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  • Baby Steps to my Dream

    This seems the most relevant forum to post such a thread, so here I go.

    When I grow up I want to be a published author. I had an interest in writing before, and found out what I wanted to do by actually writing stories. When I first started to try to write, I followed the old adage ‘write what you know’.

    In my case, one thing I know about is the Star Wars universe.

    I found out that writing in specific genres is quite a common occurrence. Such writing by amateurs, called fan fiction, or fanfic, is all over the web. Probably the majority of it is pretty bad, but there is a good amount of stuff out there that is just as good as anything published. Some of the most widespread genres of fanfic are Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and X-Files. However, this even extends to things like comic book characters and other series television like Alias.

    There is a pretty pervasive stigmatism aligned with fanfic. Most not interested in fanfic consider it hack material. I will agree to a large extent, but I still contend there’s some amazing stuff out there. However, it is the negative connotation regarding fanfic that keeps most people from sharing with people outside the interest.

    Anyway, to see if I could even write, I started to write stories set in the Star Wars universe about 10 years ago. Not only did I enjoy it, but became quite well respected in some circles (I even have a small fan base). I’m actually quite proud of my work.

    The inherent problem with fanfic is that it is by definition unpublishable. There is no way to take what I’ve done to a publisher or even an agent. So, I need to write some original fiction, which is what I’m beginning to do. I most interested in suspense/thriller type stuff, but obviously also have interest in science fiction and fantasy (and I’ve been told I could make a killing writing romance novels).

    My younger brother, doing some snooping on the web, actually found my writing. When he initially brought it to my attention, I was mortified (see above stigmatism). However, he told me he was very impressed, thought is was great and said I should pursue writing. This was an amazing event in my life. It is this happening that is leading me to share it with others here to hopefully broaden the feedback and critical commentary I can get. So, here I go with a big step.

    So, if you are interested, give it a look-see. I’m open and welcoming to all feedback. I realize it is hack work and the subject matter is not to everyone’s taste, but I also think the substance of it can be an indication of how I write when I begin to peddle my original fiction. If you want to bash me and this stuff, please feel free. I would better benefit from critical and constructive feedback good and bad.

    If I’m ever going to get published, I have to put myself out there, and this is a good intermediate step.

    My stories can be found here:

    http://www.geocities.com/sw_ypom/Sean_Allen.html

    I’m known for my descriptive abilities and combat writing, but I try many different things in my writing. There’s a lot of different things to try out. There’s some brazen smut right alongside high adventure. If anyone wants to try something but is unsure where to start, I usually recommend the story ‘Aether Way: The Special Edition’. It is one of my more famous, apparently. You can just go from there.

    My baby, my epic, is ‘Blacklight’. It’s huge, and the story I’ve put the most time, effort, and ‘me’ into. It even has a soundtrack I can provide.

    If you try, I hope you enjoy. I just want to entertain people.
    Last edited by Eldritch; 03-28-2006, 09:53 AM.
    Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstance.



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  • #2
    As people here might not be SW aficionados beyond the movies, I am providing some background information needed to get started on my stories if you’re interested:


    In Star Wars, there are the movies and then there are oodles of books that take place after the events of ROTJ (Return of the Jedi). These books are tales usually told in trilogy form as well (three books each arc). I will attempt to fill in any necessary ‘history’ so if anyone reads my stuff there will be little confusion.

    Basically, after the Emperor, Vader, and the second Death Star are destroyed, there is still a lot to do with the remnants of the Empire. Regional governors, Imperial warlords, admirals and many others either want to restore the glory of the Empire or take over as head of it. So, the pro books essentially all dealt with two things: taking down a faction of some sort of the Empire, and/or dealing with another so-called superweapon. (sometimes, it also involves ‘dark’ Jedi)

    About 9 years after the battle of Yavin (5 years after ROTJ), Grand Admiral Thrawn returns from the Unknown Regions, determined to defeat the New Republic and restore the Empire. He is the quintessential military genius, and nearly does what he sets out to. However, our intrepid heroes eventually win.

    These three books are perhaps the most influential. They are widely regarded as the best trilogy, the template from which to follow. (though there are many and intense debates as to these points). In retrospect, they are really much better than the other books, which aren’t really that good to begin with.

