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Sylum Advent – December 5th: Don’t Take Your Guns to Town by Bj Jones

December 5th


Title: Don’t Take Your Guns to Town

Author:  Bj Jones

Pairings/Characters: Jim Longworth, Dwight Hendricks

Rating: FRM

Summary: While caught in the middle of a robbery, Jim tells Dwight how he was Turned.

Art: taibhrigh


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Sylum Advent – December 1st: Roads Untraveled by Bj Jones

December 1st


Title: Roads Untraveled

Author: Bj Jones

Pairings/Characters: Ernesto Olivetti, Andrew Kiernan, and far too many to list. Seriously, there are a lot of characters in this thing, some of them new/never before seen.

Rating: FRAO

Summary: That Night was just the beginning. Now Ernesto Olivetti needs to figure out what to do with the rest of his life, while finding his Mate, dealing with his kids, remembering his past lives, and trying to hunt down a very sneaky Pope.

1st Author’s Note: This is a continuation of Timothy Quinn’s Demons and Angels – if you have not read that story you will have no idea what is going on in this one. Seriously, you need to read Demons and Angels before reading this story.

Art: taibhrigh


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Inspiration – Need Some?!

After Bob 2’s Post on Character Motivation – I figured it would be good to have a post on Writer Inspiration.

As much as your Characters need motivation within the story.  You as the writer need to be inspired by the characters and their story – to find their own Motivation and in some aspects your own.

We can be inspired by many things: Place, Movie, Person, Event…

Here at Sylum the author’s need to be open to all inspiration, because one never knows where it will come from.



For instance: CSI Miami – where Sylum all began.  The death of Timothy Speedle was the inspiration for the beginning of this whole Universe.  Little did I know this is where we would end up, but still it was the starting point.  And we can’t forgot CSI and NCIS as the original Inspiration for all things Sylum.















Over time the Sylum Authors have found inspiration from all areas: Movie, Books, TV Shows, Animation, World History, World Events, and sometimes just an image.



How can anyone forgot some of these great movies that have inspired character and story.












It’s just not movies that inspire or TV Shows.  Places and People can be a major source of Inspiration.  Whether a building suddenly gives you that insight of what the Manor, Villa, House, Winery may look like, and you find yourself scribbling down notes, dimensions, and sketching/taking pictures of every detail so you can describe it on paper.



Or it’s a person who’s life story helps you focus on what you’re doing, giving you ideas on how to motivate your character, or hell even background information for a storyline.  Each of these things can inspire you as a writer, which in turn will give that scene some clarity and that character some depth.


Music can be a major Inspiration.  That piece of score or lyrics to a song – can Inspire a Bunny to go beserk at the worst possible moment.  It can help set the scene, put you as the write into the mode, and hit you in the heart/soul and make you feel your characters emotions.   Music as been very important in Sylum for Inspiration.  And I’m not just talking about the Graphic Gecko – who is evil and sitting behind me with his playlist demanding Videos to be Made. Ignoring the Gecko and getting back to what I was doing – oh yes Music as Inspiration.  I personally found scores as a good way to set scenes.  I’ve got playlists for characters, arcs, stories, and moments.  Writing a Hunter stalking through a club, had club music on.  Battle sequences had music from Transformers, Resident Evil, etc…

*Snags Computer*

Graphic Gecko here!! I ran off with the keyboard to post inspiring music for Bj and also for all the writers out there.  HA! Crap she’s found me…. Listen. Be Inspired……

*Snags Computer Back*


Now that I’ve locked the Gecko up!! *glares at it* Where was I – oh yes music!  There is many many pieces of music I could play to inspire – but this one has been the most recent.  Enjoy – and if you like the music let me know.  And of course anything by Linkin Park – makes the Graphic Gecko go batshit 😀



Let’s see we’ve covered Movies, TV Shows, People, Places, and Music.  So what else can be Inspiring?  Books?  Well Books are your original media for Inspiration.  It was books first that got people’s imaginations going.  Whether you were going to Narnia, Mordor, or to the Center of the Earth.  Books are also your greatest asset when it comes to Research and Inspiration.  Google is your friend, but your library is your best friend.   The many times I’ve pulled books off the shelf to check historical dates, locations, and events.  Or pulled up Maps to make sure that country existed at the time.    And as much as modern media (Movies and TV Shows) Books are still the great inspiration.  As a matter of fact  there is a recent book that despite my misgivings has been very inspiring for major storyline for Sylum.


Though if you think Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter changed major storyline – Let me tell you this.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Between the book and the movie – This story has changed the course of Sylum forever!

