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N – Nurse Joy

NA high level of nostalgia means that this year my chosen theme for the 2016 A to Z challenge is Pokemon. Whether you yourself have a similar level of sentimentality or you’ve never really gotten into it, I hope that you enjoy this month of posts as I indulge myself.

Welcome to your Pokemon Centre! We heal your Pokemon back to perfect health! Shall we heal your Pokemon?

Nurse Joy is a character that is primarily in the anime, they are the nurses who take care of Pokemon, healing them back to full health, also running the Pokemon centres in which this happens, and young travelling trainers are allow to stay nights.

800px-Nurse_JoyOne thing which you will notice first is that all of the Nurse Joy’s in the anime look exactly the same. At first, you might think that’s just because of the nature of the children’s cartoon, but actually, it’s revealed that they are all related to each other, and that Joy isn’t their first name, it’s their family name (This has been revealed by the creators to be a play on the Japanese word joi  which means women doctor). Each Nurse Joy has a different colour cross on their hat (or a badge) which indicates which location they work at, and they are able to tell each other apart as they insist they are not identical. However, in the anime, only Brock seems to be able to tell them apart, every other character can’t.

In the games they are known as Pokemon Centre Nurses, and man the Pokemon Centre’s where the trainer can go and get their Pokemon healed. This service is provided for free, and is a pretty big staple of the Pokemon world, since battling your Pokemon gets them hurt.

Healing at the Pokemon Centre restores all lost hits, all move PP (power points, aka, how many times you can use the move before it runs out) and removes any and all status conditions that they might be suffering from.

800px-Nurse_Joy_photoThere tends to be a Pokemon Centre in every town that you find, and sometimes they can be placed out in routes that are particularly long or wild, so you know that you’re never all that far from one. That, and sensible trainers stock up of medicine items to see them through from Centre to Centre.

Nurse Joy’s don’t tend to work alone – they have Pokemon helpers! Commonly a Nurse Joy will have a Chansey, Wigglytuff or Audino working with her as an assistant or helper. This isn’t exclusive, and sometimes they will have other Pokemon, but generally, depending on the region you are in, one of these three Pokemon will be helping out around the Pokemon Centre.

Considering the service that they provide, always for free to trainers, you can see that Pokemon Centre’s, and the wonderful Nurse Joy’s that run them, are a pretty big part of the Pokemon world, and are well loved because of the work that they do.

 

NinetalesPokemon of the Day

N is for Ninetails

Evolving from Vulpix when it is exposed to a fire stone, this fox like four legged Pokemon is covered in thick golden-white fur, and as it name suggests, has nine long tails, each of which are tipped in orange which match it’s gleaming orange eyes. It’s elegance hides a vengeful nature, especially to those who mistreat it. Each of it’s nine tails are said to hold a different mystical power, which is can use to curse those that have wronged it, and considering it can live for up to 1,000 years, it will remember.

I think I’ve said before, but I really like graceful Pokemon, and Ninetails definitely falls into this category. That, and it’s based off some really cool myths involving a Japanese creature called a Kitsune (the nine tails thing is the key here). It also curses people and is the kind of Pokemon that will go out and make a bad day for someone who has wronged it, and I can get very much get on board with that kind of behaviour 😉

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N – Narration

Toothless Letter NNarration. The telling of a story. Narrative. It’s how you tell a story, and every author does it, because every author is telling a story, but we all do it in different ways. It’s made up of several different parts.

Narrative Perspective aka Point of view. How does the position of the narrator (the person telling the story) relate to the story being told. First person is where a character in the book is also the narrator. “I”, “me”, “we”, are all pronouns that you would expect to see. In this point of view, you get to know the thoughts of the person you are telling the story through, which is good, but it does mean you don’t get to know anything else’s thoughts, and you can only know stuff that the character would know. Third person is where the narrator is above the people in the story. “He”, “she”, “they”, the narrator is an unspecified person who can look at everyone in the story, often at the same. Second person is the most unused out of the perspectives, because it’s a bit of a weird one in my opinion. “You” is the most common pronoun, it’s where the narrator is describing events, but as if they themselves are detached from them, emotionally removed and distant. I’ve never read a story from this perspective, but they do exist.

