Monthly Archives: September 2016

Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose – Writing systems

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am working on several conlangs for Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose. Of course, it won’t do to just work on a language; one would need to create an entirely new script for the language(s). This post will mention the writing systems in use in Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose, as well as detail one of my constructed scripts, the Nodaimese script.

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Off-topic post: Trope analysis

Okay, since I don’t have much to do right now (I’m planning on resuming work on my projects tomorrow), I’m going to analyse some random tropes, and see whether I would use them in my projects. One thing to note, though, tropes are not clichés. Tropes are tools for the writer to use; they are not overused lazy writer makers. Most tropes, if used by a good enough writer, can be pulled of, regardless of its frequency of use throughout media. Every now and then, I will analyse six random tropes (and I really mean “random”; I’m going to use the “random trope” button on TV Tropes) and post them here.

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Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose – Time

Like in many speculative fiction involving other worlds, the issue of time comes up in Innocence Seekers. A fair amount of speculative fiction often handwaves this issue, or ignores it entirely, by postulating that the other world has exactly the same length of day and year as Earth. Of course, it is implausible that any planet or fantasy world would have a solar day lasting exactly 86,400 seconds and a tropical year lasting exactly 365.2425 days (the average annual duration of the Gregorian calendar), or even worse, exactly 365.25 days (the Julian calendar, now only used in astronomy and by the Eastern Orthodox Church). If Earth did not exist in the setting, then the length of day is a non-issue, as there is no Earth to give its definition of the second (in which case a calendar can be simply made up). This blog post will detail how time is kept throughout the planets of the galaxy.

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Off-topic post: The four temperaments

While I’m currently taking a short break from my projects (I plan to start episode 3 of Innocence Seekers: April Light at the end of the week), I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to the four temperaments and their use in storytelling. One thing to note, though, is that the temperaments are not necessarily fixed (particularly when dealing with characters as young as those in Innocence Seekers), and are often relative (see this analysis for more details). However, they are a useful tool to create a believable cast of characters in any story, so as a writer I feel it is important to at least know about the temperaments.

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Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose – Inherent Abilities

In the Innocence Seekers series, magical girls and former magical girls all have what is known as an Inherent Ability. The nature of this ability varies, but it is usually fairly specific and very powerful in its own right. This blog post will talk about some of the Inherent Abilities found in Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose. Note that I’ve only made Inherent Abilities for a small portion of the entire cast (and there are a lot of characters; at the rate I’m going I may end up with well over a hundred named characters; the wiki article, which has 31 as of writing, only has a subset of female characters).

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Off-topic post: Storywriting (and what ruins my suspension of disbelief)

For this post, I will talk about some of my ideas concerning good storywriting. While I may mention points which apply to all stories, I may also talk about things specific to speculative fiction, as that is my specialty. The point of good storywriting is to ensure that your audience can not only follow your story, but that it does not “jar them back into reality” by implausibility. The elements of a good story include well-thought characters who undergo development, a well-thought and detailed setting (not necessary if set in the real world), and a believable plot.

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