Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for ...

Oh the invigorating letter I, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways ... you're incredible, indelible, and irresistible.

In honor of I, and my ongoing theme, today I'm talking about settings.

                                                         (photo credit starwars.wikia.com)

ICE WORLDS

Pictured above is the ice planet Hoth from Empires Strikes Back. Snow crusted, icy surfaces, frigid temperatures, and even vicious creatures make this setting fascinating and a constant struggle for the characters residing there. Something so beautiful about an all white planet--it appears so clean and fresh.

Using Earth's Arctic circle (or Antarctic) as a setting for a story can be a fun way to challenge your characters. Or, in the case below, add an even colder feel to your villain:

                                                     (photo credit koinup.com)

This is the White Witch, Jadis's, ice castle in Narnia. Fitting setting for her, I'd say.

                                              (photo credit opinionmoviegoer.blogspot.com)

And of course from The Golden Compass, the snowy kingdom of the armored bears, is part of what makes the story so engaging.

How about this setting:

                                            (photo credit starpulse.com)
INSTITUTION

Do you think it's insane that I like stories set in institutions?? lol Seriously, I love them. Maybe I'm fascinated with the idea of living in a bathrobe and slippers with a bunch of quirky characters. But to me, flirting with craziness, and being surrounded with constant insanity, is true entertainment. Anything goes!

Another place that makes a colorful setting for any story, is

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INDIA

Such a diverse and intriguing culture and country. I was fortunate enough to spend two months there about eight years ago and it's a writer's dream. So rich with history and unique architecture. It's overcrowded and dirty in parts, yet lush and tropical in others. You can find the wildlife anywhere from the jungles to the streets to the beaches. An elephant even held up traffic once while I was there

A great book to use as a reference for India as a setting if you can't actually get there is Holy Cow by Aussie author Sarah Macdonald. I discovered this book in London Heathrow and brought it with me on my trip. It's an excellent and engaging story of a tourist's taste of India.

Aside from settings, and as an amazing coincidence, I also stands for Indies! Is that mind-boggling or what??


Second Wednesday of every month bloggers post on the Indie Life--the joys and struggles of being a self-published author. Click on the picture above to get to HDQ and read other posts on the subject. One indie story I find inspiring is Cora Carmack's, AKA Brittany Howard, author of Losing It.

Don't know her story? Or how she went from self-pubbed sensation to agented author going to auction and eventual book deal? Read on....

How about you? Any indie news you want to share? How about a villain that starts with I? (I couldn't think of one) Or any more I settings? How's your week going?  

26 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Wonderful post and awesome photo's.

Yvonne,

Kate said...

There is something so appealing about the bleak and beautiful icy world. Cinematically, it might be one of my favorite settings.

Brandon Ax said...

I never realized until now how much that thing he rides in Star Wars looks like Falkor from never ending story. Nice post :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If I plan a trip to India, I'll pick up the book!

Amy Jarecki said...

Lots of great I's! Ice worlds look beautiful, but are too ccccccold for me! India, now that would be amazing :-)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"...one of my favorite books. The institution works well there!

mshatch said...

My sister lived in India for a year. She sent me some pretty cool pics :)

Sandra Almazan said...

For a villain whose name starts with "I," there's Iago from Othello.

Jackie said...

Ice worlds are so mystical and captivating. Great post!

Teresa Coltrin said...

As much as I hate winter in Missouri the ice and snow, I'm always intrigued with ice world settings.

Julie Flanders said...

The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of the SW movies and I LOVED that opening on the ice planet. So cool.

nutschell said...

awesome settings. Love that picture of Lyra and the Golden Compass.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Shelly said...

Very cool for Brittany!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

S.K. Anthony said...

Fantastic pictures!
And great idea with the settings and books ;)

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I love it when setting is so integral to the story that changing it would alter that story significantly--enough that it might be totally different.

Super pics today!

Andrew Leon said...

I had a brief appearance of Hoth in The House on the Corner.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the pictures of different settings, especially India. I was there once and it's where I met my husband. Maybe I'll have to use it as a setting someday.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

It's spring now so stop posting about ice worlds ye bringer of winter storms.

LD Masterson said...

Ice worlds are beautiful but not someplace I'd like to be. Now India, that's a different matter.

Susan Kane said...

There are places on Earth where I prefer to visit by photos only. Ice places and hot places.

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William Kendall said...

I'd love to use a northern climate for a book setting... I'll do it at least once in Alaska and northwestern Canada, but maybe Iceland too.

India I'm not sure how I'd use for my genre, but I've already made some use of Ireland, and Israel was a big setting for me too.

Poor White Witch. She was just misunderstood.

Robin said...

I try to think of the villian before I check your site and I couldn't think of one. Good to know I'm not the only one coming up blank. Nice settings. I'm fascinated with India.

Mark Means said...

Very interesting landscapes you've chosen. Especially the institution...

For some, it may seem like home :)

Al Diaz said...

India is where my current story develops. Hopefully one day I'll finish it. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

I love stories where the characters are stuck under water or in space or in HOTH!

The things they must do to survive!

Great post.

Heather