Alright, I'm done procrastinating--I have to continue the work that I've started. Title: [To be chosen, don't know yet (thread title is the theme I'm going for)] Synopsis: The era that we know now has ended--a new world order known as New Babylonia have come from the shadows and swiftly taken over each of the world's countries from the inside. Within a week the world is under one man's control, a man calling himself King Nebuchadnezzar. Not long after this also emerging from the shadows is the American Confederation--North and South American soldiers that aim to take back the world in the name of democracy, operating under a General Jax Aikin. Meanwhile in Siberia reports begin to surface of a malevolent army that conquers everything in its wake, one that flies banners of an eagle and the immortal letters "S.P.Q.R.". Not much else is known, though rumors state they are led by a mysterious Empress. The dominoes have begun to fall, and as the powers of the world shift and balance, the future of humanity becomes uncertain. Chapter List/Progress: Act I: Prologue: Partially Written Chapter 1 - We Are: Written, awaiting revision Chapter 2 - The King's Arrival: Written, awaiting revision Chapter 3 - The General of Teton Range: Written, awaiting revision Chapter 4 - A Past Empire Speaks: Written, awaiting revision Chapter 5 - The Border: Partially Written - WRITING IN PROGRESS Chapter 6 - A Vulture in the Sands: Partially Written Chapter 7 - Rallying America: Minimally Written Chapter 8 - Preparing for Combat: Unwritten Chapter 9 - Battle at Rio: Unwritten Chapter 10 - The Trident: Unwritten Act II: ... Act III: ... Word Total In-Progress: 28,384 - - - Progress Post #1 - 09/03/2016: I should note before I begin that I've rewritten the first few chapters twice due to some things in the story not lining up--I've been writing this since late last year, though I feel posting it here will put me in a better mindset. I'm just getting back from a procrastination phase, wrote two pages from A Vulture in the Sands--felt as though I wanted to expand a bit on the future chapter, as The Border for whatever reason is giving me writer's block (a bit of an action scene, can't seem to get back into it). Hope to progress more on The Border tomorrow, though a family birthday/college work will probably have to take priority. If I get back to it (as is my process) I might have to find a good soundtrack to put me in the mood--since it's a hand-to-hand combat scene, perhaps I'll find something drum oriented and Babylonian/Akkadian styled. 6 pages in...jeez, I feel as though it's not enough, though still I suppose content is more imperative than the length of it. Something that's bothering me in the back of my mind is my main character development--King Nebuchadnezzar a.k.a. Xavier Lindstrom, or Xavier. I essentially wanted part of the theme of this story to be a spin on the whole evil-guy-takes-over-the-world but from their perspective and they're not really evil, but they want to stop the suffering of the world (even as the organization he's affiliated to was originally for evil intentions). The problem I have is trying to create a relatable side of him, of which I've had significant trouble with doing my main characters in the past. I'm thinking about making something about him that's sort of missing, in the sense that even though he's matured, he never had a proper childhood and thus he sort of keeps trinkets and toys and plays with them absent mindedly around his sort of 'office'. I dunno--something I'm thinking about. Anyways, this was fun to post. Hopefully people find this interesting. Will post soon enough with another update. 'Night!