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Munday for Charloft (LJ)

Think about the whole lot of characters you’ve created so far in your writing / roleplaying career and consider these questions. Answer as many or as few as you’d like.

1. What gender of character do you play or write most often?

I think it tends to be a pretty even split, although I tend to write women more than men. The women that I do write are fairly unconventional. For a while, when I was writing male characters, particularly in the early days of the internet, I absolutely would not let anyone know that the hand behind that character was not in fact male. Continue reading

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Munday – Drabbles

1. Do you go over 100 words, or find your drabbles coming up short more often?

I always tend to write more. The challenge is in the edit so that it fits to that 100 word mark.

2. What do you do to edit when you’re over/under where you should be?

I will be more sketchy with my details, delete unnecesssary dialogue and do a lot of implied metaphor. In other words, I do a hatchet job on it or just provide a snippet or snapshot of something larger.

3. Have you learned anything about word choice and economy of words by writing drabbles?

No. That isn’t something that writing drabbles has taught me. When you write for the media, you have to write tight, concise pieces in the inverse pyramid fashion. That has to come with practice and with the editorial demands of the delivery system you are using. Writing for print isn’t like writing a PR piece or a piece for broadcast media and neither of them is like writing for a documentary or a screenplay. There are standards in each of these arenas and so you have to adapt accordingly to what those are. Writing fiction for this comm and on LJ is what I do to unwind. Some people have a cigarette. I write a few paragraphs.

One thing I have learned is that nothing here on LJ is worth stressing over. Save that kind of anxiety for something that writes you a paycheck.

4. About how long does it take you to write a drabble?

That really depends on a number of factors. If the Muse is in the mood and inspired, it can take me ten minutes. If the Musse is reluctant, or if I have a huge number of things on my plate, it may take me several hours or a half a day to get it to where I want it to be.

5. Do you have any secret drabbling tips / hints to share with your fellow drabblers?

Carry a notebook with you at all times, or barriing that, drop keywords into your smartphone to remind you later. Sometimes inspiration can come from something heard on the radio, in an overheard conversation or at any number of places.

Also, think and write cinematically. The drabble is very similar to a Mise-en-scène. You have a single frame and it is that single frame, that snapshot that is visible. The Mise-en-scène is what we see. Editing is what we do not see. So you do not need to include everything. That is a tough lesson to learn for someone like me who likes to either analyse things to death and /or give lots of details in my writing. You still want to convey what is important, but you have to do it with an “economy of style” so as to hit that magic 100 words.

Bonus question:
If you are participating in 100 Drabbles of Summer, how many have you completed so far?

I have just a couple done so far and will post them later today. Lots of deadlines to meet, and fortunately has a fairly long one on this assignment. 😉

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Munday – Villains

1. What makes a good villain, in your opinion?
There is no 100% bad villain, just as there are no 100% good heroes. Either one would be boring as hell and there can be no suspension of disbelief in either case. I like a villain that you can find glimpses of that person’s past – why they are the way that they are. When that happens, the reader can almost empathise with that character. It doesn’t have to be emo, or overt. Some of the most powerful things can be articulated with a mere glance, a gesture, or just the smallest of nuances. Those kinds of things add to their complexity and makes the villain far more compelling.

2. Do you tend to write more for villains or heroes? I tend to write characters with more villainous qualities than not. In the character’s mind, they know exactly what they are doing and why and as Faelyn is fond of saying, and the icon indicates, All is fair in the pursuit of power. Faelyn spent her life living by that creed because of who and what she is. Other characters, such as sheldonsandscia is a sociopathic little bastard. He does what he does and feels not the slightest bit of remorse, except in the very odd instance and with very few people. nomanselizabth does what she does because she is a queen, and as a monarch, unpleasant tasks that guarantee one’s survival have to be undertaken. I don’t know that any of them really sit around and dream up new and interesting ways to be villainous, however.

