Sunday, January 28, 2018

31 Day The Legion Challenge, Day 22: Fantasy Mixed with Sci-Fi


This is actually going to be a really short one because, honestly, I've tried to make this into a full essay but just cannot. Anyway, the reason that I went with a fantasy-scifi mixture is because I have a really difficult time writing one or the other. I tried writing a hard scifi short story the other day and had to fight myself on trying to include "space magic."

So ... that's that? I wish I had more to say on this, but oh, well. Off to bed I go!

DAY TWENTY-THREE: SEXUALITY IN THE LEGION >

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 21: World Building Challenges



I read this tweet a few days ago and I could just feel tingles going up and down my spine (The entire thread is amazing, so you should totally click over and read it) because I was already doing that in The Legion. I created merjua, a cross of rugby, soccer, and lacrosse, and Irika was a singer that showed up in the first original novella, A Million More to Go. I had developed these intricate societies and histories that definitely drove where a lot of my characters chose to go narratively (Ren is a good example of this), but I took a lot of inspiration from Battlestar Galactica there. I loved how they had the Pyramid game, which of course Starbuck played, a very active news system, and a main public religion that some bought into whereas others were more or less cultural followers of Kobol. The entire world felt real, and I wanted to capture that same feel.

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 20: Hardest Scene to Write


Since the actual hardest scene I've ever had to write in The Legion doesn't take place until much later - and it's very spoilery - I can't include it, but I can describe the scene in the first arc that I found to be the most difficult. Specifics, of course, are going to be avoided, but here goes:

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 19: Dahl Calder


I know that I basically already covered Calder, but here we are again, I suppose. It's gonna be hard to keep from repeating myself because, yep, I still don't like Calder and the reasons why have not changed. I still can't go into detail about his past, but I guess I have to say something on this challenge. Sigh.

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 18: Tulay-brin


Y'all. Y'all. I fucking found Tulay-brin. Like, he is exactly what I envisioned him to be and OMG dream casting right here. Forrest Goodluck is the perfect age and every single time I look at him, all I can think is TULAAYYYYYY.
Via IMDB
Like this has seriously almost cured me of this stupid pneumonia. Almost.

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 17: Tremany


Alright, I officially have pneumonia and that's super fun. When I'm not feeling like absolute shit, I'm exhausted from feeling like absolute shit, so I haven't been able to do much except sleep. And cough. And then sleep some more. But, I am so behind on this challenge, and it's my stuff, so it's especially embarrassing that I'm only on day 17. I'm going to try and get caught up, but don't be surprised if I'm not able to.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 16: Koca Murat Reis


That's Captain Koca Murat Reis, thank you very much. God, she's such a badass. That's really all you need to know about her, but this is a Blogspot challenge, so you're about to get much more.

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 15: Mason Alderic


Ohhhh Mason. Mason Mason Mason. Even though Annick is the character who changes the most over the course of the series, Mason is the character who I have changed the most over the course of the last ten years. First, he was the love interest for Lace, my original main character, although he was called Simon at the time, then he was just some lower level lackey for Phelan Dormani that only briefly irritated Ren, and then in his final incarnation, he was forced upon Ren as a chronicler. The poor thing was essentially fodder for mockery, and after I did the Parks and Rec challenge, I realized I didn't want anybody to be treated like Garry. So Mason changed again into who he is now, and honestly? I kinda adore him.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 14: Annick Pajot


Annick Pajot was never officially introduced in the original novellas because she didn't enter the story until ... the fifth novella, I think? And honestly, that's a shame because she truly is an amazing character. She's a magick user and an empath, smart but untested, and, like Ren, a survivor. It's not entirely fair to call her naive, and even sheltered doesn't do it; she definitely is not spoiled, for reasons you will see when I publish the novella in which she first appears, but there is a guarded innocence about her that's difficult to explain.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

31 Day Challenge: The Legion, Day 13: Ren Winde


I am still sick, so yes, I am still behind. I'm at my second job right now that allows me plenty of free time to do writing while I'm manning the desk, so I'm going to try and knock as many of these out as I can. Also, fuck the flu. But anyway, on to the challenge:

YUS.

Okay, so I know I said that Larai was my favorite character, and I do not rescind my love for her. She's amazing and I want to be her friend IRL. That being said, Ren? She's my baby. True, all of my characters are like children to me in their own ways, but Ren sits so close to my heart.

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