Tag Archives: Failed Concepts

U is for Ugori

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It’s April, and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge. I really must be a glutton for punishment; April is my last month of college, and I’m still an amateur blogger, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to be writing short little blurbs about some retired characters from my DISTANT past up until recently; all of them are failed concepts. Part of me is hoping that writing about these characters will inspire me…perhaps to write more during the summer when school is out.

Fun fact about this post: I fell behind. I was supposed to draft this week’s posts on Saturday, but I ended up having to travel 50 minutes away to go get fingerprinted for an FBI background check because my itty bitty town doesn’t do fingerprinting during a convenient time. And I spent Sunday cooking for 50 people…so I wrote some posts during class instead of listening to my professors.

tl;dr: I’m late because I spent Saturday at a prison and Sunday at a church, cooking.

Now onto my character of the day…

I’ve always liked the idea of a villain that didn’t know he was  a villain. Imagine doing something all your life only to find out that it’s wrong. Imagine a hero coming out of nowhere and deciding that you have to be stopped at all costs, but you have no idea why. There’s just this person telling you that you’ve been expressing yourself the wrong way all this time. Just think about it. It’s not just a “you’re not supposed to eat with your elbows on the table” kind of moment. It’s someone telling you, “You, good sir or madam, do not know ‘how to life’ correctly.” When people start telling us how to do things, we get pretty upset, right?

Ugori is…a monster. He’s not human. The best way to describe him is as a horned anthropomorphic bipedal beast, but he has the mind of a child. I hesitate to attach a label like “mentally handicapped” to him simply because I’ve never thought too much about how or why he acts like a child.Just imagine the Incredible Hulk mixed with the mind of a kindergartner and the emotional stability of a teenager. In my story, he’s used as muscle for a small time crime lord involved with human trafficking. His boss controls him with fear; Ugori doesn’t want to be abandoned, but the environment he lives and works in isn’t exactly a happy home. He finds things, mostly people, to cling to…and he clings too much. In short, he has unintentionally killed several of his “friends” simply by smothering them.

Ugori definitely needs more development. First, I need to figure out what he is. Then, I need to fit him into my mythos. And after that I can fit him into a larger plot. As he is, he’s simply a passing thought, and I’d like him to be more.

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R is for Rhys

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It’s April, and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge. I really must be a glutton for punishment; April is my last month of college, and I’m still an amateur blogger, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to be writing short little blurbs about some retired characters from my DISTANT past up until recently; all of them are failed concepts. Part of me is hoping that writing about these characters will inspire me…perhaps to write more during the summer when school is out.

Behold! It’s time for more twins. As I mentioned earlier in this challenge, I’m obsessed with twins, particularly fraternal twins. We’re going to go on a little trip down memory lane. When I was in junior high, I wanted a twin brother so badly that I made one up. A long lost twin. His name was Rhys, and he went to a boarding school in Boston, living a hopelessly extravagant life I would never grasp because he was the “smart” one. I actually don’t remember a lot of details about him, but apparently, he was so vivid a character that my friend developed a crush on him. …and then I killed him in a train accident. I was a terrible person.

But naturally, I had so much fun with this that I had to create a tragic twin brother for a character you’ll see later in this challenge. Rhys Hawk is the long-lost son of Lance Hawk. (Remember him from earlier?) You see, he had twins, but one of them was kidnapped by some enemies. Rhys grew up in another mercenary camp. Honestly, nothing bad happened to him. He was just separated from his family. Trouble doesn’t start until his twin sister gets kidnapped by the same group, and they meet for the first time.

Rhys himself is a voice of reason. He’s calm and gentle, not really much of a fighter, but he is also incredibly passive, so if his adoptive father tells him to do something, he’ll do it. This becomes a source of conflict for him.

But really…a long lost twin brother? I think soap operas have done that before. Rhys ended up becoming a major problem for me. He just made my plots way too complicated. I tried time and time again to fix the trouble he had caused, but I could never really find a way to revive my childish interest in my own imaginary twin brother.

I is for Ivan

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It’s April, and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge. I really must be a glutton for punishment; April is my last month of college, and I’m still an amateur blogger, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to be writing short little blurbs about some retired characters from my DISTANT past up until recently; all of them are failed concepts. Part of me is hoping that writing about these characters will inspire me…perhaps to write more during the summer when school is out.

Today I’m actually going to talk about a character I’ve actually spent some time writing with. He was the subject of a NaNoWriMo project in 2014 called The Evolution of Cyrus Easton. (I’ll give you a quick hint and let you know that I won’t be talking about Cyrus today. There isn’t an “I” anywhere near his name.) Ivan is what I like to call a “trap” character. He’s a pretty boy; most people might mistake him for a woman. Not that that actually has anything to do with his character. It’s an homage to my favorite archetype in the Fire Emblem video game series. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, there is almost always a young man with long blonde hair who is easily mistaken for a young lady.

Forest (c) FE 14                    Libra (c) FE 13

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Lucius (c) FE 7

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Rafiel (c) FE 10

Ivan is in a group of anarchists, but he’s more or less the voice of reason that no one listens to. He doesn’t even possess any anarchist ideals. He’s mostly there to keep his childhood friend out of trouble which doesn’t always work. Unfortunately, Ivan is passive, and his influence over his friend is very weak. Ivan is a very religious young man which is the main reason he was able to cope with some childhood trauma while most of his friends turned to violence.

