Overindulgence

The greatest, and more emotionally charged works of film in particular, are the pieces that dispense with  the obscene use of some particular facet, like the rule of cool, or beautiful people, or gore–When you can dial back the an overly used factor, to show fear, lust, love, failure–anything that may contrast the common tropes within your work; that work forms a unique mask. Unpopular as this opinion as it might be, I find it important to consider.

For instance, not all characters need to be chiselled jawed hunks, or bosomy bouncies–contrasting them with other physiques, personae, and not cliche characteristics can be useful for fleshing out and emphasizing the chiselled chiselness of Mr. Chisel and the like.

Moreover, if one’s work involves a lot of ‘intense, dark’ mettaaal’ sort of looks, circling back a tad and adding unexpected musical scores, personae, and contrastive appearances creates a unique experience. Such as people who don’t ‘look’ dark, can be more intimidating than those who do, likewise, having one or two people who have this ‘darrrk’ look about them become more prominent and interesting.

Really, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever used is restraint, without it, my works would be nothing but self-indulgent (beyond what they already are), cyclical daydreams. Protags would be just ‘stoic badasses’ and ‘messages’ would be put on high volume. Boring and annoying. Uninteresting. More interesting: inject multiple view points. Contrasting ideologies, kill off characters (appropriately not just for the ‘shock’), have protags screw up, lighten up the color (in film and it’s a grim story), show character not just cliche indulgences.

It may be good to also state, from my experiences, while your work is your own, and thus, an imprint of yourself to some capacity, hiding your fingerprints, will cause your work to feel independent of you, and not an echo-chamber.

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Overindulgence

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To imagine, or dream, of the world: friends, families, pets, shops and weather; technology and governments, and all of their mundane and fantastic activity. Then to imagine, you cease to be, no longer you, your ego, your memories and desires disintegrate. Never to influence anything again beyond memories some may carry.

    Your dearest companions live their lives–as you watch; an apathetic echo, that deforms into the trough of dreamless slumber. And in that neither light, nor dark no-space; the universe subsists, and you will never know.  In this void–it is the same place you were before you were born.

    If you are reborn, you will not be who you were. Nothing you’ve done, you’ll ever know you’ve done, and knowing it would achieve nothing; for you, your entire identity died. Who is reborn is not you as you are now, just as who you are now is not who you were before this samsaric crest.
   

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Rebirth

Death and dieing should be important events, but not everyone needs to stay dead. The problem then arrives for a writer, death should have weight (unless that’s not the kind of story you’re telling), in which case their rebirth should change something, unless of course it was a quick fake-out-death/trick and not much time has passed or something. In such a case it’s best to use your interpretation.

However, assuming they died and are as dead as dead can be but are resurrected or the equivalent; either the character or the environment needs to have altered. Otherwise their death was indeed meaningless. Perhaps the character is the same, but people treat them differently—they did just come back from the dead after all. Or their persona has been transformed—or their body isn’t quite functional in some aspects. Maybe they return inhuman. There’s numerous ways to show the significance of their death and rebirth.

These are just musings and aren’t any sort of requirement. (Which in Of itself is a bold remark about the value of my thoughts) In any case hopfully this is good food to help get ones mind churning.

Rebirth

Misfortune and Unfortunate Endings 

So, this here is a bit different from what I post. But, I find the stories of the Fallout series to be of excellent fun and drama. The universe is interesting and has inspired some of the facets of my own writing and world-building. So, I figured since I’ve taken the time to take these photos to share them! Perhaps they will be inspiring to writers who might see them.

I promise(ish), this sort of entry will be sparse–but Fallout 76 has been inspiring to some capacity for my own stories. To write side stories where things don’t go well, where people commit suicide, fail, are betrayed, eaten and other misfortunes. Adding side-stories characters come across–or hear from other secondary and significant characters are important. They highlight the potential end any of the protagonists could meet. That any of their lovers of friends could also meet horrific and miserable ends.

Misfortune and Unfortunate Endings 

‘In-World’ Books and Other Documents

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I’ve devised, and hope to be able to apply, excerpts from documents advertisements and notes in my book’s appendix. These passages would be from documents and the like within the book, but having the excerpts in the main manuscript chances that it bog the pacing of the story down too much. This is a method for me to do further additional world-building that interested fans or curious readers could indulge.

It would also give me another chance to flex my creative muscles. Whether or not I can do this, I think I’ll probably end up drafting up these documents just for writing practice and world building I can use to enliven my book’s universe for myself.

‘In-World’ Books and Other Documents

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Complacence settles and we merge into mundanity; well worn clothes; settled into mind. Inventing worlds we miss that we never had, to cope with disappointments we live within. Families not ideal; egos not preferably crafted.

It’s an unreflective surface; fragmented shadowless self–missing a psychic, spiritual, philosophical angle that we do well to often ignore. The greatest speculum; the umbra we avoid or blame; ashamed or afraid of it’s meaning. We so often remember but not feel our affections since any reaper is but in a distant nebulous space.

We feel our love for others when we fantasize or revive, in losses, deaths, and endings–or the very birth of the bond, which of course, is only significant due to what’s before its beginning. What stirs us out of intellectual love and into true illogical, vibrant and armoring force of amour, platonic and otherwise is its impermanence. It will end–and for it to begin it had to not exist beforehand.

A strangest and most beautifully emotional facet of reality; the inevitable impermanence of everything.

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Magic and Consequence

I do love magic with consequence. Now, I don’t necessarily mean a spell shortens a person’s life expectancy. While there is a long-term consequence, my attention falls upon the immediate effects.

For instance, a witch casts a blast of fire against commoners. They should burn to death at most, at least, a little burn. Let their skin boil. Maybe the building the witch is in catches fire from her own attack? Maybe she gets badly burned? Killed? Likewise, people (depending on the universe/context) should respond in kind. Such as, “magic-user? Lynch them, shoot them,” ect.

I also think magic should have psychological implications. I don’t mean madness, rather the magic-user treats it with the same sort of reverence a scientist might to the scientific method;  a love for it, or even a dependency. But, an attachment similar to how we are with electricity. Dependency can be horrible based upon your point of view, but, for most, they wouldn’t think it’d be a good idea to strip out our source of power.

Same goes for a magic-user. Most of the ‘horrible’ things people think about witches and wizards is what a muggle would think. But, what’s more for many witches, magic isn’t an external source, it’s part of their nature.

These are examples, and not to be confused with absolutes. I mean, it’s not like I have any sort of authority anyway. XD

Reading Material: Stand-Out-Books

Magic and Consequence