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Lord Dubu

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  1. Brothers we are!

     

    And thanks for the props :)

     

    It may be too rich of a world, since I have everything imaginable to define. But thanks to Kdedu, I just defined a little more of the spiritual aspect. I think I need to just focus on a story, much like you are with "The Five Legendary Sisters of the Laughing Doggebi," if I am going to have any success at publishing anything. So far I have created opportunities for good story (I think) rather than writing any.

     

    Mike

     

     

    Start small. Begin with some short stories that tell the backstories of your principal characters. You don't have to publish them but they'll help you feel out your characters and more importantly the small completion will give you a taste for larger completions.

     

    That's how the sisters are fleshing out.


  2. I realize I'm late to the.... table (if you'll pardon the pun). But I thought I'd throw in that this year I was made aware of how thankful I am for daughters.

     

    In particular I took my little girl(5) to see Tangled. She insisted she get dolled up (it's a princess movie after all). Good movie too.

     

    Then when we got home my wife was banging on the ivories and my boy(18 mos) was dancing like a spinning top in the center of the living room. So my daughter and I joined in and we had a full on T-giving dance party going.

     

    We actually skipped the usual feast this year and pigged out at OCB.

     

    Incidentally one of the most relaxing and rewarding thanksgivings I've had in decades.


  3. Doss... Kdedu...

     

    Thanks!

     

    So next up on the illustration list is my first group shot of the sisters.

     

    Then after that I'm going to do a series of larger pieces as a series of Backstory teasers.

     

    I'm planning on going to SDCC this year to pimp my book (I'm going to print a limited run of the pilot and hand it out for free at the con) and feel the best way to get into the con and recover some of my cost going out there is to buy spots on the art gallery (if they're doing it this year). So I'll be doing frame-able concept art for that purpose. And the first 5 will be these backstory teasers.

     

    Each sister has a past and her own demons (errr doggebi) to struggle with. The backstory teasers will try to encapsulate those backstories in a non spoiler way. But more importantly give me some practice finding my environment style for the book.


  4. I'm wondering if the Boss might be an evil version of Charlie from Charlie's Angels. There are a lot of options you can use to help him validate his beliefs to the audience and still make him an evil bastard. You could give him either a mercenary code of ethics, make him a pure capitalist, or maybe go with a Nietzsche approach that people are sheep to be used by those that recognize they are above rules and laws.

     

    Great stuff and looking forward to more,

    Mike

     

    I have described him as such actually. But a better analogy is Fagan from 'Oliver' by virtue of the size of his organization. He either believes his own rhetoric or has found it appeals to his "soldiers". But he preaches a freedom from Confucian strictures of society through the liberating act of breaking the law in ways that also coincidentally make him wealthy :).

     

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I was beginning to wonder if anyone was reading this at all :)


  5. SE_Political_Boundaries.png

     

    Here is a map defining the political boundaries and relations between the provinces and kingdoms of Shattered Empire. I still need to create a real terrain map.

     

    Thought I'd throw you some props and support. Being that we're both working on Asian themed material that sort of makes us brothers :) That's a rich world you got going on there.


  6. Even though I've owned the score for some time... lately I've been listening to Hans Zimmer's original score for Kung Fu Panda a lot. I'd like to remind everyone that Kung Fu Panda is the perfect homage to classic Kung Fu movies and probably the best American produced Kung Fu movie ever (provided you accept that Big Trouble in Little China does not classify as a Kung Fu movie per se. Because as we all know Big Trouble in Little China is the single greatest work of film in the history of EVER.)


  7. Where you from: India (the place I hate to stay but I have to until I earn my wings to fly back to UK

     

    Occupation: Language trainer/Call centre ... hoping to get my books published to be officially called an 'AUTHOR' or at least see if someone likes to make the book into a movie...

     

    How did you find this forum: WIKI

     

    What are you currently reading: My own book "Ivana and the secret lake adventures' (re-editing it)

     

    What are you currently watching: Ben 10 on cartoon network :lol:

     

    What do you have to say for yourself: I WANT to be a writer coz I know I am GOOD. So is anyone there to help me out, please?

     

    Post a pic...if you dare!: Not Yet

     

    Welcome Eve.

     

    Press on with that book of yours. A lot of us here are in the same boat.

     

    Good luck.


  8. I thought it didn't kick them because they needed a kick in the real world and in the dream - timed with the music. Or in the case of layered dreams a kick in each dream world - so at the end it went snow base explosion > elevator fall > van in the water > (wait for sedative to wear off) wake.

     

    OK. But Arthur is only one dream deep. There's nothing to synchronize for him. The van or hitting the railing should have pulled him out.


  9. The end was, well . . . you see it coming.

     

    However you take the ending, which I thought was a bit of a let down, the film toys around with compelling subject matter and has some really great visuals and interesting ideas presented. But, that's really all it does. It presents the ideas and gives you the rules, and then everything works exactly as it's described...

     

    If you haven't seen it... we're entering into spoiler territory here... so like uhm turn back now.

     

    Right here are the two issues that really ruined the experience for me. First the ending is a cheap hollywood cookie cutter cop-out. On that final cut to black someone in the audience in the theatre I was in actually screamed "ASSHOLES!". I laughed... because inside I was screaming too. That ending is a forced, gimmicky, deliberately wanna-be-philip-k-dick-o-my-god-is-decker-a-replicant hack move.

     

    As to the "rules" I wish it HAD obeyed its own laws. I'd have been able to stay willingly in suspension of disbelief longer. But when the van rolled and didn't kick them out... well I was kicked out of the experience at that point. I stopped buying the story.

     

    What's more... what's the big deal about limbo if all you have to do to get out of limbo is shoot yourself in the head?

     

     

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