Things That Influence My Writing


 

As I spend each day looking at the laptop screen while writing, many thoughts start to fill my head. Ideas like: “What influences my writing?” or “What kind of character” drives me forwards. So, today I thought I’d sit down and blog about it.

When growing up, I read anything I could find, but I loved science fiction. Star Trek and Star Wars were my best friends and from them I have a fantasy about wanting to explore the galaxy. But, they weren’t all that I read. I read King, Heilein (The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and Starship Troopers), Clarke, Asimov, and a couple Ben Bova really lead me to want to write also.

So, my love of science fiction started when I was 6 years old and goes on to this day. Even when I look at anime I hunt for those that are sci fi based. I have no desire to read about zombies, vampires or demons. Aliens, starships and adventure? I’ll eat that up with a spoon.

When I was younger I had lots of ear infections and undiagnosed Bipolar, which led to me being cooped up inside a lot in my life, so I never did some of the typical “guy” things. While that was a minus, I also learned from my mother what things matter to women, and that’s something that I’ve kept in the back of my mind in my day to day life, which influences my political views, etc.

One lesson I learned from her was that there isn’t much in this world a man can do that a woman can’t do, so that’s when I made the decision to make female heroines and anti-heroines. How many books are written with the male being the protagonist when there’s a woman beside him who’s stronger and smarter?

That’s why I find characters like April in Coyote Ragtime Show to be far more interesting than Mister. Mister fits every stereotypical male pirate and it’s boring as hell. April, while evil, is far more than the typical “psychotic” woman killer. She’s smart, ruthless and also immature and arrogant enough to get pissed off when someone interferes with something she’s after. In other words: she really gets my motor running.

I also find Birdy from Birdy the Mighty Decode to be good and the idea of King Arthur actually being a woman (Fate/Zero anime) is fascinating too.

I could write forever on this, but I’d love to know who, or what, influences your writing as authors.


 

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Birdy The Mighty Decode

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Is the newest anime series I’ve found and I’m really enjoying it. Once again, it’s another series with a kick ass female character, which is right up my alley.

Birdy is a “Federation Agent,” (think special forces meets cop) who’s job it is to apprehend and return alien criminals. In the first episode, a pair escape to earth where she ends up fighting them. During the course of the fight, a human teen is used as a shield and then thrown at her.  Not knowing it’s a human boy, she uses her power and ends up killing him.

Feeling back for it, she merges his mind into her body while the Federation works to repair the kid’s form. Suffice to say, not just action takes place, but hilarity too.

I recommend watching it.

 

Kampfer

Kampfer-Original-Soundtrack-CoverAnother anime series I found to be humorous-despite the complaints of some people-was Kamfer. It’s a story about a boy who wakes up one morning and finds he’s a girl. To top things off, he has a strange, blue bracelet on that he can’t remove. After several minutes he returns to normal and then gets another shock: his bowel familiar doll starts talking. He, it explains, has been picked to be a Kamfer, a girl (always a girl) who’s to fight the red bracelet wearing enemies to the death.

In the first episode, he runs into a foul mouthed girl with a gun that tries to kill him, but he holds her off with a fireball. Kamfers come with three powers: gun, magic or sword/knives/chains. So, his is magic.

Well, the girl is his partner and ends up being the alter ego (as if he is when in girl form) of a small, shy and glasses wearing girl from the Library club. However, when she changes, she becomes someone totally different and humor breaks out.

To make things short, the series follows the exploits he has, the interactions between he and the other three kamfer’s (the two red and his partner) and the reason why they must all fight. It leads to an ending that’s rather interesting to say the least.

If you don’t mind fan service and campiness, then this is the series for you.