This is a blog dedicated to the Time Storms series, a wattpad fantasy series of time travel, magic, romance, and mass murder.
I started writing this series for a few reasons.
I love romance. I read a lot of romance novels. What I don’t love are the themes of male aggression, violence, and boundary crossing that fill the pages of romance novels.
This bothered me for a long time.
Then, being the true crime weirdo that I am, one day I stumbled across the Columbine fangirls of Tumblr and I knew I had to find a way to write about them.
But I couldn’t just write about them. I had to explore the world that created them. These women who claim to be in love with dead mass murderers are the logical extension of a world that equates masculinity with violence, and a world that tells women, in so many insidious ways, that the best boys are the ones that are bad and broken.
I think it’s all connected. I think the fetishistic treatment of male violence in romance novels, the “bad boy” trope, and the alarming rise of mass shootings, the most masculine of crimes, it is all connected.
And I wanted to write about that.
Also, time travel is cool.
Thus, the time storms series was born.
This is a blog dedicated to everything Time Storms related, even if only tangentially. I’ll be using it to explain the system of magic, delve into time travel theories, and probably throw in some stuff on masculinity gender theory, and some Columbine trivia.
I couldn’t agree with this more! Reviews are for readers. Criticism is inherently good. I hope I eventually get some tough criticism of my work. I mean, I cover sensitive topics. People should hold me accountable if my execution isn’t great.
A few weeks ago, I saw something that has become the norm online: a famous author (who shall remain unnamed) saying why people shouldn’t write negative reviews. Now, not only is *criticising criticism pretty hypocritical*, it also comes across as someone with a fair amount of power trying to stifle conversation- and let’s just say I don’t approve. But going beyond this individual’s fame and success, there are a lot of people who hold similar views. Personally, I don’t have a problem with people choosing to only do positive reviews, but I think negative reviews get a bad rap. Sometimes I just think people don’t understand why people do them and assume motives that aren’t there. So, I thought I’d break down where I reckon these misconceptions are coming from:
Misconception #1: Critical reviewers are MEAN. Well, that could be true, who knows? 😉 Just kidding- I think this assumption…
There are the super common powers, like Healing Stormers, which are, as Jake so snarkily quips at Vincent in book one, “a dime a dozen.” Then there are the exceptionally rare types, such as Time Stoppage and Creation.
But then we also have a few that are in the middle, they’re not filling the stormer population, but they also aren’t so rare you have to search long and hard for them. These are the powers that, combined, make up around ten percent of the stormer population. There are always a few of these stormers milling about, but there aren’t great swaths of them. I’m talking about Seeing, Manipulation, Wind, and Flying Stormers.
Let’s dig into what makes these somewhat rare stormers tick, what drives them, and which stormer types they are most and least compatible with.
Seeing Stormers are hopeless romantics. They are motivated primarily by love.
Seeing Stormers, like Fire Stormers, are also driven by a sense of purpose. They want to leave an impact on the world. However, Seeing Stormers will always put their quest for love first and once they light a torch for another person, that flame is usually lit for good. This means that Seeing Stormers who fall for chaotic evil types can be persuaded to do great evil.
Fatima is an example of a Seeing Stormer who has put their sense of “right” aside. She loves Jake, and he has become the purpose that drives her. Before her time travel, Fatima was studying to become a social worker, but she put her morals aside to pursue a relationship with Jake.
Seeing Stormers who ignore their own values find themselves in a terrible state of inner conflict. Because the infamous “Seer’s Obsession” is so strong, the Seeing Stormer will not give up their quest for love, even when dealing with such strong feelings of guilt and shame. It was mentioned towards the end of book one that rates of suicide are high among Seeing Stormers and this is why. Because Seers bond with the darkest of hearts, existential dread and suicide are the fate of the Seeing Stormer more often than naught.
Seeing Stormers love to laugh and have a great sense of humor.
They are neither alpha nor beta. They can act as leaders when the situation calls for it, but do not actively seek out leadership positions.
Seeing Stormers can be either male or female, with neither gender dominating. They do tend to be on the younger side, with Vincent being one of the oldest Seeing Stormers at twenty-eight years old.
Seeing Stormers are most compatible with Flying Stormers and Water Stormers. They are least compatible with Fire Stormers.
