10 December 2017

Finished editing “Wanderer,” moving on to “Stranger.”

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Trivia From Another Universe

Trivia From Another Universe

…in the twenty-second century…

…from the life and times of Harmony & Melody Moore…


EarthGov Security Special Agent Harmony Moore, and her sister, Special Agent Melody Moore, are more than identical twin sisters. They are essentially one person split in half. While Harmony tends to be calmer, more prone to negotiation, Melody has a short temper and leans more toward acting first then talking. They are also mirror images of each other. Harmony has a birthmark on her left arm. Melody has the same birthmark, in the same position, on her right arm. Harmony is left handed while Melody is right handed. While piloting their ship, Aria (EACV-11891), Harmony always takes the port side station, Melody takes the starboard side.


Though Melody is the older sister (Harmony was born thirty-two seconds after Melody), Harmony is always mentioned first. No one is really sure why. It just seems more natural.


As children, Harmony and Melody created a language known only to themselves. For a time, only their parents and younger brother David knew the language. Eventually, they taught the language to their close childhood friend, Special Agent Alexandra Sinclair, and Special Agent Wesley Jensen, their lover and partner in EGS.


Without their identification, most people find it impossible to tell the twins apart. Only their parents, brother and Alexandra Sinclair can tell the twins apart. Wesley Jensen has managed to pick up on some subconscious behavior on the part of the twins that helps him tell them apart. (When looking at them side by side, Melody is always on Harmony’s right.)


The twins always had an active imagination and loved crafting stories. As adults, they pursued a side career as the author H.M. Moore. Most in EGS know the author is really the twins. They make no money off their novels and stories. All the proceeds are automatically donated to a number of charities.


And there we are, another entry of Trivia From Another Universe. Since I’m bouncing around through my fictional universe, I thought it might be a good idea to mention the characters I’m talking about and the general time period they’re from.

Any questions? Anything you want to know? Ask away.

Links for all my books, With Eyes Open…, Campfire Stories, A Bright Symmetry, The Fault Lies Not…, Rae, On A Cold Wind, and Brianna and the Three can be found on my website, Wordboy’s Words – http://wordboy1.wixsite.com/wordboyswords

Until next time…

MPD / 10 December 2017

Trivia From Another Universe

Trivia From Another Universe

…from the life and times of Artemis Xian…


The parents of Section Alpha Special Agent Artemis Xian immigrated to the United States from Beijing, China, in 1984. After a year working as a cook in a number of Chinese restaurants, Artemis’s father, Jianyu Xian, decided to start a catering business specializing in traditional Chinese cuisine. The company, The Dragon’s Pagoda, got off to a fast start, supported by word of mouth and a fanatical devotion to fresh ingredients and the highest quality. Artemis’s mother, Lijuan Zhao, handled the business side, giving her the flexibility to run the business and raise their children. The catering business is still in operation in 2017.


Artemis’ full name is Artemis Meixiu Xian, born in 1986. Her younger sister, Melina Xiulan Xian, was born in 1989. Their parents wanted their daughters to have names that would stand out. They also made sure their daughters were fluent in both English and Chinese, and they made sure the daughters honored both their ancestral heritage and the heritage of their home country.


After Artemis was exposed to the Tralamafan nanovirus, she spent six months in a coma while the nanovirus rebuilt her body, effectively turning her into a superhero. She accepted the offer to join Section Alpha in order to learn how to use her new abilities to help people. When she was made it through training and became a Probationary Agent, she decided to celebrate by inviting her new team mates to her house for a dinner party. Her father handled the cooking. During the dinner, Artemis’s father took aside her team leader, Supervisory Special Agent Manfred Drake, to discuss what the position, and express his concern for his oldest daughter. Drake assured him that he would always make sure the team survived. Being an orphan, the team is as close to a family Drake has, and he would move heaven and earth to ensure their safety.


Artemis tends to curse in Chinese, especially when she’s angry.


So there we are, the first entry of Trivia From Another Universe. There won’t be spoilers here, just bits of backstory that don’t get used in the stories.

Any questions? Anything you want to know? Ask away.

Links for all my books, With Eyes Open…, Campfire Stories, A Bright Symmetry, The Fault Lies Not…, Rae, On A Cold Wind, and Brianna and the Three can be found on my website, Wordboy’s Words – http://wordboy1.wixsite.com/wordboyswords

Until next time…

MPD / 02 December 2017

Once More, with Feeling…

Looking back over the last couple of months, I see the only things I’ve posted were pictures showing my progress on editing the finished stories and first draft writing. I’ve also shared pictures from other sites and other blogs.

Which is kinda disappointing.

I started this blog to talk about writing, to share the couple of things I’ve learned over the years. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. Time to get back to it.

I’ll still be posting pictures of my writing and editing progress but I’m going to try to post more regularly. I’m also going to post some side projects I’ve been thinking about. One is Trivia From Another Universe, little tidbits of backstory from the fictional universe. There’ll be more as I get them ready.

