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What’s a Sirini?

I’ve been invited to do author interviews in a few places, so I don’t want to steal any thunder from the questions they’ve sent me. But there’s one question I’ve been asked by several readers that hasn’t come up in the interviews. The story I wrote for Sojourn‘s first volume, Surviving Sunset, deals with a pair of teenage girls trying to adapt to life under alien invasion and occupation. I’ve done quite a bit to develop the universe where that story takes place, and I’ll be visiting it again in future installments of the anthology (though likely not in the next volume). The aliens menacing these girls are the Sirini. They’re not an evil race, even if they are the antagonists in this particular story. I hope to show the complexity of their culture and motivations later, but in this article I want to deal with a more basic question: What the heck is a Sirini? The race’s name is pronounced [SEER-in-ee]. asics onitsuka tiger uomo If you say the phrase, “beer in knee,” you’re basically there. (Though if you actually have that issue, you should probably seek medical help.) Oddly enough, every person I’ve talked to has mispronounced the name the exact same way — [sir-IN-ee] — so maybe they’re onto something. Baylor Bears Sirini are intelligent, cultured, and physically imposing beings, though they lack our overall agility. Asics Pas Cher They stand about 9 feet (2.75 meters) tall and are roughly 6 feet (1.8 meters) across. I doodled out the race’s appearance back in 1997. Jason Pierre-Paul However, Keith Curtis did an amazing job of helping me really figure this species out, literally starting from the inside. Sirini-SkeletonThe Sirini skeleton is designed with the major organs sitting in a saucer-shaped bone near the top of the body. Asics Gel lyte 3 Heren Rib-like structures offer some protection while leaving enough gaps for the tissue to stretch during respiration and digestion. Since the brain sits below the heart — and the legs have a lot of muscle tissue — I imagine their blood pressure being rather high. Sirini-MusclesAfter putting that together, he started adding soft tissue to the design, as you can see with the addition of muscles, trachea, and esophagus. TUBULAR SHADOW KNIT

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Worldbuilding Series Part 5: Eastern Magic

The first thought that came into my mind about the magic is that the virtuous magic system should be more permanent, long lasting, and more concerned with items and talismans (basically enchanting). The passion magic is more bombastic with magic missiles, fireballs, and lightning bolts (think of the bending in Avatar: the Last Airbender). Now these were my kneejerk reactions to the problem (literally I came up with that concept within minutes), and I have kept to those concepts for weeks as I went about my daily routine for the last few weeks. Nike Air Huarache But as I sat down to write this post I found that concept a little stale and uninteresting. I liked the general idea but it needed some twist, some fun in order to make it work. I decided to match the passion magic with a metaphor about creativity. Asics Femme So the passion magic cannot do all the crazy stuff as mentioned (I’ll get to that below) but they can create in a manner of seconds anything that they imagine. Now that is pretty crazy, so let me as I create boundaries (i.e. the laws or rules) of the system.

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