Shadows Rise Teaser: Gabrielle Porter — Written In Shadows

Hey, guys! New Shadows Rise teaser is out on Written Shadows. Introducing the leader of the Wolf Hunters. Please go check it out. 🙂


Hey, guys, Blackbird here! We had decided that we weren’t posting any one-shots here, but the closer we get to finishing episode one of Shadows Rise, the more I want to share little snippets and teasers with you guys. Thing is, the chapters still need a round or two more of edits and I don’t want […]

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I’m a Zombie Now

Twelve hours writing stream, my dudes. It was insane.

It was insanely fun and I made insane progress. I pumped out a whole chapter and then some in one night. That’s three days worth of writing for me. Granted, I now have to edit this stuff and make it readable, but it was SO worth it. And so much fun. We chatted about writing and talked about our respective projects and gradually zombified from sleep deprivation… And Cthulu was there… And cat. There was cat.

It was genuinely a really nice experience for me because I don’t know any writers in my area (who aren’t assholes) and I’ve never actually done anything along the lines of writing with other people like this. It was a really cool experience. And I definitely plan on being there again on the 25th.

Check the post here for details and times if you’re interested. Come hang out with us if you’re doing NaNo, or not. I’m not. But I’ll be there working on Shadows Rise and showing off snippets of it in chat after every writing sprint. So if you want some insight into this thing that’s been consuming my life lately. That’s one way to do it as well. 😉

I have editing to do. I am so tired. Holy shit. lol

Later guys.


You Are Cordially Invited!


What: You are cordially invited to join Plotist, its team, and some guests, as we work to achieve our NaNo writing goals, and also raise money for the NaNoWriMo charity which brings free creative writing programs to many around the world. During the event we’ll have team word count challenges, writing sprints, guests, fun music (with thanks to ccMixter’s sister site Dig!), a chance for you to join us live on stream, and more.

When: Plotist is going to be hosting two nights. Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, November 25. Both nights will start at 9PM UK time and run for 12 hours. Timezone conversion for November 11 and November 25

Where: The Plotist Team will be streaming on their YouTube channel. Exact links will be posted soon and pass them on when I have them, but you can subscribe to their channel and get notifications for any live stream HERE. Boom!

So, yeah, guys… Plotist is running a NaNo event this Saturday and again on the 25th. I’m not officially doing NaNo, but I’m all for dangerous writing and hanging out with those guys is always a blast so you’ll definitely catch me there!

Whether you’re full-on participating in NaNo or you just think you might want to get some words in on whatever project you have going whilst hanging out with some great people, come join us! It’ll be fun.

And if you haven’t yet, check out Plotist. I cannot stress enough how much I love that site and the people behind it.



I keep forgetting to blog. God damn it!

I’m sorry, guys. I know I suck. But… I’ve been meeting my writing goals at least and that means one step closer to release date for Shadows Rise. That’s good. That’s progress. So I’m not gonna be myself up too much over this.

Still… I know… I need to step up my game. I know. 😐


Obligatory November Post #1

Technically the first November post was yesterday, but… Whatever. I still have thirty minutes before midnight so this totally counts. 😛

Yesterday, I didn’t meet my 500 words quota, which, I was a bit miffed about. But today I wrote 900 words and nearly closed another chapter. So overall, I’m doing good keeping up my pace and being productive. Which is the goal, really. I’m also extremely swamped with work until Monday which… Sucks. I’m wanting to do them spoopy reviews, damn it.

Oh, well. *sigh* Whatever has to be will be.

Later, guys!


Halloween Fail

Hey, guys! Happy late Halloween!

So, I had some stuff planned for Halloween this year that I wasn’t able to go through with. They required some level of preparation and I was sick pretty much most of October. Bummer, right?

So, if I’m able, between Shadows Rise and work, I will do some ‘spoopy’ reviews and lists this month. But it is November and, November is the month of ‘writing your ass off’, so pardon me if I don’t come through for you.

What I will do this November is 500 Words into Shadows Rise every day and one blog post every day. Those are my goals for this November. Seems simple enough, right?

Yeah, watch me fail at this. -.-

Good luck to you NaNo crazies out there. I will not be joining you.


