This opinion is not going to be popular among my writing friends.
And – Some of you might have noticed I’ve been talking more about science fiction, and entertainment on this blog rather than writing, or even my own books – that’s totally on purpose.
Those who have been following this blog know I often compare authoring, and movie making, or just plain storytelling to painting, or sculpting. There seems to be an accepted amount of artistic purity (on the part of the artist) permitted within those fields of art, which is generally not accepted among writers and storytellers.
Writers, unlike our compatriots in painting are expected to subject their work of art, or pulp to a series of Darwinian take downs disguised as “vetting” (by which I do not mean spell checking, or grammar fixes – that is the so-called technical things) that deconstructs whatever one’s own original vision had been, as indie authorship grows, and takes hold, this aspect has become part of the system.
The problem I have with this is. Often the advice given (though well-meaning) tends more to be a reflection of the person giving its own biases, and needs. One of the biggest issues I’ve noticed, people evaluate other people’s work by way of their own writing style, that is to say, we critique other people’s books based against our own body of work and expect for others writing to reflect back at us our own style. When it does not, we tend to not care for it. Look I do it as well, its one of the reasons I do not do book reviews.
Sure, I’ll tell someone, “Hey read that book” but I usually leave it at that.
I also worry about polluting a work with too many hands in the pot. I’ll admit I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to my style, voice, and final product. Telling a story is not like getting the kinks out of a computer game or a piece of hardware.
- Be a Storyteller First (selfpubauthors.com)
- Your license, please. (hopeofglory.typepad.com)
- Nurturing the “Writer – Character” Relationship for Empowered Storytelling (creativeinsideout.com)
The current incarnation of the novels which became The Falcanian Legacy Series began with the working title Vanguard Chronicles: The Sundering. A bit of a mouthful to be sure. The “Vanguard” in this instance had been meant to highlight the Falcanian’s artificial island homeland. I soon asked myself, why am I highlighting the island? Sure it was interesting in and of itself, a man-made construct and when I first began writing the novellas my intent was to explore every nook and cranny of Vorkrur as a character itself.
As it happens, ideas mutate and become different things as we mediate upon them, go back and revise and add or take away bits of writing. I soon grew dissatisfied with the title Vanguard Chronicles: The Sundering, which not only put the focus on the wrong thing, the island, but was just too much work to say.
I then got the idea that the title should have a double meaning, and that I should both highlight a character with it, in this case Frederika would be that character. As well as a thing, a space ship to be exact, the Falcanians new battlecruisers, the FX-24 Arshira-class Destroyers. I changed the title to Starblade: The Sundering, which was the English word for “Arshira” literally Starblade. Brilliant! What could go wrong?
For the longest time I was pleased with the title “Starblade”, umm, until I Googled it and learned it was a name of an arcade game. I wanted my title to have a zing, and standout in a Google search! Even one of my friends told me “Avoid ‘star’ anything, its so typically sci-fi, a cliche.” Though oddly he was against the latest name change.
Anyway, I set out to build an “official website”. I really like building websites… and tried to find a cool title, so I settled on the “scientific classification” that Falcanians list themselves as: Falco Ornis-Sapien Invictus. There’s a whole big moment when this classification is revealed to the reader, which is meant to shed some idea on how the Falcanians think about themselves as a species.
While building the site I started thinking about my book and what its actual focus was all about. Sure Frederika is a pretty important character, and it’s basically her journey which lets us explore who and what the Falcanians are, though as you go through the next two novellas the story does shift to other characters, it’s really an ensemble cast and Frederika is simply the spark which lit the fire.
As I started to become aware of that, I realized that the story is really about, what its always been about. THE FALCANIANS. A word which I also wanted to “take ownership of” and try to fit into the marketing aspects of this whole writing thing. Though “Falcanian” alone didn’t work as a title. Every version of the story, since I began my first attempts to tell it as a young kid was the history of the Falcanians. Sure it’s also about the humans, at least via the Morningstar Children, but really the future history which I’m laying out is about Falcanians and their place in the universe.
I found myself often rereading the moment in the first novella where the scientific classification of Falcanians is revealed. Everything came to a pinpoint for me there. The proper title for this book was right on that page and encompasses exactly the point I had been trying to get across. Its Falco Invictus, “The Unconquered Falcon”.
I want to pick up on a theme my friend, Samantha Whitney talks about regarding porn vs. plot in her work.
As you all know, I write porn geared toward a specific niche. I did not set out in this whole ebook persuit to, well become a pornographer, but the fact is, sex, and this niche porn sells consistently, therefore I’m going to continue to turn out more of it.