Even though Fire Stormers are the least compatible with Seeing Stormers, Seeing Stormers fall in love with them quite often. They are drawn to Fire Stormers, despite the fact that their personalities and values do not mesh well.
Manipulation Stormers share a good deal of qualities with Fire Stormers. However, they are less ruled by their emotions, and they don’t wear their emotions openly. Like Speaking Stormers they tend to keep their cards hidden.
Manipulation Stormers are driven by the urge to control and influence others. They are often good at influencing other people and getting their way.
Their personalities are usually quite Machiavellian. They are cunning and sly and wonderful at turning the words of others against them. Like Fire Stormers, they often have a strong urge to “watch the world burn.”
They tend to have more of an alpha personality type, but this isn’t always recognized, as they are ‘behind the scenes’ types of leaders. They’d prefer to have someone else address the people while they run the show from the background. They have no urge for recognition or greatness, as Fire Stormers do. They simply want to pull the strings and it doesn’t matter to them if they get credit for it.
Like Flying Stormers, they are very mischievous and will often ruffle feathers and mess with people just for the fun of it. Although, their jokes and schemes are usually much more mean-spirited and harmful than the pranks of the more kind-hearted Flying Stormers.
Manipulation Stormers have few close friends. They are true loners, despite the fact that they are adept at reading other people. They simply aren’t interested in forming close attachments to others.
There is no gender distinction or age distinction in Manipulation Stormers. They come in all genders and ages.
Manipulation Stormers are most compatible with Seeing Stormers and Healing Stormers. They are least compatible with Fire Stormers and other Manipulation Stormers.
Wind Stormers Share many traits with Flying Stormers. They are energetic, enthusiastic, and they love to make new friends and have new experiences.
Wind Stormers differ from Flying Stormers in how they display their emotions. Wind Stormers are expressive and open, much like Fire and Healing Stormers, whereas Flying Stormers are somewhat more reserved (although not to the extent of the very reserved Speaking and Manipulation Stormers).
Wind Stormers’ strongest motivators are friendship and entertainment. The Wind Stormer is not concerned with artistic expression or creation, as Creation and Flying Stormers are. Wind Stormers don’t create, they consume, but they have great taste. The Wind Stormer will always be able to recommend the best books, best movies, or best video games. Their tastes lean more towards the light and humorous. A Wind Stormer is unlikely to ever recommend a tearjerker. They don’t like sad endings.
Wind Stormers love to have fun and rarely sit still.
Wind Stormers are helpful, spirited, and somewhat altruistic (although less altruistic than Water Stormers).
They fall into the beta personality type and are uncomfortable in a position of leadership.
Wind Stormers, like Fire and Healing Stormers, are great at solving problems.
Wind Stormers tend to be extroverts with high energy. They also tend to be children under the age of fifteen.
Wind Stormers are primarily male.
Wind Stormers are most compatible with Flying Stormers and other Wind Stormers. They are least compatible with Healing Stormers and Manipulation Stormers.
Flying Stormers share all of the enthusiasm and friendliness of Wind Stormers, but they don’t always display their emotions openly. They are less reserved than Speaking Stormers and they don’t keep their emotions hidden on purpose. It’s just that they often need time to process how they are feeling.
Flying Stormers are social, but introverted. They aren’t shy, but they do need time to themselves to recharge.
Flying Stormers are trouble-makers. They like to stir the pot. But they usually aren’t too mean when ruffling feathers. They’re just as mischievous as Manipulation Stormers, but they couldn’t ever bring themselves to do anyone else serious harm. They try to keep everyone in on the joke.
Speaking of jokes, Flying Stormers have an excellent sense of humor. They are quick-witted and clever, able to come up with funny retorts on the fly.
Flying Stormers are selfless and altruistic individuals. They highly value family, but their friends can become like family to them. Flying Stormers keep a large circle and can have a significant number of close friends. Flying Stormers are excellent companions, because they are good listeners and truly concerned with the well-being of others.
Flying Stormers have a great deal of empathy, although they aren’t great at reading people. Flying Stormers trust too easily and this can get them into trouble.
Flying Stormers are easy-going, but this can also cause them problems, as they don’t tend to plan or prepare. They are ‘go with the flow’ individuals. In order for them to plan, it has to be something they truly care about.
