Character Studies (September)—The Great Outdoors, Part 2

CSsept17Character studies is a monthly interview (often broken into several parts).  For more info, see here.

Interested in participating?  Copy/paste the following questions, pick a character to answer them, and then share the link back here so we can go check it out!

For extra brownie points, be sure to share the image and link back!

The great outdoors! To…continue the vacation-esque mood, apparently.

It’s actually more camping/hiking than just “outdoors”.

A few of these questions are a little modern-ized, so for those characters who are not modern, you can mind-link your authors or something and pretend to know what we’re talking about, or you can just be completely befuddled. Both options can be very entertaining.

  1. Ever “camped” in your backyard and pretended you were out in the middle of nowhere?
  2. The path you’re walking is littered with rocks and tree roots. How many times do you trip?
  3. What shoes are you wearing?
  4. Sunscreen?
  5. Bug repellant that’s very bad for your skin (that may give you cancer) or bug bites?
  6. Your most embarrassing moment that happened outside.
  7. You’re marooned on an island. What happens?
  8. You’re marooned in a desert. What happens?
  9. Do you eat the raisins in trail mix? Actually, do you eat any part of the trail mix that’s not M&M’s?
  10. Bonus: How tall are you?

Part 1: here

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Character Studies (September)—The Great Outdoors, Part I

CSsept17Character studies is a monthly interview (often broken into several parts).  For more info, see here.

Interested in participating?  Copy/paste the following questions, pick a character to answer them, and then share the link back here so we can go check it out!

For extra brownie points, be sure to share the image and link back!

The great outdoors! To…continue the vacation-esque mood, apparently.

It’s actually more camping/hiking than just “outdoors”.

A few of these questions are a little modern-ized, so for those characters who are not modern, you can mind-link your authors or something and pretend to know what we’re talking about, or you can just be completely befuddled. Both options can be very entertaining.


1. Can you light a campfire?
2. S’mores?
3. A bear/wolf/large-carnivorous-creature approaches your campsite. What do you do?
4. Can you read the stars?
5. Ever gotten poison ivy? (Or some other story-specific equivalent.)
6. Favorite funny campfire story?
7. Favorite scary campfire story?
8. You and your friend go camping/hiking and they get injured. Do you rush them to the hospital/a doctor or do you try to patch them up yourself?
9. You’re on a hike. How long is the hike (how many miles?) and how far will you make it? Is it a one-day hike or a long trip? Do you have the right equipment?
10. Bonus: What do you think of politics?

Part 2: here

Beautiful People #…6?: Raethl

And to finish off August’s posts (well, you know, the month is almost over), we’ll squeeze in a quick, quick Beautiful People.  This one is starring Raethl, because I’m trying to get his voice right so I can write this chapter he’s cool.

Ereinne: He is not cool.

Cimizelle: Whoa, someone sounds like Tiri.

Ereinne: He—oh wait that’s a spoiler. Oops.


What are you addicted to/can’t live without?

Raethl: Nothing comes to mind.

Meriela: *whispers* His hair comb.

Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about yourself.

Raethl: Uh.

Meriela: He’s really tall.

Tiri: That’s not positive or negative.

Meriela: Yes it is. He makes me look tinier. Very negative.

Raethl: …

Raethl: I’m fabulous.

Tiri: Is that positive or negative?

Raethl: *shrug* I have anger issues, I’m bent on revenge, and I’m opinionated.

Meriela: *sad face* But he’s also sweet when he tries to be. He saved my life!

Tiri: We still need two more positive things. Do you have any more positive things?

Raethl: Do you?

Meriela: He’s playful and funny.

Tiri: You’re biased.

Raethl: And nobody cares your opinion.

Tiri: You—

Kalvias: OKAY GUYS QUESTION ANSWERED GO ONTO THE NEXT ONE

Are you holding onto something you should get rid of?

Raethl: My desire for revenge?

All: *nod agreement*

If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do you fall on the scale?

Meriela: Depends on whether it’s his hair or—

Raethl: 8 or 9.

What most frustrates you about the world you live in?

Raethl: The people are ignorant.

Meriela: But that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.

How would you dress for a night out? How would you dress for a night in?

Raethl: Considering my sister Felarai’s status, I have to look presentable everywhere, even at home, because you never know when someone might show up unannounced.

Meriela: He likes looking presentable, though.

Raethl: I won’t deny that.

How many shoes do you own, and what kind?

Raethl: Uh…three? They’re all sandals.

Do you have any pets? What pet do you WISH they had?

Raethl: I’m…rather indifferent. Can my sister count as a pet?

Meriela: Raethl! Felarai is not a pet.

Raethl: *grinning*

Is there something or someone that you resent? Why and what happened?

