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issue 175: August 2017 A.D. 'defeat' by Justin

I have been thinking that writers might be working too hard for too little payoff. We refer to it as reinventing the wheel. As I am using the phrase, it means to create something that already exists. When we sit down to build a world, how much of our effort goes into building poor imitations of places that we could just visit. Maybe there is a reason that we do not see the things that we are trying to create.

We seem to have a generation that believes that history started yesterday. Every decision is an arbitrary act of malice. Nobody has ever thought of the obvious solutions that will be imposed when this generation comes to power. If history started even the day before yesterday, then it would be a matter of considering the possibility that we are wrong. The world we dream of creating is buried in the dust beneath our feet.

You have to consider the downside in your world-building. You cannot produce a perfect world and it would not be believable if you could come up with a formula for it. There is a cost to everything. Characters will seem more real and alluring if they deal with a world like ours. I focus on viewing my created worlds through the eyes of characters because it allows me to create worlds that are familiar to the reader in no other way. To make that work, I have to produce people that could have lived around me. These have to be people that I could have been.

What I mean by building a world that already exists is something that came to me when I was hearing about the creation of the Klingons. Why was Klingon culture created from scratch when we have the Sioux, the Japanese, and the Zulu cultures that would have made excellent templates? Are we so interested in forcing our prejudices into the stories that we write that we cannot see the reality around us? Good writers say to write what you know because what you know is the result of experience and backstory that we will never know. Somebody else has already tried the silly ideas and failed.

Maybe the reason that you cannot find the world that you are trying to build is because it was tried and failed. No generation is special in feeling that it has all the answers. We grow up when we learn from the generations that came before us and accept that the answers are not as simple as they seem. Try living in the worlds that you create and see what you have overlooked. If you have not overlooked anything, then you are busy overlooking everything.

--Robert 'Admiral' Coeyman



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The meassure of life in two ways?


 







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How much power is too much?


 



The Angels that you Forget.

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Do you know how much of a difference you make in the world just by being there?


 



Orange

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In the Author's Words, I have a fantastical tale from the perspective of a bug.


 

Mrs.Smith's Lesson

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A teacher's final lesson in life.


 



To Breathe

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Love can cross barriers that the body cannot.


 



Frank Met Peggy.

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A story from the elusive editor.


 



The Call

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A snitch in time saves thine.


 



Justice of the Mind's Eye

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A Force to be Reckoned With

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How do you fight against a force which will not fight?




In My Leisure

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How much freedom would you give up to be free?





Ariadne

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What secret lies in the reclusive angel's stone fortress?




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Admiral Coeyman

 

A year's friendship defines two lives.



Stop!

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Joel "Cop" Furches.

 

A bit of free verse commenting on Man's vision or lack thereof.



Eve of Salvation.

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Joel "Cop" Furches.

 

A familiar historical event with a different ending.




Estrangua

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A play, both Biblical in proportion and in age.









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