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A bit of SciFi story telling.
The Fifth Age

Part IV of Fire & Night

The Fifth Age is part four of my science fiction story Fire and Night. The entire story is created and edited on my phone during the month of August as part of #SciFiAugust.

http://www.mobilography.net/fifth-age-mobile-photography-short-story/

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About #SciFiAugust

Every August I like to create as many sci fi images as I can, write as much sci fi flash fiction as I can, and draw as much sci fi art as I can. But I don't like doing this alone. If, during this month of August you create anything sci fi in nature (whether it be in imagery, poetry, short story, long story, flash fiction, clay or other modeling, sculpture, 3D printing, art, music, etc), then use the hashtag #SciFiAugust. Tag me +Jacob Dix, and tag the page +Sci Fi August. I'll share it so everyone participating can join in.

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Site || www.mobilography.net
Phone || Samsung Galaxy S5
Tags || #Mobilography #MobileArt #AndroidArt #Android #Art #StoryTelling #ScienceFiction #SciFi #SciFiAugust
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Our World

One conversation, one image.

Site || www.mobilography.net
Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Phone || Galaxy S5
Processing || Snapseed, Photo Editor
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #AndroidPhotography
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There will be writing.

SciFi August V

Every August I like to create as many sci fi images as I can, write as much sci fi flash fiction as I can, and draw as much sci fi art as I can. But I don't like doing this alone. If, during this month of August you create anything sci fi in nature (whether it be in imagery, poetry, short story, long story, flash fiction, clay or other modeling, sculpture, 3D printing, art, music, etc), then use the hashtag #SciFiAugust. Also tag me +Jacob Dix​, and tag the page +Sci Fi August​. I'll share it to this year's collection so everyone participating can join in.
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Signal

A cover reveal for my next book in the works :)

Tags || #ShortStory #Fiction #ScienceFiction #Mobilography
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A bit of flash fiction for you.
Sing me to sleep

Copyright © 2016 by +Jacob Dix

“Do you have to go?”

“I do. Work called.”

“Can’t you just tell them no?”

“I can’t say no to the boss.”

“OK,” she sighed. She rolled away from him and stared out the window at the golden moon rotating. Its craters captured the darkness of space and disappeared as new craters fed the view.

“I’ll be back in the morning. I promise. Do you want to listen to your mom sing?”

She was silent. She didn’t know. Not this time. Something was different about this time. The craters crept into the shadows intermittently, revealing their contours briefly. There was no time to consider them before they were gone. You couldn’t catch the present.

He waved his hand over the wall and its stereo lights answered. The song was already selected. Mom sang like a star. Snuffed out prematurely in the war. He looked at its title and wasn’t even sure he was on the right side of it any longer. But he couldn’t say no to the boss.

The voice began. Up, then down, then vibrato, silence. Then with power those words, a promise to her when she was just a baby.

Her tears fell silently and disappeared as her dad went into the other room, put on his flight jacket, and prepared to leave. More tears came. She had her mother’s voice, but also her ear. This time she heard beyond the tonal shifts of her father’s voice into the deep of the stereo. The contours of the sound fell off into the dark too quickly to stop for thought. But she heard it in the flow, in the collective of the melody, the pulse and the interruption, compounded into artificial meaning.

When he left, she pulled herself out from under the covers. She lifted her hand and stopped the synthetic replica. It wasn’t real, and its digital contours faded into the darkness of the past. She walked to the window in her gown as it took on the hue of the moon, the craters disappearing ceaselessly. The stars shifted behind the shadow, revealing the dark half of a partially visible golden sphere. And she sang herself into a dream.
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3 Day Novel

I failed. In the extreme. I had read about the three day novel online as an alternative approach to writing a novel draft in one month (here: https://litreactor.com/columns/nanowrimo-vs-3-day-novel-contest-pros-and-cons and here: http://betweenborders.com/readings/the-three-day-novel/). It seemed to work for some people, and for some specific genres of writing it seemed an especially good format. So I gave it a stab. I broke off all of my erasers, sharpened both ends of the pencil and did nothing but write for three days.