Raethl: Well, that’s my entire storyline, so I can’t tell you.

Meriela: He hates the Guardians.

Iaelie: *looks offended*

What’s usually in your fridge or pantry?

Raethl: *shrug* It’s Felarai’s pantry, technically. But it’s always stocked full, so…a lot of things?


Yay, Raethl cooperated for an entire ten questions!

Does anone have any other questions for Raethl?

Oh Look It’s 2017… Oops

Hello!

So my last blog post was my New Years post, in which, of course, I had a “write more blog posts” resolution.

Absorb that for a moment.

Notice the number of posts I’ve written in 2017.

*ominous cricket noises*

Oops.

Where did I (and the characters) disappear to?  Well the easy answer would be to blame college, but the spring semester was actually pretty boring, so the truth is?

I just gave up.  I felt like my blog was ignored and there was no point in me posting. I felt that if I stopped, no one would even notice. (That last one kinda seems to be true, but.)

I also ran out of things to say.

Wow, this conversation got depressing quickly.  As you can tell by the existence of this post, though, I am here!  I can’t really guarantee a whole lot, but I think I’m gonna try blogging again. I miss it.

In case you all are wondering, I will be continuing Character Studies. And my characters are all still here; I just kicked them out for this one post.  In fact, I’ll be posting a Character Studies either later today or tomorrow, so anyone who hasn’t forgotten what it is can squeeze in a quick August one.

Now onto cheerier things! During my hiatus, I drew the blog’s whole cast as chibis. They’re really rather silly and pointless, but still fun, and it seemed like a fun post would be a good way to get back into blogging, right?


So first, the Oracular cast.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 9.19.43 PMSo here we have Kalvias and Cimizelle.

What Kalvias is looking at, we honestly have no idea.

Kalvias: Maybe it’s my cat?

Cimizelle: *snorts* It very well could be your cat.

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These two are Ereinne (left) and Iaelie (right).

You didn’t know they wore headscarfs, did you?  I didn’t know either until recently.

World-building, amirite? Teehee.

Sometimes when Iaelie’s not-grumpy—

Ereinne: That’s rare, though.

—she’ll wear flowers in her headscarf.  (Also be glad Ereinne’s clothing isn’t blinding this time. Well, any more blinding than that orange already is.)


Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 9.19.34 PMHere we have Raethl and Meriela.  Yes, Meriela really is that tiny.

That is the messiest you will ever see Raethl’s hair.

Raethl: Meri, are you still barefoot?

Meriela: Yes. You know I hate shoes.

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And last but not least for the Oracular staff, Saelas and Tiri! The wall decoration and the contrary sourpuss.

Did I say that out loud?

Tiri: *glaring* Yes, you did.

Okay but seriously, that’s Tiri’s normal face.

And also I’m fairly certain that’s the closest to a smile Saelas gets.  He’s also my only character with sideburns.  One time I tried to draw him semi-realistic and he looked like he’d stepped out of Pride and Prejudice.


Now the Sleeping in Cyberspace cast!

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Left to right: Kivessa, Ceveth, and Dazant.

It’s a Cev sandwich.

Ceveth: Now I’m hungry…

And that is the entire Studies in Character cast, so that’s all.

No, I did not draw myself as a chibi.

Have a nice day.

Sixth Year Writing Anniversary (And Resolutions Stuff)

Morgan here today.

So today is a special day, not just because it’s the last day of the year, but also because it’s my writing anniversary.  Today, I have been writing for a full six years.  So it seems especially fitting to discuss what I’ve accomplished, both this year and maybe even all in total.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Tiri says.  “Isn’t every other blogger on the planet writing one of these posts?  What makes your special?”

“Well, it has us!” Ereinne points out.  “Nobody else’s post has us!”

All-Time Writing Accomplishments

I’ve completed…a lot of novels.  It’s hard to count, because I never know if rewrites count as a new novel, because the rewrite always ends up vastly different from the original and sure seems like a new novel.  And do novellas count?

We’ll just say there’s an amount that’s not that bad.

“Yeah,” Ereinne says.  “There’s a lot of characters crowded in Morgan’s head, so I’d say, there’s a lot of novels.  Have any of you noticed the guy that looks like a tree?  Or that girl who’s always walking around with a sword and wincing when people smile at her?”

I did some calculations (mostly out of boredom) and came to the conclusion that I’ve probably written some three million words in the past six years.  In addition, over one million alone belongs to one particular story (that got rewritten a lot, which is part of the “how many of those count as distinct novels” question mentioned above.

…that’s about all for those.

2016

Writing Accomplishments of 2016

I finished the first draft of Sleeping in Cyberspace.

