sci fi

NaNoWriMo Day 2 + Self Care

WEDNESDAY

Day 2’s writing session is about to begin. Today I’ll be writing about how two of my planned three main characters first meet.

(Procrastinates on WordPress.Com first.)

I am trying (again) to take half-decent care of my health during NaNoWriMo. Otherwise, based on past experience, I get to the end of consistently stressful Novembers having gained unwanted weight, with sore wrists and a sore back and sore eyes from too much computer time, and I have to attend family Christmases feeling like I’m more a hideous potato goblin than a human. So I took half an hour to tidy up and get some washing done (reduces mess-induced stress) and another half hour to do some exercise before taking a seat in front of the computer. I’m still recovering from a couple of hours walking through steep mountainside bushland at the National Rhododendron Gardens on the weekend so the exercise was a chance to stretch out my sore legs and wake up my posture before writing for the day while the kids are at school.

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Alia

I am currently decluttering my RedBubble Portfolio, to make way for more recent art that best represents who I am now, as well as to make it easier for customers to navigate the available products for sale. As a result I will be sharing some of my old creative writings here on WordPress, as a way of preserving them. In several cases my mind, opinions, beliefs, values and overall understanding of life have changed since the time I wrote these pieces, but I still feel that they are personally valuable reminders of the various stages of my life journey thus far.

This piece of writing was first posted at my RedBubble Creative Writing Portfolio.

Date of original post: May 2013

Total views, at 2 May 2016: 616

 

Alia

I have spent a long time trapped in here. It’s cold and miserable, and damp air seeps in through the barred window. I sleep in the corner, hugging my legs to my chest, wishing my captors would work harder to keep me warm. My home is a warm place, and I long to return to that land with its familiar and endless hot dry air and red landscapes, where I could see the sun rise and fall each day and coat myself in the dust and run my fingers along the rocky cliff walls.

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New drawing: UFO with whimsical landscape and night sky

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Here is one of my recent drawings, now available for sale on stickers, notebook covers, t-shirts, art prints, post cards and more at my RedBubble portfolio. (If you buy it, there won’t be an obnoxious blue copyright watermark.)

The original illustration is one of several UFO and alien-themed illustrations and paintings I’ve made over the summer (December to February in my end of the world).

This one was drawn by hand using ink fineliners on A3 paper.

UFOs are one of my perennial drawing and writing themes. Ever since the day I discovered the section on the uncanny in my high school library (a sunny winter’s day, circa 1994, with the books on Atlantis and Bermuda Triangle located by the window with some couches) it was as if the universe expanded. In the face of an awe-inspiring, massive universe, human concerns like war, violence, political borders and greed seem so small and petty. Look at the vast expanses out there, the further we look we find more to admire, we find more questions, we find incredibly complex and beautiful structures… It makes me think of the lyrics from Tool’s song ‘Right in Two’ from the 2006 album 10,000 Days:

“Monkey killing monkey killing monkey.
Over pieces of the ground.
Silly monkeys give them thumbs.
They make a club.
And beat their brother, down.
How they survive so misguided is a mystery.
Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven conscious of his fleeting time here.”

Whether or not there are extra-terrestrial beings out there is a topic on which I’m a happy fence-sitter. I desperately wish Star Wars and Star Trek represented a genuine reality. I have pored over all kinds of alien books over the years, from the terrifying Whitley Striber’s Communion to Gary Bates’s Alien Intrusion – a fascinating exploration of a Creationist Christian approach to alien abductions that envisages them as manifestations of ancient Biblical demons, and again, I’m not going to posit my own personal view on that (I don’t identify as a Creationist but know many people who do and I’m not interested in ridiculing or attacking people who hold to a different origins story). One of my most-consulted reference books is the Reader’s Digest Almanac of the Uncanny, a wonderfully inspiring illustrated chronology of human beliefs, superstitions and interpretations of the metaphysical realm. I have also seen unexplained lights in the sky (okay, in retrospect they were probably easily explainable, but at the time I was convinced I’d seen something uncanny), and I come from a part of the world where it was fairly common to encounter people who had a tale of UFOs or demonic manifestations. So, who knows? I’m happy to stay open-minded, as well as keep a little skeptical distance… and I try to be reflexive about the fact that my desire for UFOs to represent a real manifestation of other worlds within our universe mustn’t override my capacity to reason through it.

 

My New Instagram Profile!

Just a little bit of housekeeping news, I have created an Instagram profile that will be just for my art and writing-related images.

You can find it under the username fionakat.art on Instagram. Any new followers are much appreciated!

Are you on Instagram? Tell me your user name and the sorts of photos you share in the comments below!

NaNoWriMo Journal 2015: 19

Monday, 30 November 2015.

1.35 pm. I did it. I survived. Three NaNoWriMo wins in three years. I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself.

The editing process will begin soon and I think that I will begin by doing the literary world a favour and deleting most of the last 5,000 words of terribly thin plot, confusing ramblings and unexpected plot twists that make literally no sense. Then I will take the first half and probably delete that. The middle section would probably make an interesting short story in the sci-fi genre.

That said, I reckon that there might be hope for my story if I can go back to my NaNoWriMo 2013 entry and create a duology because I see a lot of similarities in the vibe of the two stories. They could become the basis for a grandiose sci-fi in which genetically modified and highly evolved humans develop reptilian and avian characteristics and discover the ability to manipulate matter with their minds.

Current word count: 50,150 / 50,000 words. NaNoWriMo Winner status, come at me! (And how cool do the Winner t-shirts look this year? I reckon I might need to get one for myself.)

Celebrating writing victory soundtrack: Griseus by Aquilus because let’s face it, the best of my story writing happened while listening to that album.

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