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WIP Tag – Knight of Kuryle

  • Posted on June 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

 

Welcome to the Work In Progress Tag! I was tagged by the adoring and adorable Briana Herr, who was kind enough to inform our whole discord server about the tag! For this tag, I’m going to focus on my mostly complete WIP, rather than the ones I keep starting to avoid Writer’s Block. XD

Without further ado!

1) What is your working title?

“A Knight of Kuryle”, which is supposed to refer to the main character Dirk’s position once he has accepted his fate.

 

2) where did the idea come from?

I had a dream, a long, long time ago, about a sorcerer and a swordsman. The sorcerer was the enemy of the swordsman, but when the swordsman ran him through, he collapsed into the swordsman’s arms and breathed out, “You never could protect me, could you?”

I fell in love with the dynamic, and with the pair, and so that’s how Dirk and Yumil/Kier were born.

 

3) what Genre would your book fall into?

I like to think Epic fantasy, since it follows more than one character’s journey through a fantasy world. But it’s probably just straight fantasy. XD

 

4) what actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

I really don’t think about actors for my characters, if only because it’d be very difficult to choose them, and because by the time I choose them, they don’t look the way I need them to for the character. Plus, I don’t think there’s a man alive pretty enough to match my mental image of Yumil/Kier

 

5) what is the one sentence synopsis for your WIP?

For the first novel: When his village is destroyed by an unknown mage, Dirk goes looking for justice, and finds something so unexpected that it throws his worldview out of place.

For the series: An ancient grudge sets into motion the necessary components to end the world, or bring it back into balance, and it’s up to one family to choose which.

 

6) Will you self-publish or be represented by an agency?

I’m planning to self-publish, although I wouldn’t say no to an agency if they wanted to represent me.

 

7) how long did it take you to write your first draft?

About a month. I was doing nanowrimo and had nothing else to do but write, so I literally ended up writing 250k words and finished it. Then I had to cut it down into smaller books, and I still haven’t finished the first draft of the smaller book. XD

 

8) what other books would you compare this story too?

Probably a combination of the Inheritance Cycle, Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs, and Lord of the Rings. Sort of. Very, very loosely.

 

9) who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I first wrote the first draft, I was inspired by my then boyfriend, Wesley Pruett. As I went on to editing and eventually breaking up the story into smaller books, however, I found that my inspiration and help came from my mentor, Chris Votey. He’s been invaluable for helping me through all the crags and crannies of writing, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without him.

 

10) what else about your book that might pique readers interest?

Well, the main characters are almost all tumblr-worthy. Dirk is an asexual black man, and Yumil is a genderfluid homosexual. Their adoptive son, Jorgan, later in life goes on to be the savior of the world. So there’s that. XD

 

There you have it, my WIP, which I haven’t touched in several months. This blogpost, however, has rekindled my love for it, and I think I’ll be starting editing again. So thanks so much for sticking around and reading this! Post your information down below, and I’ll tag you in it, so that you can gush about your WIP too!

IWSG – 06-07-17

  • Posted on June 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

We're here for you.There’s just something about being surrounded by fellow writers that makes one feel safer writing, isn’t there? That’s what the IWSG is all about. A community of writers meant to join together and share our sorrows, woes and triumphs!


This month’s question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

 

To be honest, no I have never said “I quit”. I have had writers block for months at a time. I have had a self-imposed ‘do not write’ rule, but it was always in the effort of becoming a better writer. You see, I find that I get blocks more often than others. Or maybe exactly as often, and others have more self-discipline than I do. I’m not sure. All I know is that more often than not, I stare at a page and try to will myself to write, and find myself crying over it instead.

Writing is hard.

But you already know that. Especially if you’re part of IWSG, or a writer yourself. So no, I have never given up entirely. But I have given up on some projects. There are just some stories that I will never allow to see the light of day. And that is that.

Now, onto more pleasant things!

I’ve started a new project, which is meant to introduce those who follow me, and those who know me, to a new subgenre of Science Fiction, called “Humanity, Fuck Yeah!” or HFY for short. A large dose of it can be found here on this subreddit. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is science fiction that runs on the premise that humans are the most badass things in the galaxy.

Generally this means that humanity is from what is known as a Death World. Earth is Space Australia, where everything tries to kill you, and for most species, everything succeeds. My favorite story in this particular genre is a series that can be found here. It’s a great little scifi with a female main character who ends up being hella badass and disciplined at the same time. I adore it. <3

In fact, I love the series so much that I have started recording all of the stories in that universe and put them up on Youtube! You can find them on my youtube channel! Please take a look, and please forgive me for the amateurish videos. This is my first time using any video editing software ever, so I’m on a steep learning curve!

On another note, this whole thing is practice for when my own books go Audio, and I read them to the world. Plus, it allows me to study more writing in the genre I’m attempting to write right now. So win/win!