    However, they introduce many things and characters. First are the ysalamiri. They are small slamanderlike creatures (growing to about 50 cms) that have the unique ability to push back the Force. They in effect create a Force bubble (of about 10m in radius) in which the Force cannot penetrate or work. They are used (initially by Thrawn, then by others sporadically) to protect him from Luke and other Forcy good guys who want to defeat him.

    We also meet Talon Kaarde. He is a smuggler, information broker, and one of the all around slickest operators in the galaxy. He became sort of a Han Solo after Han Solo settled down with Leia. However, his moral compass isn’t nearly as developed. He wants to stay out of things, but eventually ends up helping. Over the course of the years, he helps out the New Republic (NR), but usually because it can also benefit him. He is generally portrayed as a neutral/good guy. I don’t necessarily buy that.

    It is with Talon Kaarde that we find Mara Jade. Unable to do what she usually did, she signed on as a mechanic with his organization. Yet, she used to be so much more. Mara Jade was once the ‘Emperor’s Hand’, virtually an extension of his will, who would go anywhere in the galaxy to carry out his orders, including murder. Her specialty in the Force is long distance communication, and she could hear the Emperor from anywhere. After Vader’s battle with Luke on Cloud City-and his revelation to his son and the invitation to join him in ruling the Empire-Palpatine secretly ordered Jade to kill Skywalker. She beat Luke to Jabba’s Palace and went undercover. However, she failed to kill to kill Luke, and Luke went on to destroy the Emperor. Jade was filled with guilt and vowed to kill Skywalker-for that was the Emperor’s last command. After the Emperor’s death, her Force powers diminished and she became an outcast who had to find a new job (for no one in the Empire knew her). She ended up working for Karrde, eventually becoming his second in command. Jade did encounter Luke and saved his life, a favor that they traded several times. She fulfilled the Emperor’s last command in a roundabout way: When the mad Jedi clone Joruus C’baoth called both Luke and Mara to him, then unleashed a clone of Luke (obtained by getting his DNA from the severed hand on Cloud City), Mara killed the Luuke clone and was finally free of the Emperor’s last command and his will.

    Han and Leia got married and had kids (that I refer to as the Wonderbrats). Jacen, Jaina and Anakin. Han’s essentially a non-character now and Chewie’s a glorified babysitter.

    Luke decided to begin a Jedi Academy (on Yavin), finding Force sensitives and training them to establish a new Jedi order. For a time, Mara trained with them. Luke and Mara’s relationship was an on-again-off-again thing. Finally, about 15 years after ROTJ, they get married.

    I won’t go into the debate of Mara Jade and her relationship with Luke. Needless to say, it is the single largest area of contention. Mara was a dancer, well proportioned and very intelligent. She had the ‘crimson’ hair was essentially a badass. Many like her and their relationship, many hate her with a vehemence. I think she was just poorly written over time, but the character is just fine. I take great pride in ‘my’ version of her.

    The New Republic makes great strides over time to defeat the remnants of the Empire. Around the time Luke and Mara get engaged, the NR signs a truce with the bulk of the remainder of the Empire. Talon Karrde is chosen as the information broker between the NR and the Empire, sort of a go-between for the two. The NR has control of Coruscant and establishes it as its capital city.
    Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstance.



    Thanks, Snk16!!

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    • #3
      Pretty cool.

      I look through it when I have some more time.

      In a related note, I wrote a Star Trek episode 5 years ago.

      It was a something of an exercise for me more than anything.

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      • #4
        Eldritch, I'll take a look at it when I've got some time this evening. Send me a PM reminder.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Dark Knight
          Pretty cool.

          I look through it when I have some more time.

          It's not going anywhere, and there for your enjoyment.


          In a related note, I wrote a Star Trek episode 5 years ago.

          It was a something of an exercise for me more than anything.
          Yeah, that's how it started for me and look what happened.

          I have more than once considered writing Firefly stuff, but I'm terribly intimidated by Joss's dialogue abilities. The vernacular and the Chinese is formidable too.




          Originally posted by WhoDeyBengals
          Eldritch, I'll take a look at it when I've got some time this evening. Send me a PM reminder.
          I shall. Thanks.
          Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstance.



          Thanks, Snk16!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Eldritch
            I have more than once considered writing Firefly stuff, but I'm terribly intimidated by Joss's dialogue abilities. The vernacular and the Chinese is formidable too.


            Yeah, I agree.

            I don't think I could ever be that clever.

            It wouldn't do the franchise justice.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by The Dark Knight
              Yeah, I agree.

