TV Thursday – Letter D

Dark Angel (2000-2002)

A group of genetically-enhanced children escape from a lab project. Years later we meet Max, one of the escapees who now works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest. – IMDb

Source: Dark Angel Wiki.

Source: Dark Angel Wiki.

Defiance (2013-Present)

In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition.- IMDb

Source: Defiance Wiki.

Source: Defiance Wiki.

Dollhouse (2009-2010)

A futuristic laboratory assigns different tasks to its various residents, who then have their memories erased upon the completion of their assignments.

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

New Book Project: Collection of Essays about Star Wars

I am happy to announce that I am working on a new book project, which will be a collection of essays on Star Wars, especially about storytelling and representation. It should contain five or six pieces, of which four are already completed. You can expect extended focus on female characters.

I am hoping to finish writing and editing before the end of the year. I am unsure yet of when it will be published. I have decided I will self publish via Amazon, as a Kindle exclusive. I am very excited about this project, and already have plans for the cover!

It will be my first experience in self publishing but I feel ready for this, as I did a lot of research about it during the past months.

Stay tuned for more details in the next weeks!

Source: Wookieepedia.

Source: Wookieepedia.

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 16: Lorna Frayus

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Lorna Frayus, New Republic
SWRPG Wiki Page | Tumblr Gallery

Lorna is one of the characters who was created in 2014. I had been thinking about using Zoie Palmer since I saw her in Lost Girl as Lauren Lewis. It is amusing that by now, I use five actors from the main cast of this show. It wasn’t even done on purpose as it just happened that these actors worked well for the characters I had in mind. I had been toying with a character for the political branch of the New Republic but I didn’t feel like going for a “straightforward” politician and wanted to find an approach different from the different imperial political characters I had. When characters join similar branches, finding new angles is important to keep things fresh, even when the factions they belong to (including mindsets and values) are on opposite sides.

I never wrote a doctor before, so I thought that I would give it a go – which is another reason why Zoie Palmer worked well for some of the pictures. Since Lorna is a pacifist, she didn’t want to become a military doctor and thus joined the political and civilian branch of the New Republic. I admit that I don’t get into detailed medical writing as I fear that even with research I might make a fool of myself, but I still try to push myself a bit more with the character’s profession. As always, I enjoyed giving her a specific background and building it before writing her. I also don’t know whether it is because I am turning 30 at the end of 2014, but I like writing characters more in their thirties than in their twenties or especially late teenage years now, though my characters’ age spans from six to seventy year old.

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I had always had great fondness for the planet Alderaan in Star Wars, and given the time frame in which the stories at SWRPG take place, and with Lorna’s age, it was possible to have her of Alderaan noble lineage. The reason why she survived was because she was off world, on Coruscant when the planet was destroyed, when a teenager. It also prompted her to go into xenobiology during the civil war at that time and do what she could to help all and not just humans. She is half Lorrdian by her mother, but mostly feels Alderaanian and is mostly estranged from her mother – who had also survived because she was off world at the time of destruction – and her step father and half siblings. Even close to twenty years after the loss of her home world, Lorna still deals with survivor’s guilt at times, which has also prompted her to do humanitarian work on several occasions.

For years, Lorna had her eyes on a psychologist she met on a few occasions during conferences, but she never dared approach her more than in passing. Eventually, fate had the other woman take the first step so they could realize that they had shared a mutual attraction for years. When they finally gave in, they realized how much of a great match they were and soon got married. Their life together isn’t exempt from hardships and adjustments, but the loyalty and love they have for each other help them make it through and grow even closer.

Something I do with Lorna that I didn’t really included in my character development before is the presence of her two pets. When I started writing her, she already had two Jax, one female and one male. The species being quite intelligent, I went for a rather cat like approach in how I depicted them. It gives an extra layer to the character’s personal life. The only character of mine who owns an animal is my Sith Master Baska Tankreyd, who has a female mountain wolf, but the situation isn’t the same because a wolf and a Jax are very different types of creatures, so it has been new territories for me with Lorna’s pets.

  • Did you ever write a character who dealt with survivor’s guilt?
  • Do some of your characters have interest in humanitarian work?
  • Do your characters own a pet or more? Which kind(s)?

