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12Sep/110

Alone in a Cell

Here I sit, all alone in my cell.
Amongst chattering vermin must I dwell.
The darkness sucks the warmth from my bones,
As I lay in my filth, alone, on the stones.

The turnkey comes to bring me "food",
The likes of which only worsens my mood.
His torch's light sears my darting eyes,
As I prepare in my mind a nasty surprise.

These men who have taken everything from me,
From home, to work, to family,
Deserve only the worst for what they've done,
To me, bringer of truth and harmer of none.

A producer I am and always shall be,
Despite the nonsense they always decree.
For I rule my soul, my mind, my me,
Not you, the mass that fails to see.

And so I sit, and wait, and sharpen my blade.
With my life, my time, my heart have I paid.
And so shall you, you scum of the earth,
You mindless vessels that have no worth.

Remember this when you preach sacrifice,
For in no person can be found a greater vice.
Every human you strike down, each one you oppose,
Will never surrender to his irrational foes.

No, rather, he will bide his time, alone in a cell,
Until one day he will all of you fell.
Not with the gun, nor the whip, nor the sword,
But with an idea, with the truth, will he end your horde.

4Sep/111

My Life No Longer Up to You

Vividly I now see things,
As if my mind has just grown wings.
The world ahead an exciting view,
My life no longer up to you.

Dependency has run it's course,
And I have yet to feel remorse.
Things to be the way I choose,
My life no longer up to you.

But fear not for me friend,
As now your equal I you append,
For I am not yet with living through,
My life no longer up to you.

With haste I rush towards my fate,
But my head is clear, a clean slate.
There are so many things that one can do!
My life no longer up to you.

With this one message I leave you now,
Heart and Soul bound to no vow.
The morning is fresh with sparkling dew,
My life no longer up to you.

30Aug/110

Man! Oh how I envy thee

A poem inspired by David Kaspar Friedrich's "Dorflandschaft Bei Morgenbeleuchtung"

Dorflandschaft Bei Morgenbeleuchtung(Village Scenery at Morning Light)

Inspiration for the poem

How boring it is to be a tree,
With a sea of green surrounding me,
The sky above a foggy blue,
The mountains in the distance too.

The sheep and man annoy me,
But at least I won't be lonely,
As I always am in this empty space,
Oh how I wish to be of the human race.

They really do have everything,
A mind to think, a voice to sing,
Legs to move and eyes to see,
Man! Oh how I envy thee.

30Jan/102

World/Society Building

There are many great articles online that talk about World Building for fantasy/sci-fi books and stories, but I wanted to share my approach with everyone.

The Earth as seen from space

Where to start:

There are many    different approaches  one can take to      "world-building".    They include:

Character Based: Basically what this  approach is, is  where you think up a  character and  build the world around  him/her.

Example: Say you have a character named George. You want him to be a bald farmer with a tattoo of a snake on his arm.

Things to ask yourself: Using our example: Why is he bald? Does he have a shaved head or is it from old age? If it's from old age, you could start thinking about the life-expectancy of people in his society. From that you can ask yourself: How advanced is their medicine? How did they get advanced medicine if they have it? Do they use technology to make it, or some specific "magic"? You can keep going with that chain of questions until you have a lot of details ready to use in your story.

If you can't think about anything else to ask in that chain, then focus on another attribute of your character. How common is farming in his society? Is it a centralized society, with big cities, or more decentralized with smaller towns spread out? If there are cities, is there a lot of poverty, or does everyone have roughly the same income? Then you could start thinking about rights. Again, keep this chain going as long as you can. It is handy to have a lot of details thought-out before you start writing to make it flow better. The better it flows, the more time you save, the more fun it is, and the better your writing usually is.

Geographically Based: You guessed it! This is where you start with an idea of the landscape or climate and build the society/characters from there.

Example: A northern, wintery climate.

Things to ask yourself: What lives there (flora and fauna)? Where to the people live? In caves? In wooden cabins? How do they stay warm? How does the flora/fauna affect their diet? What clothes do they wear? What kinds of resources are available to them for tools and other things? How long are their days? What about hygiene? Do they bathe? If so, where, and is it warm enough? What can your character's jobs be? Do they even work?

Ask yourself as many of these questions as you can think of. The more, the better. Some people even prefer to start a story by drawing some squiggly lines and turning them into a map.  I've tried it before and it helps to use ink for fountain pens, let them dry and then trace the outsides, it makes it look very natural.

Just be creative!

Organization Based: I also like to call this one sociologically based, because you focus on social structures, hierarchies, and different overall groups. These may include religions, governments, or even businesses(depending on your setting). This one tends to be more difficult (for me).

Example: The Empire of [insert name here].

Things to ask yourself: What kind of government does it have? Are the citizens happy? What kind of technology do they have? What is everyday life like(big question)? Where is it located? Does it have any neighboring countries? Are they at war, or peaceful?

Once you start filling in the blanks about what your nation is like, it's easy to come up with things about your world. Overall, it helps you get a way better picture, even if you don't explicitly tell everything to the readers.

What it boils down to:

  1. Think of something, anything about your world.
  2. Describe something about it.
  3. Follow your train of thought while writing everything you can down. (Tip: It helps a lot if you base some part of your societies on a human one somewhere along history. This would require a little bit of learning about them of course, which may not be for everyone.)
  4. Keep thinking about things you might have missed, and write those down too.
  5. You have a living, breathing world!