              I don't think I could ever be that clever.

              It wouldn't do the franchise justice.
              Indeed. I would never attempt if I couldn't do it justice. On the other hand, I'm more than happy to correct George Lucas!
              Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstance.



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              • #8
                Originally posted by Eldritch
                Indeed. I would never attempt if I couldn't do it justice. On the other hand, I'm more than happy to correct George Lucas!

                Haha,

                George Lucas, great story teller, bad at dialog.

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                • #9
                  If I had the free time to try, I would love to try and tackle a Whedon style dialogue... with my friend's help... could probably come up with some good stuff... but it'd still be nowhere near the real thing.

                  Anyway... I came to give a testimonial... I've been reading some of Eldritch's stuff over the past few weeks and I love all of it that I've read... When I have enough time and spare paper in the office, and nobody's around to catch me... I'm going to print off his big one.

                  If you like Star Wars, or you enjoy reading, and you don't mind Star Wars, I definately would recommend his writing. My personal favorite so far is 'Stormbringer'. I would put that up with some of the best Star Wars pieces I've read.
                  Thanks, Reid!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LordTrychon
                    If I had the free time to try, I would love to try and tackle a Whedon style dialogue... with my friend's help... could probably come up with some good stuff... but it'd still be nowhere near the real thing.
                    There's starting to be some out there, but I haven't checked any out. You always have to watch out for slash fic too.


                    Anyway... I came to give a testimonial... I've been reading some of Eldritch's stuff over the past few weeks and I love all of it that I've read... When I have enough time and spare paper in the office, and nobody's around to catch me... I'm going to print off his big one.
                    Yikes! You sure you can't read it on screen? I think it's something over 400 pages! Oh, and if you want the soundtrack to read along with, let me know. The songs are in chronological order and meant to be played at certain scenes to flavor the mood.


                    If you like Star Wars, or you enjoy reading, and you don't mind Star Wars, I definately would recommend his writing. My personal favorite so far is 'Stormbringer'. I would put that up with some of the best Star Wars pieces I've read.
                    Stormbringer was fun to write and one of my most recent. It was definitely an experimental thing. One of the things I tried in this story was a multi-opponent combat scene, ala the courtyard scene in the second Matrix (albeit with far less opponents). I was never sure how it turned out, but those, like yourself, with a history and knowledge of martial arts, really like this one. Hmmm...

                    Thanks for the testimonial, Trychon!
                    Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstance.



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                    • #11
                      --- I have read your intriguing piece "Enroute To Possibilities" ---

                      --- It made me want to jump through the hyperspace travel windows with Darestom !!!

                      --- I am going to begin "Blacklight" next ---

                      --- Remember your friends when Uncle George buys some of your scripts !!!

                      ---

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                      • #12
                        Wow, it's been a while since I did anything with this. Well, I have some updates so I'll get to it.

                        I've completed a story, a collaboration with my best friend and editrix, called Under the Shadow. It is a story about two Jedi that parallels Revenge of the Sith. I think it turned out very well!

                        That can be found on my SW stories page:

                        http://www.geocities.com/sw_ypom/Sean_Allen.html

                        On another SW note, a smut piece I was asked to write was actually published in a well-established fanzine called Bloodstripe. The story is called Mine (also available on that page) and it was cool to HOLD one of my stories. Now I just have to actually publish something original...

                        If you aren't interested in SW but might want to read something of mine, I have something to hold you over (until my next update/announcement): You can read short stories I wrote some time ago:

                        http://www.geocities.com/sandy_julie/Homecoming.txt

                        http://www.geocities.com/sandy_julie/Missing.txt

                        http://www.geocities.com/sandy_julie/TheSecond.txt


                        Finally, as I alluded to, I will soon have a big announcement regarding my writing projects schedule for the next year or two. The projects are original fiction, and one will be quite accessible for anyone who's interested. More on that in the coming weeks.

                        Thanks for any feedback and support. I'll be updating soon.
                        Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstance.



                        Thanks, Snk16!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eldritch
                          Thanks for any feedback and support. I'll be updating soon.
                          Best of luck as always, El....

                          And I'll get around to more reading soon, I hope...


                          As far as the bloodstripe goes... I'd still like more info regarding getting one from the publisher direct, until you're POSITIVE that you could spare that extra.


                          Keep it up!
                          Thanks, Reid!
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