Well, I did eat and I did sleep too. The whole process was a nail biting experience. I had certain goals, numbers of words per day, numbers of pages roughly. Above all I thought to maintain my health and sleep during the process. If I ended up with a headache, I was going to get nowhere. And considering my wife agreed to take the kids away to my in-laws for those three days, I wasn't about to waste the time away.

Story

The only major piece of writing I am working on at the moment is a Scandinavian based werewolf story. I've got a few short stories here and there that I dabble with too, and my third installment of Sci Fi August just got completed (http://www.mobilography.net/cantessas-gift-mobile-photography-short-story/), but that one story is what I am focused on.

Structure

I had the structure, and about 1000 words fleshed out roughly. I figured I'd do similar to my Sci Fi August routine, by fleshing out the major plot devices and story events as things unfold. This worked fairly well, as events necessary and not became aparent. I got a feel for what I needed and what was detail. In this way, I didn't fail. I know where the story is going and how it will get there fairly well. Things fell into place in three days.

Getting Stuck

But I got stuck. Why would that woman, knowing the werewolf killed so and so, go help the beast later on? How could the priest possibly be motivated to ensnare the protagonist if it works against his own goals? Why would the character even do that, and if not, how can he be at place X in four days? Chapter two has ice on the water, yet the lake in chapter four isn't frozen!

All of these things snagged me for a while. I paced. I drank coffee. I read here and there about wolves. Some of these questions got answered fairly well. Others still need work.

By Day Three

By day three I knew I hadn't succeeded. I wrote way under my word count goals, but managed to crank out several pages of good text and structure, dialogue, and key moments. And a whole lot of pages of bad, boring cliché. Early on day three, something bad happened. I realized I was writing dialogue in chapter five for a character that had died in chapter three! That did it! I was done. I spent the next eight hours working very closely with the structure of the book, and with the wording itself. I spent much of my time refining dialogue because the perfectionist in me can't leave it alone until things read exactly how they need to be.

What I learned

The three day novel may not be for me, but it did help me create the core or the pit of a book. it also helped flesh out structure, and also some of the crucial events of the story. I won't do it again, but I don't regret doing it. I learned that my writing style requires careful fitting together of pieces, rather than messy mass production that gets polished afterwards. That's just my way of doing it I guess.
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#SciFiAugust 2016

We are just ten days away from the start of sci fi august! This is year 4 of the theme. I'll be creating one mobile phone work of art, accompanied by a short piece of writing, per day during the month of August. It's quite intensive. Simply put, I like to create as many sci fi images as I can, write as much sci fi flash fiction as I can, and draw as much sci fi art as I can.

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Participate!

Of course, I don't like doing this alone. So get your tinfoil hats on and your creativity going. If, during this month of August you create anything sci fi in nature (whether it be in imagery, poetry, short story, long story, flash fiction, clay or other modeling, sculpture, 3D printing, art, music, etc), then use the hashtag #SciFiAugust. Tag me +Jacob Dix​, and tag the page +Sci Fi August​​. I'll share your work so everyone participating can join in. You do not have to do one creative work a day, as I will be doing.

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Site || http://www.mobilography.net
Phone || Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 4
Processing || (iOS) AlienSky, (Android) Photo Editor, Fragment
Tags || #Mobilography #MobileArt #AndroidArt #iPhoneography #iPhoneArt #Android #iPhone #Art #StoryTelling #ScienceFiction #SciFi #SciFiAugust

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Something I'm Working On

There was no moon. No sound nor even the world. Only a half-hearted shape in the fog of the twilight sea. The longship moved through the dim, as the light gained through the mist at aft and in their eyes. A wind began to stir as dawn chased the ship, and the men stirred to row with the wind. Oars were pushed into the thick winter waters, pulled with the muscles of these men, were brought up dripping with the dark liquid, and plunged in again to cut a path.
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Dreaming the Ocean

From the Writings of the Children of Kehema

What peril
I would not go through
Desert sand and lost love
That dimming star
Our destruction and our hope
It is merely a star
And hope is in ourselves
Grains of sand are we all
Dreaming of the shore

For the story of Kehema and her children: http://www.mobilography.net/fate-of-kehema-mobile-photography-short-story/

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