A little WIP

Otherwise known as a Work In Progress… ain’t acronyms grand?

“Still Life”

A “Still Life” the term I use for small, short pieces that I create as writing exercises. Most often I concentrate on one scene, or even just a single image, to work on description, imagery, dialogue construction, or a specific aspect of writing. I challenge(d) myself to keep everything distilled down to the critical components of a technique (at least as I see them). Occasionally one of those exercises expands itself into something more than a set piece, but less than a short story.

Origin Stories

As The Jagged Earth began to take shape, I discovered that a traditional character “origin story” could grow from a Still Life. The challenge then became telling a self-contained story about a single character that could stand on its own, augment other work, and/or be expanded into more detail. Faithful visitors (thank you) have seen this once already in the short origin for a minor character in Orchids Ablaze named Constance Sorrow ( Top of the Charts ).

Background Story

For this next installment, I decided to bring out more of a background excerpt for a major character in the book: Twilight Huntress AKA Rachel. To keep things interesting, I elected to integrate another aspect of The Jagged Earth into this particular Still Life for Rachel. The result is part origin, part background, and part character study. Will it ever see the inside of a novel? Too early to tell. Writing it helped me nail down another foundation aspect of her character. If you haven’t read the book, then you may not recognize all the names and locations, but those should be ancillary to the characterization anyway.

I hope you enjoy

Twilight On The Mountain

Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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