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Regarding Combat

Your characters have just finished sizing each other up, and inevitably, you need to figure out how they will go about beating the ever-living tar out of each other. Below I have illustrated my thought process on how I construct these scenes.

I do have examples of my combat scenes here for your examination.

I begin with two timeline points: the start (X and Y are standing in front of each other), then the result (X has Y in a headlock). In between is a multitude of points that bring the scene together, like frames in a zoetrope. The next step would be to draft a play-by-play of how the conflict takes place.

There is an underlying flow inside every combat engagement, and decoding that flow is key to effectively communicating a scene to your readers through narration. Not every graphic detail needs to be drawn out either, just enough to create a chain of action-reaction-action steps until you have reached your result point. Continue reading Regarding Combat

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Weekly Progress Report

Not a whole lot to report on, and since this is the first post, I will just give a general impression of what I have been doing.

Mostly setting up this site, really.

As it stands right now, I have just finished the Beta version of Chapter 11, where Nara is having a wonderful fun time in Uppercity. (hint: no. no she is not.)

I am now currently working on the restructure of Chapter 12, where things start to climax in terms of final conflict. I have had to chip off pieces and smoosh other ideas together in order to make location transitions smooth. But I have all of the chapter plotted out, so finishing it should be no problem. *SHOULD* Continue reading Weekly Progress Report

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Unwelcome Visitor

For those of you who are familiar with my current work in progress, you may notice a different dynamic between these two characters. That is because it is set in an earlier place along the timeline. Another book to add to the pile of unfinished garbage I suppose. Anyway, enjoy?
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A scowl tainted Declan’s expression as he opened the door to his flat, the unexpected, expected intruder waiting for him inside.

“What did you get into now?” Declan griped at the armored figure sitting frozen in his chair.

“I have. Your pointy squish-squish,” Nara replied, addressing the little furry creature sitting on her.

“For the last time, that is a cat.” Declan pinched the bridge of his nose. “And I really don’t have the patience for your shit right now.”

“I don’t….understand it.” Nara ignored the doctor’s pleas, tilting her head in bemusement. “So tiny, but hunter?”

“Are you high and drunk again, or just high?” he sighed, grabbing tools from a cabinet nearby.
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About The Travels of Matteus

This section is dedicated to the journal entries of Matteus Il’Kalut, a traveling body artist from a wandering alien race. These are just fun little excerpts I have decided to write upon the request of fans who enjoyed the character and wanted to learn more about him.

To find out more about Matteus, check out his Character Profile HERE.

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About Odin and Other Identities

I live to consume media in all of its forms in my relentless quest for rich story content. I have experience delving in content creation myself, ranging from books, comics, and even video games. From time to time, I am also found mastering dungeons and leading innocent party members to their demise on pen and paper platforms.

My professional background is in Game Development, and with my B.A. I focus primarily on mechanics and design, as well as narrative. I have been involved in several casual projects, as well as led teams in larger scale startup companies.

Being a chronically bored individual, I also partake in other crafty deeds around the internet.

I am also a freelance Editor, so for those of you who are interested in my services, you can find them on my website at Odin’s Edits.

When I am not creating fiction, I am also drafting technical instruction manuals for my handmade jewelry designs.

Here is one of my latest pieces, if you were curious:

 

If you would like an example of my jewelry instructions, take a look at my freebie PDFs on my Jewelry Site.

You can also find me yelling and cussing at beads amid other things on my YouTube channel, where I make a total fool of myself and scatter the web with my colorful metaphors.

Find my channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/odinsmusings

Email: odins.musings(AT)gmail(DOT)com

I have also been requested to offer a P.O. Box, so here is where you can find it:

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ODIN NEVER ASKED FOR THIS

I apologize in advance for the lack of photos and a wall of text, I got a lot going on in my head, and I just can’t be bothered at the moment to find things that illustrate my angst towards this game. So I leave you with some suspicious breakfast cereal:

So…how suspicious we talkin’? Like, “unidentifiable fruit flavor” suspicious, or “the wheat was blended with a select choice of orphan blood” suspicious?

Ahhh, Deus Ex, how I love thee. Chop up my limbs and glue me to a particle accelerator, then inject my veins with tiny microscopic robots. My body is ready.

So I have finished the most recent extension to the Deux Ex universe: Mankind Divided. And, it was a good game. Which is my problem with it. Good game. Period. Not an excellent game. Or even a solid game.
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ODIN STEALS BACK THE EMPIRE

Hunker down and grab a snack, kiddies. This one’s gonna be a long one. And I will be talking about a mature rated video game, so if you’re here from my beading and jewelry videos….well, you might want to skip this one. (I post more jewelry and nice things on Tuesdays on my YouTube channel…)

So over the winter break, I had the experience of playing this little gem right here:


 

Not shown – the grin plastered across my face stretching from ear to ear

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ODIN IS A RIVETHEAD, AND RANTS WAY TOO MUCH

Now I know that my music tastes may be considered unappealing or even uncouth to a considerable chunk of my demographic, especially on the jewelry making side, but you guys read these posts to learn more about me as a person, right?

Regardless, I have a platform, and I’m damn well going to use it. Music is a very big part of who I am, and it has influenced me through out the majority of my life. It makes me feel…feelings. Things that I cannot express in words, which if you are familiar with my work, is a considerable feat. So this week I am going to ramble and rant about one of my strongest passions.

And if you find yourself intrigued, or even enjoying the experience, then good on you for opening up to trying new things. And if you don’t like it, that is awesome too! You still get props for trying something different.

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