"A Different Breed of Western"
Welcome to the official MidnightMustangSeries DA page!
Hello to everyone! I am an aspiring novelist/artist with an idea for a contemporary western series that I'd one day like to publish. It features 3 main characters: Cheyenne Wovoka, Cameron Wovoka, and Christelle Kennedy. They are all teens (but I write about them at many different ages) who live in a Nevada ranching community today. Their lives intertwine with many of the controversies of the American West such as wild horses, American Indian culture/reservations, land preservation, and much more. In addition, social and moral struggles are touched upon to bring people to an intimate level on which they can relate with the characters. If you are a fan of horse stories, history, nature, realistic fiction and anything about the wild west, you may want to look further into it! (My earlier writing, especially One With the Wind, does not reflect where I am now in terms of portraying my characters while breaking through stereotypes).
Characterization drives the entire plot! It is very important for me to deviate from the symbolic images that we see Indian peoples as today (stoic, romanticized, tragic) and portray my characters from that descent as human beings with individual personalities first and then incorporate their unique heritage. I mean, each nation has a vibrant culture that exists to this very day! I often think about how people will dress up as an "Indian" for Halloween. Do we dress up as African American people or Asian people? No! This brings me to another goal of mine which is to differentiate between various nations. The beliefs and culture of the Paiute are not the same as that as that of the Lakota, etc. A lot of times, people will generalize Indian people, when every nation is so diverse within itself! Our origins may not be the same, but when it comes down to it we're all just people with both good and bad. Personally, I stray from fantasy depictions of Indian people because that is basically like stating that they are as fake as Vampires. Just like you and me, anyone of Indian descent is a PERSON with a culture that is very much alive, not a tragic symbol of what the west used to be. I'm not sure if this is entirely my place, but I am here to learn about and express my interest in the American West, and I am no expert. Again, that is not my call.
Until then, I blog about my idea, write about it, and draw it to bring it to life. My tumblr blog is anther outlet as well as my BlogTalkRadio account. I am always open to a good partnership or opportunity here on DA, and it really is a wonderful place to be for getting the word out! Another one of my passions is helping others achieve their goals and dreams. If I can help or support an artist in any way, I will! We truly are all here to help each other succeed.
My gallery displays my progress, I suppose. In the beginning, I was certainly artistic, but by no means had developed fine motor skills. I still have not begun to even approach that point, but progress is progress, and it certainly plants a smile upon my face!
Being rather shy, I find this place where I can let it all out to be some kind of salvation. Also, the friendships I've developed have been a blessing to me.
Of course, I elaborate upon more than just my series. I create fan art for the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley, the AMC show Hell On Wheels, and quite a few other things. If you're curious, take a look at my gallery. If you ever have a question, comment, or idea, send me a note, comment, or hit my Tumblr ask box. I do not bite!
"BELIEVE in yourself, anything is possible no matter who you are or where you come from. Find your path and stay on it, if you want something bad enough, nothing can stop you." -Eddie Spears