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Character Creation – That Super Fun Thing I Waste Time On

Posted in Author, Book Information, Book News, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Wastes of Space with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2012 by darcytown

(Warning: This is a train of thought post and does not have much organization involved)…

I looooove the character creation phase of stories.  I’m referring to the big push of the nitty-gritty details before I start a series/book.  This is the part where I get each one of my cast figured out looks-wise, personality, a bit of history, age, jobs, etc.  Characters can and do pop out of nowhere later throughout the course of writing, and some of those can be the bestest (Reloy), but every story has to start off with its set cast.

The first place I start is the mains.  My stories have 1 or 2 main characters (with 1 exception) around which the over-arching story revolves:

Dahlia and Lucifer – Morningstar.

Rake and Ravil – Wastes.

Oregon Atari Argyle and Kentucky B. Coffee – Reactor 8.

Camilla / Col.Mayer / Sam / Soltana / Aliya – Prophets.    Tangent on: This is my exception story, it’s also the first one that I envisioned and ever started writing.  It took me years and years to finish book 1 (The Bound Prophets is a working title, but probably not a final).  This story is unique in style vs the others and may require a complete re-write before it ever sees an audience outside of two of my friends. Tangent off.

When I started Morningstar I used movie stars as my visual templates.  I found pics that worked with the story (3-4 pics per character), I pasted them into a Word doc, added one word descriptors, and sometimes a one-liner here and there.  I included things that would immediately recall not just a character’s looks, but their personality as well.  That I think is the most important aspect…character personality (and consistency of personality).  Drives me up the wall when a character has some strange personality shift without it being explained.  Just because a change is convenient to plot, doesn’t mean it’s right.  In fact, it’s wrong.  Characters are sacrosanct.  I hate it when authors put plot above character, it drives me nuts.  So…yeah anyways…I get pictures to help me keep their personality in mind.

I then print those pages off and tack them up on the wall above my computer, sharing space with timelines, factoids, and maps (I freaking love maps).  These are the closest thing to my book bible without actually being my book bible.  My bible is a leatherbound book called a book-book (it’s a book about my books, ha-ha I’m clever!).  Into the book-book goes scene ideas, quotes, notes, dreams, random tangents, ideas for a book 5 books into the series, etc.  It’s my cheat sheet and treasure trove all wrapped into one.  It’s also home to amusing plot ideas that got scrapped.  Wastes has some great ones that never came to be.

Damn it…off topic I’ve gone again.

So…I started off with celeb pics for characters (yeah, I already have a dream cast for Morningstar…not that that will ever happen).

Okay, let’s get on to present day (I wrote the Morningstar Trilogy in 2009).

I stopped using celebs.  I went instead to a mecca of picture-ness that is Model Mayhem (it’s a website).  Now, their purpose is not for me to go and find my perfect cast, but damn they provide such a nice way for me to find said cast.  You can search models by their height, color scheme, gender, age, we’re talking hand picked.  Now this can take me hours if not days of sorting through pics to find someone perfect.  But when I do, it’s like a light clicked on.  I do a little dance and copy paste them into my new Word doc of awesome.  And when I’m done, I print and tack them up.  They stay up until I finish writing the series (then into a file folder they go).

The best part about this process is finding new characters that I hadn’t even thought of simply because I find a totally rad picture online.  This happened mostly with Reactor 8…I came up with a character named T. Britannica Peppers simply because this one guy’s pic screamed ‘use me please, I am perfect!’   So Tomato was born, curly crazy fro and all.

Uh, yeah, dudes called Tomato.  The naming convention in Reactor 8 is unique, I don’t name all my characters after fruits.  Which brings us to naming, sweet glorious naming.  It’s not really that glorious, names do not get a lot of forethought in my book (at creation).  I will look up the meanings of names after they’re chosen, but I don’t pick names due to their meanings (exception Prophets, but everything in Prophets is an exception).  Other exceptions are my demons, because they’re named after Fallen Angels.  I picked them because I liked the name and I liked the basic description in the Lesser Key of Solomon.

Names generally spring into mind when I’m daydreaming a scene to music (that’s how I plan my scenes…they’re all to music).  Typically I get to the point where someone needs to call someone by name and…a name pops into existence.  Marx, Kennedy, Lincoln…all came into existence at the same time.  Ladriam and Appleadris were made up jumbles of pretty sounding syllables.  Danny, Mica, Whitney, Celeste, Sammy…were just the first thing that popped into my head.  But no, I didn’t just come up with Oro, Evgeniy, and Tasanee on the fly.  I had to look up some actual names of the country of origin.