3. Who wins more often in your stories, the good guy or the bad guy? It’s a toss up. Sometimes one side wins over the other, but everyone is a villain or a hero, depending on your point of view. My stories tend to be about survival and the character going for what he or she wants. Formulaic who wins and who loses scenario rarely enter into the picture.

4. Have you ever written a redeemable / reformed villain? A good guy turned bad? Yes. I wrote a muse from child to adult who was just sweet and cute and she slowly changed into something else that in no way resembled her former self. That was hard, because I really rather liked the inquisitive little girl that was there before she lost her innocence.

5. Are there any themes among your bad guys – do you tend to write zombie stories, fantasy villains, etc?
Again, it is about the redeeming qualities of each villain that my muses interact with. captainbarbossa, early on, in spite of his dangerous exterior and arrogance has things about him that provide those small moments of creamy delicious story flavour! is a muse where you clearly do have a bit of sympathy for the Devil! There are lots of wonderful villain muses that my muses will itneract with. such as the Giovanni’s from the World of Darkness fandom. It is a natural for Faelyn / Fanny since she is half Unseeliewhich means,
“Unblessed” She even went as far to marry the “bad guy from the Three Musketeers fandom, The Comte de Rochefort as played by all_forme because they understood each other as more “heroic” muses wouldn’t have.

6. Are some of your antagonists non-villains, just at cross purposes from the hero?

I have NPC’s for that purpose and most of them are just ignorant and foolishly try to stand between my muses and their stated goals. Of course each side has varying degrees of success, neither side can win all of the time. Besides, conflict is what drives a story.

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Wednesday: Mood

Today, we challenge you to find and share a picture that visually represents your mood right now.

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Munday Survey Says….

Attitude in relation to authority figures

Faelyn being High Lady and Queen of the Fortunate Island thinks of herself as an authority figure. As long as she agrees that that person or institution has equal or greater “authority” than herself things are fine. She is, though, a diplomat and can play the subordinate and the suplicant if it is to her calculated advantage to do so. She hotly resents the Christian Church, particularly the Catholic Faith, but she sees many protestants as being far worse in their subjugation and exploitation of women. She won’t be overt in her undermining those authorities, but she does work covertly in achieving her objectives.
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Munday – Regarding God/dess

How does your character feel about God? Or religion in general. And lest this sound too Judeo-Christian specific, it can refer to any and all deities or spiritual forces in your character’s world, be they Hindu, Native American, part of the Greek pantheon, or something unique to your character’s setting.

However you define it, gods or goddesses, tell us how your character feels about the whole thing. Are they a believer in any sort of deity? How do they feel about that deity? How about the church/organized religion if it exists in their world? Or perhaps they’re a hard-line atheist. What do they think of people who do believe in God/s?

Fanny / Faelyn is the High Lady of the Ninefold Sisterhood of Affwyn or the Fortunate Island, also known as the Isle of Apples or Avalon. They are both human and Fae, that were created before the split between Humans and Sidhe. They honour the Great Goddess who is Danu, or Dana, hence they are a part of or believe themselves directly descended and connected to the Tuatha Dé Danann. This established territory was throughout the Celts / Gael / Gaul lands. There was a time when the Gods of the Ancient World walked alongside mankind, and that all forms of Immortals such as the Fae of all types, Angels, Fallen Angels such as Grigorii, Nephilim, etc. all this is connected.

As for believing in Gods (plural), of course she does. She also quite adamantly believes that she is in fact descended from them – but then so are many others. As far as almight_g_d, well she thinks He is an arrogant git and has no right to call Himself the One True anything. She gives him a what-for on a regular basis as to His punishment of the Fallen Ones – and the reduced status of the Sidhe as being somehow erroneously behind or beneath that of Humans. That she gives Him migraines for her efforts is a source of great amusement for her – and also for some of those whom she is friendly with among the fallen ones, such as 1st_of_the200, Azazeal. She also is secretly hoping that a_giovanni achieves his ultimate goal of Godhead just so he can also give the ‘Almighty” even more headaches.

