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Making It Human - NaNoWriMo Concept - Take #2Year 2051Making It Human - NaNoWriMo Concept - Take #2 by illuminara
I, Skylar Carmon, graduated from high school, turned eighteen, got kicked out of my foster home, and lost my only chance at getting into a university all in the same week. But hey, I had a knack for programing, so a little crime couldn't hurt, right? That’s what I thought until the idiots I decided to work with got us all caught.
But the company I hacked didn't leave me sitting in cell for long. Instead, they offered me a job programing an advanced, humanoid AI called Ben. If he could pass the Life Turning test, he'd be the first biologically printed android to do so and would open the doors to a new era of technology. Oh, and did I mention the insane award money and private contract? Hell yeah, I wanted a piece of that.
The gig wasn't exactly what I'd imagined. Working with Ben was actually a challenge, and that was new to me. We had our differences, but it turned out to be a real life-reboot for both of us. Not that I actually had anything in common with an
NaNoPlotMo Week #3 - SettingTitle: Ghost Train/On the RecordNaNoPlotMo Week #3 - Setting by illuminara
Genre: Magic Realism
Mood: Intrigue with a slight gust of ominous.
Time Period: 2003
Elapsed Time: One day
Geography: Asheville, NC and a magical realm called the Dreamscape.
Buildings of Note:
Kat’s apartment (real-world)
Four Winds (a jazz club in the Dreamscape)
Jukebox Cafe (real-world)
(Gauge Lake was an amusement park that sadly no longer exists. )
Rimland Station (an old roundhouse in the Dreamscape)
O’Leary Pub (in the Dreamscape)
NaNoPlotMo Week #2 - CharactersI don't normally develop characters and plot separately (because I firmly believe you can't create good plot without an intrinsic character arc), but here's my worksheet for week #2.NaNoPlotMo Week #2 - Characters by illuminara
Story: Ghost Train/On the Record
Protagonist: Kat Wilder
Antagonist: Aaron Conley
First Appears: Opening scene
Name: Max Cain
First Appears: Point of no return
[x]Protagonist Antagonist Neutral
First Appears: Just before the midpoint
[x]Protagonist Antagonist Neutral
Name: Mia Woodrow
First Appears: Climax
[?]Protagonist [?]Antagonist [?]Neutral (AKA unknown to readers)
Name: Kat Wilder
Type of Character: Protagonist
Main Goal: Find Aaron's stolen artifact
Motivation: Protecting the Dreamscape (keeping the artifact out of the hands of those who would use it to ha
How to Develop Story ConflictHow to Develop Story Conflict by illuminara
Conflict is the central element of any story. It’s what keeps us on the edge of our seats and turning page after page until 3:00am. Or, as Wikipedia puts it, narrative conflict is “an inherent incompatibility between the objectives of two or more characters or forces. Conflict creates tension and interest in a story by adding doubt as to the outcome.”
So how do you create this all-important conflict in your stories? Well, it all starts in the development process. There are three basic steps to developing conflict, and they follow a specific logical progression because, ultimately, developing a good story is an exercise in logic. So let’s jump right in.
Step 1) Scope
The first step is drawing the boundaries of your story’s scope. That might seem like a weird place to start, but scope will determine nearly every other aspect of your story.
The key here is to determine what within the world of your story is out of balance.
Photography contest: Beyond recognitionMy photography contest with the theme beyond recognition is still running just over a month. So get your camera, take awesome photos and enter.Photography contest: Beyond recognition by Moepling
All entries will be added to my collection and a journal.
The contest shall encourage creativity.
The theme includes photography showing anything our eye does not recognize normally. That means high magnification macro photography, abstract or surreal photography. Actually just anything where your photo shows the object from a different view than our eye sees it.
The journal about the contest can be seen here: http://moepling.deviantart.com/journal/23055678/
Obviously there will be some rules. Please read them carefully.
One entry per person, and the photo must be your own work.
All macro entries must have at least a magnification ratio of 1:1 (life size).
Exif data would be apprec
The [BOX] CompetitionThe ConceptThe [BOX] Competition by BloodshotInk
Sometimes you find a friendship that just works. It can be your best friend who you tell all your secrets to.. or it can be your group of cornflakes that you spend all your time with.
So the ultimate divas, 2dazed Evil-e33 BloodshotInk PurpelBlur shebid and snowmask decided to do something with their awesome power rangersesque friendship - and we bring you the Box Competition.
The idea is, you have a 600 x 600 pixel square (click here to download the square!) which you may put anything* in. The square must be posted as a gift for another deviant.
* Within deviantART policies, of course
Depending on the content of the square you may enter it into one of five categories. Literature - Photography - Digital Art - Traditional Art and Miscellaneous.
Some examples from our category managers:
Grace currently lives in Ohio where she's an arms dealer by day and weekend dog wrangler. She often complains about the lack of decent sci-fi these days while playing with her fountain pens and typewriter.|
She is an avid student of stories, analyst, and writer who's more interested in experimenting with new forms of storytelling than adhering to traditional methods. She always questions classical thinking and enjoys sharing what she's discovered.
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Side notes: It's cold where I live now, and I hate it. Got a new fountain pen yesterday. Plotted a new story. Witting some awesome new articles for NaNoPlotMo. Working on a secret project. Still in lurker mode on dA.