My publishing history began in graphic novels. Writing for comics and games is an intensely visual business; one doesn’t submit a script or idea without some form of art attached to it. Elaborate sketches or rough thumbnails of pages, your writing must be provided with some art if you want a graphic novels publisher to consider your project. Making the transition from comics to novels required me to make a clean break from utilizing art to tell (and sell) my story.
Should it, though?
Comics readers enjoy novels too (in Japan, prose written for manga and anime fans based on manga or anime properties are called light novels). Established visuals are important for me, and that’s why the series bible for Femitokon contains art. I’m not saying that acquiring artwork for your ideas should be part of your creative process. Every writer is different. I need visuals. Instead of art, scour the net for celebrity pics–use an actor in costume, or not. Your characters don’t require original artwork if your creative process doesn’t demand it; mine does.
Femitokon spans ten novels, so yes, I have quite a collection of characters. The Characters portion of my wiki-style Bible contains a master list of every player in the series. I use art to help me visualize my characters, as each page contains vital information about who they are and how they got here. For me, there is no detail too trivial, in creating a believable character.
Links removed as the Bible is not public at this time.
Fyla Uym (f-eye-lah | yoom) is the Secondary Chair of the Generational Production Department, Prime Administrator of the Ramaxian Surgical Association, and Prime-Chair of the Applied Genetics Department, of the Prime Lab.
After graduating Mynu School of Medicine as a teen prodigy, young Uym entered the Prime Genetics College, and lead the team responsible for creating the kyrsbrains of Femtrux, and the hive. Years later, Uym became the youngest citizen, and the second Bizak, to make counsel-chair in the Generational Production Department and was elevated to Secondary Chair of the GPD*, in 2224. Privately, Uym sits on the board of the Oceanic Archeology Committee and is controlling member of the Bizaki Higher Sciences Association.
Fyla Uym is a scheduled citizen of the Tenth Ramaxian Gen, design Bizak, born 2185. She is the only surviving donation of Committee Member the First, Ryo Uym. Her birther and maker are deceased. Fyla Uym is not bonded and has no known donations to the citizenry.
- Name: Fylauym
- Birther: Citrixhol
- Kermatic M: Ryouym
- Makodonic M: Ryouym
- Citizenry Affiliation: Line Uym
- Genetic Designation: Bizak
- Ramaxi Generation: Tenth
- Age: 43
- Height: 6’8”
- Weight: 194 lbs
- Hide: Brown/variation
- Hide: Gray/blue stippling
- Pikalit Bizaki Pod 6 (2195-2198)
- Mynu Center for Biological Study (2196-2204)
- Mynu College of Genetics (2205-2208)
- Mynu Placement Index: #5 (among Hizak) #1 (among Bizak)
- Orta Biologic Development (2208-2210)
- Mynu College of Political Science (2210)
- Sorority of Defense: Divisional Administration (2210-2225)
- Surface Operational Femitokon Division (2210-Present)
- Generational Production Department Administration (2215-Present)
- Secondary Chair of the GPD (2225-Present)
In 2208, Uym became primary administrator of Project Femitokon and remains Prime Physician of the Femitokon Division.
Art by Amelie Belcher.