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Idea’s and Inspiration

As of late, well, let’s call it a while, I haven’t really kept up with blogging all that much.  I’ve posted a few Random Short Stories, and more of Black-Heart, but not many ideas or updates on life or writing, which I feel is what people would rather read than waiting for a new update on Black-Heart.  I know I get frustrated when my favorite web-comics don’t update on time.  Regardless, I haven’t been active on the blog and that can drive readers away too.  And if content is bland and there are days when I’m pretty bland– I digress though.

The reason I’m writing today is just what the title says.  I’ve got some ideas and inspiration that have been popping into my head and I want to expand upon them.

Lately, when I’ve had a good chunk of time, I’ve been binging on an anime called Fairy Tail.  Great anime in my opinion (if you are an anime fan or know what anime is. If not that’s ok too, just skip ahead).  I describe it as a combination of Naruto and One Piece, silly but with some serious parts.  Lots of epic battles and a great overarching storyline.  Sadly it ends at episode 175.  I hear it cuts out mid-story-arc, but I’ve heard a rumor (not sure if it’s true) that it’s going to start up again in September sometime.  I’m hopeful!

All the epicness going on in the story-arc I’m in right now has been getting my mind whirling with ideas and epicness for my own stories.  I’ve been fixated on Jayko lately and a specific scene which has been developing in my head.  I want it to be epic and to have a multitude of things going on at once as it’s a battle scene.  I’ve already posted about three parts of the scene as Random Short Stories.  But there’s still more to come.  I just haven’t worked it out completely yet.

So, far I’ve brought back the Commandos from a previously trunked story, set up a massive fleet for Jayko to command, taken that fleet to the doorstep of the enemy, dropped mechs right into the middle of a battlefield and set up the main characters to head into heavy fighting.  I’ve got ideas whirling around that I need to develop on where the Commandos and Jayko have to fight their way to a key control center.  I want them to encounter heavy resistance and to be not be able to stop the Wormhole Gate they are assaulting from being activated.

Trying to add on to the epicness that I’m trying to go for, Jayko calls in Helios Station, an ancient space station of massive proportions that drops from FTL into the middle of the space battle and absorbs the brunt of the energy projected into space by the Wormhole Gate, stopping it from opening.

What’s been difficult for me with all of this, has been trying to convey everything that’s happening in the battle at once, to give the reader a rush as they progress through the battle following the Commandos.  To convey the size of the Gate and Helios Station.  The awe as it drops into battle, scattering dreadnaught size battleships as it moves into position over the planet.

So my question to all you other writers out there is this:  How do you convey something that’s supposed to be fast paced, that’s supposed to have something big happen that makes your characters stop and stare, and think, “Holy-sh–t!”?

And if you’re not a writer but a reader:  What do you think makes a scene in a book give you that same feeling described above?

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Shame and Cover Art

Shame on me!  I have not been putting aside time for writing lately, so I’m behind on Black-Heart, and Just about anything else that I’ve been working on, though with Theo’s Story mostly edited I should have time or at least be focusing on thinking up a title—which of course I still have not come up on with one.  I do however have a cover image that I need to expand upon and work with.  I was able to come up with a rough sketch that I think I like.  Now I need to sketch it out onto a larger sheet of paper and see it’s what I want.

If I can find a few hours (more like half a day with the way I draw) I should be able to get it fleshed out and finished up enough to scan in and post a preview of what it will look like.  Until then, you’ll just have to settle with a description of it.

So far it is just a space-suited figure standing on the hull of a ship/space station looking out over the face of Mars.  That’s about the extent of it.  I want to put something else in with it, either another ship or the Space Elevator that is a prominent location in the first part of the story.  But we’ll see if my artistic skills are up to the challenge to add in lots of detail like that.

One thing I did noticed with this sketch that was familiar to my last cover was that it was a view from behind the person in the image.  They are looking out at something and we are looking at them.  I think that’s mostly due to the fact that I can’t draw people very well from the front.

I had considered and image of Mars for the cover, but I wasn’t sure if it would fit with the theme very well.  It was either that or I try and do an image of the ship that the main characters are on most of the time.  What I think I need is some form of vista or a view of the planet or the asteroid belt or something along those lines.

I’m sure most of you out there have read quite a few books.  What covers where your favorites?  And what do you think would look good on the cover of a Sci-Fi book set in the future in our very own Solar System?

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Out of Gas –Yup, That’s Me

Yup, that title pretty much sums it up.  I haven’t been doing much writing or reading, or editing for that matter.  I did get a little bit farther with Theo’s Story, but it doesn’t need that much in the way of major editing.  I’ve been feeling like I’ve been running on empty lately… no new idea’s for Black-Heart either!  That’s a shock!

I figure I’ll get my creativity back eventually, but in the mean time, I’m still agonizing over the title for Theo’s Story and thought that I would run a few themes by everyone.

The story is based around the idea, of the discovery of faster than light travel, FTL, and what would happen if the greedy corporations that control the asteroid belt got their hands on it first.

What do you think would happen?

After this point there may be spoilers, but I will try to keep them to a minimum.

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Semi-inspired

Well… let’s just say that I have not had that great of a time coming up with cover art for Star Catcher.  I’ve got a few ideas: a planet backed by the rising sun, Jayko standing in the foreground looking up at it, with the Star Catcher racing off into orbit.  Or the Star Catcher sitting on it’s landing struts in a field with Jayko standing under it looking up.  Or just the Star Catcher by itself.  Or another idea someone mentioned to me: have the flying city that Jayko grew up in on the cover either flying in the sky, or I could have it in ruins sitting at the foot of a mountain, the Star Catcher sitting in a field of grass facing it in the foreground.  (I would love to see that one).  I did have a recent idea of having Jayko standing on the catwalk inside hold of the Star catcher looking at the artifact that dominates the entire space.

There’s quite a bit for me to work off of, but I’m not entirely sure what makes up a good book cover.  I tried to sketch up a few of these to see what they would look like and promptly found out how out of practice I am at sketching things like people, let alone spaceships.  So the book cover is still up in the air and I don’t have any sketches to post here on the blog.  I would love to get at least some of them finalized and scanned in so I could do some sort of voting thing to see which ones people would like the most.  But for that I need to have more than one unfinished sketch.

On another note, I talked with the artist I want to do the cover art and she is a little unsure of what to do for it as well.  And this is understandable.  I’ve been able to give her some ideas, but once she finishes reading the story, then she should hopefully have a better idea what would look good.

I don’t know how many of you out there reading this are artists or have had the same challenge of trying to design a book cover, but if you have any advice… What makes up a good cover?  What makes it memorable?  What inspired your book cover(s) (for any author readers out there)?  How was it (or how should it be) colored: pencils, pastels, paints, or computer?  Can you recommend any artists who do book covers?

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