Z – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

  • Posted on April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is perhaps the only anime on this list that I have not personally seen all the way through. This series is a great series, but it touches on some subject matters that are a little touchy for me. The main character is a new teacher and has to help his students overcome their various issues.

Why I recommend this to writers: Because it has been recommended to me so many times, and has such a huge following. The story apparently has a huge twist at the end that really makes the series shine.

Warnings: Attempted suicide, stalking, and some other unsavory things.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

Y – Yuri!!! on Ice

  • Posted on April 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Yuri!!! On Ice is a relatively new anime that honestly took the fandom world by storm. Not only did the cast of characters enchant, but the story of a socially awkward athlete with self-esteem issues really caught on. Yuuri, the main character, has to find his footing again in the world of competitive ice skating.

Why I recommend it for Writers: The series is great for seeing a well-done characterization of someone with self-image issues, who happens to be an unreliable narrator. Not only that, but the main romance is subtle and has a well-defined twist that makes it all the more hilariously sweet. This series is also written by Mitsurou Kubo, who is a phenomenal writer.

Warnings: There is nudity, but nothing frontal.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

X – XXXholic

  • Posted on April 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

While the name suggests something else, this anime is entirely a supernatural story about a boy who can see ghosts. Before you think of the Sixth Sense, however, this series has traditional japanese ghosts and ghouls as it’s centerpeice, which are much more nasty than just simple human spirits. Although the humans are pretty bad too.

Why I recommend it to Writers: The real treat here is the ideas it gives. The series is wildly imaginative, and written by one of my favorite author-groups, CLAMP. Yuuko alone will win you over, I’m sure of it.

Warnings: The series IS a horror series, so some of the scares are pretty amazing.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

W – Welcome to the NHK!

  • Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

Welcome to the NHK is a hilarious romp through the mind of someone with MASSIVE social anxiety, referred to with the term Hikikomori. The main character, Satou, suffers from the delusion that he is being forced to be a hikikomori by a conspiracy called the N.H.K. Add to this a girl who is intent on curing his delusions, and you have a hilariously dark series.

Why I recommend it to writers: First off, play a drinking game using the first episode. Every single time “Conspiracy” is said, take a shot. Now enjoy your trip to the hospital. Secondly, the characterization in this series is amazing. It showcases a lovely relationship and the way that others can help a character to grow.

warnings: Alcohol poisoning if you take my advice.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

V – Victorian Romance Emma

  • Posted on April 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Emma is an amazing look into the world of victorian era romance and how class affected you. The main character, Emma, is a hard working woman, and in comes a nobleman who suddenly falls in love with her! William Jones is dead set on Emma, although his obligations get in the way at times. Including a kidnapping!

Why I recommend it for Writers: Kaoru Mori, the author of the series, and a number of other series too, is a phenomenal character writer. The characters are immensely human, and the feeling of whatever society Mori explores comes through aptly. Please, don’t limit yourself to just Emma either; check out Kaoru’s other manga, A Bride Story.

Warnings: Kidnappings, jealous rivals. Other typical romance-y things.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

U – Uchuu no Stellvia (Stellvia of the Universe)

  • Posted on April 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Another anime that is on this list in order to excite those senses of yours, Stellvia of the Universe is a wondrous Science Fiction romp through adolescence. The main character, Shima Katase, is going to a new school. IN SPACE! Stellvia turns out to be a miraculous space station, and the more we learn about it, the more we wonder what exactly is going on in the universe of this show.

Why I recommend it to Writers: Because this show is an excellent example of world building and functional character interaction. I adore the characters.

Warnings: None! This show is sweet and fascinating. Enjoy!

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

T – Tiger & Bunny

  • Posted on April 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

If you like superheroes, you’ll LOVE Tiger & Bunny. The entire premise is that an aging superhero gets a second chance at his glory days, with the help of a reluctant partner. The two of them grow as people by interacting, and kick badguy BUTT!

Why I recommend it to Writers: I don’t want to spoil it for you, but if you plan on killing off some characters, or maybe you just like Game of Thrones, you should definitely watch this anime.

Warnings: All the regular superhero warnings. Don’t go on the internet fanbase, though. There are so many spoilers. SO. MANY.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

S – Seirei no Moribito (Moribito)

  • Posted on April 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

My friends and I joke that this series is about an adoptive mother taking her teenage son to give birth to his unwanted baby. However, Moribito is about so much more than that. The arching themes of this series combine with the characters and the setting to make for an enchanting tale about a young woman trying to atone for her sins and a young boy just trying to survive.

Why I recommend it to Writers: If you want a lesson in how to work a theme into a story, this is the anime for you. If you want to know how to write badass female characters, this is the story for you. If you want to cry tears of joy at the end, this is the story for you.

Warnings: Teenage pregnancy. Just kidding.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

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