Character Development: We’re All a Little Mad Down Here

“O Alienista” by Machado de Assis is one of my favorite novellas of all time. It was also a great influence in how I think of characters. And on how I view the human condition as a whole, in fact.

There is an English version of this story that I urge you to read because, seriously, it’s an amazing book.

If you haven’t heard of the story, I don’t want to spoil for you. Let me just say that there is one very strong point that it makes; no one, absolutely no one, is entirely sane. There is no such thing as a person with ‘perfect mental faculties’.

If Tolkien changed the way I looked at worldbuilding, Machado de Assis was the man who changed the way I looked at characters. This book is the best example I can think of as to why that is. The human mind is a fragile thing. Insanity, children, is just around the corner. I wholeheartedly believe that to be true.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any extended period of time, first of all I apologize for your loss of sanity, but also you may be aware of my personal motto when it comes to creating characters: treat them as real people and not a set of traits. Real people are not ‘normal’ and real people are never entirely sane.

Based on this principle, I tend to look at the whole of who my characters are as I would the surface of a cracked mirror. Every fragment represents an aspect of their personality and each reflects the world around them from a particular angle. Together they do form the whole of one single surface, but that whole isn’t perfect, it can’t form one single perfect reflection, and it can never be entirely intact again.

In real life, think of children as a blank canvas; they start as a smooth surface, and life progressively cracks the glass. The cracks aren’t necessarily bad experiences, but they are the things that end up shaping their worldviews, molding their character.

With characters, it isn’t much different. You don’t have to go back to the birth of your character in-story and figure out every event that shapes their life (you can, I have, but you don’t have to), you just have to look at the first idea of the character as that smooth glass, that perfect reflection, and then write the cracks onto it. Let events in their life add different aspects to who they are, twist the angles through which they view the world, make them broken and imperfect. Do that to some extent with their background, yes, but most of all do it throughout the story.

In simple words, keep in mind that a great part of writing a real human being is understanding that everything is constantly chipping away at their sanity. It isn’t possible for a real person to go through life unscathed. It doesn’t happen. Even the most seemingly perfect human being with the most seemingly perfect life is still a being composed of broken glass and imperfection.

And here is where I apologize if you came into this post expecting me to give you a how-to on this. As with anything else I’ve passed as writing advice on this blog, none of it is absolute and none of it is easy to explain. I could pick any one of my characters and pick them apart for you and show how and why they are who they are, but in doing so, I dehumanize them as well. We’re all going to go through life without the knowledge of everything that makes us who we are. That’s part of the process.

What I can give is my perception and hope that you apply it to whatever writing method currently works for you. Because all of this stuff is still light years from being an exact science to me.

Also, I’m so sorry you ended up with this instead of the bit of awfulness I planned on inflicting on you lot today. Technical difficulties can be a bitch like that. Look on the bright side though; you’re not the ones who have to read that crap twice. 😛

That said, I think I’m gonna lay off the fan fiction until I’m through with Shadows Rise. There will be reviews, but… Hmph… ya know? Twilight is on and Disney, definitely still on, but HE and NITWIT are going to take a back seat until further notice.

Hope you guys are having a great week.

See ya when I see ya.


Welp lol

I was going to post Hogwarts Exposed, but WordPress ate my post. I think the Universe is rebelling against this fic’s existence, is what I think. 😛

I tried guys. I don’t have the mental fortitude to rewrite any of that right now. -.-


A fantasy writer’s guide to archery

Guys, check out this post. It’s got some pretty great archery info.


Richie Billing

Archery features heavily in fantasy; it’s one of the reasons why I love the genre so much. But I’ve learned—the hard way (always the hard way isn’t it?)—that doing your research when it comes to things such as this is necessary. Not only will you look like a genius for knowing crazy shit about bows, but you’ll have a tale enriched with pleasing detail.

I’ve done a bit of that research for you, and below you’ll find a nifty guide to all things archery.

The arrow


The anatomy of an arrow

The nock is to hold the arrow to the bowstring.

The shaft was sharpened into a point, or an arrowhead attached to the end. Early arrowheads were made from bone, stone or horn, with metal arrowheads like bronze and iron, developed later.


An ancient Greek/Scythian bronze arrowhead 

There were various ways of affixing the head to the shaft (I…

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