Monday, February 11, 2013

NPC's and Comics

Editing my script tonight (again) to reflect the new changes in the villain.  Once this is done, I'll have a better idea of how the story is going to end.  I'm basically having problems coming up to the final battle, and can't decide if it's going to be a TV show or a radio show.

I'm thinking it could be one of those televised radio shows, like Imus or whatever his name is.  It would be easier to make a cool battle in a crowded building with TV cameras and stuff, and give me an opportunity to recycle characters. 

If there's anything I've learned from DnD, it's make the battles matter to the characters, and recycle your supporting cast to make more believable, rich, and interesting worlds.  Instead of meeting new people everywhere you go, creating a huge and shallow cast of characters, you create more interest with recurring characters.

If I make it in the TV studio, I get to recycle all the characters I introduced in Act 1 of the novel.  Also, I can make it more personal because it's where she works, and we Americans are very closely tied with that.

The more I think of it, as an urban fantasy, Capeless is very much like a solo quest for an RPG.  I think this makes it good, because I used to think that Capeless was a whole lot like Twilight (barf).

Good Night.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Somewhat Off-Topic: D&D

So you might have noticed that I hadn't updated in a few weeks.  This is due to multiple factors, mostly that I work in a different division on the ship with only 1 computer and my new job consists of cleaning fireplugs and checking watertight doors.

That being said, I've been pouring over the books we recently got for Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Essentials.  I know lots of people don't like it, but I think it's a great way to engage in collective storytelling and further enhance my craft with the help of fledgling storytellers who think they're about to just wail on some goblin meat and live to tell the tale.  Little do they realize (until the next day) that living to tell the tale is the best part.

In fact, it was reading D&D Monster Vault that I came up with my better idea for the end of Capeless: Volume I, where the Puppetmaster becomes a Lich, instead of whatever-it-was-he-was-going-to-do.  It's a really rich book full of tons of good info.  Also, talking to my friend Will really helped me figure out what it is that necromancers want, especially what they would want with a demon.  By the way, yes, I plan on making 3 volumes.  Once the first one is done.  And I can find a publisher.  And it sells enough copies to justify my time.  Which is an undetermined amount.

So anyway, I'm making a story about the Feywild for a little bit, at least until I can come up with a skeleton for it.

I updated because a couple of days ago my friend Cody called me up and said that he loved my blog and thought I should keep it up.  Thanks for the encouragement, bro, and I love you.