Also, if there are any questions you might have for me, I’ll do my best to answer them.

So, let’s get started, shall we?


Characters

When I start a new story, I only know the most basic things about them. There’s an outline I use to figure out some basic physical attributes and the barest character sketch. This is what I use:

  • Name: 
  • Race: 
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  • Age: 
  • Date of Birth: 
  • Place of Birth: 
  • Citizenship: 
  • Legal Status: 
  • Relatives: 
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  • Height: 
  • Weight: 
  • Eye Color: 
  • Hair Color: 
  • Religion: 
  • Intelligence: 
  • Strength: 
  • Speed: 
  • Stamina: 
  • Durability: 
  • Agility: 
  • Reflexes: 
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  • Profession/Rank (Current):   
  • Profession/Rank (Former):  
  • Current Alias: 
  • Former Alias: 
  • Personal Weaponry:  
  • Usual Base of Operations: 
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  • Friends/Allies/Confidants:  
  • Enemies:
  • Skills: 
  • Special Abilities: 
  • Source of Special Abilities: 
  • Interests/Hobbies:


This lets me get enough of a handle on the characters to get started. Usually, the last point “Interests/Hobbies” is blank at the start. I’ll figure out what the characters are interested in as I write the story and get to know them. You’ll notice there’s nothing in that outline about the character’s attitude and behavior. That I don’t plan ahead. It’s part of my writing to figure out the character’s behavior and attitude as I go along.

Here’s the outline for Special Agent Artemis Xian, the main character of “Upon A Far Distant Shore,”  one of the four stories I’m currently editing

  • Name:  Artemis Meixiu Xian 
  • Race:  Human
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  • Age: 30
  • Date of Birth: 6 April 1986
  • Place of Birth: Lakeland, Florida, North America
  • Citizenship: Artemis is a citizen of the United States
  • Legal Status: No criminal record
  • Relatives: Jianyu Xian (father), Lijuan Zhao (mother), Melina Xiulan Xian (younger sister)
  •  
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Black with red highlights
  • Religion: Catholic (not devout)
  • Intelligence: Genius
  • Strength: Enhanced Human (bench press – 1200 lbs, curl – 800 lbs)
  • Speed: Enhanced Human (1 mile in approx 2:30)
  • Stamina: Enhanced Human
  • Durability: Enhanced Human
  • Agility: Enhanced Human
  • Reflexes: Enhanced Human
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  • Profession/Rank (Current):   Field agent, Section Alpha (Special Agent)
  • Profession/Rank (Former):  Call center agent
  • Current Alias: None
  • Former Alias: N/A
  • Personal Weaponry:  Combat batons (26″ long, made of impact resistant polypropylene reinforced with a metal core, covered with a layer of durable spun carbon fiber to provide a non-slip grip), Glock 23, stun gun, belt knife, flashlight, multitool, lock pick tools, first aide kit, cell phone, charger and earbuds, various others as needed
  • Usual Base of Operations: Lakeland, Florida
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  • Friends/Allies/Confidants:  Manfred Drake, Grant Haylen, Tristian James, Arlo Boudreaux, Asa McNair
  • Enemies: Balthazar, the Tralamafan
  • Skills: Artemis is a skilled martial artist, expert in multiple disciplines, especially Arnis. She is also a skilled acrobat, tactician and strategist. Artemis is fluent is Chinese, which she learned as a child from her parents, as well as French, Russian, Japanese and Greek, which she learned in near record time after joining Section Alpha.
  • Special Abilities: Artemis possesses enhanced strength – she is able to bench press 1200 lbs. She possesses enhanced speed, reflexes and durability. She has enhanced senses; Artemis can see finer detail and further distance, can detect people by scent alone and can pick out a single voice out of a crowd. Artemis also has the ability to increase the electrostatic attraction between her body and most any surface, allowing her to climb walls and cling to ceilings, which she refers to simply as “wall climbing.”
  • Source of Special Abilities: Genetic mutation
  • Interests/Hobbies:
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 There were details that I didn’t have when I started writing “Upon A Far Distant Shore,” such as specifics about Artemis’ strength and speed. Those got filled in along the way.

When writing, I don’t go into detail about the characters. I’ll mention some general details, height, eyes, hair, general build, just enough for the reader to start visualizing the character. From there, it’s left up to the reader. I know what the characters look like but I want the reader to form their own image.


Okay, so there we are.

Any questions? Anything you want to know? Ask away.

Links for all my books, With Eyes Open…, Campfire Stories, A Bright Symmetry, The Fault Lies Not…, Rae, On A Cold Wind, and Brianna and the Three can be found on my website, Wordboy’s Words – http://wordboy1.wixsite.com/wordboyswords

Until next time…

MPD / 26 November 2017