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Saul Stratton

Name: Saul Stratton

Age : 12

D.O.B : Unknown precise date of birth. date used is 01/01/2000 However only the year can be assured of it’s accuracy.

Place of Birth: A children’s playground known to the people in the area as “The Devils Haunt”. Situated in a small park that is frequently used by three distinct types of people. Those being drug dealers, drug abusers and the working girls of the red light district area that The Devils Haunt is known for.

Build : Skinny and gaunt in the face.

Hair : Black

Mother: Deceased during labour during the birth of Saul. Guardianship was taken up by a friend and colleague of Saul’s mother, who found baby Saul crying between the legs of her dead friend on the round about in Devil’s Haunt.

Father: Unknown

Persona: Quiet and withdrawn, only ever says what needs to be said, and prefers to be a recluse reading any factual source of information he can find. If he cant read about something then trying to find something on the television that feeds his hunger for knowledge and need of education and learning becomes his main priority. A dark side of his psyche dwells deep down within him and threatens to take over his usually passive nature. He finds it difficult to allow certain unjust situations that life throws at him happen when his darker side could easily rectify these problems when combined with his unique intelligence.

An abnormally intelligent boy for his age, able to sum up mathematical problems with little thought process needed to do so. Able to see between the normal conventions of puzzle solving and just understands what needs to be achieved in order to come to a desired conclusion. His I.Q. is helped by his keen photographic memory and Only limited by his unfortunate living circumstances and lack of wholesome parenting to guide his unique talents towards something deserving of them. A boy destined for greatness but held back by those around him, a true “Rose Among the Thorns”.

Likes: Reading Books. Watching World News whilst mapping the stories and events on the news to a large world map that he has in his bedroom. Deserts, after one of his frequent “cramming sessions” of knowledge he has noticed that even though his attention span is far greater than any other person his age or most people to be honest, that eventually his mind grows weary. Saul has found that when he eats certain foods, (which he has scientifically tested on himself), he can hold the attention for much longer and in tern continue what he likes doing best. Learning. Most people use such things like energy drinks etc but Saul has used strict scientific methodology to construct a system of foods that enable him to keep his brain in peak condition at all times. Even if it makes him appear to be eccentric and labelled a “weird kid”.

Dislikes: Loathes bullies, mainly because he is a prime target for those that are stronger and farther up the popularity chain than he is. Its not just children either, adults who use the simple fact that they are older than he to justify a reason as to why they are right and he is wrong even though Saul is almost always right with any argument that he may find himself in. He has great ability but is restricted by the young frail body of a 12 year old boy. 

Hates awkward social interactions that put him out of his comfort zone and avoids any situation where they are likely to happen. He is unique and very different from those around him but situations that highlight this make him feel small claustrophobic. 

Fears: Saul is only afraid of what he is capable of when he is pushed too far, or challenged by those who try to prevent him from being himself. A fear of the dark thoughts that plague his mind when someone sets their sights on stopping him from doing his thing. He is fed up of taking tourment, being a punch bag or any abuse that he would otherwise have someone backing his corner as a friend or concerned parent to protect him if he was not so elevated because of his skills and abilities. He is far removed from anyone that might be his friend. So he struggles with the thought of revenge and dealing with these problems himself and what that might result in.

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You all remember the hare and tortoise fable right? (google it guys) ^__^

Whether you are writing the next epic best seller or you are reading the latest epic best seller as an avid fan of (more…)

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Evil genius Light from Death Note!

 

Hello again guys. Today I am talking about  creating your characters for your story and finding out that the detailed and complex motives that those characters have also create complex and detailed writing challenges for you as write your story. The main character in my book The Book of Ascension, has recently put me in one of those situations. Ive recently been trying to write a murder into my story, and I think writing a normal bog standard murder, however easy it may sound to write, is actually a difficult thing to do well.

Theres all sorts of continuity and minor details to think about in terms of the story etc, and theres the fact that murder in literature has been done countless times, so finding a method for murder that hasn’t been done before is a tricky one to tackle. Now this can become even further difficult when your character has life, motives, and personality traits that dictate the type of method that they would choose to use.

My main character Saul, is a bit of a genius, akin to that of Light Yagami from the awesome show “Death Note” (Please watch if you have not already), and so the murder method that I had to come up with for him to use had to be as equally intelligent and orignal. If the MI5 were to search my laptop they might think I was a strange individual, I have  been searching the web for information on murder, poisoning, assassinations and all manner of dark and questionable tidbits I could use to craft a suitable method of murder for my character to run with.

Just when I would come up with an amazing idea, I would later find out that its already been done elsewhere in other books, or T.V. shows. Thankfully I think I have finally found my method and although similar methods have been used, I think I can change it up and make it more unique enough to pass the originality test from my readers.

So please guys if you have ever had similar problems like these, then please let us know below and share your experience for anyone that is currently going through the same problem. Are there any tips you can give regarding being original when writing your story?

 

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The sword and lazer podcast has just recently turned into a vidcast! What does that mean to you guys? Well if you are a geek like me or enjoy your fantasy and science fiction books and would like a cool web show to help you pick out what to read and check out next then the already popular podcast series has just recently got its own youtube channel and website than you can check out HERE. Its essentially a book club that brings you reviews and news on everything that is of a sword and sorcery or sci-fi flavour.

The first episode is up and available to watch and features a great interview with Author Scott Stigler. Its a great interview as he talks about his new book “Nocturnal” and showcases a trailer for the book to give you a tease as to what to expect when you read it. I thought the trailer was a good idea too, I might think about doing a trailer for “The Book of Ascension”, could be a great way of exposing your project to a wider audience!

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Still image from the Nocturnal Book trailer! by Scott Sigler

Scott stigler also has a website HERE. Theres all sorts of inspiration I got from these resources so please check them out if you are not already a fan of  the content they have to offer. Cant wait to see what comes next from the Sword and Lazer team also.

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Sup guys?! I have been reading a lot of blogs lately dealing with people who are writers etc and are going through a rough patch with their current work, or loosing momentum on writing for their blog or some form of lack in motivation.

For me the only time things like this effect me is if I start to doubt my ability in some way, if I’m overwhelmed by other great pieces of work that just seem to dwarf your idea or make you start to think that you can’t create something just as great from your own mind. The worst is when you think you have an amazing idea only to discover someone else has covered it exactly.

I felt like this recently after reading an article about a favourite author of mine, Vladimir Nabokov, of the Lolita and Pale Fire fame. I admire his style and witty method of writing.

So the article I read was talking about his rare and unique condition or should I say ability? … I dunno but he has this thing called “grapheme-color synesthesia” otherwise known as “colour hearing”.

He sees letters and words in different colour’s, and this helps him in the way he writes so creatively.

After reading the article (here) I thought shit! How can I hope to be a great author like that when I don’t have any autistic superpowers? 0__O

Haha …well people, I will endeavour to try, after all batman is awesome and has no powers at all.

Hang in there during these moments and stick to your guns.
Aiden out!
^__^

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^__^ been finding all sorts of useful stuff online lately, here is the latest one on advice for all you writers out there!

It’s not your run of the mill advice either! Here you will find tips from some of the best paid authors of the writing realm! I’m sure this will inspire all those finding there feet in the art of writing as well as those who have a few works under their belt already!

check it out!

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