Story Names… For Reference

So since I’m mentioning so many stories, I decided that it might be easier to name them for reference. So that nobody gets too confused. Especially me.

Original Stories:

The Noble Bard: A sword and sorcery fantasy novel featuring the tale of Alyse young woman trying to find her way through revenge, adventure and romance with the help of a young thief Kaine.

The Exiled: A dark fantasy short story series set in the same world as The Noble Bard, following the adventures of a thief named Mairwen who is looking for a place to call home while being branded as a criminal.

Desarmement: A dark urban fantasy, with a bit of a mystery feel. Adrienne, the proprietor of the Desarmement de Cupidon, a seedy brothel in London, starts uncovering a plot she quickly becomes entrenched in something even darker.

 

While titles may change, that’s what they are for now. The Exiled is a series of short stories set in the same world as Noble Bard, which is the novel that I’m working on.

Desarmement  is set in a separate world than them, with one of my longest standing and most developed characters, which will prove to be interesting. So I will be adding categories with the names of these stories. Fanfictions will be in their own category. đŸ™‚

Which reminds me:

Fanfictions:

Dragon Age Origins: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

Dragon Age 2: Hawke Family Values

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Why Sexuality and Gender are Important in Fiction

We’re all pretty used to the ‘normal’ male/female pairing in common fiction. While male/male and female/female have been gaining popularity, fantasy fiction is a little bit behind.

As a fantasy writer, I have to admit, I haven’t been helping. My stories are primarily female protaganist centric. Most of them I’ve put in a relationship with a man. A few with a woman, but not many, and always very normal otherwise.

And I realized that I’m not doing this because I am dedicated to these types of pairings, but because I am catering to my readers and it is causing my characters some issues.

I have characters that fit into all of the categories of sexuality, and so far, trying to fit them into little holes has not worked.

My main character for one story is asexual, panromantic. Meaning that she has little interest in sex for any reason (though she does engage in it), but she is romantically attracted to anyone, regardless of their sex or gender.

Another story, the character is pansexual. This is actually societal for her, as she comes from a culture that embraces sexuality and gender in all their forms.

Out of them all, I have more characters that are either bisexual or pansexual. Here’s the numbers:

Bisexual: 4

Pansexual: 6

Heterosexual: 2

Homosexual: 2

Asexual: 1

Interesting numbers.

Beyond sexuality, there is also gender. While most of my characters fit within the traditional gender binary, this is largely because I don’t have much experience (personally) outside of it.

They defy the gender roles themselves, I am unsure of how this interprets into gender identity.  This is something I am going to have to look into. Most of the women I write are not within their gender role.

Now you may ask why do I bring this up?

Well, the thing is, I do believe that we, as writers, should not only write what we know, but also what is around us.

Life is more than just black and white, male and female. So why do we, or perhaps, why do I, try to make my stories and characters fit into those tiny little categories?

Again, because I am more over-conscious of my readers, it seems. I am not looking to over-inclusive in my stories, but as I have fun examining different points of life, why should I limit my characters because I don’t believe my readers are ready? It’s not like I’m trying to make millions off of my stories.

So I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to worry so much about what I think my readers are ‘ready for’, have a little faith, and simply let my characters be themselves.

And the novel I’m currently working on is actually set to allow for various different pairings. The setting, as a whole, is more accepting of these things than our world is.

Without giving too much away: Many of the characters are not what you might expect, and I’m going to have fun with that. đŸ™‚

Races for Novel!

Alright, so I mentioned that I would be updating with race images soon, right?

Well, here they are!

Most of the Races included in the Novel

On Deviantart

In order from left to right:

Korrigan (Female)
Haltija (Male)
Sidhe (Female)
Human (Male)
Huldra (Female)
Urisk (Male)
Tomte (Female)

More information to come!

http://seraphim-azriel.deviantart.com/art/Races-for-Novel-287336620

Small Update for the Last Post

So a small update on the last posting ‘Writing With an Outline’, I finished outlining the chapters for my Dragon Age: Origins fanfic, as well as my Dragon Age II fanfic. The DA:O fanfic has 78 chapters planned out now, while the DAII fanfic has 105 chapters.