She has flown in the face of would-be limitations of life, death, rebirth, in whatever fashion she can, sometimes failing miserably in the attempt. That does not seem to stop her – her arrogance on that front knows no bounds. A prime example of this was her obsession with bringing her husband, the Comte de Rochefort (all_forme), back from the Realm of the Dead. After 400+ years of trying she finally succeeds. That did nothing to diffuse her Goddess-like arrogance, to be sure. Then there are the Laws of Power – of every kind of Power, to which she is an absolute devotee. That is not to say that she is obsessed with Power, she studies it, understands it and uses all Seven Realms of Existence to try and bend it to her Will. This sort of viewpoint can only come from beings that were close to Godhood themselves in the eyes of more primitive beings In short, while Faelyn may say she honours the Goddess or other Gods, she pretty much puts herself on equal footing with them in her own mind at the very least.

As far as organised religion, she feels nothing but contempt toward the blindness of both Catholic and Protestants to the exclusion of all else. Wars over religion are a matter of arrogance that started with God Himself. She has hidden behind the trappings and practices of Catholicism later in her life because it was easy to substitute Mary for Danu, the Saints for all the other Gods and Goddesses, various spirits, etc. especially when she was living in France with her husband in the 17th Century. Her magickal practices and sorcery she kept out of the light as much as possible, but not without incurring some suspicion, especially from someone like Cardinal Richelieu, who in spite of knowing what she probably was, let her take Holy Communion from him anyway. Richelieu was no Inquisitor, but he certainly did not make the thin line Faelyn walked at all easy. Cardinal Richelieu made it clear on numerous occasions that the only reason he stayed his hand was because she was the wife of the Captain of his guard. In spite of Cardinal Richelieu’s and Faelyn de Rochefort’s intense and very mutual dislike of one another, there was a still an underlying respect there – even if it was unspoken.

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Munday : Sharing Muses

To what extent are you willing to share the writing of your characters with others? Do you allow your peers to write your character into their stories, or do you get frustrated if they come to you with a suggestion involving your muse?

I have no problem sharing my Muse(s) with those whom I trust. That trust, however, has been built up over a period of time and those particular writers know me, know what my goals for my Muses are, and we have a mutual respect going on. Usually, it takes years to have built that up. My writing relationship with the scribe for all_forme, for example. If I have a bit of dialogue in mind, I will always run this by his scribe and vice versa. It has to be right. The same goes for any time I have written with or included civ_barbarian. I won’t lie. There are times when I have written something and the Muse or his scribe will want me to change it slightly. Example, Hsu never uses the word ‘worry’. He can have concern, but he is never worried. The same goes in reverse. 99% of the time, those writers with whom I have been writing for a good number of years know. Everyone in this circle of writers that we have created, either consciously or unconsciously, seems to have very good habits and will more often than not ask the other if ‘X ‘ or ‘ Y ‘ is ok. We each do this by emailing or IM-ing the other(s) first before posting any of the content. Assumptions can have disastrous consequences in terms of misunderstandings, hurt feelings, or something as simple as just differing perspectives can derail a potential storyline or RP. So we all tend to talk it out first.

Conversely, if someone sockpuppets my Muse and does not run the dialogue or a situation that my Muse is in by me, I do tend to get a little terse about it. This is especially true since the majority of my Muses are OC’s. After having been burned in the past, I am absolutely fierce about copyright issues. In my direct and personal experience, you have to be diligent about it, or believe me, you can get seriously burned. Once that particular demon has escaped, good luck bringing it back under control again! I don’t mind if people talk to me, and I know them – and I am pretty open to write with most, it is just that communication is a requisite.

With canon muses, I don’t think that you can justifiably raise any sort of fuss about such things. They don’t belong to us, no matter how much we might wish it so. But even those canon muses, I do like to check with their current scribes as well. Azazeal (1st_of_the200), is a canon muse that I think I have a fairly good understanding of. However, I ALWAYS run the dialogue and situation by his scribe because they have portrayed him in a very specific way. It is a matter of courtesy, really. You give what you expect as far as behaviour and treatment from others, and usually things tend to run much smoother that way.

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