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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Busy Busy Bee...

     Alright so I have been pretty busy with work and what not so there isn't a whole lot to talk about (which sucks ass...) So I have been doing some cool reading of creative writing courses for free online which has lead me to start a journal, which is a lot cooler than I thought it would be. It really seems to be helping me open my mind to new theories and thought processes which is a very cool thing for someone who has no writing background to speak of. I am really hoping to just work on building the world around my characters and more back story as well.

     The biggest thing I have learned so far is how hard it is to find an artist who is in my area who can devote some time to helping me with storyboards without paying them...which I guess goes without saying but is still a bit frustrating. Although the process has helped me learn how to create more detail in my writing so I can move through scenes without it.

     I hope to have more soon and thanks for keeping up and checking my shit out!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Aires- We Are Building A Future.....Out Of Disrepair (More info)

     Alright, so I have been going over this all in my head for a week or so now. How do I build a my mind?? I'm not artist by any stretch of the imagination. Notice the blog has no artwork what so ever... This is something I'm working on, but am having difficulty procuring an artist who isn't currently busy in my area. So this has been my dilemma, how do you build a city that you can pull characters out of when ever you need? Well after about a week of really trying to imagine this world I just began to see it, now I just need someone to put it down for me and let it all take off. Soon enough I'm sure I will find what I am looking for, in the mean time I get to write which is just as fun.

     So a little more on the city of New Aires. I am really thinking more and more about where to go next with the scenes, I really wan to go back and forth with the characters later on in the story. I want the underworld to be almost its own separate entity, imagine Demolition Man(Wesley Snipes/ Sylvester Stalone) meets Resident Evil. There is only a few places around the world that The Alliance has decided to rebuild, and where they have decided is mostly on the major cities around the world not directly destroyed completely by the war. This means they are able to take buildings that were partially destroyed or still in decent shape and use them, but being that most of the cities have been leveled at least partially they have to just cap it off with new foundations leaving an underground perfect for the birth of a rebellion. The narrow streets are lined with cargo container style apartments, mostly consisting of a room and a bathroom. Electricity isn't something readily available to this underworld, so most have to use small fires and candles for light.

     Food and water are not easily accessible either. Water is a very large operation which involves desalinization, because they have to pull the water from the ocean to keep it concealed otherwise the Bureau would immediately shut off the water supply. Food is something they deal with mainly through protein compounds and other manufactured foods they can steal from shipments on the way into New Aires. With The Alliance in complete global domination they have monopolized all forms of manufacturing, including distribution so the prospect of finding a company to pay off or barter with for goods is all but impossible to accomplish.

     There are little shops and whatnot around so people who do go out and scavenge, or hunt and gather,  have a place to trade goods. There are also central markets that set up daily in certain sections for trading and eating. It is very much a community where everyone has no choice but to help in some way or another. With people constantly making their way into the underworld looking for refuge, the population is ever increasing and with only a limited space to fill the desperation is growing constantly. The seed of rebellion and upheaval is on the rise, which is bringing the Leader together to put an end to the tyranny.

     This city to me is where "New Life" will emerge and the whole of the story will mostly take place here and in the city above. The struggles of not only trying to get in and out undetected, due to the secrecy of the entrances, but the fact they have to navigate the city above for a variety of reasons is enough to get you killed.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Squeek- The Orphan bred by despair, fueled by rebellion

     So it's been a while since I have had a good chance to sit down and write. So we have been going over a new character to bring into the novel, a sneaky quite addition that could blossom into something bigger, and deadlier, and we have come up with a young girl around 12-15, who can bring something special to the mix. So here she is and please feel free to let me know what you think!!

     Squeek, is someone who has virtually no formal fighting skills and relies on secrecy to survive. A young girl… an INNOCENT. A conflict savvy, rogue scavenger of the underground by her early age, this silent child is a master of evasion, stealth, and cunning. This child can sneak into a room full of people and lift wallets, and food undetected. After a long while of shadowing the group, the child makes her presence known and is taken under the wing of Azriel. There will become a point in this relationship where Azriel will think of her as a daughter, and will do anything to protect her including training her to become a stealthy assassin.

     I want to have her hidden throughout different scenes, where you will only be able to see her after it is explained later on in the story. This way we can introduce her later but have a different perspective on some major events in the story prior to having her as a well known character. She won't speak to anyone at all at first until her and Azriel get more comfortable and build their relationship, and then she still will only speak to him.

