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I have a major update to all existing chapters coming up in a little while. I'm wrapping up the second and third Lilian chapters and when they're done I will be reordering everything into proper order. Which means most older links in this thread are going to break. As for the changes, there's a lot of minor details that have been added, for example the names of months which have been missing so far. I have a checklist of things here that I'm trying to weave into the storyline, mostly world/lore stuff, but there's also a number of alterations that are more important to the overall plot.

As mentioned earlier I'm not a fan of blatant exposition. Which, I think, has lead to me not conveying enough information in some cases. There are important clues that read like throwaway lines, so I've tried reinforcing those without being too on the nose.

So, I would really advise anyone who's been following this project so far to re-read the whole thing once the big update is released. I know it's a tall order, but the early chapters have things in them that weren't there when I first wrote them several months ago.
Hopefully once this semester ends I can spend some time reading the new update. Looking forward to it! Have you considered having some authors look at it? I mean, it might be the next logical step after this big update. You've been working hard on it and I think you should definitely run it by some established authors (there has got to be a forum out there somewhere; I mean, there's a VO forum...).

As another funny aside, I was reading up on this old SNES game my brother used to play called The Seventh Saga. There is an old dwarf you can play as in the game and his name is Olvan! Sorry, I don't mean to keep doing that... It's just that the commonalities among fantasy names became banal to me a long time ago (see previous Terry Brooks rants). By no means do I think you should worry about such things.
(04-15-2019, 01:43 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]Have you considered having some authors look at it? I mean, it might be the next logical step after this big update. You've been working hard on it and I think you should definitely run it by some established authors (there has got to be a forum out there somewhere; I mean, there's a VO forum...).

To be perfectly honest I would be more interested in running it by a number of fans of the genre and hear their reactions. Knowing writers (and people giving feedback over the internet), they'll probably just tell me to rewrite the whole thing from scratch, kill my darlings, stick to my first language, stop being a [insert writer] clone, don't quit my day job and better luck next time.

(04-15-2019, 01:43 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]As another funny aside, I was reading up on this old SNES game my brother used to play called The Seventh Saga. There is an old dwarf you can play as in the game and his name is Olvan! Sorry, I don't mean to keep doing that... It's just that the commonalities among fantasy names became banal to me a long time ago (see previous Terry Brooks rants). By no means do I think you should worry about such things.

Haha! I've never even heard of that game. And here I chose Olvan because it sounded less dwarfish... ah, well.
Hey I'm a professional writer having made $4.37 on Amazon and i think you are doing great and should keep it up!
(04-15-2019, 01:04 PM)bigcat1969 Wrote: [ -> ]Hey I'm a professional writer having made $4.37 on Amazon and i think you are doing great and should keep it up!

Sounds like my yearly Spotify returns Smile
(04-15-2019, 12:26 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]don't quit my day job

Didn't you already quit your day job?

Wow, it's hard to believe it's been over three years since you wrote that.
(04-15-2019, 12:26 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]To be perfectly honest I would be more interested in running it by a number of fans of the genre and hear their reactions. Knowing writers (and people giving feedback over the internet), they'll probably just tell me to rewrite the whole thing from scratch, kill my darlings, stick to my first language, stop being a [insert writer] clone, don't quit my day job and better luck next time.
That makes sense. I agree that some genre specific feedback is probably best to start with. Perhaps at a later stage, then. If you find the right community it can be very useful. Just as this forum has been invaluable for my musical development, workshopping writing as a craft can be very rewarding. In college workshopping was one of my favorite things. Then again, I did terribly in Fiction Writing and the workshops sucked... So yeah, running it by some fans is probably wise Big Grin
I just realized I have reached an interesting point in the telling of this tale.

When a short story turned into a longer story almost a year ago, I had no idea I would get this far. In fact, I very much doubted it. I had the fatalistic feeling that I would give up eventually, overwhelmed by the prospect of finishing it. And now I'm on chapter 20 out of 24 (I think), which means I'm almost ashore. Obviosly this isn't a plotline that can be resolved anytime soon, so I find myself having to consider what's going to happen after Strands of Darkness wraps up. Which is another reason I have gone over the existing chapters with a fine-tooth comb, weaving in details that are important to the larger storyline even though they might seem like pointless bits of info-dropping.

Of course, I'm not sure if there'll ever be a second volume. It all depends on whether I can keep my present enthusiasm for writing going. But the fact that I have to factor in future novels feels encouraging in itself. I got this far, so who knows?
That's excellent news. Nothing breeds success like success, as they say. So maybe you'll be inspired to continue after finishing the first novel.
I have a ton of scattered notes about the Uldani (the vaguely Roman-esque empire that laid the foundation for almost all human civilization in my fantasy world) and I've been thinking for a while that I should really attempt to condense everything into a single document and elaborate on various things. For my own sake if nothing else--to make this or that easier to look up when I need it. I sat down to do just that this morning, and I'm starting to think it might have been a bad idea. I spent all afternoon and evening writing a lenghty account of the life of Ul, the warlord/prophet/madman that founded the Empire, and now I'm sitting here at 3:17 A.M. happily detailing the political hierarchy of the Empire.

Sure, it's fun when your brain is bursting with ideas, but it makes me think I could have spent this time finishing the novel instead. Or maybe I should have written a novel set in Imperial times...
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