Anyone who has seen many movies in the past ten years has seen at least one occasion where a character in the source material was one race, but they ended up another race when they hit the screen. This is especially true in movies based on comic books, like Thor, which features Idris Elba as a Norse God.
Elba’s version of Heimdall was one of the more impressive figures in a movie filled with divine figures, making it easy to forget that Norse characters are ethnically Caucasian and have red or blond hair. For one reason or another, this keeps happening, largely in the name of diversity.
At least, diversity is the reason I use when I change a character’s race in my own works.
I’m not going to try and hide from the fact that I’ve had some difficulty with writing The Night Lands. It’s a difficult story in the sense that I have to build a world out of a few vague ideas and only had two characters names when November 1 hit.
I’ve been discussing my personal rules and methodology a great deal as of late, let me take a moment to describe one of the more interesting elements in my writer’s toolbox, the Road Map.
NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I have a lot of writing to work on as it is. Aside from editing Mind & Machine, setting up several promotions, and trying to get the word out about Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts (featuring my story, “Dreams of Freedom”), I need to get back into the swing of writing. So far, I’ve tried working out a new opening to Dual Identities, but I need to dive into something fresh and untapped. For that, I’m calling on you. Continue reading
Inside every person who reads epic fantasy is the plot of an epic fantasy story. I’m no different.
A few years ago, I was reading a few CrossGen comics and they put out a call for creator-owned properties. Fascinated with comics and with creating new things, I came up with a fantasy setting where two sides fought a war using mechs–giant robots. CrossGen fell apart, but I’d managed to come up with several interesting characters, so the story didn’t leave my thoughts, though it eventually transformed into a novel instead of a comic book. Continue reading