“Yeah!” Kivessa yells excitedly, whooping and dancing around the room.  Her brothers both give her weird looks, and she sticks her tongue out at them.  “What, Morgan finally finished the book—that’s reason to celebrate!”

Yeah, okay, so Kivessa is right, but that’s really the only thing I accomplished.  I also wrote like one short story, I attempted to edit Oracular and ultimately accomplished nothing, and… that’s about all.  Just Cyberspace.

Kivessa crosses her arms.  “That’s enough, isn’t it?”

Other Accomplishments of 2016

I graduated high school and survived a semester of full-time college classes.

“Come back when you’ve survived being crown prince and having about ten years of tutoring lessons on politics and etiquettes given to you in about a month,” Kalvias says, grumbling.

“You haven’t survived that, either,” Cimizelle says.  “You just hide from your tutors most of the time.”

Kalvias neither admits nor denies anything.

I…read very, very little.  (I blame college.)  I never count the books I read (I usually forget to), but I’m sure it was embarrassingly low this year.  How is this an accomplishment?  Well, I still read things!

“You just keep telling yourself that.”

“Tiri, your commentary is not necessary.”

Probably other stuff happened.  You know, it’s really, really hard to look back and think of all of the accomplishments for an entire year.

2017

Goals for 2017, yay!  Things I will probably forget about setting actual goals for, and they won’t necessarily happen.  Unless I can actually do something different this year.

Writing Goals

First off, write a lot and write as near to every day as possible, within reason.  (College makes this hard.)

“We approve of this one,” Ereinne says.

Research for Cyberspace and start the edits (and then also finish, hopefully) for draft two (and maybe three).  Okay, that one is probably far-fetched.  I spent the entirety of 2015 editing one single draft for Oracular—however, Oracular as nearly twice the length, and had a very broken plot, while Cyberspace is pretty good for a first-draft.

Ereinne harrumphs.  “You mean you like Cyberspace better than us and are going to put more effort into that one.”

Tiri rolls her eyes.  “Morgan never said that.  Stop being ridiculous.”

Plan a new novel. Because I like to always have something to be actively writing, and I work best when I plan ahead.  What novel will I plan?  I have no clue yet—and I got a lot of time to decide.

Ereinne grins.  “Cue the plot bunnies!”

Re-write Oracular or give it an overhaul-edit for draft three. I haven’t yet decided which it needs—a really crazy edit or a complete rewrite, but whichever it is, I would like to at least get started on that this year.  I think it will probably happen later in the year, which is why I’m not worried about finishing it, just making a lot of progress.

The entire Oracular gang cheers loudly.  (Except maybe Tiri and Saelas, although Saelas does look excited.)

Other Goals

Get a reliable source of income.  Er, get a job, really.

Keep blogging.

“Well, that’s vague,” Kivessa says.  “Care to be more detailed?”

It’s hard to make a blogging schedule when life is so unpredictable, especially with college and homework, so it really is vague.  But I would like to blog a lot more this year than I did last year.

More stuff.

Okay, I’ll be honest.  I suck at planning ahead, and I don’t have really great (or really any) goals for 2017.

“We’ll make sure she plans some stuff, though,” Ereinne promises as solemnly as Ereinne can possibly be.


How about everyone else?  Do you have any really exciting goals for 2017?

Following Sleeping in Cyberspace #2: The Pre-Ending Chaos

So last time around in the Following Sleeping in Cyberspace series, you were introduced to Cyberspace’s cast.  This time, we’ll get a look at how the writing is going.  Dazant will write today’s post.

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There’s silence for a long moment, interrupted only by the occasional sound of a cricket or a chirping bird.  After a while, it becomes clear that there’s an argument happening somewhere—just far enough that the words can’t be made out, just close enough to feel a tension in the air.

And then, finally—

Oh, fine, I’ll write the post, but I’m not going to be happy about it.

Kivessa pretty pointedly glares at Dazant, who is sighing and rolling his eyes.

There’s not a lot to say.  The novel is almost finished.  We’re treading into the near-climax territory, so tensions are (supposedly) rising and plot twists are being revealed.

Morgan started tracking how much writing she was doing each day and simultaneously set a goal to have the novel finished by New Years.  These are… her images.

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This is how much has been written each day.  Each purple bar represents the amount written.  The diamonds are the goal Morgan set for each day (about ~811 words), and the grey is the average.
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This one probably looks more familiar.  Again, purple is the amount written, black is the goal, and grey is the average.

Um…that’s about all.

“No, it’s not,” Kivessa says, still glaring.  “Daz, seriously.”

Dazant sighs again.

What more is there for me to say?  The writing is going.  It’s almost done.  This post is a waste of time.

There’s a collective sigh.  “Daz, you’re never going to write a blog post ever again.”

That’s fine with me.