       She has had her fair share of run-ins with The Bureau throughout the years on the street. Which has toughened her up a bit but when it comes down to it she is still only a child, and her nights are always filled with tears for the parents she will never have, along with the parents she has had. She is a very angry child who was brought up as an orphan moving from foster family to foster family after her parents were killed in a bombing raid during the war. This has left her broken and scarred from the sick and neglectful impostor parents she had to deal with until she ran away and began a life on the streets of New Aires. Where she had to learn and perfect the art of stealth, in order to steal her food and other necessities to survive on the streets.Once she gets into her training she will be as deadly as any member on the team with her blade and silenced  .9 mm pistol that she and Azriel train with everyday.

     This should help with added content to the all around story. I am hoping that when we do find out what happened to her in the past there will be a great story in that, and so on. I think she will add a real family dynamic to the group as we move her in more, from how she helps out the group with little things like cleaning up and food here and there. To eventually this small caretaker feel comes from Azriel as he takes her under his wing and creates a vital cog in the L.O.T.L. rebellion. Which is something I really want to slip into this dark and apocalyptic world. I think the we will need a ray of hope from somewhere.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Aires- The city beneath a city with a dream....

     New Aires, where the western world goes to die. This is the biggest city that The Bureau/Alliance still lends its economical hand to. This is the city they hope to start the rebuilding process for the western world. The area to the north, which is the southern portion of America, is what we refer to as the "Outlands" which is where society has completely broken down and they just live to live and have to go about getting provisions and whatever they need any way possible. I really want to focus on the way people have reverted to hunting and scavenging by any means necessary. I was thinking after Damien wakes up from his dream  and is in the woods with the rain pouring down on him lighting up his smoke he heads back out on the trail to wander the trek to New Aires. There will be a decent portion of the story played out here in the Outlands so we can really set the mood for how dark and hostile the lands can really be. There will be some mutations I plan on bring to the be ready for some sweet beasts.
     Back to New Aires, This is a very dark place, a place where the rich can get anything they want at the snap of their fingers, and the poor struggle to eat scraps. This is a place where a revolution must be born, where the voice of the people will rise like a tidal wave that will one day envelope The Alliance and bring it crumbling down. The city at its core is a busseling metropolis(well as much as it can be for the time being) but the further you get away from the center, which is where the main nuclear power source is, it gets worse and worse.
     Buildings are constructed from the foundation of the ruins of a city destroyed by the world war and pretty much shanty towns built on top of it for the people on the outskirts.Electricity is not something easy to come by in these areas unless they somehow hack into the power grid for a day or two, which is something that is not an easy task to accomplish so they try not to waste the opportunity unless they can use it to a strategic advantage.Day and night aren't really distinguishable in the bigger cities due to the pollution that pours out of the oil/coal powered grids and other forms of power generators that the upper class get to use, unless you are a couple miles out of town. Which will also have some effect on the weather, which will consist of acid rains and other hardships people must face due to not only the pollution but the nuclear fallout that still has a slight affect on the world around them.
     Now when it comes to the layout and accessibility of the city it depends on the region of the city you are in. When you are in the heart of the city, where the money is funneling into, it looks very much like a normal metropolitan area with skyscrapers and beautiful architecture. These sections of the cities have weather simulators so they can control the weather and make their lives more habitable. Which in turn creates more pollution and other adverse side effects to the surrounding areas. The outer areas where the poor and downtrodden are forced to claw their way through life are very inhabitable on the outside, but underneath the rebellion has given birth to a new form of society. Where there is still democracy by elected officials for the good of the people. This however is constantly attacked and beginning to crumble, people are eating less and they are running out of room. They have started heading underground and have been building there, but without the numbers and supplies these things are getting harder and harder to do. This is where the Leaders come in and are looking for new answers, new ways to create order in this world of chaos by bringing down The Alliance at whatever cost necessary.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The opening scene-Welcome to our world...

