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  1. Couldn't think of an ending to a poem/song that was to be a sort of inspiration for something or another. Lost junk.

    I'll leave it here. If you can think of a better ending, feel free to take it...

    Bloodstained Angel (part 1)

    Endless dreams that go seeping,
    Down her sides
    leaving her there weeping,

    Seething in curtains of all her life’s burdens,
    Now she’s reaping her curses

    And oh...

    There was the brightest light In her soul...

    Torn apart by the blood angel…
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    This is a link to a map I made for my story 'The Bear of Nor'.

    To view the map better, click on the picture then press the buttons CTRL then + on your keyboard to zoom in.
  3. Apply Pressure

    No matter how difficult a task or situation, consistent attention and forward momentum will eventually break through. As pressure may wane you over time, so you will to that which you apply pressure to. If you want to progress beyond an obstacle, apply pressure.
  4. No big surprise that there is an increasing presence of actual science in today's fiction. By fiction, I mean those outside of science fiction, also. In fact, science and information are becoming more in demand mainly because asking "why" does not really signify an elevated intelligence in people as a group, but a modern fad. Because of shows like Theater 3000 and various internet and media clowns poking fun at illogical plots and things, directors have no choice if they want to remain credible. Neither do writers. But you won't find total science because that would be boring.

    Pseudo-science seems to be a key thing in the later forms of fiction I see. It seems to engage a persons imagination by conjuring up a pseudo-reality. Things like Pokemon. Ridiculous as it sounds, there was a psuedo-science to that show. It focused around the inherent polarity between certain elements, the rather chess-like dissemination of each piece and their inherent abilities clashing with another. World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons is also a big one. Because of the fledgling science in the beginning, it spawned an empire. Boys and girls partial to that type of fun can literally spend hours working over the various ways hit-points interact with bonus stats and how bonuses are gained and lost and effective ways to counter and disable opponents with status buffs and debuffs. There's a chemistry that just engages the imagination with fictional structure. Any video game relies on this as well. The video game gets you to believe in it's variable systems. First is orientation with them, then familiarization, and than comes innovation. People become so observant of these rules that they begin to find loopholes and formula's where the designers did not anticipate, leading to hacks and the like.

    You see tidbits of it in other places. They shallow into other sciences like psychology, astronomy, and the like to give a particular...thing...a sense of depth. They also create their own like Naruto's Summoning jutsu or Sage Arts. Superman and the X-men employ common pseudo-sciences. Guess what science was premier in their times? Got it? Nuclear power, or radiation. Superman and the X-men and various other superheroes get their power from nuclear forces. You might say that fiction and science have always followed one another. Even the Bible transforms over time to accommodate basic scientific reality. The proverbial willow, a fiction that taks itself too seriously cannot be seen as too over-the-top or the willow snaps. Instead, it yields. It may even draw on the power of science to strengthen its own fictions. I have seen various "scientific" explanations of the bible's rather questionable events. I expected preachers to unanimously point to that fire-tornado in Australia as proof that God made such things in the past.

    I love the science in fiction, even if it is pseudo-science. It just lets you have fun with the impossible and then build upon it. Robert Jordan's magic system gives you the basic rules of the Power and aside from his own narration, you can begin to imagine just what other things could be done based on those rules and the combination of natural Power with the magical objects that amplify it in that story. How the cycle of souls in reincarnation plays into the whole Wheel of Time thing and wondering if the ability of the Power moves with the soul or with the body itself.

    Science observes the set laws of a thing or process. Science is the study of nature. A person who lies pseudo-science could very well like practical, real-life science and, like Guitar Hero, I wonder what would such people become if they used the energy and mental dedication they give towards immersive games like WoW, DaD, Oblivion, etc...and poured them into physics, aviation, astronomy, and biology? I suppose one is a lot less stressful than the other. But I found it odd how, in order to create a great fiction, you would likel still have to rely on adhering to basic structures...basic rules of its nature.
  5. Life is a series of experiences. Within them, there are obstacles and achievements.

    While different people may have varying amounts of one or the other, the other really does not effect how you deal with your own. The other may be the cause of more opposition or more achievements, but it is telling of the character that begins to complain more about the inequality between themselves and another rather than finding a way to break the obstacle themselves.

    In life, obstacles come in many forms. They are tests of your personal spirit and motivation. In such time I find it better to approach them with the spirit of an Olympian athlete. With stamina, energy, strength, clarity, confidence, and determination. The Olympian represents the epitome of human triumph over adversity. The physical manifestations of victory. While all problems in life are not physical in nature, it represents a basic ideal that one should meet, head-on, ones problems. It is how you build yourself.

    I remember reading of Ganesha, the Hindu God of Wisdom and Trials. I remember thinking how appropriate it was for such a God to exist because surely his Force represents a considerable portion of human life. Not that life is center around trial and adversity, but it is definitely a part of it. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual... the victors of life learn to destroy crippling and debilitating realizations or visions of themselves and the world and strike for the piece that matters to them most. Your goal may be worthless to another. It's not about comparison, really. Your life may not simply revolve around one-upping someone else's. It's about having the confident, piercing endurance and dedication to reach your dream despite any forces set against you.

    The Olympian, to me, represents victory, resilience, mastery. Moans, groans, and complaints cannot stand in the same light. How can you complain to a person who has faced challenge from the world greatest...and come out on top brimming with confidence?

    You don't have to be superman...or wonderwoman. But you can be yourself, know yourself, and never accept defeat.