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    Gawler's progress journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Gawler, Feb 6, 2015.

    I have been looking at these and finally decided in between writing that it would be a good idea. Particularly with more than one project in progress.

    Title: The Wrath of Forsaken Gods
    Genre: Mythological, Religious
    Format: Novel
    Setting and Time Period: Present day Bensbyn and Stockholm, Sweden
    First Conceived: Circa 2009
    Premise: Archeology student Sven Peterson has grown disenchanted with religion since the death of his mother from cancer almost a year ago. Sick of being told she is in heaven he reacts angrily to any mention of God while deep down wishing for something more for his mum than a grave site. During a philosophy discussion he argues that a god is only as powerful as people’s belief in it. Unwittingly his own desires for an answer stimulates Asgard and Odin sends Thor as the most recognizable Norse god to foster further belief but with a hidden agenda.
    Themes: Conflicting faith, forbidden love, order v chaos
    Current Word Count: 113,173
    Last Worked On: 3/2/15
    Comments: First draft is done. Currently working on giving some characters more depth and adding description of surroundings (something I habitually omit on first drafts).


    Title: Buried in the Sands (Sequel to The Wrath of Forsaken Gods)
    Genre: Mythological, Religious
    Format: Novel
    Setting and Time Period: Present day Valley of the Kings, Egypt.
    First Conceived: June 2014
    Premise: Sven’s archeology class get a chance to do field work in Egypt for experience, while there the student who Sven had clashed most with over religious beliefs discovers the tomb of Mekh, the oldest known tomb of a pharaoh to be discovered. The discovery also released a number of Egyptian gods who seek vengeance for their imprisonment. Sven’s girlfriend Eve visits him and catches the attention of Isis and Horus with her new found ability to transform into a falcon and the healing abilities taught to her by Eir, the Norse goddess of healing.
    Themes: Vengeance, compassion
    Current Word Count: 41,614
    Last Worked On: Dec 2014
    Comments: Asgard had kicked the door open for the return of other gods, as a previously cynical world starts to believe the momentum for ancient gods gathers steam.


    Title: The Demon Within
    Genre: Psychological horror
    Format: Novel
    Setting and Time Period: Present day New York
    First Conceived: Sept 2014
    Premise: Sarah Manning, a young ambitious reporter had been close to exposing a US senator as a pedophile when the story was taken away from her and re-written to provide a glowing account of the senator. A phone call offers her a chance to easily access any information about the senator’s activities, skeptical she follows up and is at first presented with a story that she suspects is a joke on her by other reporters but she learns that she is not who she thinks she is.
    Themes: Split personality, internalized good v evil
    Current Word Count: 59,163
    Last Worked On: Dec 2014
    Comments: Not actively working on this right now.


    Title:
    Ancient Justice
    Genre:
    Format:
    Novel
    Setting and Time Period: Modern day Britain
    First Conceived: Dec 2014
    Premise: Terrorists launch an unprecedented level of attacks on Britain resulting in thousands dead. Detective Sergeant Bill James is recruited as part of a terrorist investigation team under emergency provisions due to MI5’s inability to deal with such a large scale attack. As his team move to bring in suspects on the terrorist watch list they are frustrated by an unknown vigilante executing the targets before they get to them. To add to the confusion a 10 year old girl who was being abducted in Rotherham was saved by who she says was Boudicca, the Iceni Queen who killed her abductors.
    Themes: modern v ancient justice, political correctness
    Current Word Count: 25,171
    Last Worked On: Jan 2015
    Comments: Presently researching police techniques in Britain. Inspired by recent terrorist attacks in Sydney and Paris, I really wanted to fight fire with fire and using a nations historical heroes allows a brutality not found in the current legal system. It also allows me to create a large conflict between modern day political correctness and characters who had no time for such niceties.
     
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    Been busy editing The Wrath of Forsaken Gods, have cut 3000 words so far and am looking at completely cutting a chapter where Father Damien gets rescued and cover his crucifixion covered in a news report on television. Have also revisited a story not covered above about a group of well to do dumb blondes that set themselves up as super heroes. Originally it was planned as a novel but after much consideration I felt it was better served as a graphic novel. After designing the characters I cannot decide if to make them a cartoon style or more realistic. Examples of their allies The Amazons below.




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