     The scene opens up with Damien sleeping, then we jump into his dream. Its the night his mother and sister were murdered by Bureau Agents.His older sister got him out through the trapdoor in his mother's room beneath her bed. The trapdoor is for the nuclear fallout shelter they had installed a year before the bombs were dropped on the 8 major cities in the United Sates among other sites around the globe that were against the Alliance in the end all war.
     As the Agents kick the door down and subdue his mother and sister, we are informed that they were "warned to get the Fuck out!!" The lead Agent, Jackson, comes walking in after the commotion settles down and they have his sister tied and gagged, and his mother cuffed standing in the middle of the room trying to stand tall telling Jackson "Fuck You...My husband built this house with his bare hands, who are you to tell us to leave?!" "We arent hurting anyone way out here why do you insist on forcing us out? We aren't going to be forced out by the scum of the earth looking for total control for your "New World""  As Jackson cirlces he begins to chuckle to himself," You were told to want to play games bitch? Well games are starting tonight...and you wont be enjoying our games, especially when your daughter gets front row seats to what will surely be a grisly string of events leading up to her own slow end." His mother standing there eyes wide knowing the true hell she is about to face begins to beg for her daughters life," Please don't hurt her, she hasn't done anything she is just a child!" "She looks plenty grown up to me", chimes in an Agent who is laying next to her on the bed, stroking her hair and wiping away her tears. "We warned you too many times Patricia, you should have listened...for your family's sake." says Jackson as he walks around Damien's mother smelling her hair and running his hand across her neck. "Get the fuck off of me you piece of shit!, I will never leave my home because of some FUCK HEAD, who thinks he can just force people out of their homes!" Jackson looks her in the eye and says," If only more of you would just leave...we wouldn't have to force anything." "But, because you are all so goddamn proud we have to do things...well the hard way as it were." As he snaps his fingers and points to his men," You two take the girl, and you to take care of this unpleasant woman...after your done searching the place.....burn it down." Patricia and Damien's sister Jenny begin to kick and scream, but to no avail they were going to die here tonight...going to be forgotten by the land, forgotten by the world....but not by Damien. He will never forget this night as he peaks out from under the trapdoor to see his mother and sister beaten, raped, and left for dead while they search the home and farm. After about an hour of searching and Damien trying to get the courage to step out of the bunker and see if his family was still alive. He hears JoJo, Jackson's second in command give the order to"Burn it down, make sure it looks like an accident...We were never here!!", he shouts.
     After hearing this Damien squeezes out of the trapdoor trying to gather his bloody and broken mother and sister into the trap door before the whole house comes crashing down. He at the last second gets his sister into the bunker as the house caves in, He sits and rocks back and forth as he holds the bodies of his sister and mother until he finally falls asleep.
     So I don't really know how I want this to all play out, I don't know if I want this to be something we come back to here and there giving readers only a glimpse at a time and over the breadth of the novel they learn the truth, not only about what happened to his family, but what drives his insatiable quest for Jackson. I am hoping to make this whole series of dreams very vivid, very cruel and heartbreaking. I want this to be the egg I drop into your brain and make you start to hate The Alliance/Bureau.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Opening Scene

     So I started writing the opening scene tonight and I am really pumped! I think this is going to be a very integral part to getting people on the side of Damien, getting them to see and feel his hatred and passion for bringing down The Alliance/Bureau. Which in essence is the whole point of this blog....I want you to get a feel for these character, I want you to know why Damien became himself, why he is such a loner out roaming  for months on end until he finds New Aires and "The Leaders". I think the best part about it all so far is how intense the scene is, how brutal and raw the events are that are taking his family away.
     /on some other great news I think I have found my illustrator for the time being...My guy Dean is gonna take a look at the script and hopefully we can get a storyboard rockin and get you guys some sample artwork to get your chops tingling! I m also in the process of writing a new character...Thanks Nate! and should have her somewhat rounded out here in the next couple of days. I think she will be an addition a little deeper into the story of Damien, I am hoping I can sneak her in as a somewhat tail for him, like an orphan on the street who has done all she could, good or bad, to stay alive. She should be ready soon so hopefully you all can get excited about that!! Well thanks again for taking a peek into my world and tell you friends to fucking get on this shit its only getting better!!!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ok so here are the characters for now...

     Ok so these post I have thus far are just the beginning to my blog. I just wanted to start by getting all of the info I had so far put together so I can continue with my writing in an organized fashion. I am planning on blogging pretty erratically to be honest...I mean it will be everyday or every other day I just for now wont have a set time I guess. So please tell your friends(if you have any) who are artists looking for something to mess around with some characters or whatever. I really want to collaborate with an artist on this project. If I can't find someone I am just going to make a novel out of it with post chapter art from random friends(if I have any) doing the artwork. Kind of a "Vampire Hunter D" style novel.

     I am however pleasantly surprised at the number of views I have accumulated thus far, and the awesome follower Miss Kar!!! Thanks for giving a shit its pretty cool. I hope you are all enjoying the characters so far and if you are please comment, tell me what you think tell me how they strike you, if you could get to know him or her. That's the point of this blog, to have you put in your 2 cents about it.

     So once again thanks to everyone and I look forward to creating a world you want to believe in. Characters you feel for, or just despise as much as I do.

