But I'm also looking forward to a little blog-cation in May. Anyone else taking May off?
Now back to our regularly scheduled program ...
On this marvelous Monday we're honoring the magnificent letter M. And your villain of the day is ...
Start the video at exactly 2.21 minutes into it, and you'll see why Mondago, is the villain of one of the best stories ever told, The Count of Monte Cristo. Who says villains have to be creepy and distorted? As in the case of Edmond Dantes, they could very well be your best friend.
A backstabbing, greedy, spoiled brat, Mondago betrays his closest friend, only to assist in sentencing Dantes to the worst prison imaginable, before marrying his beautiful fiance. Now that's true villainy.
And your setting of the day is ...
JRR Tolkien's fictional world is familiar to just about everyone these days. And what I love about this setting, is that it's Earth at some time in our history--a time when men weren't the only creatures to inhabit the land on two legs. Elves, dwarfs, hobbits, orcs, goblins, etc. It's such an amazing concept that's thrilled so many readers and movie-goers. I like to think of it as a time when maybe Pangaea still existed, which doesn't exactly match up with Earth's history, but still fun to think about.
The multi-terrain of Middle-Earth is enough to inspire any writer to do some of their own world building. And seeing it brought to life onscreen through New Zealand's spectacular landscape is always such a thrill.
How about this setting:
A simulated reality. Cyberspace. Everyday life is a farce. The world is the Matrix.
I think we'll be seeing even more of these types of stories in coming years. Exploring cyberspace and going deeper and deeper into the possibilities. There's a wealth of inspiration for fiction. In fact, I'm reading one right now for my critique partner, Kathryn Rose, and it's fantastic.
Cyberpunk fans unite!
And because it's M day, here are a couple of pixies from the fairy faculty over at Pixie Patrol:
Check my sidebar for more on the Pixie Patrol. I can custom design them as well!
Have a great Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a fave M villain or setting? What do you think about Mondago, Middle-earth, and the Matrix?