The Scrutiny of a Thousand Eyes

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I am not quite sure how to broach this topic. On the one hand, I think it is a legit concern. But on the other hand, it also sounds like privileged whining. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which it is, if the truth lies somewhere in between, with both, or with neither.

I’ve been having trouble working on Seahawks and Storms. I wrote the requisite 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo 2017, but most of it is poorly written garbage. I’m not feeling or hearing the characters like I should or have for other projects. And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I know I haven’t spent as much time with Samuel and Amaris as I have with Ryn and Scion. But even then I had something to work with. Now I just sit and stare and pull them through motions that don’t feel real. As I wrote, they were becoming less and less fleshed out rather than more. At this point, I’ve pretty much shelved the project and moved on to another.

Then I remembered something I saw at WDC 2017. There was a project going on at the conference called “Vulnerability is Sexy.” There was a wall of black paper and a submission box. You could write a secret on a slip of paper, put it in the box, and then artists from the project wrote the secret on the wall in an artistic, illustrated way, kind of like an illuminated manuscript. When it was done, you could see all of these secrets without ever knowing who they belonged to. Many of the secrets resonated with me, but one in particular stood out:
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How To Gain Power

Election Day.  Anyone else sick of the endless debates, backbiting, and overall nonsense?  I know I am.  However, I do think it is a rather appropriate time to talk about power.

I find the politics of reality range from soul-crushingly boring to enraging to utterly laughable.  However, I do find the cut-throat politics of fantasy worlds fascinating.  (Perhaps that’s because the outcome of fantasy politics won’t have an effect on my own life.)  Alas, I am not particularly good at writing about politics, probably because I’m too honest for my own good.  It’s hard for me to come up with political scenarios on my own, but if you give me a scenario, I can usually see a couple ways the situation could go and who would benefit most from what choice.

When writing about politics, one must remember this:  the goal of any politician is to amass power.  That power can be used for good or ill, for the betterment of the country as a whole or for personal gain or any myriad range of combinations in between.  Politics is rarely painted in black and white.  But in order to change things or have influence, no matter what the intention is, one needs power.

 

WAYS TO GAIN POWER:

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The Game of Thrones: A Review

Well.

I just finished watching the first season of The Game of Thrones…and, to be honest, I was not especially impressed.  I know I’ll probably catch hell for saying that, but it’s the truth.

Now you’re probably wondering, “But you’re a huge fantasy buff, Kat!  How could you NOT like it?”  So let me be clear:  I do not think that The Game of Thrones was a bad or poorly done adaptation.  I did enjoy watching it.  HBO did a wonderful job on locations, costuming, sets, music, cinematography…all of the technical details.  The level of visual detail is superb…even stunning.  And it is extremely faithful to the book, which is a mark in its favor.

That being said…the characters did not really engage my sympathies.  The thing that’s often overlooked when adapting fantasy is that fantasy is about people.  Take away the people and all you have left is fancy window-dressing.

Those were the generalities; now, on to the specifics.

This post may contain SPOILERS!  You have been warned.  Proceed at your own risk!

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