Honestly,I’m not sure how realistic this situation is which is why I decided to dedicate today to Ivan. His motivation is weak. Why stay? But then again, aren’t we always asking ourselves these questions? Rewriting that NaNoWriMo story is definitely on my to-do list. I really enjoyed it.

H is for Henry

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It’s April, and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge. I really must be a glutton for punishment; April is my last month of college, and I’m still an amateur blogger, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to be writing short little blurbs about some retired characters from my DISTANT past up until recently; all of them are failed concepts. Part of me is hoping that writing about these characters will inspire me…perhaps to write more during the summer when school is out.

FINALLY. A normal name. Henry Brough is a perfectly suitable name for a human being. I’m proud of myself. Well…for the most part.

Henry is a piano prodigy who lets his music speak for him. He can’t read music at all; he simply hears and feels it. He’s not much of a classical pianist though. He travels with his siblings enjoying the finer parts of folk music. (Actually, if you remember my post about Devlin, he’s in the same group as his elder brother.) Since his instrument isn’t exactly mobile, he usually gets a chance to play only at bars and inns. He’s most afraid of public ridicule, since he has the most awful accent I could imagine. I’m not event sure what I had in mind when I first started writing dialogue for him. I omitted so many vowels that his speech resembled Gaelic with a semi-French accent. It makes sense if you don’t think about it.

He’s another one of those characters that could potentially be interesting if I had more passion to work with him. I know in one potential plot line, he becomes the victim of a scientist and loses his will to play music anymore. I think that’s a pretty good starting point, but at the same time, it isn’t novel material. I may just have to settle and keep him a minor character at most.

B is for Blade

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It’s April, and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge. I really must be a glutton for punishment; April is my last month of college, and I’m still an amateur blogger, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to be writing short little blurbs about some retired characters from my DISTANT past up until recently; all of them are failed concepts. Part of me is hoping that writing about these characters will inspire me…perhaps to write more during the summer when school is out.

What is it with me and bad names? It’s like I went through a phase where every name I had needed to be as “cool” as possible. (I think I was compensating for something.) Please forgive me for all the cliches you will read in the next month. I didn’t realize how bad some of these were.

Blade Caverly (well, his real name is Kevin, but he goes by Blade for cool appeal, I guess) is from a race of tiny humans, kind of like Thumbelina in a way. In short (look at me being punny), he is a co-leader for a small group of tiny human rebels fighting against some humans who want to do experiments on them. Blade himself is an amnesiac who left behind a wife and child after his brother tried to get rid of him during a hunting trip. In his group, he’s meant to be the muscle and not the brains. I suppose one thing that makes him unique is the fact that he ALWAYS has candy on him to replace an old smoking habit.

Besides the fact that the concept sounds a little too much like The Smurfs, I kind of like Blade’s backstory. I might have to hammer out some of his personality because he’s a combination of that angsty anti-hero and womanizer archetype I don’t like very much. The key is balance; I don’t want him to be an annoying caricature. I’ve noticed that a lot of writers seems to have trouble with creating a big, strong guy that isn’t a complete meat-head or a total gentle giant. I think both concepts have their places but variation is always nice.

A is for Alice

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It’s April, and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge. I really must be a glutton for punishment; April is my last month of college, and I’m still an amateur blogger, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to be writing short little blurbs about some retired characters from my DISTANT past up until recently; all of them are failed concepts. Part of me is hoping that writing about these characters will inspire me…perhaps to write more during the summer when school is out.

First up is Alice Titania, a character written probably three or four years ago after I saw the movie Pitch Perfect. I know what you’re thinking. “You just had to create a musical character after seeing that instant classic?” (Don’t knock it until you try it. I wanted to see Taken 2, but my friends dragged me to see Pitch Perfect instead, and I wasn’t disappointed.) Well no. It wasn’t the movie that inspired me so much as the song “Titanium” by David Guetta. I liked the song so much, I looked up the music video and listened to it 1000 times. (I’ll just leave a link to it HERE if you’d like to go ahead and listen while you read the rest of this.)

At the age of 12, Alice is quite possibly one of the youngest characters I’ve written . She’s traveling with her 16 year old super religious vagabond boyfriend (a bit of an oxymoron there) all while trying to hide from the authorities. See, she was born with psychic abilities that are highly unpredictable, so she may or may not have killed a few dozen people. Somehow she still remains naive and plucky and fairly shy.

When I opened up her file, I was expecting worse. (Some of you are probably rolling your eyes and begging for mercy at this point. Or maybe you’re on the same page with me.) The idea of a runaway child with a dark past is pretty cliche, but I’d be interested in working with a mutant child character again. Alice is the result of a brief spurt of inspiration that died after the song started to bore me. I tend to abandon my children, and anyone who is a more experienced writer than myself might die a little on the inside upon hearing that.

First things first though…I should fix her not-so-subtle last name. Is it a literary allusion that makes no sense in this context? Is it pure laziness smart enough to avoid plagiarism? Did I truly think that was a creative last name? The world may never know.