At last! I have returned to DeviantArt! After my exile of inactivity, I, Khaiden, the Alternative Entity has come back to stay!
There's not much that I can say, what you see here is what you get, just Literature. No other form of art, I draw like a kindergartener. But it should be texts that keep you entertained at least!
Current Residence: Utopia
Favourite genre of music: Almost All
Favourite photographer: Ichimonji Hayato and Kadoya Tsukasa
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: My Mind
Shell of choice: Bowser's
Personal Quote: I take no sides... I'm not good nor evil, I am the Alternative Entity! Neutral, but active.
October 31. For most people it's Halloween. For me it's indeed that too, but that carries with it something much bigger, and this year even more.
Where many people marathon horror thriller movies, read books of a similar sort, go trick-or-treating, go to a costume party, wait for Great Pumpkin to arise (which I do too, but that's not my point), etc. I listen to a 3-hour long epic playlist composed of the songs found in the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums (Part 1, Part 2 and The Legacy) by Helloween.
That's how it all started, I decided one day to listen to both Parts 1 and 2 in one sitting, but then decided to add The Legacy as well. For some reason, I also decided to rearrange the songs. I think the main intention was to have the eponymous song be the one that finishes the playlist.
And so, as I was arranging the songs, I couldn't help myself and arranged them in such a way that they would tell a story, based on the one the eponymous song is telling itself.
Summarizing it briefly: It's about a hero, who is called the Keeper of the Seven Keys, using them to lock the seven seas. It's implied that thanks to the seas Satan has been unleashed on earth and is already well on his way to conquering/destroying it. By locking the seven seas (which each have a sin or something similar, like ignorance or senselesness) Satan is destroyed.
That's more or less the main story of what I'm going to write for the coming NaNoWriMo. This has nothing to do with July's Camp NaNoWriMo project.
Today, I finished reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, which is an epistolary novel (meaning it's told through letters, journals, and other documents). It inspired me to do something similar for the coming project. I'm not going to present my novel in that format, but I am going to write journals, letters, newspaper articles, etc. to go along my novel. This is where DeviantArt comes in. Here, will be the space I'll use to publish those documents. Whether they'll actually be featured in the novel or not is something I haven't decided yet.
My goal atm is to done daily, with the idea that each tells of what I wrote for that day, or what I'm about to write. Alternately, it can be something unrelated that I have not told about in the novel, or that I'm about to tell much, much later. I am not exactly sure if I'll be able to do it daily (as I won't make this part of my word count and I'm already putting a lot of work and time in the writing of the book itself) but I will try my best to do it frequently. It should be good to finally upload a lot of writing to DeviantArt as I had wanted to for years.
*You can stop reading here if you'd like, for the following details go deeper and might seem unnecessary, but I think they must be mentioned:
My yearly ritual (which I can't remember if it started in 2008 or 2009) of listening to that playlist has changed slightly. I took it upon myself to further modify the playlist as I felt the order of the songs could use some work. I also added the b-sides of the singles of the albums. Originally, I didn't add them because I felt they weren't really part of the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, but I simply said ''What the hell'' and added them anyway. I am now with a new playlist that has now a lot of modifications, but still tells pretty much the same story I originally intended. It still could change though, the ordering might seem a bit awkward as Part 1 (I should mention now that it's divided in parts, which is due to the introductory songs Initiation and Invitation which I just couldn't leave out) has a huge difference in the number songs Part 2 has. Which is because the latter has the three 13-minute epics that are part of each album: Halloween, The King for a 1000 Years & Keeper of the Seven Keys. This sometimes makes me feel the parts are unbalanced, but alas, I don't think I have more time to further modify the playlist because in a few hours, I will listen to it (more on that in a moment). All in all, it seems each one runs more or less an hour and a half, so in regards to time it is balanced. Overall the playlist is about 3-3.5 hours long.
