Oh yes yes, I'm still plenty alive. I've just been working on things I shouldn't be working on in preparation for things I need to be working. It is March I suppose and I need to look of Casey Blues in it's complete entirety now. However I've been on a side quest in understanding the non-human character as a main character which is something that has come up in my writing the last few months/years.
I've been watching a lot of Dr. Who and I'm now finished with it and can say this. I appologize to those I dismissed as obsessive fans when it come to Steve Moffat and his writing abilities. The man can pull off a story in an episode but not with an extended episodes of timey whimey wibbly wobbly mess. Since I live in the states I am at the mercy of Hulu when I can see any new episodes of it. Until then I will take advantage of what little time I probably have with Agents of Shield. I'll be surprised if it runs for another season.
Oh by the way, this is just another thought journal and you can stop reading right now.
Anyway I love messing with nonhuman characters. Don't know why. I like assigning human traits to something that is not entirely human. Thing is I can do it very well with an animal. Maybe its because I see mammals everyday and can pick out where to assign a human like trait were there isn't one. The problem lies within writing them and deciding for races that are very human like is how to show their inhuman like features. This is the current issue I"m having with Risen.
Theris is an elf and his culture and society come off very human like. This is my effort to avert making elves that are Tolkien like. Now I written elves before and they were the high and mighty kind with bigotry being their major flaw. I'm also only taking pieces of those elves into mine and trying to create something new which I'm not sure I'm doing very well. I mean really currently at the moment, I'm trying to keep Theris to be relatable to the reader on some level. Even though he is a elven Duke, he is dealing with a lot of personal things. His father's just dies, he's dealing with family he doesn't know, getting use to a life he doesn't want to live, and force to be part of something he isn't prepared for and is eventually offered a choice between doing what is right and ruining the stability of his people or just become forgotten and villainized. Though I think he would be regardless of his choices. Its a tough story to write and my concerns about what the difference between my elves and humans will have to wait probably until I get a first draft in front me.
What Dr. Who has given me an idea on how to approach a human like character that isn't human. It makes me wish that I watched it when I was writing Attached because that would have helped a lot. I probably would have had more fun when Nico wasn't acting entirely human than worrying about those sections. I will go ahead and admit Theris and Nico are nearly the same character or rather, draft one Nico is nearly the same as Theris but I believe Theris is more confident than Nico. He doesn't have the uncertainty to his identity as Nico had. His uncertainty is just his family mainly his father. The boy has some daddy issues that he has to resolve and I'm currently wondering how much can readers take his issues and not see an resolving to them until later. I mean last night I was thinking he was getting to that "get over yourself" point and wonder if readers would just get tired of him. Then again, that is the human side. Because there are people who cling to emotional pain because they don't know how to deal with it. In his case, he really needs to find someone to talk to. Aside from all this, I'm having issues at trying to think of why he is an elf other than label.
I've spend a lot of time trying to get religions straight. The Brotherhood straight in ranks and purpose but I keep coming up with the question, why elves? I mean culture wise in the universe, this particular bunch of elves broke away from their druid culture and their goddess and demi pantheon for monotheology and currently a three god system that because I can't think up the name off hand, I'll just stick with that. Most of their culture has also forsaken the use of magic for the most part and thus I've nothing unusual in that department to add to mostly the fantastical. Diet I may have to adjust. But I promise no vegan elves. I've a hard times dealing with the most obstinate shove crap down your throat vegans in real life. I don't need an entire race of them in the story I'm writing.
I don't know. I maybe thinking too hard about this. It might be something I should consider more when I actually get the story finished.
TLDR: I need to stop worrying about my story so much and have fun with it.
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