The Safe Lands

Okay… After a long, long time with my Sakura Micon pens, I finished my dystopian map. I still have some brainstroming to do here, but this is a futuristic land where a disease has killed off a huge percentage of the world’s population. So the government built this walled-in city as a way to protect the people. But things are not so safe inside the Bell, as the people call it.

There are people who live outside the Bell. Outsiders, or barbarians, as the government calls them. But these people are living longer than those inside the bell. The government occasionally raids their villages and takes these Outsiders captive. The story follows a group of Outsiders who have been taken inside the bell. The main character is a young man who will be trying to find where they have taken his fiance. He and his two brothers will form a pact to remain true to their way of life and not be misled by the government’s misconceptions of the disease. They become Messengers to their people in an effort to hold true to themselves despite the illusion of utopia. But not all of them will be strong enough to resist.

I was inspired to write this when my womens’ Bible study group was studying the book of Daniel.

Here is the map. What do you think?

Click on the map to see it up close.

16 Responses to “The Safe Lands”

  1. Leighton says:

    Cool! Now, why is there a wall if outside it is called the ‘Safe Lands’? lol

    Sounds awesome! I don’t know why, I liked the fairy tale better. 😀

    – Leighton

    • novelteen says:

      Well, it’s supposed to be the Safe Lands inside. Maybe I need to move that.

      Yes! I got a Wacom tablet for Christmas. But I haven’t been able to use it for Photoshop yet since I haven’t got the new Photoshop on my new computer. I have Corel Draw on my new computer, but I don’t know how to use that program yet… 🙁

  2. Leighton says:

    Also, Btw, I LOVE the artwork! Awesome job! Have you considered getting a Wacom graphics tablet?

  3. This sounds like a fascinating story … Hmm. I’d almost vote for this over the fairies, Jill! Sooo intriguing (!!!!!!!!)

    ~Adele

  4. Leighton says:

    Woot! Nice! I’m still waiting for my Wacom tablet in the mail. 😀

    The tracking number said I have to wait till Monday. 😐 *sues FedEx*

    JK 😉 LOL

  5. Eolande says:

    Between the two book ideas, I think I like Fairies the best. My brother and I have read several Dystopian books but have never really liked them that much.

    But the other . . . Hmm, Fairies, Fantasy, switched identities, missing persons – now THAT sounds very interesting. You already have me intrigued. But the dystopian Idea sounds rather boring.

    Maybe you could do Fairies first? Even my brother agrees, and he isn’t a big fan of Fairies

  6. David James says:

    I wasn’t confused by “THE SAFE LANDS” being on the outside as it was a different font and size. To me, it’s clear what’s being described on the map. And the text description you gave of the story sounds very intriguing, Jill. I read fantasy when I’m interested in an author or a story, but between it and Sci-Fi or Dystopian, I go for the latter two. Whether you make this your next one, please keep us informed when you DO decide to write this. I am most definitely interested! 😀

  7. I like both ideas but I am really drawn to this one…

  8. Ember says:

    I think Belfaylinn sounds best.

    My brother and I have read several dystopian books but have never really liked them that much. They tend to be rather boring.

    But Belfaylinn on the other hand – Switched identities, Fairies – I think I’m hooked already. I want to find out more about the fairy world. It sounds much cooler. My brother doesn’t like Fairy books, but he’d rather have a fantasy than the dystopian.

    • novelteen says:

      Thanks, Ember. I think I want to work on Belfaylinn first. I’m really excited about my characters. And I’ve been brainstorming how the magic will work. Tell your brother that they will be very cool, warrior faires, not girly ones. Also, for when I write the dystppian, I promise to make it very interesting and kill anything boring that tries to enter the story. 🙂

  9. Kerry Nietz says:

    Pick whichever one will cause you to stretch outside your comfort zone the most.

  10. YES! Can’t wait to read both of them!

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