Because we’re all disgusting sadists and I obviously have issues. Trigger warning for kidnapping, torture, and some cruel language from the kidnapper’s side … I have a lot of problems …
Bruce has a crapton of enemies, even without the members of his Rogues Gallery being taken into consideration
From the nameless thugs to the morally bankrupt dirty cops to the
monstrous traffickers, everyone wants to take down the Bat of Gotham
But for Bruce, it’s a nearly entirely different crowd…
Overzealous competitors and enemies of Wayne Industries, people who
just want to slander his name to detrimental effect, people who’ve never
met even met Bruce yet have an intense obsession with his existence
that could easily tread into murderous territories, even a few villains
from his moonlighting job who simply want to take a crack at the Prince
Of course, being that Bruce is a taller-than-average guy with pretty
decent coverage, there aren’t many opportunities that can be taken to
You, on the other hand…
You, the significant other of one of the richest men in not only
Gotham, but the entire world, the one people liken to Cinderella, who
still keeps an apartment in the city as well as the humble job they’d
had even before dating the billionaire… You’re easy pickings
In January, the sun rises for all of an hour in Tromsø, bathing the landscape in a beautiful blue light. The best way to see the wild winter landscape in the blue light is by husky sled, returning back to the kennels when the sky darkens to purple.
These travel booklets from throughout the UK were collected by Barbara Denison over the course of three decades, part of a larger collection consisting of dozens of volumes. Text-dense and diagram-heavy guides like these were meant to both give guidance while visiting and act as inexpensive momentos afterwards. Most of the booklets in the collection concern cathedrals, abbeys, and ruined castles that Denison visited over the course of her travels.
Storsteinen - The Big Rock rising above the suburb of Tromsdalen with the Fjellheisen cable car station visible as a bright light on the left and reflected onto the dark and cold waters of the surrounding waters.
“What is a good way that I could write time travelling without it being cliche?”
Ooh, I love questions like this! They’re so much fun, and on a somewhat self-indulgent level, they really get me thinking on the tropes themselves.
So without further ado, here are my personal thoughts on writing about time travel:
1. Embrace the fact that it’s not gonna make total sense.
This goes for a lot of creative fiction. When I was writing my urban fantasy novel, for example, I used a lot of traditional mythological figures whose duties and depictions (i.e. one humanoid being reaping the dead despite the fact that over a hundred thousand people die a day, billion-year-old entities who still look and behave like teenagers, figures from religions whose world views wildly conflict interacting with each other, etc.) weren’t compatible with what we currently know about the laws of physics.
And the sooner I resolved not to even attempt to explain it, the sooner my novel improved.
The wonderful thing about fiction is that it doesn’t have to imitate reality as we know it; the laws of the physical universe need not apply. And as long as the characters in your universe accept that, so will the reader.
I’ve had around twenty beta readers look at my book, and not one of them has poked holes in my casual disregard for the conventionally accepted rules of physical reality. The suspension of disbelief is an amazing thing.
As for how to best apply this to time travel, take Back to the Future, for example. This is one of the best time travel series ever made, but if you really look at what’s going on, you’ll come to find that none of it really makes any sense at all.
First of all, Marty McFly is a popular high school student whose best friend is an eccentric nuclear physicist. Conventional wisdom (and just about every fiction writing book or advice blog I’ve ever read) would dictate that this is a pretty heavy plot-point and warrants some explanation. But the narrative never questions it, and as such neither does the vast majority of its audience.
It is in this exact manner that Back to the Future handles its heaviest of all plotpoints, the act of time travel, which is the main driving force behind its entire plot.
How does it explain Doc Brown’s ability to time travel? Well, he invented the Flux Capacitor, of course. What is a Flux Capacitor, you ask? How does it work, exactly? Well, fucked if I know. All I know is that the narrative treats it like it’s a real thing, and by default, so do I.
The same could be said for the magically changing family portrait, the fact that the characters can’t interact with their past or future selves without universal destruction, flying cars, and the fact that the McFlys’ future children inexplicably look exactly like them. None of it makes any sense. And it’s fucking magical.