Despite how easy-going they are, Flying Stormers have a confidence and charisma that makes them great leaders. They fall into neither the alpha or beta personality type, but they are comfortable leading when the situation calls for it.
Flying Stormers are not easily stressed. They have a high level of emotional intelligence and are able to regulate their own emotions skillfully.
Flying Stormers have a thirst for adventure and actively seek out new experiences. They usually like to travel. They are sometimes adrenaline junkies, enjoying activities such as bungee-jumping or riding roller coasters.
Flying Stormers are creative. Their creative pursuits tend to be aesthetic. They are more likely to be painters or fashion designers than writers or engineers. They adore beauty and seek to create it in all that they do. This means the Flying Stormer is a sharp dresser, with a keen eye for color and style, but being as kind and sociable as they are, Flying Stormers never judge those who are less stylish than them.
Flying Stormers are primarily female. Flying Stormers come in all ages.
Flying Stormers are most compatible with Healing Stormers and Wind Stormers. They are least compatible with Fire Stormers.
If you’re a fan of Time Storms, you’ve probably noticed that different types of stormers have different personalities. This is something that the characters start to notice towards the end of the first book, and it’s commented on frequently in the second book.
Maybe you’ve been wondering what type of stormer you would be.
Here, I’ll explain the personality types of the four most common stormers. Keep in mind that these are generalizations, and not every stormer will fit perfectly with these descriptors. Human beings are not static creatures. They are constantly evolving and growing, whereas their powers do not change (except in the case of power “swapping” but the stormer’s original power continues to act as their descriptor, ie: ‘Healing Stormer’ ‘Fire Stormer’ ‘Water Stormer’ etc.)
Here are the four most common stormer types. I’ve listed them in order, going from most common to least common. The less common types (seeing, manipulation, wind, flying) and exceptionally rare types (stoppage, movement, creation, earth) will all be covered in other posts.
Our reckless and infuriating protagonist, Veronika, is a Healing Stormer.
Healing Stormers are thought to be followers, people with weak character. It’s easy to see how the stormer community came to this conclusion.
Healing Stormers are motivated primarily by fear and self-preservation. These are their guiding emotions, and while they can exhibit independence when it suits them, they tend to look to others for direction and guidance. They don’t necessarily have weak character, but their ‘beta’ personality type can appear that way to others.
Healing Stormers are very comfortable taking direction from others, and their strength tends to present itself best when someone else is in the leadership role.
Most Healing Stormers would fall into the D&D alignment system of Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Good. They tend to be selfish, but also very pragmatic.
A good example of this is when Veronika, Jesenia, and Nate are in the car they’ve flown out of the forest and they are surrounded by an angry mob of medieval villagers. Veronika realizes that if she doesn’t get out of the car and sacrifice herself, all three of them will be killed. Healing Stormers are not altruistic, but they also aren’t evil. Since Veronika thought she was going to die anyway, she decided she might as well save the other two people in the car.
Healing Stormers have great analytical skills. They are usually good at fixing things, and often pick up new skills quickly with little formal training.
Healing Stormers are wonderful at crafting cognitive dissonance. They can hold many contradictory beliefs at once. They are concerned with being “good” but rarely do anything that doesn’t serve their needs. They think they are striving to be good people, but usually aren’t actively pursuing that goal. This is just one example of how Healing Stormers tend to be hypocrites. They don’t notice when they’re being hypocrites, but they are receptive to criticism. If someone else points out their cognitive dissonance, they’re likely to reconsider their views.
Healing Stormers wear their emotions on their sleeve. They have a difficult time keeping how they feel hidden, but they are far less emotionally volatile than Fire Stormers.
Healing Stormers care deeply about other people, when it doesn’t interfere with their own wants. Healing Stormers enjoy making other people feel good about themselves, particularly through compliments and praise. Healing Stormers have a soft spot for emotionally damaged people. They want to build them up and “fix” them. This is why they so often end up in close relationships with Fire Stormers.
Healing Stormers are empathetic, although it doesn’t always appear that way because they tend to act in their own self interests. They have a good understanding of other people, and like Fire and Manipulation Stormers can easily read the emotions of others.
Healing Stormers are the most common type of stormer. Around seventy percent of stormers who arrive are healers.
Healing Stormers are primarily female.
