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September 15, 2017

Thren's 14th Birthday

You can tell I'm a great blogger, because I have two posts in one day!  The previous post I had drafted for about a week before I finally forced myself to finish it.  Just so I could make this one afterward, without any drafting or planning beforehand.
Fab.

But why the rush today?

It's a big deal.

Today, September 15th is the day of Thren's creation 14 years ago...

"Caper 1:  The Messeage in the Midle of the Night

Onec upon a time, there lived a buetiful* pricess name Lanuka..."

*I can't remember the precise misspelling.

I am glad to say, that after all of these years, my spelling and stories have both improved.  Many intricate and detailed sagas have swirled about in my head, little hints of them showing up in things like the Deathmatch Tournament.  And old blog stuff.

So here's a ramble about Thren.

Despite the hundred thousand stories I have set in Thren (or perhaps because of them), I have never quite gotten Thren's geography down correctly.  It always looks a bit off.  A bit risky to settle on one map forever.

Thus the map that most captures Thren right now is, this:



An old sock stuffed with more socks, forming a globe that I glued bits of fabric to.  Here you can see the front of Thren, the Westlands and the landmass containing Venkoshe and Dahara (basically a joint continent divided by a long mountain range and cultures).
As you can see, it makes a great pin cushion.
It is a very bad map.
Except it's a globe, so it's pretty cool and I'm keeping it.


From the back there is a large ocean of nothing (and some merfolk) and a few tiny continents far to the south that must be a dysfunctional Antarctica. They aren't anything at this point though.  It really needs another big continent here.  Or an island.  Something.

The back must change.

I do have detailed, paper maps, but those ain't accurate either, nor are they 3D and colorful.

The Westlands are basically Europe, Venkoshe came from reading a book of Russian fairy tales with snazzy illustrations, and Dahara came from reading a novel set in ancient Egypt, and Greek myths.  It turned into a hodgepodge of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Europe, and a dab more of Northwest Europe, and a giant jumble of just fantasy stuff.

Mostly it's a jumble of fantasy stuff that pretends to be based off of real things. 

I mean, what are Brigonans?  I have no idea.  They're ancient and fancy and have tons of magic stuff with enchanted golems that can blow up entire cities.m  And I can't tell if they're mostly a cool climate or a warm climate, or if the Hero is dressed warm because he's in some mountains.


And it was totally fun when Akon was a Smathic colony city that got destroyed, but now that city, in the same plotline, gets razed by the Empire of Akonia, whose capitol city is now Akon.

Makes sense.

Or how there's an English sort of place, called Lenorin, except to get English you're going to need some Anglo-Saxon and French being flung around.  Well, Lenorin has some nordic/anglo-saxony neighbors now, but the nearest latin language that could be anything like French is...mostly in Dahara, very far away from Lenorin...Unless a tiny smidge of French-like people showed up in Silanar, but nothing in Silanar sounds French, and originally it was supposed to take inspiration from Italy and...

My world grows bigger and the mix people groups and languages never make a speck of sense.  Thren is a mutant that has been growing for 14 years.
I mean, it's a pretty mutant, but it doesn't always make sense.

Which is why I am afraid of making Official Maps for it.

But perhaps now is the time to ramble about some of the major stories in Thren?

Well, there's Tristan's story, Kitallia's story, and Eldakiah's story...*lists 10 billion names and their stories*

Maybe you should just tell me to write them instead of let me continue rambling here.

Because I'm not quite sure how much more I can get written before midnight hits, and it would be terrible to post Thren's birthday post the day after!  (And there's this thing called bedtime I think...?)

Well, the main thing about Thren's stories are the timelines.  I have Super Ancient stories, Ancient Stories, Slighly Ancient Stories,  Medieval stories, Medieval-Victorian stories, AND finally....Modern Day World War stories!  Cuz it's dramatic that way.

Not that the other time periods don't have world wars too, it's just that they have other stuff as well.

Are you still with me reader?

I mean, I don't have any more pictures coming, so it's gonna be a wall of text.
I doubt there's any birthday cake either, it's just a lie after all.

Hmm...I don't think I have any super cool walls in Thren.  There's some towers, but not walls.  I guess since there's mountains everywhere, it doesn't matter, no one needs super awesome walls.

Man, what can I say without just monologuing forever to the point of boring people to death revealing spoilers?