I naturally write in the third person. I tend to write subjectively, where I describe one or more character’s feelings and thoughts, whilst remaining in the third person (the opposite to this is objective, where no feelings or thoughts of any characters are described). The other options are omniscient or limited, depending on the knowledge of the narrator. And omniscient person knows absolutely everything about everything in the novel, whereas limited is where the narrator knows everything about a single character (or sometimes, place or object in some very unusual stories) but nothing outside of that focal point. I tend towards omniscient.

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Narrative voice is how the story is communicated. You will often here authors talking about voice, as it’s one of the things that an author needs, but it’s impossible to teach. You really do have to practice, practice and practice some more to get this one right. But there are different formats for how a book is told, which is a place to start.

The most common is the character voice. This is where a character, who may or may not be in the story, lends their voice, and they are the narrator. This can be first or third person, usually first though, and doesn’t always have to be the focal person of the story. Think of Sherlock Holmes, who although being the main character, isn’t the narrator. The stories are actually narrated by Doctor Watson. Stream of conciousness is a type of writing that tries to emulate the thought process of people. Often interior monologue, inner desires, motivations, and thoughts of the character are added into the narration, as well as action and dialogue. Epistolary voice is the posh name given to a story that uses documents, letters, journal entries, or emails to convey a story, each one reveals a little bit of action that went on and altogether makes up the story. These can be from one person, or more than one person, and arguable have no narrator, since no one is narrating the story, the author has just collected all the papers into one book. It’s an interesting way to tell a story, but I find it quite effective in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

third-person-pov-graphic1We touched on third person voices already. We can have subjective, where the narrator describes the thoughts, feelings, opinions of one or more characters (although if the story focuses on character, that can be called limited view, since we only know the thoughts of one character) and tends to be the viewpoint of most modern stories. Objective tells the story without any thoughts, feelings or opinions, giving an objective or unbiased view of the story, a neutral voice. It can also be called ‘fly on the wall’ or ‘camera lens’ viewpoint. The last one is omniscient. which is used in a lot of classical novels, and is where the narrator has the knowledge of the whole world, including what each character is thinking and feeling. The difference between thing and subjective? Omniscient is the long range, really far out, whereas subjective is more of a mid range technique, getting a little closer to the characters and action. Omniscient is great for sweeping epic fiction.

The last part of narration is the narrative time. Is the story taking place in the past, present or future. This should be fairly obvious, are you writing events as if they had happened in the past, either a long time ago or fairly recently? Is it happening right at this moment, as in the present, or is it happening in the future. The future is very rare to see in literature, and is more often than not because a character has foreknowledge, or clairvoyant powers to see flashes of the future. I don’t think that a book written entirely in the future tense exists, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Present and past tenses are much more common, and often both will be used. I stick to the present in my books, but sometimes use the past tense if something has happened ‘off screen’ as it were.

But beyond those parts, it’s up to each author to put them together in a way that is unique to the way that they tell their stories. Got any interesting perspective you’ve written or read?

This is a book of the name, that contains another book of that name inside it. Books within books!

However I am not going to give you a natural history of dragons, that would take up an entire book and I only have a blog post. Instead, I am going to talk about the book, A Natural History of Dragons. Confused yet? 😛

A Natural History of Dragons, A Memoir by Lady Trent is written by Marie Brennan.

“You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart – no more so than the study of dragons itself…”

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The story is written in the first person, from the point of view of Lady Trent, or Isabella as she is more commonly known, and although she is known a world renown expert on dragons, she wasn’t always one, and this is the tale of how she started out on that path, from her early childhood to young adult years.

It makes an intriguing read as she goes from the creatures that flit about in the forest to her first real expedition to see dragons in the flesh, and persuades her husband to take her on a scientific expedition to see these magnificent creatures in the wild, a chance to study them and improve the dreadful knowledge of which they had of the creatures at the time.

Whilst dragons are one of the central themes of the book, the real focus is on the memoir part of the title, but the book is no less good for it, and the human characters that we deal with are very well created and utterly believable. Isabella herself is a great character, struggling in a world where women should not be interested in science and reading, but she is determined to follow her passion.

I am also happy to say that this book is the first in a planned series of books with the next, The Tropic of Serpents coming out in June. I eagerly await my copy, since I love the main character, and I also love the portrayal of dragons in this book. It’s different from other settings that I have seen before, and one that I enjoyed reading about.

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