They are most compatible with Fire Stormers and Earth Stormers. They are least compatible with other Healing Stormers and Water Stormers.
Fire Stormers are emotionally volatile. They come in two varieties; the angry and violent and the depressed and lethargic.
Jake is an example of the former. His guiding emotion is anger. Charlie is an example of the latter. His guiding emotion is sadness.
Both varieties of Fire Stormer have a low opinion of themselves, although this may not be apparent in the angry, violent variety of Fire Stormer.
The angry Fire Stormer has narcissistic qualities, and like any narcissist, the ego is inflated but also very weak. The Fire Stormer is fragile. The angry Fire Stormer may say that he is a superhuman god, but under all that bluster, he feels very small and unimportant.
The difference between the angry fire stormer and the sad Fire Stormer is that the sad fire stormer is lacking the narcissistic inflated ego. They acknowledge their own low self-esteem.
Both varieties of Fire Stormer have a good understanding of other people. They are adept at reading people and share many qualities with the more rare Manipulation Stormers.
They also have excellent analytical abilities and problem-solving skills.
While Fire Stormers share the analytical abilities of Healing Stormers, they don’t share their pragmatism. Healing Stormers can be impulsive, but tend to think things through more than Fire Stormers. Fire Stormers are ruled by their emotions and this is why Healing Stormers can compliment them so well. They need someone more practical to help them think things through.
The angry Fire Stormer displays leadership tendencies, while the sad Fire Stormer usually doesn’t. Fire Stormers can be either alpha or beta personality types.
Fire Stormers seek a higher purpose. They are driven by a quest for meaning, even if that quest doesn’t always display itself in a healthy way.
Fire Stormers are primarily male.
They are most compatible with Healing Stormers and Speaking Stormers. They are least compatible with other Fire Stormers and Seeing Stormers. This is because they feel uncomfortable being so exposed and vulnerable. Simply being in the company of a Seeing Stormer causes a Fire Stormer discomfort.
Water Stormers fall into neither the alpha or beta personality type. They are true neutrals when it comes to leadership, and this is because they so highly value cooperation. They don’t put a lot of stock in hierarchies, but they will respect a hierarchy if the rest of the group is willing to do so.
Water Stormers are calm and placid people. They abhor violence and fighting, but they are able to put those feelings aside if necessary. “For the greater good’ is something the Water Stormer fervently believes. This is why so many Water Stormers volunteered to assist in the siege against Blackrose Castle. Their desire to help the imprisoned stormers and save lives outweighed their distaste for fighting.
Water Stormers care what other people think. They are all about compromise and teamwork and their powers are strongest when they work together.
Water Stormers have a great deal of empathy. They are altruistic and often put the needs of others above their own.
Water Stormers are brave, but aren’t great at solving problems. They don’t have the analytical abilities of Healing Stormers and Fire Stormers.
There are an equal number of male and female Water Stormers. This is a power not segregated by gender.
There is an age distinction, however. Water Stormers are primarily elderly individuals, with the youngest Water Stormers being in their mid to late forties. Mavis, the Australian character introduced in book two, is one of the youngest Water Stormers.
They are most compatible with Speaking Stormers and other Water Stormers. They are least compatible with Fire Stormers.
Speaking Stormers are a bit of a cross between Water Stormers and Wind Stormers (Wind Stormers are the only somewhat rare element power, and that is why they aren’t mentioned in this post).
Speaking Stormers have all the cooperation and empathy of Water Stormers, but they also have the mischievousness and sense of adventure of Wind Stormers.
Speaking Stormers, unsurprisingly, are very social and love to talk to other people. They highly value understanding and seeing things from the other person’s perspective.
They often don’t show all of their cards, preferring to keep their feelings and motivations hidden. This sets them apart from Healing Stormers and Fire Stormers, who tend to wear their emotions openly. They don’t say how they feel unless they see a real purpose in it, much like Manipulation Stormers.
Speaking Stormers tend to have lots of casual friends, but few close friends.
Speaking Stormers can fall into either the alpha or beta role, depending on the people around them. They are adaptable and can wear a lot of different hats.
Speaking Stormers are not distinguished by age or gender. There are an equal number of male and female Speaking Stormers, and they come in all different ages.
Speaking Stormers are compatible with most other types of stormers, as they are quite easy going.