Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Tales: Hidden Facts with Laris

Happy Third Tuesday! This is the day I've set aside for Q&A with my characters, short stories, and the like. My characters are currently answering a question from these Character Development Questions: What facts about your characters do they prefer to keep hidden? Ghuli and Andyrsn have already taken a stab at answering, so now I will move on to the next willing character: Laris.

Oh! Hello again!

A hidden fact about myself? Teorre, I do not believe I have any.  'Tis difficult when you are the Prince. Everyone knows everything about you. Well, I suppose this is a not-so-hidden, terribly common fact many of my generation face today: I cannot speak the old Sprityn tongue well.

You see, we Sprites had only occupied our own continent and the Eastern Crystal Isle, which King Dyeva gave to us after the Crystal War ended, until the Sprityn-Trollic Treaty, and so, my people only spoke Sprityn and Crystalline. My grandfather was King at the time of the Treaty. He thought it best to teach my father the Common Language so that he could communicate with the Trollics and the Humans who emigrated to the Isle. This proved even better when Sprites migrated further south into the Life Continent. Many in the north speak a hybrid of Sprityn and the Common Language.

When all settles on Teorre, I plan to reinstate the study of the old Sprityn language, so that it does not die with me.


I speak Spanglish haha. Is there anything language you would like to learn? I want to learn ASL. I used to be really into it, but it fell off (I think because of Spanish lol).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday Words: A Second Look at The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

It's the 2nd Wednesday of the month, so I do want to make sure I put something up, but I'm still reading N.K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky. It seems like my days want to get busy whenever I'm reading this series! I'll have something new to share next month.

My excitement for this book hasn't waned in the least. In fact, a few chapters ago, I realized something important, which I mentioned in the first part of my look into this book. There are chapters, Hoa's chapters to be specific, which are counting down. The only logical deduction is that Hoa is counting down to the way the world ends for the first time, when he broke the world.

There has been so much going on in his chapters, as well as Nassun's chapters, and I am chomping at the bit and foaming at the mouth in anticipation of how the imagery in this book in particular will be adapted for TV. There is SO. MUCH. I'm so excited.

I don't want to give anything away for myself, so I hit the Random.org button a few times until it took me to a spot I've read already but that was after what I already shared with you all. Funny enough, I shared page 97 last time, and this time, I'm going to share something from page 102, in the same chapter.

Is Kelenli the same? No, the conductors said she was made different in only one way. She has our powerful, complex, flexible sessapinae, which no other people in the world possess. Otherwise she's like them.

This is interesting to me because when we meet Kelenli, Hoa tells Essun that she looks like Kelenli. Back before Hoa's kind were stone eaters, they were called tuners, and were created to tune plutonic engines. What are those? Not telling, but you might be able to guess if you've read the other two books. The interesting part for me is that I am suspecting that orogenes were also created, not natural to this world until centuries of evolution. I think I'm right, but I still have about 40% to read, so I'll see.

What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG: I Entered DVPit Again

Happy October! Fall is my favorite season, so I'm happy it's here. And with a new month comes our Insecure Writer's Support Group, a chance for us writers to share our insecurities with each other! Feel free to join in at www.insecurewriterssuportgroup.com. There you can visit the Sensei, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the co-hosts for the month, and other insecure writers.

For me, I entered DVPit again. It's been a year since I first pitched my manuscript through this Twitter pitch contest for marginalized writers. I had so many hits from agents and editors that I didn't know what to do with myself. Unfortunately, I rushed through revisions that I was in the middle of and queried a manuscript that wasn't ready. So despite actually getting one full request on my query, I still came up with no offers.

Since then, I received a full edit letter from Jodi Meadows, won a query critique from Laura Pohl, and went through a grueling critique group over the summer. You would think that with the work I've put in this year, I'd feel ready, but when I saw those likes comes in this time, I just remember last year and get so nervous. I didn't even get as many likes as I did last year (had my one tweet not had comps, I probably would have had even less). I'm trying to convince myself that things will work out this time, but I'm not really sure.

Hope someone else is feeling more confident than I do! Or not, let me know.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy XV Universe

Happy Friday!

It's the last Friday of the month, and that means it's time to geek out for a minute. Final Fantasy XV developers continue to crank out content for this game. It's becoming it's own franchise! While a mobile Game of War-style game was created for the game (and is trash), there will be a PC, pocket, and real multi-player version of this game out by early 2018! Extra content is being downloaded periodically, so I need to get back into the game to see what's available. The expansion they're doing for this game is proof to me that this will be the last major Final Fantasy game, especially as they're doing the MMO version (FFXI and FFXIV were MMORPGs). It's the end of an era (unofficially, because they haven't said anything of the sort).

I hope you all have a great weekend. I leave you with a trailer for the expansion project!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Tales: Hidden Facts with Andyrsn

We're back to the third Tuesday! This is the day I've set aside for Q&A with my characters, short stories, and the like. Two months back, Ghuli answered a question from these Character Development Questions: What facts about your characters do they prefer to keep hidden? The majority of my supporting cast are soldiers called Watchmen, so I'm sure this is something they all can answer, albeit reluctantly.

I'm actually going to let Andyrsn answer this one next, because he has a hidden fact that I came up with late in the revision stage, and it doesn't come up in the story at all. I'm sure it's something people will ask about, though.


So, I actually don't remember my mom. She left us when I was two, and by the time I was old enough to ask why, my dad had gone off to duty. I did write him once to ask. I didn't really feel like I was missing out on anything--by the time I turned 7, a lot of kids had lost parents to the Contagion, so growing up with less than two became the norm. I was really curious, though. Dad said she just had other ideas of what life should be, so she went to figure it out and never came back. Vague as hell, but I don't think he wanted me to think it was because of me. I don't, but I do wonder what she's doing now and if she's found what she was looking for. It's like, is she still out there searching, or is she not coming back because she's found it, whatever it is? But yeah, that's something I don't talk about with anyone.


Didn't mean to make it a sad post, but there you have it! See you next week.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday Words: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

It's the second Wednesday of the month, where I share with you all a piece of what I'm reading, and if you haven't guessed it, I'm finally reading N.K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky, the final chapter in her Broken Earth series.

I'm super excited that this series is getting adapted into a TV series. There's so much I want to see come to life, and I hope it's everything I dream. Though I'm sure Nora hopes the same thing.

The language used so far as we go back in time to before (what it seems like) the stone eaters were stone eaters has been BEAUTIFUL, so poetic. Let's see what we can find in these 413 pages with Random.org.

Page 97....Hmm...Looks like this is the way the world ended for the first time.

The conductors explain little beyond what we must know to fulfill our roles. It is enough to know that--small, unimportant we--will help to set humanity on a new path toward an unimaginably bright future.

The hubris of man.

What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG: Finding a Day Job You Love

I don't know how big this is about to be, font-wise (I'm on my phone), but hello! This is the monthly blog hop for Insecure Writers. Feel free to join in at www.insecurewriterssuportgroup.com. There you can visit the Sensei, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the co-hosts for the month, and other insecure writers!

I am writing this while hiding in the basement at work. I've been doing secretary work since I quit my data entry job way back when, and I kind of regret it daily. But I didn't prepare well enough and certainly didn't know well enough to find a job I like. I thought I'd get published right out of college. Pfff.

So, while you're writing and waiting, and if you can't afford to not work, definitely find a day job that makes you happy in the meantime. It's no fun dreading going in to work each day.

This month's question has a less dismal answer from me: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

I have! My current WIP in particular has gone places I never expected, and I love it. I hope others will, too, one day.

See you around the blogosphere!