The Alliance-They who lead behind closed doors rule it all.

The Alliance- The main antagonist. A group of World Leaders that waged The Great War on the world. A secretive panel of the 5 remaining leaders which are never live in public due to the assassination of the other 4  throughout the past decade. They are only heard through the obnoxious propaganda, which is all obviously meant for the upper class people that the Alliance is trying to help populate the world through the eradication of the poor and diseased. As a form of all around military/police they have instilled in The Bureau. They work completely behind closed doors and are by all accounts "Untouchable". The only time we get to really see them is when they are in conference with the leaders of The Bureau. They are only ever referred to by their numerical order in which their screens are in the conference room.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sorry prolly not gonna get much done today...

At the doctor right now, my son is sick so I wont have anytime today.Hopefully tonight I can write for a while.Still looking for an artist....just pick a character and let me see the style and feel u get and we can go from there.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Bureau-The New right hand to the Government

The Bureau- The military/police put in place by The Alliance after the 4 public assassinations shorty after The Great War.They are the “face” of the collective government in the “New World” so to speak. A very corrupt group hell bent on wiping out the remaining Freedom Fighters so they can implement their New Society, in which the rich have complete free reign over the world and can start from scratch on the new humanity they all dream of. They are the #2 enemy of The Leaders of The Lost, but only 2nd to The Alliance. They have “Agents” that police the world, because there is no form of local government and a “fair trial” is a thing of the past. You would be lucky to live after an infraction against an “Agent”. “Agents” are The Bureau’s military, judge, jury, and executioner. Based out of New Aires, they control everything in the new world. Strict laws and curfews are put in place so that anyone who disobeys is taken into custody and the chances of being seen again are slim if at all. The only places they don't really have any power is in the outlands. Where people, if you can even really call most of them people, have free reign if they can survive the harsh climate.

A new day......

 Well the week has begun, and I haven't written anything in a couple of days which is a little disappointing.So today I will update a couple of this.First I have been thinking about the character Skitz.I think he is my favorite so far.I just picture some crazy ass dude who loves to drink, blow shit up, oh and big woman...LOL I like this part because I feel like it gives me an easier way to switch scenes and moods. But the back story on him is what I wanted to work up this week. I will also delve further into the Alliance/Bureau, and New Aires (the central hub for this world after the World War) I am also trying to come up with a design for the Logo/cover so hopefully that will be done by the end of the week as well.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Damien-The Leader

 Damien- The leading character, He is a nomad at the time of the opening scene. A soon to be Hero for the lost and the damned. Lost his faith after his Mother and Sister were slaughtered one winter when he was fourteen by outlanders about two years after the War of The World. His sister sacrificed herself to get him out of the house and off the farm. He got away but not before he saw the outlanders rape and kill his family. They were able to survive all alone because of the family farm which was fully self sustainable. He grew up on the farm with his Mother and sister in the upper Midwest. His father left when he was five to join the People’s Army, so he had to become a man on his own by instinct hard work on the farm and books they had or could trade for when travelers would come through. He learned how to hunt and fish mostly by trial and error, but by 13 was very efficient at both skills and they rarely would go hungry, thanks to the hydroponic self sustaining garden and fishery they devised with the help of a drifter who stayed with them as a hired hand for the summer when he was eleven. After his mother and sister were murdered he managed to live on the farm for the duration of the spring until he had enough provisions to cross the void of earth across the middle of the continent. Due to the nuclear winter that was fast approaching the upper states were in a nearly continual fall state and the southern areas were next. within two years of leaving the family farm there would be only winter above what is for us Tennessee. Following the Great Migration south was the only choice anyone had anymore. The land was all but dead and the days getting shorter and colder from the fallout were unbearable above the equator.

Skitz-The Engineer/ Wreckateer

Skitz- The engineer of the group.Not quite right in the head.Loves explosives, almost as much as he loves big woman.”Something of a chubby chaser”, as he likes to call himself. A small man compared to most. He stands a towering 5’5”, and very slender. Wears an orange jumpsuit littered in pins from grenades and remotes for explosives.Grew up in the same area as Damien, so he tends to have a good connection with Damien when he isn't in a psychotic rage trying to blow something up.He is the team mechanic and all around psycho.If you're looking for him check the local whorehouse and if he isn't three folds deep on a husky woman he’s at the bar sucking through a bottle of vodka, or as he likes to say “halfway to oblivion!”

