I know I haven’t been around much this week. It’s been hard for me. I’ve been really stressed out and haven’t found the time to write anything.
I don’t know if I am going to put this on hold till I find work, but right now I am unemployed and I really need to make the effort to find work so I don’t get evicted.
I recommend if you are reading to just follow this blog so you know when I am updating it. I’ll try to keep up notes here and there if you guys are wondering what’s happening on my end.
Dark Lord Saga! Chapter 24 : Field of Battle has been released!
For this chapter. I really thought long and hard about the kind of incantation’s mages would use for their spells. I know a lot of people take inspiration from japanese/chinese webnovels for their naming scheme and attacks, but I wanted a little more consistency because my world is fusion fantasy between Chinese and European mythology.
With all the books in the world. There was like totally no way there wasn’t a book somewhere that had a spell system that would be totally cool. I mean at some point some genius had to come up with some awesome lines to say in a row to cast a magical spell. So off I went a searching.
In the end, I decided to go with a similar word convention used by Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. It’s an old cartoon. I don’t think anyone really remembers it anymore. It is more traditional Europe and when you think of magic. I think the spell casting in it fit perfectly. Haha. It’s like a short series of poems where you say what you want to happen and I think the wordplay can be very witty.
Though in hindsight…this does mean it takes me a while to come up with the lines myself whenever some mage gets into a fight…
I mean for this chapter when Loch casts his spell. It took me like an hour to come up with his three sentences incantation! Three sentences took ONE HOUR. WTF! LOL. I didn’t even notice till I looked at the clock.
More hard work! But it feels right, haha. Now back to job hunting.
I’ve been a busybody these last few days, but I’ve been working hard. Here is the latest chapter of Dark Lord Saga! Chapter 23 : Damsel in Distress.
Currently, I am working on more job applications so updates are going to be a little sporadic. I’ll try to update a chapter everyday, but if I don’t get to it don’t kill me! (>_<).
Chapter 22 : Nine Tribulations of Nothingness has been released! So sleepy! Enjoy!
Whew! Finished! Chapter 21 : Sea of Stars. Released!
Now for more ice cream. Have to stay awake (O.O). Must…watch…anime…ugh!
I got home late and ate a lot of icecream, but I made it. lol. Chapter 20 : Choice of Danger released!!!
I have another interview tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Edit: Small change to Ch. 19. I realized I added an extra name. “Clark” and changed it to “Lee”.
Chapter 19 : Harshness of a Child has been released! I have to wake-up early tomorrow for the job interview. So I decided to put this up before I go to bed.
I am thinking of taking some art classes at my local college if I get the job. I kind of figured if at some point I want to illustrate my own work. Though it might take like 10 or so years to get good. I suck at drawing, haha.
Anyway! See ya’ll tomorrow night.
Chapter 18 : How to be Cruel has been released!
It took me a while to finish the chapter.
I have a bit of good news! I have an interview for a job on Monday morning. Bad news! That means I have to move the time I release chapters. I normally release chapters at 11:00AM PST. I think I’ll move it to 11:00PM PST. So tomorrow’s chapter will come out at 11:00PM instead of AM.
I’ll have time to post the new chapter tomorrow at the normal time of 11:00AM. I’ll try to settle a schedule so that I post a chapter day once I finish a few more job applications, and get that running.
So I decided as I was reading it over, to do a few corrections, mostly minor stuff. Nothing substantial, so for everyone who has already read these chapters. They shall be mostly the same. So I figured I post it all, and get to the stuff that isn’t the same.
I actually spent 5-6 hours on a new chapter, but decided to cut it as it didn’t quite fit the mood for the rest of the story. So I scrapped it.
So if you guys want to know how I wrote these chapters for the first time back I think back in February?. This is literally what I did to prep myself.
I spend like 3 to 4 hours listening to chinese music. Alone in my room. To just get into the mood of writing. And then I picked a theme for what the chapter is about. And then I write chapter in 2-3 hours. And after I finish the chapter. I spend like 1 hour deleting words that I don’t think are necessary until it is as concise as possible. With no filler, random, descriptions.
Of course once I got to Chapter 18ish. This kind of changed. Someone wanted me to try to write in a more modern western fantasy voice. So I tried it. And then I got messed up and everything became less intuitive. So lately all this work I have been doing has always trying to get back to the original way I wrote this story. And eventually one of these days after dabbling in different writing styles I’ll find a way to make one that sticks and works, and I’ll always be amazing at writing.
But till, I am going to struggle. And I am going to struggle a lot. Haha. I just wanted to share for a bit as we continue forward into uncharted territory. Now on to the next chapter!
Edit: Actually, I’ll be taking a bit of a break. It might be one or two days. Just to brainstorm. I have do a bit of job hunting, and that’s going to dig into time I need to write.