 You think I’m exaggerating – wait till the story comes out (soon very soon).


So what’s left to be Inspired by? You love that favorite TV Show, or that Movie was just awesome!! There’s that favorite books series you’ve read since a kid.  And damn it every time that Band plays you can totally just see that scene.  You have a poster of that person who inspires you, and images of that place that makes you feel at home.  So what else can Inspire you? Video Games??? Yeah not the first place most would look for inspiration, but Games today are getting sophisticated  and it’s just not jumping over barrels to save the girl from the evil monkey (DIE MONKEY DIE – oh sorry flashback).


For Sylum there is already a major character that was inspired by Video Games that developed into a movie series.



But recently another character has began to emerge into the Sylum Universe.  He’s shown up here and there, but soon you will be seeing more of him.








Now that we’ve talked about the wide spectra of Inspiration.  What has Inspired Sylum?  I’ve mentioned a few throughout this post.  So what’s coming up in the future? What has Inspired enough to start major storyline.   Well lets see shall we?

Timothy Quinn’s – Demons and Angels – Inspired by: 


Bj Jones – Roads Untraveled – Inspired by: 


Then there’s this guy…..



And the latest Inspiration…..

Damn Italian Update

‘Demons and Angels‘ has been finished and is in it’s last stages of editing.

The artwork for it is in it’s last stages of tweaking.

The Sequel ‘Roads Untraveled‘ is starting the editing process.


What does this mean?


It means in a few weeks – you’ll be seeing these two stories!!!

All leading up to Advent!!


Wow time flies when Bob and Bob 2 is driving their writers insane!


Sylum Update

Sylum Advent is fast approaching.  Fast.

*eyes fics that need to be done*

So with that in mine I figured it was time to do an update of where things are.

Evolution is on it’s final Chapter. *woohoo* So far the Arc looks to be surpassing 400 + pages.  It’s got some great new characters, wraps up some storyline, and sets whole new ones.  This one has been long in coming mainly to do with RL and it being a bitch.  But now that I’m close to the end I really like how it turned out.

Damn Italian – you’ve probably heard this curse a few times.  Well it started off with Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons…. then worked it’s way from there.  These two stories plus the next Fast Furious Story that Gil is working on – is soon to be debuted.  The post-production on these guys are taking longer than anticipated but they are coming.  And I will say you’re in for a treat.  Demons and Angels will introduce whole new characters and clans, while its counter part Roads Untraveled will continue with the story and bring in variety of characters and histories.   The next Fast/Furious will bring the gang closer as they pursuit an enemy.

All three of these are tied together – which is the beauty of Sylum.  The stories interconnect.  For this particular group – to understand Roads Untraveled you have to read Demons and Angels.  And if you want to know what some of the F/F Guys are discussing in their fic – you must read Demons and Angels.  Plus all three of these tie into major storyline down the road – some of which will come out in Advent.

Ah Advent.

It’s that time of year.

Lots of good things heading your way.  Next installment of The Fisherman.  The circumstance behind Jim Longworth’s turning.  New H50 Fic.  An introduction to the Annoying Englishman.  Then there’s the Frenchman who snuck into storyline.  More stories about Border, Tallikut, and Serenity Clans.

So as you can see many good things to look forward to!

Quick Note: During Advent we post links to the Advent Calender on the list – this year we’ll also be posting them here.  We’re prepping to make this blog the main source of information for Sylum so if you haven’t please click the subscribe button on your left.


We’re in the Final Stretch

*dances around*


Finished Chapter 7 of Evolution!!!! Despite the extras Bob tossed in! Hah! *eyes evil bunny*

This particular Arc has been a long ass journey.  Between RL and Bob, it’s been started, stopped, started, reworked, additions added, re-started and finally now close to finishing!


For a thanks for sticking by me:


Tony stood up next to his brother; “We’ll discuss this later.”

 Speed just grinned over at him. “You complained dad didn’t take you on the Vatican adventure.  Admit it you haven’t had this much fun in years.”

 “We will for sure be discussing this later.” They looked over their shoulders to see Jethro and Horatio glaring at the both of them.

Glares at Bob

While working diligantly on Evolution Chapter 7 – Bob decided to be a twit and toss in a few new things that I wasn’t expecting.


The evil cackling I’m hearing from him is not encouraging.


Still working on Chapter 7 – matter of fact down to the last major scene (though a difficult and complex to write).  Even with the new addition – I’m happy with the progress.

*eyes bunny*


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