sheet of the wolf with the angry face, ask the kids to list any reasons wolves are bad.
4. Show them the Video “How Wolves Change Rivers”.
5. Discuss the importance of wolves and things learned in the video.
6. Have them draw a picture of their family and discuss an event (good or bad) that came out of communication within the family.
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