Happy Birthday, Thren!
Hey, can you hide a few bodies in that broken Antarctica place?
Not even Diandra will be able to find them and solve the mystery!

But that is not all!

You know how I said I never tag people in the previous post?

Well, now that can change, I shall start my own tiny tag!

The Worldbuilding Tag!

It will be simple, share 7 facts about your storyworld or worldbuilding process in honor of half of Thren's age.  (The other half is grumpy and should be ignored for the sake of brevity.)

So, I will tag:
Kenzie, Julia, Kate, Anna, and loverofwriting2!

The little rules:

-Show thy gratitude to thy tagging benefactor, knave!  (Or perhaps fling sarcasm at them?)
-Spout nonsense about your world to the tune of 7 thingamabobs.
-Tag 7 or 14 other people to do the same (unless you know that it is nonsense). #TagRebelAlliance
-There is no cake.

Bonus: Post an hour before Midnight on the same day that is most significant for the post. #Sensible

Should this tag be called "The Seven Wonders" Worldbuilding Tag?

That's pretty much it.

Fantasy geography, yay or nay?  Can you make maps and stick with them, or do you end up changing them?  Are you interested in what else has gone on in Thren besides bad cartographers, grumpy protagonists, and Kitallia stealing all the cake (cuz she did that)?

The Versatile Writer Award

Another writing tag!  

Kenzie and loverofwriting2  have both nominated me to write seven random facts about myself.
'Tis for the Versatile Writer Award! ^.^

THE RULES

  • Thank the people who nominated you
  • Write seven random facts about yourself
  • Nominate ten other bloggers
  • Link to said bloggers and let them know you tagged them
Thank you, thank you, my fine writing buddies!  *Bows to the audience in front of a fabulous red velvet curtain because why not?*

THE FACTS

I like flying stuff.  

Airplanes, helicopters, birds, bugs of certain sorts that aren't annoying.  Particularly a certain sort of...gnat?  A bug that I see flying around flowering mint quite often.  I call it a gnat but I haven't succeeded in identifying it.  Anyway, it is supremely good at hovering.  While butterflies flit around and veritably flop through the air, this little mint bug will carefully hover in place for several seconds and quickly change course and hover elsewhere, moving with a laser-fine precision to it.  A feat of engineering are in those wings. Fabulous.
Unfortunately, I don't know what it is.

I want a Pink Front Door.

You may think me a lunatic (and you would be correct), but the fact remains that once upon a time I saw a photo of a pink door in an entryway, and knew right then and there that it was the door for me. A bright, but not overbearing, pink.  With a golden doorknob.  It will look like a wild rose.

I have a Weird Social Rhythm

Actually, it's more that I'm a super introvert and never talk to people, but whatever.

I'll be social for a short burst, and say I want to keep doing it because it is fun.  And then I realize I'm thoroughly exhausted and must flee from the entirety of the world and puzzle over stories, or play a game, or anything solitudey that will still engage my brain in a relaxing, fun way.  Or take a nap.  (By nap, I mean lie in bed while listening to music non-stop.)

I am a Lunatic

But this is obvious because I am the killer combo of Writer and Cartoonist, and I refer to myself as the Evil Fanged Author.  But there are more examples, I'm just keeping them secret...
MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
(Except for the pink door, you know that one too.)

Do not trust my baking and cooking measurements

"Oh, the measuring spoons are dirty?  Well, I'll just use a normal spoon to measure this baking powder..."
I haven't had horrible effects, so I guess I can eyeball it well enough, in general.  But my scratch hot chocolate on the other hand...I never measure anything, or properly taste it while making it.  But I don't care if other people call it insipid, I just wanted a creamy, hot drink.  Tea is often just too thin.

I play solitaire way too much.

It is as it says.

I have too many creative ideas I never work on

"I really ought to make some sort of interactive book.  Something people can draw funny cartoons in.  Perhaps a guided journal or story outline...."

"Or maybe I should work on one of my ten bazillion stories, but if I do, that will be only one story worked on.  How can I do them all...?"

"Ooh, what about this sci-fi comic?  Oh, the character is morphing again?  Now I have five, six, no, seven story variants with her. Drat."

*Doesn't make anything except tiny notes*  (Literally, my handwriting is small.)

This Fact is likely not unexpected given how gloomy and desolate my blog is.  Come on, it's just more Atmospheric that way!

THE NOMINEES

Here's one more fun fact about me:

I don't really tag people.