(And both with possible sequels that may or may not be as long)

While I am going to have to see how this will translate into my writing, I actually think I like this very basic form of outlining that I did. I don’t give an itemized list, but a summary of the chapters.

So far it’s not a bad idea, but I am concerned that I will get bored with writing them now that I know whats going to happen in each chapter. Even if it is basic. I suppose we’ll see.

I’m aware that it will be much different, however, when the story is my own and I don’t have a timeline already pre-determined. But it’s a start, and an interesting one at that.

 

Writing with an Outline

When I write, there is usually no real structure behind the process. The moment takes me and within seconds I’m scribbling (or typing) away a wonderful scene. Most of my writing is done this way. I get a general idea of a plot, I only begin to develop characters, and soon I’m running with it.

But I suppose I can only sprint for so long?

So I’m testing something, with one of my most recent fanfiction. Actually writing with an outline. Since it’s based on a video game (Dragon Age II), I already know the basic timeline of events, but I’m also trying to fill in the gaps in the game. (There are two three year ‘gaps’ that will be featured in the story that I’ll be filling.)

So I have a pretty solid structure already set up. Then I decided to outline the chapters. I want to make sure I keep a regular updating schedule for this fanfiction. So I decided there are two things I should do in order to achieve that: Have a minimum of 10 chapters ready before posting the story online, and then I decided that it might just be a good idea to have a vague outline.

For a lot of them, they have the in-game quest name(s) listed and nothing else. Others have a small note. Such as “Ch. 6: A New Home? The Hawkes reclaim the Amell Estate,” which is the chapter I’m on right now. While some chapters are up to a full paragraph of summary.

So far, I have up to Chapter 30 outlined in this way, and the next 10-15 are after the first ‘gap’, and it’s more decided if I want to include more before ACT II and what I want to include during that time. Then the ‘Champion’ gap, and ACT III. Epilogue may end up being its separate story.

I’ve never done outlines before, although many people swear by them. So, I’m giving it a try. In the mean time, here’s a “deleted scene” from the story…

“You know, Ophelia, with how you skulk about, you could get just about as much info in this town as I do.” Varric teased as the woman stepped out of the shadows, the door closing to his private room. Damian, she noted, had the sense this time not to jump when she appeared. He had done so many times when they were growing up that she would scare him easily. She smirked slightly as she sank into a chair at his table, not even waiting for them to be seated.

“It’s served me well so far.” She answered breezily, shrugging simply as her brother took another seat at the table.

“I am curious how you got to be so good at it, though.” The dwarf asked as he sat down at ‘his’ seat, indicating Damian with one hand, “Your siblings are no where near as quiet as you.”

“You can hear Carver from a mile away, however…” Her brother muttered.

“I had to be the one to sneak up and find out what the Templars were doing, even when we were young.” She explained, “I had no magic, so the Templars couldn’t sense me. Doesn’t mean they couldn’t hear me though. When I was young, they simply assumed I was a curious child, but they’d insist on bringing me back to my parents. So I learned to hide better. I’m so good at it, as you say, because I’ve been doing it my whole life. Shadowing Templars to make sure they didn’t know we were a family of apostates…”

“I still always chuckled when you call us a family of apostates, sis.” Damian said with a wide grin, she shrugged, having heard it before, but Varric raised a brow at the mage, so he explained, “Technically, according to the Chantry, only half of us would be considered apostate. Mother just calls us a family, never mentioning apostate, and rarely mage. She doesn’t care, but Carver likes to differentiate himself. He’s not an apostate, just related to a couple.”

 

This also means that I can write whatever scene I want to in the mean time. So let’s see how this works out.