Anywho…sitting above my computer are the basics for Reactor 8.  I got pics, schematics of oil rigs, equipment (harpoons, goggles, wrenches, snow gear), maps of my lovely reactors, and maps of the North American railroads as they stand (or stood) relatively recently.

I’ve been itching to write Reactor 8, but I must finish Wasted (book 7 of Wastes Series).  I’ve delayed too long on that story and I have a few advanced readers who’ll start to cut at me with spoons if I don’t finish that beast already.

So I should probably quit writing this, and get back to writing that.

~Darcy

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Posted in Book Information, Book News, Lucifer, Morningstar with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2012 by darcytown

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So they’re old demons…

Posted in Author, Book Information, Lucifer, Morningstar with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2012 by darcytown

And they have to act what…old? evil? or speak in heavy prose?

I got a review questioning my demons acting as they do, due to their age.  This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this (though the other one was for ancient gods in a different series).

Why do people assume that ancient entities have to act like serious Machiavellian douche-bags that take everything seriously.  Do you hit a certain age, say century 5, and suddenly you’re a fucktard stodgy bastard?  Or you’re depressed because…why?  Or you don’t want to party anymore because…what liquor stopped working, sex drive suddenly vanished, you can no longer enjoy getting high or driving a fast car?

I hope to be seriously having a good time when I’m old.   Why can’t my demons?  Must they all go through crippling mid-life turmoil and bemoan their meaningless existences.  Newsflash, they enjoy their meaningless existences very much.  😉

This critique baffles me.

Also…language.  Language evolves and people change the way they talk (especially nowadays).  You don’t hear your grandparents speaking like they did when they were 15 because they’ve changed with the times.  So yeah, my demons, ancient gods, immortal fairies, etc are going to be up with the current lingo unless they’ve been frozen or put in a box for centuries.  Exception being Lucifer but he’s got his reasons for talking like a robot.

I know this probably won’t be the last time I see…”I don’t understand why they’re acting this way, they’re centuries old…”

But a girl can hope  🙂

Rant off.

-Darcy

Demons are forever tainted

Posted in Author, Lucifer, Morningstar with tags , , , , on January 26, 2012 by darcytown

…By my own way of thinking.

I am still in love with all things fallen angels and demons, but I can’t help but smile when I see serious, dark, tormented versions of Paimon, Furcas, Belial, Andrealphus, Berith, or Lucifer.   I’ve actually started laughing out loud at a few that were so over the top.   They’re just so wrong and backwards in my head.  Lucifer doesn’t care about your soul folks, he just doesn’t.  I would however pay to be able to actually summon demons cause I would totally summon Paimon and Furcas and go out drinking with them.  It would be fab.

Works for the angels too…when my sister and I went to a church-y function we also both had the same “asshole” reaction when we heard a piece of the Bible about Michael.  Seriously, he’s a butthead.

I have the feeling that most author-types/artists, etc feel the same way when they happen to put their spin on a literary/biblical/real-life character.

Maybe we’re all just sort of mad (and by mad I mean off and skewed as fuck, not angry).

Great show and working on Daystar

Posted in Author, Book Information, Book News, Lucifer, Morningstar with tags , , , , on January 5, 2012 by darcytown

Whitechapel…violent, funny (to me it is).  Getting it here on BBC America.  I want there to be a third season right now.  For me.

Anywho, settling into bed at a decent hour.  Taking my pages of Daystar with me.  Thankfully it’s already written and I’m doing proofing, because a streak of writer’s block would be bad news.

-Darcy!

Daystar…working on it

Posted in Author, Book Information, Book News, Lucifer, Morningstar with tags , , , , on December 27, 2011 by darcytown

Proofing, proofing, proofing.  Available in the next month or two is my hope.

E-book and paperback will probably come available damn close to the same time (another wild hope).

Have I mentioned how much I detest the e-book process?  🙂

Daystar is around 147,000 words, so a tad bit bigger than the previous 2 books.

Woo!

Morningstar is in Paperback format now

Posted in Author, Book Information, Book News, Lucifer, Morningstar with tags , , , , , on December 27, 2011 by darcytown

Reasons to buy Morningstar in paperback format:
1. You love the author.
2. You hate trees and/or love paper products.
3. The cover has stars on it, so it’s practically a work of art.
4. You need one more book to complete your Beauty and the Beast style library that you’ve been building your entire adult life.
5. You want to hit someone with a book, but you like all of the other books you already have.
6. You want to pretend to be the author’s friend (this is a good reason).
7. You need a white elephant gift for a Sunday morning church gift exchange. This book is perfect for that, I promise.

Check it out:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1466447885