28 October 2010 - 7:15 pm

Starwalker Villains: Sneak Peeks!

As promised, the sneak peek excerpts of the villain shorts have gone up on the Starwalker site. I’ve been poking through them a lot lately, editing and adjusting things, and the opening sections to the villain series are now up.

They’re quite different pieces, and I love them both for different reasons. Delving into the dark side of stories is fun! I wanted to make them understandable without making them overly sympathetic. I wanted to make them real people without making them good people. It’s surprising how hard that distinction was to make.

Henry started out in my head as a thug. Standard musclebound, red-shirt-wearing, mercenary, ham-fisted thug. But as I wrote him, he grew into something else – he’s smarter than I first imagined him. And he has a quirk of belief in his perspective that I wasn’t expecting, but I’m enjoying it the more I get to weave it in. The first part of this story doesn’t give much away, but there is much more – and much worse – to come.

Keida is much lighter, and in some ways, worse. She’s a hybrid of a few characters I’ve written before, a thief with her own moral code and goals that are all about herself. She was originally a throw-away piece I did for my writing group, set in another world entirely. She didn’t even have a name until I had to post her piece up yesterday.

It didn’t take much to adapt her to fit into Dyne (the super-powers in the original piece were easy to merge over into abilities gained from cybernetic implants and prosthetics). I’m not entirely sure where her story is going yet, but I can’t wait to find out.

I have one other potential villain piece, but I’m still trying to work out how to fit it in. The main character is naughty, but not exactly villainous. Yet. That one’s going to take more pondering.

In the meantime, it’s nearly NaNoWriMo, and almost time to get going with the main stream of Starwalker again. Back to planning and organising stuff!

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