When it comes to writing this kind of fiction, I try to write it as straightforward as possible, that is, these are not character studies, or complex (nor particularly original…) plot lines. In fact, when it comes to plot, I try my best to tap into very familiar, typical fantasies regarding this fetish. It’s not complex storytelling, because it does not need to be. These sorts of stories are supposed to be like opening up a nice box of Godiva chocolate truffles, where you can’t wait to devour them all, in a single sitting, even though you know you should probably keep more for later.
I actually wish that my science fiction work, which is written ten times better, with layers of complexity, and thoughtfulness (though no less ‘racy’) sold itself as well as my porn.
Like I said, don’t expect a complex character narratives, even though I do rather like the characters I’ve created for the Skirt Lifted series, one of which may even bleed over into my Zero story. Generally its setup, tension, and payoff, lots of payoff, without much diversion from the formula.
Not only am I working on the second volume of Skirt Lifted, I’m also planning a 99¢ short, though I have not yet nailed down that story just yet.
- Types of Chocolate From Around the World (proflowers.com)
- Food Porn (foodservicewarehouse.com)
- 50 Shades of hypocrisy by anti-porn crusaders (thepunch.com.au)
- Porn For Women Has Always Been Around, For The Record (mamapop.com)
- Porn and Google Glass Are Natural Bedfellows [Porn] (gizmodo.com)
- Miss COED: Kelly Elizabeth [14 PHOTOS] (coedmagazine.com)
- 10 Best Penthouse Centerfolds (mademan.com)
Yeah, OK, I have a backlist of stuff to write, or edit.
As you know, I’m working on editing Falco Invictus: Under A Raptor’s Wings, which I do want to get out as soon as I am able. There’s the ironic spinoff Imogen Drake Series which I really want to launch soon. Ironic? Ah, well you know how all writers stick themselves into their work? Imogen Drake is supposed to be the ‘long lost sister’ of the main male character from The Falcanian Legacy Series - part of the editing on Under A Raptor’s Wings involves integrating Imogen into what I already have written. In any event, Sharr Khan represents me. As it turns out, this whole plot device is less fiction than I first thought…
Plus, and I really need to write about four more stories for my porn – even if certain people ‘don’t approve’ of it!
Trying to figure out what to tackle first however is a bit overwhelming. The porn sells, and has been doing so at a clip these days, my updated cover helped out a lot.
But the whole Falcanian mythos is my child… what to write? What to edit?
- Imogen Thomas tweets snap of her bum (thesun.co.uk)
- WATCH: Every Problem With ‘Prometheus’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Trusting the Author (To Make it Worth the Wait) (blog404.org)
- Blizzard’s writing used to be better (seanmalstrom.wordpress.com)
- The Thursday Throng author interview and BOOK GIVE-AWAY with Sadie S Forsythe, author of ‘The Weeping Empress’ (womanontheedgeofreality.com)
- A Writing Day (marshasusantracy.wordpress.com)
- Just Write It (khaulamazhar.wordpress.com)
- In Case There Was Any Doubt… (cultofajracewood.wordpress.com)
In the brief period of peace after a terrible war in a far future Earth, an outer-space military academy is attacked by an unknown and unstoppable alien force. The commander of the academy, along with a group of newly graduated cadets, escapes to a large research station. Pursued by the aliens, the station jumps through a mysterious hyperspace gateway that sends them to a planet in an unknown part of the universe. Where are they, and will they ever be able to return to Earth? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The end of our world is the beginning on another…
I’m always looking for unusual, or underrated science fiction. This one stars Wes Studi, as Commander Trager. I’ll cut to the chase, its a little cheesy, the F/X are so-so, and the sets are very DS9/Star Trek. Not very shocking, given it was directed by Winrich Kolbe, who had a career of directing Star Trek pilots, beginning with Star Trek: TNG – Encounter At Farpoint. This also was meant to be a pilot for a TV series which has yet to be. It likely never will get made.
Overall 3 stars. Enjoy it for what its worth.
- Do We Need a Low Budget Star Trek Movie? (eoghann.com)
- Michael Dorn wants to write and star in a low-budget Star Trek movie [Star Trek] (io9.com)
- Behind the Scenes at ‘Star Trek: TNG’ with ‘Reading Rainbow” (aquantumofknowledge.com)
- Remastered Star Trek: the Next Generation Blu-ray a Huge Leap Forward (entertainment.slashdot.org)