Because the people who tag me have already tagged all the writers I know (for I do not venture forth to more bloggers because hyper-introvert!), and we do not need to continue to exponentially spew sets of 7 facts about ourselves into the world.Unless the facts are our transmuted thoughts presented to the world in the form of completed stories.  That would be excellent.  Tag back into infinity then!

On the other hand, it made me wonder, "What if I made up a persona on a new blog, like some sort of crazy inventor bent on world domination, and then tagged them in every random tag that came my way and gave them some silly, characterful response...?"
See under: "Creative ideas I like, but never work on."

Feel free to say 7 random facts about yourself in the comments! ^.^

August 15, 2017

Writerly Awards and Tags

Another Sunshine Blogger Tag!  This time from Anna.  Thank you so much!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to her blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominator gave you.
  • Nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions.
  • Display the rules and the award.

So, there we go, let's dive in.  Or wade in.  No need to dash ourselves against some rocks.

Questions

• What is your favorite pastime besides writing and reading?

 Drawing and daydreaming.  Also, looking at interior design websites.

• In the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn or Legolas?

 Aragorn

• What is your MTBI personality type?


ISTP  (This means I am an Assassin Mechanic and don't talk to people, ever. :P)

• Who would say is the worst villain of all time? Why?


Worst as in most evil or worst as in badly written (or both)?  ... I don't know.  I did start disliking Voldemort because he seemed like too much of a typical, monologuey Dark Lord.  But then there's Umbridge who is truly evil and interesting.  And I hate her.  Oh, but there's also Dr. Hatch from the Michael Vey series, he is a psycho.  Super manipulative and controlling, and he's okay with killing people in horrible ways.  Don't like him.  He needs to be stabbified.

• If you could go into one book and live the entire story for yourself (either as main character, sub character, or bystander), which would you choose?


I DON'T KNOW!!!  Maybe I'd go for a Brambly Hedge book, I could be a wedding guest in the Summer Story, perhaps.  That would be cute.

• What is one of your favorite quotes?


Serious or silly, serious or silly...?
"Old Jed's a millionaire!"
There.

• Would you rather have a griffon, a dragon, a wolf, or an owl for a pet? Why?


 Well, let's assume I can turn into a dragon, I think I might go for a wolf and run around the woods with it.  Even though I'm a cat person and not a dog person.

• What are your top 3 most favorite fandoms in the whole world?


 The Legend of Zelda

I DON'T KNOW!  Everything else depends on my mood!  Plus, I need to read more stories...
Lord Peter Wimsey
and...
...Maybe Halo.  Or Agatha Christie mysteries.
Really, I'm only certain about Legend of Zelda.  And, of course, Thren. :P

• When you first get a story idea in your head, does it start with the characters, the plot, or the theme?


 Usually an image, a character or atmosphere.  Basically, it's usually a glimpse of an atmospheric character.

• What is your decorating style? (floral, antique, modern, beachy, rustic, etc.)


 My present look is Casual Chaos, but I would prefer something more floral, maybe under the term Classic Glam.  And slightly Victorian too.  Anything shiny with nice textiles and muted or pastel colors.

• If you were one of the four elements, which would you be? And why?


Air.  Because I'm terrible at staying put or focused on one place and want to move around.  I have few attachments anchoring me down.
And I like flying things.  A lot.
And clouds are shiny (technically that's water, but they're a little too floaty...)

Tags

I'm going to be a rebellious, typical ISTP and not nominate 11 other people for this tag.  Because I have been very super late with it and...still don't know 11 new people....
#BreakRulesWhenConvenient

* * *

But that's not the ONLY blogger tag/award I've been terribly late with given! 


Kate also tagged me!  Thank you!

BUT THIS TIME IT IS ALL BLACK STORM CLOUDS, LIGHTNING, THUNDER, AND BATS FLYING EVERYWHERE!

It is the EVIL WRITER AWARD!
Perfect. >:)


Rules

  • Credit your nominator
  • Tag 2 other people (they've all been tagged...)
  • Invent new questions (possibly...)
Alright, time to dive into the fun of my Evil Fanged Author side! >:D 

Questions

How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.

 

Named characters?  They practically never die, except in a prologuey beginning, as most of my protagonists are orphans.  Nameless masses caught up in whatever war and conflict is going on?  Probably a whole bunch.  I'll go with five or less for important characters.  Or maybe just one, in the drafts I have actually written... :/
I killed a fish once.  And countless bugs.  But no people.

Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?

 

Weapons of mass destruction, all the way.  It used to be that every story I made was only two steps away from world war.  Now I can add in INTERGALACTIC WAR AND DIMENSIONAL RIFT WARS!
It's not looking up for the normal joe out there.
Except all the peasants are meta about the story anyway.  They'll get to hang out in the comic void soon enough and not worry about any of those heroes and villains running about just to look cool.

Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… give me a minute… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world? 

 

 I think I am Loki when I mess with particular characters (Tristan), but generally I'm more of a Darth Vader, terrified at the evil I uncover after thinking about how villains could abuse the sheer arcane power available to them.
It's a very good thing magic isn't real.

What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer? 

 

Let's not talk about that, because I have dystopian stories and Evil Masterminds, and they have ultimate power and magic, and it's pretty terrible what they do.
Not that I'm writing them much at the moment.  So...closer stuff would be...I murdered a Count without a name.  Actually, he was supposedly the Count of Aldkiest.  But for really dastardly crimes, Tristan's uncle robs him of his parents' wedding rings after they died.  That's just mean.

What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable!

 

 I really like white chocolate, but I usually eat more dark chocolate.  Because you can eat more without feeling like you had too many sweets.  That, or brownies.

What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.

 

 The Evil Fanged Author for my overt cruelty.  I am also known as The Supreme Commander of Thren's Universe, which has a nice dictatorial ring to it, and the Empress Jethan for a fantasy flavor.  (We shall ignore the fact that I am the most chill dictator ever and pretty much am more of a nuisance as I storm up to my characters and glare at them for not writing themselves.  When they could just punch me in the face and win the fight.)

Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?

 

As the last answer noted, any of my characters could punch me and win the fight.  Unless it's my magical fantasy form and I'm an expert swordwoman with Admin magic.  Then they are doomed--except for Elda.  And Dhelran, he'll just talk his way out of it.  Oh...

Captain Darmer.  He can beat me up whatever happens.  But he doesn't need to, he just glares at me if I dare think of killing off his family members just for dramatic flair.

Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?

 

Tristan.  He cares about people's feelings and if they get hurt or not.  He always grumps at me.  And he has a lot of reasons to be mad at me...(But he'll also get a lot of reasons to be happy, so don't attack me, Mr. Faucet Eyes!)

Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!

 

Usually I wear a tunic, sometimes with a cloak.  But my truly defining feature is my maniacal grin full of fangs.  And lightning.

With bats flying everywhere.
Oh, wait, that's my Crazy Cartoonist persona.

Tags

The tags all ran away.  But if you want to answer a couple of questions, you can.

1. Do you equally reign down terror upon your characters, or are there some who simply glare at you and get their way?
2. Do you have a spiffy lair?  What is it like?
3. What is your evil goal?  World domination, personal revenge, or something else?

That was fun!
(Why did I take so long on this?)
*Disappears into the cloudy mountains with a swish of my cloak*

August 5, 2017

A Sketch of a Lady by the Shore

Just a quick doodle.

Trying to find my art style for stories.  I only have a few sketches for The Black Rose from July Nano, and I'm not satisfied with them or the lack of real story to guide them.  But I did reach my nano goal of making or sketching 30 pages.
I like the process of fast, sloppy art, but whenever I come up with a story I really like, I want better art than I have patience to constantly test.
It's a lot more fun to not think about what I'm drawing while drawing it, then every swish and swirl can be itself and I don't have to stick it into a pre-planned idea that's too rigid.

I wonder if I'll ever find a plot I'm willing to draw.

July 13, 2017

The Black Rose p. 2


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So, basically for Camp Nano I'm making up The Black Rose comic as I go and posting the artwork here.
So far I've avoided drawing people as much as possible, cuz I haven't figured out how to digitally draw them so they look nice and don't take eons to draw.  I'm gonna have to draw the heroine next.  Sigh.
I feel really uncomfortable trying to layout a comic digitally.  I don't know why.  Well, even doing Darkhumor on paper seems hard.  Too used to messy sketching rather than making proper pages, I guess.

Also, this is Tari's novella that he won from the Deathmatch Tournament during the duels.  I guess he will show up sometime.

July 12, 2017

Camp Nano Doodle 1


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Just making digital art pages for Camp Nanowrimo.  I'm super behind, but it's something.