I’ve got 60k problems and my intro ain’t one

Future Grim is a universe devoid of culture and commanded solely by warring corporations. These corps battle for the wealth of human resources, in bouts of so called bloody business.

Kennerman are the no. two of the top five. It is up to Francis Kennerman and his his loyal COs to take back the top spot from the mysterious Alberton. The no. three, Volan, headed by Nigel will undermine the rules and regulations to seize the top spot for himself.

Disloyalty, dishonesty and desertion will not be tolerated. The Future is Grim.


I’ve had problems, editing problems.

60k> words isn’t easy to edit. I’ve been churning through the early chapters, but then I find myself slipping backwards to the first chapter. I polish it and repeat. The first two parts of the six are better than ever, however the rest hasn’t been touched in over a year. I’ve had to implement a colour coded ‘do not touch’ system to attempt some form of progression.

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The good news is I’ve started listening to some audiobooks while doing my brain absent job. I got around to experiencing Dune, which turns out has similar concepts. It’s been great inspiration for me and I’ve called this period of writing the ‘post Dune’ era. What I enjoyed the most was the way exposition was handled. In my own initial drafts I now know that I left out too much information to the point the reader wouldn’t understand.

I’ve also listened to Snow Crash, which was equally amazing. I’m always up for some sci-fi recommendations.

My goal now is to polish each part to a certain level and then move on. I’ve given myself to the end of this week to create a first part that I’m happy with.

In other news, my mate has been creating mechanical keyboard reviews. I recently created an intro for him, so it makes sense to give him a shout out. It’s interesting and worth a look if you like things technical (also he has a deep and soothing voice :P).

Till next time…

Kyle

 

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

Spaceships, what do they look like?

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I’ve always wanted to design my own space ships. The style of the ‘Corporate Punk’ world allows me to design something unusual, but could still exist.

I made this image in photoshop a while back and finished it off today. It’s a combination of many skyscrapers. The idea is a spaceship evolving into a horizontal Spacescraper of the void.

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The image itself is created to reflect the style of propaganda posters. I’d love to get an engineer in there with his thumb up on the right hand side, but my drawing skills just aren’t up to it at the moment.

It’s only a work in progress, so the design is likely to change, but this is at least the base.

Writing wise I’ve nearly finished the synopsis and I’m starting the bulk of my research. Research is an odd one for me. I really enjoy doing it but I find I get distracted easily by related topics. I’m meeting up with a friend to hack down my synopsis in a week or so, he is going to be acting as my ‘publisher’, in that I want him to be critical of my story.

In other news I’ve been helping a friend work on an alternative history fantasy pirate story. It’s coming along nicely and I should be able to share some of that on here soon.

Keep on trucking,

Kyle Carter

Logo Exploration

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A story taking place in a universe embroiled in corporate style must have a set of stunning logos to match. I may be writing a book, however I feel I need to explore these visual avenues first to get a grip on the identity of this fictional place.

To start, I’ve created a pair of logos for two rival corporations, Kennerman and Volan.

ImageFirst up is Kennerman seen above (Click on it for detail). Orange is the working colour of this corporation, so it’s used heavily. The shape is a fist, representing the strength of the Kennerman people.

ImageThe second one, this time for Volan, whose colour is red (Again, a more detailed version just a click away). I wanted to capture the feel of them being in the same world, but not being too alike. I feel I’ve captured that to some degree. Volan’s logo uses circles, this is to reflect the patterns in the eye. One thing’s for sure, a Volan is always watching.

The overall vibe I tried to capture is a world in admiration to the 21st century, the 80s in particular. In the same way the victorian’s looked back on the classical period for inspiration in architecture, my universe has looked back upon 70s, 80s, 90s as a prosperous time of human civilisation. However, just as the inspired greek architecture was mistakenly depicted without colour, the future’s narrow view of the past means they have only picked the bits they admire and have ignored all the rest.

Writing wise it’s been slow lately, been trying to get a job to pay the bills. It’s quite hard when you are young and lacking experience (also my location is bit seasonal). The sooner I can get a bit of a schedule in my life the more time I feel I can dedicate to working on what I love.

Keep calm and stay armed,

Kyle Carter