Another of my favorite examples of this is pre-Moffat Doctor Who. The science is campy, occasionally straight-up ridiculous, and unabashedly nonsensical, yet paves the way for some truly great and thought provoking storylines and commentary.
Bottom line is, I don’t know how to time travel. I’m guessing you don’t either, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be asking me for advice on how to write it. Accept it. Embrace it. Don’t be bashful about it – trust me, time travelers are probably a minority in your readership, so they won’t judge you.
So as to what would be a good means of writing time travel, the short answer is: any way you want. For obvious reasons, I’d stay away from old cars, police boxes, and phone booths, but with the power of the suspension of disbelief, virtually nothing is off the table: a pair of magic sneakers, a refrigerator, a closet, a treehouse -oh, crap, that one’s been done before. But you get the picture. You can be as creative as you want to be about it. Don’t be afraid to step outside the police box, so to speak.
Trust in the magic of the suspension of disbelief, and don’t overthink things. Your story and readers will thank you.
As for how to avoid other cliches, that brings me to my next point:
2. Look at the tried and true tropes of time traveling. Now subvert them.
This might just be me and my adoration of irony talking, but since you specifically asked how to avoid cliche I’m going to indulge myself here.
Do the exact opposite of what people expect from narratives about time travel. You know the old trope: the protagonist steps on a bug, and comes back to the present to find the world being ruled by gorillas.
I’m not telling you not to include drastic consequences for time travel, because there would probably be quite a few (at least if you believe in the chaos theory, which states every action has a universal reaction.)
But you could toy around with the idea that fate isn’t something that can ultimately be altered at all, and that all the protagonist accomplishes is solidifying (or even triggering) a pre-existing outcome.
My knee-jerk suggestion, as someone who takes fiendish glee in incorporating humor into my writing, would be to make the protagonist have some Forrest Gump-type encounters that unwittingly trigger huge, history-defining event, but it can also be significantly more tragic than that: maybe the protagonist goes back in time to save his father from a hit-and-run car accident, for example, and then accidentally kills him. Or perhaps he realizes that his father was a bad man (beat his mother, planned on killing someone, etc.) and makes a moral decision to kill him (which is also a great way to ask philosophical questions. More on that later.)
I don’t know what kind of time travel your writing or what your style of writing is, but these are things I’d personally just love to play around with.
Or maybe time travel does change things, but it’s not even close to what the protagonist expected: maybe his words of wisdom to his newly married mother about true love and the meaning of life and whatnot unexpectedly lead her to realize that she’s deeply unhappy in her current marriage, and he returns to the present to find her divorced (lesbian stepmom optional.)
Maybe absolutely nothing at all changes, but he realizes that he’s responsible for some famous Mandela Effect, like the Bearenstein/Bearenstain discrepancy.
Bottom line is, don’t be afraid to do the unexpected. But conversely, don’t be afraid to use tried and true tropes, either: regardless of how overdone they may seem to be, they can almost always be rejuvenated when interjected with a thought-provoking plot.
Which brings me to my final point:
3. Make sure it has something to say.
Science fiction, especially the speculative variety, tends to be best when it begins by asking a question, for which it will later provide an answer. Take, for example, Planet of the Apes. The pervasive question of the movie is whether or not humanity is inherently self-destructive, which it ultimately answers with its famed final plot twist that humanity has long since destroyed itself.
Rod Serling (who was incidentally responsible for the original Planet of the Apes, by the way) did this remarkably well: almost every episode of the Twilight Zone packed a massive philosophical punch due to the fact that they followed this simplistic formula. The episode would begin with the presentation of a question, big or small (frequently by the charismatic Serling himself) and by the end of the episode, that question would be answered.
I’m not going to go in to detail here, as it would spoil the magic of uncovering the plot twists for the first time, but Serling used his speculation to tackle the narrow-mindedness of beauty standards in Eye of the Beholder, the dangers of fascism in Obsolete Man, the communist paranoia of the time period with the Monsters are Due on Maple Street, and countless more.
I would recommend watching the original Twilight Zone for almost anyone looking to write speculative fiction such as time travel.
