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So I've been so busy at work and school lately. As some of you know I wrote 2 books while in Japan and have completed a few short stories. I've been too busy to clean them up for publication, but I really really need to. Now that I have some free time because my 20 and 10 page papers are turned in, I hope to get some me writing done.

Right now I'm in a creative mood and am going through a creative spurt. I'm kicking around two story ideas. The first is a story of a world with four overlapping realities that share the same landscape but are on different planes so they never interact. There is an eternal race that distributes the energies of the world that accidentally introduces the groups to each other sparking a four way civil war, the eternal race charges itself with keeping the peace between the different realities. The eternal race will have special abilities akin to magic, but not strictly speaking magic. The energies of the world are more akin to a elan vital than a mystical force/magic energies. Similarly, there will be rules to the elan vital that also govern the eternal race. I view the elan vital as a character of the story with its own quirks and whims. The story centers around that the eternal race is suddenly dying. I have thought this story out a lot more, but don't feel like giving away every detail now.

The second idea just kind of came to me a few days ago. It's called "The Seventh Song" Essentually the Singer of Songs, god, goes to the edge of the writhing Chaos. Into the tempest he sings the Seven Songs of Creation, separating the world as it is. Into the hands of the Seven Great Kingdoms of Man the Singer gives a copy of each song and explains that if all seven songs are sang again the world would be undone. God then vanishes from the world leaving humanity to its destiny. The book would essentially be seven vaguely connected stories of how the songs came to be sung. I'm not sure if the world is destroyed in the end but I'm playing with some ideas as each song is sung the world is drastically altered as more and more of it is no longer delineated from the original chaos. This will also serve as the "magic" of the world. As the world begins to collapse back into itself people begin to manifest in such a way that there essence predates the song being sung. So I'm thinking the hero in one of the stores can teleport over short distances because the song that separated "Presence from Nonpresence" has already been sung allowing him to violate normal laws of space. I have no idea what the separations will be or why people would want to sing the sangs to destroy the world. That's on the to do list :P

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From:ophidios
Date:October 11th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
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I like the second idea a LOT. I'd much rather read that than the first one.

Not that the first one is bad, granted, but the second one is definitely more my cup of tea.

And, I'd imagine the reason why people would want to sing the songs is simple. It's forbidden fruit. Same reason for eating the apple in paradise. After countless generations and lifetimes go by, eventually someone will want to sing them simply because God and their elders told them not to. Perhaps a single villain, or cabal of villains, going around trying to sing everyone's songs. Maybe he/they are killing off the keepers of the songs, one by one, and singing them - bringing chaos and havok to the known world.
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From:luxylyx
Date:October 11th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
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I agree. I like the second idea a lot.
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From:superpastelgirl
Date:October 13th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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For the second story, I think it would be an interesting plot twist if people continue singing the songs because they think it will be a way to fix the problems they have. It could be that somehow, the first of the songs is sung and bad things happen, but people think it's because only one of them was sung. So in the story the heroes are trying to find the songs, and sing them to restore order to the universe (so they think), when in fact singing the seven songs will destroy the universe. But the reader wouldn't know that either, so they'd be rooting for them to find the songs the whole time. Also, I like the idea that singing all of the songs again will remake the universe in a new way, rather than simply destroy it.
I'm borrowing a little from the Brandon Sanderson Mistborn series btw, which you should totally read. It's awesome!
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From:willwrite4books
Date:October 14th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
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I like both ideas, but I'm leaning more toward the first one. I recently read and reviewed a book with a slightly similar presence. You might want to check it out, as I think you'd like it: http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2009/06/alara-unbroken-by-doug-beyer-reviewed.html
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From:willwrite4books
Date:October 14th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
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*presence = premise.
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