Weekend Edition – Find Your Quiet Place plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

Find Your Quiet Place

My quite time view

My quite time view

I love to be alone.

It’s not that I dislike spending time with other people, but I find that solitude grounds me. Quiet time by myself has always been the best way to reboot my system and recharge my batteries. It’s much too easy, in the rumble and buzz of our daily rounds, to let the external noise drown out our own thoughts. When that happens, we feel overwhelmed and unmoored. At least, I do.

And then, a funny thing happens. Instead of stepping out of the fray and back into our own head and heart, we plunge further into the noisy world around us, reaching and grasping for something to bring us home to ourselves. We seek guidance from experts and search out the advice of authorities. We tune into distractions of all kinds, hoping they will help us relax and find…

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TV Thursday – Letter C

Caprica (2009-2010)

Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. – IMDb

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Continuum (2012-Present)

A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future. – IMDb

Source: Continuum Wiki.

Source: Continuum Wiki.

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 15: Haranea Tarkin

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Haranea Tarkin, The New Republic
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The concept for Haranea came shortly after I created Anne. Originally they shared the same image claim – Majandra Delfino, because Haranea was the clone of Anne’s mother. Haranea was my first clone character – as I now have three of these. At first, Haranea didn’t know much about life, as she stayed with her maker on Bastion when not sent off on secret missions for the Empire. She was indeed created as an imperial weapon by one of their most genius doctors. She came to maturity within a few years and was enhanced, i.e. turned into a cyborg as to make her the most efficient and deadliest possible. She had all limbs and eyes cybernetic, along with internal upgrades, which notably influences her diet. This has always influenced how I write Haranea, because she doesn’t have a body sensitive like a biological one would be, at least in parts. Whenever she is wounded, the pain she can feel also depends on where she got harmed and how she can have greater resilience even if some of her cybernetic parts are damaged.

I knew that Haranea was Force sensitive when I created her, but I didn’t expect the whirlwind that happened in a long thread that was one of her earliest ones. During a mission, she accidentally met a man, one of Tarkin‘s descendants, who also happened to be on the run from the Empire. Despite feeding half truths and some lies about who they really were, the two of them got a rather immediate chemistry and for the first time, Haranea truly discovered what life and love could be. Yet, she promised him that she would fulfill his request and kill him herself before leaving for imperial space again. In the few days they shared, they got married and when she was about to keep her word, they were attacked, because someone mistook her for Anne. Heavily damaged, Haranea was retrieved by an imperial emergency team but wasn’t able to do as she had sworn to.

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Feeling like she had broken an oath, no matter how it wasn’t her fault, Haranea plotted her escape, and much alike to how Anne had deserted, Haranea also ran away in a bloodbath. She knew that the imperials would always be on her tail, that both her husband and her were high on their wanted list, but she was ready to pay whatever price. She reunited with him and they laid low for a few months, before getting into enough trouble that they sought shelter at the Jedi Enclave on Yavin VIII, despite how her husband didn’t want to. They stayed there for a while. Though they had both been accepted for training, Haranea never felt ready to truly begin hers, still feeling like a fraud given the horrible things she had done in her life. She was able to interact with a few Jedi, but she couldn’t bring herself to consider herself a real padawan.

The change of image claim for Haranea happened while she was at the Jedi temple. I had already switched Anne’s, but I hadn’t thought about giving up on Majandra Delfino for Haranea. Yet, the idea hit me while I was watching Once Upon A Time‘s third season. Rebecca Mader felt just right in my head to portray Haranea. So she remained a redhead, but my character went from having a cybernetic red eye and a blue one, to have both cybernetic eyes blue, so she could also blend in better while on the run.

When both her husband and her realized that they weren’t cut to be Jedi, they agreed on leaving for Republic territory, to try to find safety and purpose. Yet, the couple didn’t regret having spent time with the Jedi, for it had been part of their trajectory. Haranea also realized during these few months that – no matter how unlikely it was to happen in a biological way due to her upgraded body – she began to entertain the thought of becoming a mother at some point in the future, should her husband and her find stability and safety.

  • Do you ever write cyborg characters? How did they come to existence?
  • Do you have characters who live as fugitives but can’t seem to find a place to stick around despite several attempts?
  • Do you have characters with special/supernatural abilities who decide not to use their potential?