Even if your work isn’t compatible with this specific formula of Question => Debate => Answer (which some work isn’t) it will still need to have some kind of underlying statement to it, or no matter how clever the science fiction is or how original the time travel is, it will fall flat.
This is why Twilight Zone, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, and (pre-Moffat, as I always feel inclined to stress – he does literally the opposite of almost everything I recommend here) Doctor Who still remain widely enjoyed today, despite the fact that many of their tropes have been used many, many times since they original aired.
So for time travel, remember that it is a means, not an end. You could write the most cliched type of time travel story imaginable, and your audience will still feel fulfilled by it if your message is heartfelt, thought-provoking, and/or poignant.
Maybe you want to use time travel to make a statement about your belief in the existence of fate, or lack thereof. In this case, using the Sterling Approach, you would have your story begin with the question of whether or not humans can alter or change destiny, allow the narrative/characters to argue the question back and forth for a while, and then ultimately disclose what you believe the answer to be.
Or maybe you want to use time travel to explore or subvert the treachery of history and how it is taught, and show how the true narrative can be explored, purposefully or otherwise, by the victors.
Maybe you want to show that there’s no clear answer, or maybe no answer at all, a la the cheerful nihilism of Douglas Adams novels.
Either way, figure out what you want your message to be long before you put pen to paper, and then use time travel, like any other creative trope, as a means to an end to answer it. Your story will thank you for it.
Besides the ceiling frescoes by Venetian artist Giambattista Canal, one of the main highlights of the Sant'Eufemia Church on the island of Giudecca is the Fortuny fabric that covers the interior columns every year during Christmas, and from Easter to the Pentecost
Hi when will the media become suspicious that when Bruce adopts another kid, batman get a new robin??
well, i don’t actually buy that people pay laser-focus attention to bruce’s life, because he’s kind of like steve jobs but with less of the american dream, and i don’t know anything or care to know anything about steve jobs. i didn’t know kylie jenner was a kardashian until twitter got up in arms about some t-shirt thing. i didn’t know donald trump existed until he started running for president, and he was literally on TV. there’s bound to be more people like me and hal “who the hell is bruce wayne” jordan, who give negative shits.
the point is, i don’t think bruce wayne is all that famous outside of the circle of people who read business insider or live in gotham city, and if he is nationally famous, it’s because two fabulously rich white people were gunned down in an alleyway and they just so happened to be his parents. it’s not everyday rich white people die violently, so it might have gotten some media coverage. it’s probably listed as the top reason to never visit gotham city in your life in all the travel guide brochures, because if that could happen to them, it’s three times as likely to happen to your average american. the people who are actually going to know, and also care, about bruce wayne having adopted another child are going to be limited to gotham’s wealthy, and those are exactly the people who bruce puts on his act for. once you see a man come into a meeting wearing his pants inside out, you safely rule out any idea that this could potentially be batman. batman broke a man’s arm last night, and the next morning, bruce wayne was in the park waving enthusiastically at pigeons. he uses the back camera to take selfies when he has the newest iphone, do you think this man could really be batman?
that, and there’s also an amount of time between the adopting and the Grand Robining - there has to be at least six months leeway for them to train, and in tim’s case, he wasn’t adopted until after he was already robin. the only one that’s even kind of immediate is damian, and, uh, bruce wasn’t even there. so, no, i don’t think it’s all that obvious to people who don’t already know the Big Secret
As the Empire’s capital, Kaas City has something for
everyone when it comes to dining out. Boasting a wide array of restaurants, cafés,
and bars, Kaas City offers a wide and diverse mix of places to eat and drink at.
Raihzis known for its
cuisine, friendly atmosphere, and great service. Located few blocks from the
Scarlet District, the Raihz prides
itself for authentic Sith cuisine and many of the recipes can be traced back to
the Old Empire. For Lord Dzatrû Sith cuisine is not just an important part of
the Sith heritage but the Empire’s culture and history as well. And as such,
all should be able to enjoy it - Sith and Imperials alike.