Now, on the ''ritual'' itself: This year it's much more important, because it's the prologue to NaNoWriMo. I'm not merely going to listen to it, I am also going to write down any ideas that come to mind at the moment as I do. There's also the fact that unfortunately, I did not get to any of the planning I intended to do in the previous days. Without that planning it will feel a bit daunting and awkward to just jump into the novel as I learned in my past NaNoWriMo experience (I'm not that much of a pantser, I'm more of a planner). I still don't have any character name, the only ones I have are those the albums already provide (Dr. Stein, The Invisible Man, Seer of Visions, etc.). I do have a thousand ideas raining on my mind, but there's still such fundamental details as a character name that I need to plan already. So, in this ritual I will also have to write about that. I might actually start doing it before. Everytime I've listened to that playlist new ideas have come and gone, but I hope that today it is even more substantial than in previous years.
And so, I will welcome the official National Novel Writing Month. Some other things that have happened in my life have made this be some great timing. Which brings me to my next point: NaNoWriMo is all throughout November and what is the last day before that? Why, Halloween! Earlier in this year when I sought out to take part in this event I could not stop laughing and screaming in delight at the perfect timing this had. And so, my ritual has to be much more meaningful today.
The main goal is the NaNoWriMo goal: 50,000 words. If I reach this it will be enough of a victory to me. When I won succesfully in July, I was still left with an unfinished novel, only halfway through. At that time, I did not know if that one would take longer than 50k. This time, however, I'm absolutely certain that this project extends far beyond that word count. If I can, I'll go beyond that, but I have limited time and health for that, so just achieving those first 50k words will be more than enough to me. I do not know if I finish the rest of the novel through another NaNoWriMo. Of course, I should also mention the fact that what one finishes in this event, is only a first draft. The NaNoWriMo mentality is one in which your inner editor is on vacation, and you must write, write, write, write, write! Without looking back! Editing and revising are to come at a later, much final stage.
Finally, some more details on my Keeper project: This is clearly using names of the copyrighted work it's based on. It is my vision, yes, but based only on the ideas and visions of others: Michael Weikath, Michael Kiske, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Markus Grosskopf, Kai Hansen, Sascha Gerstner, Dani Loble & Andi Deris, Helloween. Originally, it was my intention to ask them if I could publish it with their permission, if I could not, it would be uploaded to the internet as fanfiction. Realizing that getting a hearing or a meeting with them just for this reason is nearly impossible, thinking they'll most likely say no and realizing how much I wanted to publish this story, I changed my future plans to modifying the novel so that it's titled something different than Keeper of the Seven Keys and names like Dr. Stein are changed. We'll see exactly how this changes the content. For this November, though, I'll just write without that in mind.
Ambitious as I am, I also decided, shortly after I realized I would write a story based on the Keeper playlist, that I would also do a complete series, with each book based on an album by Helloween. So everything after Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2 would be made into a book too. The studio albums only. Yes, even Chameleon and Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy, even though I'm already incorporating much of the latter into the initial novel. Ah, yes, I should also mention that I intend to write the ''novel'' as two separate novels. It would be a single story but I might have to publish it separately. It is my intention that it's very friggin' long, which is why I know 50k won't be nearly enough. So, there: Part 1 and Part 2. Walls of Jericho would later be published as a prequel to everything. Unarmed might be released as a short story compilation (perhaps as an epistolary novel!) that's not considered part of the main series. Or, it might be, I don't know at this early stage.
I should clarify that I am a pumpkin-head, a Helloween fan, and always will be, I do not intend to misinterpret or do anything wrong with their visions, and if at any point I'm straying too far from it, I'll probably stop saying it's so based on the work of Helloween. I am an apostle of the Music God, I believe there's something good in any manifestation of music and it's indeed a world-unifying language. For me to pick such a thing as a favorite band was inconceivable for many years, because I never claimed to have a favorite genre of music and never will. So, to do something like that for a single artist or a band couldn't have been possible. But Helloween's musical directions, philosophical and spiritual visions, overall sense of humour and outlook on life have agreed so much with mine that it feels like I was born to be their fan. And so, Helloween is my favorite band, and always will be. What I will write about is not at all intended to represent my unoriginality or plagiarism, but rather something that represents how much they have gotten to me.
And so, let us go into NaNoWriMo. A month-long epic journey, much bigger than July's. For a reward (because it's a good idea to have those, as recommended by many veteran Wrimos) I have Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. It came out two days ago, but I will not allow myself to play it until November is over (and the first two weeks of December because it will be closing my current semester and it will be terribly busy with exams and assignments!). If you read everything you have my many thanks!