Azriel-The Roaring Silence

Azriel- The quiet one. Rarely speaks more than a couple words, and never out of turn. Respect is number one for him. An orphan at birth was raised on the streets until The Alliance instilled their draft when they waged war. He was only twelve when they took him and started his Agent training. Where he was top of his class so they moved him to the sniper division. He can hit a man in the cornea at 2 kilometers. He very quickly moved up the ranks and soon was their top sniper in the field, until the day the order was given down to take out the family’s fleeing the war zones of The America’s. After the order was disobeyed and his whole squad was personally destroyed, he decided he wouldn’t be apart of the destruction of the World, and defected. After leaving and doing mostly freelance work for the militia’s all over Europe he made his way down to New Aires and helped for The Leaders of The Lost alongside Bella, Roko, and Skitz.

Roko-The Brute

Roko-A giant of a man with all the features of a Greek god, including the Rage and disdain for insolent humans with no purpose left on this planet. Has skin of steel and the skull to match, not the brightest bulb in the box but worth every ounce in a fight. He is loyal to the end and his hatred for The Bureau and The Alliance fuels his rage to help bring order back to the chaos that is humanity. He comes to us from the region once known as Spain, a very handsome man with long black hair, clean shaven and seems to not even own a shirt, just jeans and boots.

Before I get too ahead of myself here is the premise on the group themselves

The Leaders of The Lost- A group of hostile freedom fighters in need of serious direction from someone with the skills both physically and mentally to take down The Alliance. They are a group of four( before Damien comes along) who are basically just childishly defying The Bureau in the capitol city of New Aires. Mostly killing an Agent or two here and there, maybe robbing a food truck or a bank to give to the people of the underground who are being eradicated by The Bureau. But with the right push The Leaders, born of necessity will rid the world from the tyranny of The Alliance.

Bella-The Femme Fatal

Bella- Beauty and brains, a deadly combination in her hands. Especially in a time when people are all but clean and beautiful. Well trained in computers and communications. She is a very manipulative person when she needs to be. A curvy woman from the region once known as Great Britain, she has milk white skin and long blonde hair. Wears a tactical suit, which is skin tight with two shoulder harnessed .45’s, and is deadly accurate with them along with the six inch blade she keeps in the middle of her back. She also has a full arsenal of gadgets that  she has either made or taken from Agents she has killed along the way

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Little Background

Alright so lets get you up to speed on the story. "Leaders of The Lost" is a post apocalyptic story of a man looking for purpose in the new world. Damien is the name of the main character( anyone who knows me is thinking "really you chose that name.....who would have guessed????") who is on a journey to find not only a place to start a new life after the great war, but also a purpose for himself. The following is a little background on Damien and so be easy this is a work in progress I am constantly changing it everytime I read through it. So this will actually be the post I will just keep updating for the character Damien, I will create a new post for every character so I can keep the changes fr everyone to see and comment on.


And So It Begins.....well sorta

          So here I go spouting off about god knows what to probably no one, but that's the beauty of the inter-webs!!!! My story begins with my love for graphic novels.I grew up with a brother who was into comics sorta but no huge influence. I always loved the X-men on FOX Saturdays when I was young but other then that I never read comics. Until my infatuation with Zombies came to light.This beautiful part of my life slowly took over and began a love for horror and graphic novels that I now cant fight.The Walking Dead is by for my favorite novel, in which I am currently on TPB 6. I know I know i should be much further but I am a father and a husband with a wife in school so funds aren't too plentiful. I also am in he middle of Marvel Zombies as well which I just purchased the Halloween edition from back order.

         To make a long story short this is why I have decided to write my own, apart from a short lived outline I wrote during my stoner days this is something I feel like may be possible for me to do. The only thing I cant do is draw... So if anyone out there who happens upon this blog....first off I apologize this isn't anything brilliant I won't change your life with my words or anything but if u like what you see comment on it and give me some pointers submit me some drawings lets see if we can't make something awesome here!!!

          So I think i'm going to start by doing my outlines and back stories on my characters. This is something I want to keep very straight in my novel is the story I want characters to last in your mind I want you to feel for these people.....or fucking hate them, but I want to instill passion for my characters. So far I have 5 Main characters or groups, The world in which the Leaders take place and most of the premise lined up. I still want to create more of a back story for each character, maybe do a short story for each and then see what people think. See my plan is to make a novel with the people who would read its help. I dont want to give away story or anything like that but I want people to have a hand in what they enjoy. So my goal is to put my stuff out there listen to suggestions and build a world around what YOU want to read. 

          So I hope this sounds interesting to everyone else as much as it does to me and I hope to hear from you all in the future and get this thing going!!!!

Skyler D.