Sealria took Kaas City by
a storm two years ago with its ingenious use of local ingredients. Having experienced
the many vibrant cuisines around
the Empire during his tour of duty, Admiral Miska wished to bring them alive using ingredients
from Dromund Kaas. Today the Sealria
is known for offering a refined and tasteful palate while unifying an integral part
of the Imperial culture. Located right at the centre of Kaas City, the Sealria is
one of the top-ranking restaurants in the Empire.
The Volmakas offers a classical atmosphere to enjoy a night
at the theatre as it is in conjunction with the Kaas City Theatre. The Volmakas
is named after the famous opera writer Darth Volmakas, a reminder of the Empire’s
rich culture and history that has allowed our society to flourish. In addition
to providing a classical menu and halftime dinner services, the Volmakas
organises small scale events such as poetry readings and concertos.
Tearoom Aurora overlooks the Asha square in the Old City. Offering a wild selection
of self-mixed tea blends, such as the Korriban Aurora and the Kaas Tempest, Tearoom
Aurora offers the largest tea selection on Dromund Kaas. Teahouse Aurora rouse
to popularity in 1532 AE when it was revealed to be the meeting place of Darth
Soriu and Minister Nagyson for planning the Battle of Korriban. Since then the
Empire’s leaders have gathered in the private rooms to determine our path to
Café Dianthus is named after the famous Sith philosopher, Darth
Dianthus, who was known for his thought provoking conversations and his ability
to spark heated debates. Cafe Dianthus continues this tradition by organizing
gatherings where people are welcome to come and discuss anything from current
news to age old questions. At other times, you are welcome to explore the Dianthus’
large library while enjoying a cup of caf.
Konditori Purppura is a quaint little place to enjoy the afternoon by the Arboretum boulevard. While enjoying the freshly baked cakes, tarts, pastries and
other sweets, one might have a chat with Lord Adlear, who is always happy to
share his opinion on the newest opera or concert. For those less culturally
inclined, Konditori Purppura allows one to appreciate the Arboretum and become
better acquainted with the nature of Dromund Kaas.
Nexus Room is located right
at the heart of Kaas City and is one of the favourite places for Sith to
organise private parties and conduct their dealing. Those not invited to the
lavish parties are free to enjoy the music and drinks from the ground floor. The Leisurenauts
are well versed in the newest music as well as old classics for all to enjoy. Also
from time to time the Nexus Room organises theme nights to mark holidays,
events, and occasions.
Kalakar is the oldest
brewery in Dromund Kaas. Located in the Old City, Kalakar rouse to popularity
in 609 AE when it launched its first product, Dromund brandy. Afterwards
Kalakar expanded its products, keeping its pledge of using ingredients from the
signature planet of the beverage, such as berries, fruits, and grains. As our Empire reclaimed its rightful territory, more planets
- such as Korriban and Ziost - gained their own signature beverages that
captured the planet’s spirit.
Black Sleen is a place one
must visit if one wishes to see the more relaxed side of Kaas City. Located at the outskirts of
Kaas City, the Black Sleen is a small but popular little pub with a friendly
atmosphere. Favourite of the military personnel from the nearby base, the Black
Sleen organizes weekly quizzes on Kaldays. On Feldays the Black Sleen is filled
with live music from local bands guaranteeing a relaxed evening.
History is not just about the analysis of evidence, unrolling vellum documents or answering exam papers. It is not about judging the dead. It is about understanding the meaning of the past—to realize the whole evolving human story over centuries, not just our own lifetimes.
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
You had always heard about the guardian in the forest but you never really believed it. It was all just rumors. Why in the world would a witch spend all their time in a forest, guiding lost travelers to safety? You found it unlikely. Witches were the most powerful being on earth and must have better things to do than that. You could imagine maybe this witch passed by often and he did the easy deed of guiding travelers the right way but actually staying around and helping? Impossible. No one is actually that nice. That’s what you believed.
I’m so excited to share my first guest post on Adventures Create! My friends, Chris and Katie, always go on incredible trips. Also, Katie’s note taking puts me to shame so there’s tons of helpful details in this post on Uruguay.