I’m not sure if I’m writing Science Fiction

FutureGrimInfo Pinning down genre is a tricky thing. I always assumed what I was writing was a Science Fiction novel. It’s set in space, there are ships that travel faster than light and new planets have been colonized. However I’m not writing another Star Trek/Wars/Gate. I enjoy that genre but I’ve always found it to be riddled with accepted cliches. Some good and some bad, never the less baggage of the genre.

My story focuses on corporations, the fight between exploitation and utilising the population. In many ways it’s a warped reflection on the current state of the world (especially the UK). The fact it’s set on different worlds and in space isn’t the main focus of the plot. The characters in my book find being in space a bit mundane. Of course there is a risk of alienating the reader, however I have certain elements to keep the characters relatable.

Then the dark comedy rears it’s head, making deciding the genre even harder. I begin to wonder if I need a genre, which I always answer in my head with ‘of course you do’. So I dip back to the drawing board and begin to look at Spy-Fi (awful name), Thriller, Mystery and Action. I always end up feeling that my book has these, or elements of them. Surely my book can’t be everything? So I’m back to Science Fiction. I’m not sure if there is a relevant genre, I guess I will have to wait for a few friends to read it to see what they think fits.

Book wise I’ve just hit 60k words, which isn’t bad. I’m just focusing on getting words down (I’ve already got a plan and know what I want to happen). I’m struggling getting the enthusiasm to write the last few pieces. I’m pretty sure it’s a mix of feeling my work is inadequate and the limited joy of writing the end of a story.

Till next time,

Kyle

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Break your ‘Writers Dam’

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I’m very much in the mindset of ‘if you can control your negative thoughts then you can control your actions’.

A great example of this is previously I always struggled with writing in afternoons. I’d tell myself that I could only write in the morning or evenings; the afternoon was a strange time usually filled with game of thrones or chores (the former is more prevalent).

Then I looked at how I worked in a different mindset. That everything I did was self created. I wasn’t coming up against a writer’s block, but a writer’s dam. A self created construct that I can destroy whenever I feel like it.

This has empowered me to the point that I can write in a spare half an hour or even the afternoon. What was once a flaw became something I could defeat, and it made me excited to write.

I suggest next time you are faced with writer’s block is to understand that it is only a mental construct. You have the power to knock down the dam at any time if you bring enough imaginary gunpowder! (or, for the more peaceful folks, maybe have a protest to get the dam closed down? I’m sure someone could come up with a creative way to render a dam unusable).

On the topic of my book, I hit 50,000 words today! Chapter 11 is coming along nicely and I’m deciding how many more I’m looking to write.

Till next time,

Kyle

Pokemon: How it Changed my Thoughts

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I grew up in the clutches of the yellow rat. I’m not a fan of Pokémon any more, but it’s not the plot lines or the characters, but the monetary addiction I had as a child.

The cards were expensive. My pocket money fluttered off into the pockets of monsters. So much Lego wasn’t bought, so many sweets left un-tasted. The real lesson for me was when the next craze came in, disrupting their crown. Bayblades took over as the childhood hero and I was left with a bunch of worthless cards. But I did not fret, I abstained from these childhood pursuits (and I saved my money for something).

This simple act has shaped my life. I’ve not jumped into the popular things simply because of their popularity, but because of their merit or personal interest. Peer pressure will never be able to grasp me again.

I’m not sure my life would be the same without that one choice. I certainly wouldn’t be writing a book about a world in which man can’t control their own actions.

I hope to do more explanations into how my past has shaped who I am today.

Think happy thoughts,

KL Carter

Francis Kennerman – The Glory Years

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A quick update with a drawing of Francis Kennerman. One of the main characters from my book.

Young Francis

 

I was trying to capture his arrogance and thoughtfulness. I might put a bit more time into this in the future, but I quite like it as it is.

Till next time,

KL Carter

The Ratter Logo

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Ratter is the fifth highest corporation and a very secretive bunch of people.

(I did a previous Logo Exploration that you can find here. However it was back when I was persistent in the idea of including the whole name in the logo, which didn’t really work in hindsight).

You can't call them spineless!

This is the Ratter Logo. Following on with the same style as the rest. However this logo varies in shape, being a tad bigger than the others.

The subject of the Ratter logo is a spine. They are seen as those who put in a backbreaking amount of work. The Ratter are also prone to sticking to their values and holding on until the bitter end. You can expect the Ratter to be quiet and reserved, saving their strength for a fight worth extruding effort. Don’t however confuse them for being lazy, as they will cut you without a second thought.

I like parts of this one and dislike other bits. However it does have a certain feel to it that I’m quite pleased with.

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On writing news, I’ve took a day off today and made a structurally unsound Lego castle. Ah, the simple joys in life.

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The Ratter Logo is also part of the cover design. It ended up looking a bit spooky and mysterious, which pleases me.

May the cold keep you warm,

KL Carter

The Franklin Logo

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Franklin is the fourth highest corporation. They were the original trendsetters but they have lost touch over the last century.

(I did a previous Logo Exploration that you can find here. However it was back when I was persistent in the idea of including the whole name in the logo, which didn’t really work in hindsight).

Brains!

The Franklin Logo is a bit more complicated, but I’ve still tried to keep the overall design quite simple.

The subject this time is quite obvious. Franklin has always been at the forefront of technological advances.The shape is also reminiscence of a badge because of Franklin’s tendency to ‘police’ the areas without proper control measures.

I still like this one, but it’s my least favourite out of the five. I could never get it looking ‘perfect’.

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Writing wise, I’ve done a chapter review with a friend. I’ve also been helping him with his story, being sort of a personal trainer for writing. It sounds silly but I feel it could be an avenue of business I could get into, as I’m good at it.

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The Franklin Logo is also part of the cover design. Tomorrows Logo will be Ratter’s.

Keep safe,

KL Carter

The Volan Logo

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Volan is the third highest corporation and the rival of Kennerman.

(I did a previous Logo Exploration that you can find here. However it was back when I was persistent in the idea of including the whole name in the logo, which didn’t really work in hindsight).

It will stare you into submission.

This is the Volan logo. It follows the design principles of the Kennerman Logo. Simple style, sharp lines and only a few focus points.

The subject of the logo is a more subtle addition. Volan’s chosen human asset is vision, whether that means vision of a better future or the ability to learn from their past mistakes. The ovals shyly represent the Volan’s ever vigilant eye.

This is one of my favourites from the ones I’ve made. It captures the company perfectly and really fits with the characters.

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On writing news, I’ve just finished Ch9. I had a dry spot for a few weeks were I was feeling a bit out of sorts. Now I’m back in action putting out 900 words per day.

Bregan Mencarini is still hard at work on the music that will accompany the book. He has nearly finished track three. Yesterday I was speaking on Skype and he told me that “Track 2 is one of the best I’ve done in a while”. Speaking as someone who has heard Track 2, it really is very good and lives up to the hype. He has managed to mix eighties synths with more modern variants to give it a unique sound. It not only fits with the book, it brings the world to another level.

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The Volan Logo is also part of the cover design. The Volan colour features (as do the other corperations). It not only gives the cover an interesting style, it tells you something about the book. Which in my opinion, is very important. Tomorrows logo will be for a corporation called Franklin.

Just so,

KL Carter