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(02-21-2021, 05:34 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]I'm happy to report that The Wolves of Northreach is finished. While the final parts of it are to be considered first draft and many tweaks are likely needed all over (not to mention that I need to finish the map I've been working on for it), the story is in place from beginning to end. At almost 29k words and 110 pages, it turned out a lot longer in the telling than originally envisioned, but generally speaking I'm quite happy with it.

A plain text version is attached for those who prefer that.

Man, you've been productive! I hope I can catch up on this reading soon! Have you been working with readers? (Kind of a semi-professional questions because I'm in my writing/Lit master's program. General curiosity about your process. Also, sorry I have not had the ability to act as a consisted reader...)
(02-24-2021, 04:07 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]Man, you've been productive!

Yeah, I've kind of been on a roll lately, which feels good after having hardly written anything at all except lore/world material for a couple of months.

(02-24-2021, 04:07 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]Have you been working with readers?

Sadly no, I'm having trouble finding anyone willing to read my stuff, though I'm probably going about it the wrong way (i.e. posting it in places that aren't dedicated to such things). So right now I'm just pressing on and hoping for the best.

Speaking of pressing on, I'm also working on a second Wolves story called...

[Image: hungerer.jpg]

It will be a lot shorter than the main one though.
(02-24-2021, 06:13 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Sadly no, I'm having trouble finding anyone willing to read my stuff, though I'm probably going about it the wrong way (i.e. posting it in places that aren't dedicated to such things). So right now I'm just pressing on and hoping for the best.

Speaking of pressing on, I'm also working on a second Wolves story called...

[Image: hungerer.jpg]

It will be a lot shorter than the main one though.

That looks like it has a horror element to it!

Yeah, I have no idea where to look for readers. Probably just have to hunt around for some kind of online community dedicated to fantasy fiction writing. There must be a ton, but they might be of dubious quality. It's about finding the right one for you, I guess.

I wish I had time to be a more involved reader. I miss having free time at all! It's strange not having any time to do anything other than the thing I'm doing... If that makes any sense. I've literally had multiple dreams where I'm sitting at my main rig doing mundane things like tweaking nobs and searching for some elusive sample!

Glad you're staying productive, though!
(02-26-2021, 02:17 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]That looks like it has a horror element to it!

It has. One of my jotted-down notes for the story reads Crichton and Lovecraft go on a hike in the Blair Witch woods. Tongue It's difficult doing horror in a fantasy setting, since there are already supernatural elements in the world and you don't get that same contrast you get in a horror story set in our world. But it's fun trying to make the two genres meld.

(02-26-2021, 02:17 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]Yeah, I have no idea where to look for readers. Probably just have to hunt around for some kind of online community dedicated to fantasy fiction writing. There must be a ton, but they might be of dubious quality. It's about finding the right one for you, I guess.

Yep, I suspect there's a ton, too. I actually got in touch with an Israeli fantasy writer recently (we ran across one another in a Guild Wars FB group of all places) and I should probably ask him for suggestions.

(02-26-2021, 02:17 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]I wish I had time to be a more involved reader. I miss having free time at all! It's strange not having any time to do anything other than the thing I'm doing... If that makes any sense. I've literally had multiple dreams where I'm sitting at my main rig doing mundane things like tweaking nobs and searching for some elusive sample!

Be careful with that. Not having any time to recharge your batteries and do the things you enjoy can lead to a bad situation, mentally. Trust me, I know Wink

(02-26-2021, 02:17 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]Glad you're staying productive, though!

Yeah, me too! I'm kind of amazed at my own perseverance to be honest. I have a tendency of losing interest after a while, after the novelty of a project has worn off. But now I've technically been working on this fantasy world for almost five years (after all, it started with Waters of Redemption) and I just keep on truckin'. It feels kind of like the more worldbuilding and stories you have in place, the more new ideas you get.
OK, capitalization question again. Picture a primitive, almost stone age-level tribe of humans who call themselves the "buzzard clan". Would you capitalize that? I thought so at first, but looking at it, the Buzzard Clan sounds like a biker gang or possibly a rock band. Then again, just buzzard clan sort of lacks identity. Maybe Buzzard clan? I dunno.

Am I worrying about uninportant things? Probably.
(02-26-2021, 08:31 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]OK, capitalization question again. Picture a primitive, almost stone age-level tribe of humans who call themselves the "buzzard clan". Would you capitalize that? I thought so at first, but looking at it, the Buzzard Clan sounds like a biker gang or possibly a rock band. Then again, just buzzard clan sort of lacks identity. Maybe Buzzard clan? I dunno.

Am I worrying about uninportant things? Probably.

I think technically you capitalize both words. It reminded me of Legend of the Five Rings. I looked up a page on that, and it shows capitalization of both words. It's because it's a proper noun and or a title, just like our previous convo about this: "King Arthur" vs. "Arthur is the king." It's referring to a very specific, singular entity: the Roman Empire, the Tang Dynasty.

It's best to think about it as a clarity thing rather than an issue of what is "correct." It adds subtle layers of meaning. There's a difference in the level of formality between referring to the Buzzard Clan and, say, "Jimmy and his clan like to break windows after dark."

Hope that kind of makes sense...
I changed it to Buzzard Clan. It still looks weird to me, but I'll get used to it. The name is not a big part of the story anyway, it's basically one character who asks the group's pathfinder what the creepy bone & feather charms along the forest path mean, and the pathfinder informs him it means that the land belongs to the Buzzard Clan.

I'm almost finished with The Hungerer in the Dark BTW, at around 16k words, which means I've written this at (for me) breakneck speed.
(03-30-2021, 08:02 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]I changed it to Buzzard Clan. It still looks weird to me, but I'll get used to it. The name is not a big part of the story anyway, it's basically one character who asks the group's pathfinder what the creepy bone & feather charms along the forest path mean, and the pathfinder informs him it means that the land belongs to the Buzzard Clan.

I'm almost finished with The Hungerer in the Dark BTW, at around 16k words, which means I've written this at (for me) breakneck speed.

Nice! I've been writing non-stop (especially since most of my classes are online and require discussion forum posts). I don't know how many words I've written since January, but I don't think I'll want to write a damn thing for a year after this! Too bad, because I'll be working on a thesis...

Yeah, I think in that case, capitalizing it makes it stand out more. If I encountered it randomly in a book and it was not capitalized, it might actually throw me off because it would come across as a nickname or inside joke specific to the speaker. But yes, capitalize it and think no more about it!
Long time since I posted anything here, though I have hardly been idle. I'm happy to report that The Hungerer in the Dark is now done, though it will of course need a lot of tweaks before it can be considered truly finished. If you're in the mood for a wintry horror story, you can download it here:

The Hungerer in the Dark

However, it should be mentioned that while Hungerer takes place before the events in The Wolves of Northreach, it doesn't have a whole lot in the way of character establishment, so I would really recommend reading Wolves first.

The Wolves of Northreach


And with that I'm saying goodbye to Tybault and Fingus and the gang for now, since I don't have any more Wolves stories planned at this moment. That's not to say the mercenary company won't show up in other stories, of course...
Downloaded and started reading! Still busy with all my school reading, but I'll try to spend some time on them. Congratulations on getting this all done!
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