Dream + Fantasy Novel Updates

A Writing Shed in a Garden

I read once that visualizing dreams help them come true, so I did what I do when trying to visualize something, and I drew it out.

Ever since the so-called “she-sheds” first started making an appearance online, I started dreaming of a writing shed. Instantly, I knew where I would want it to be without any thought. For me, I would adore having a large garden with so many fruits and veggies that I could leave extras for my community to take as they need them. A garden that would not just help me, but my neighbors too.

At the back of all of this would be a modest shed with opening screened windows and a small attached greenhouse. In it, I could open the windows, and smell the dirt, herbs, and flowers. I could hear the wind in the trees, the singing of birds, and the soft hum of pollinators.

It would be just outside my home, but stepping inside of it would leave all the stresses of life behind. It would feel like I was going to work, even though it would only be just a few steps from my home.

If I was having a moment of writer’s-block, I would quietly tend to the garden while thinking of my stories.

That, to me, would be the best writing spot. : )

 

Writing Progress:

My current major writing project is something I am currently calling “Woad.” The name may change, but the story itself is proving to be intense to flesh out. The story will be from multiple points of view, forcing me to know more about my characters than I might have had it only been one POV, and the world is so large that the details about it keep growing.

Before I attempt a second attempt at a draft of the first book, I would like to know absolutely everything I can about both the characters and the world. I am determined to make both seem real in my writing, and something that often helps me do that is drawing.

Sometimes, I can be working on one sketch of one character for hours, and those hours is a sort of private time with that character. My mind is only on them as I draw, so I flesh out their personality, and while my pen moves I also finalize their appearance more and more in my mind. It is a win-win situation!

Here are some of the drawings I have done for this novel so far(more are sure to come!):

 

Thanks for reading!

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My Art | Scottish Fairies: Part 1

If you picture a fairy as how they are described in Hollywood, then you are in for a surprise. In folklore, the term “fairy” is more of a category for a certain type of mythological creature. Some are generally nice, and some are generally mean, but all are fascinating to me.

A current novel I am writing for Wattpad has several fairies, so I plan on doing one drawing a week and posting those drawings on here every so often with a brief description of what they are. So, here are the first drawings!

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Brownies

No, not the chocolate dessert. Brownies are from Scottish & English folklore and will help with chores in exchange for food, but you can not call the food a gift or payment or it will leave. It used to be common for houses to leave a small stool near a fire just for a brownie to warm himself at.

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Crodh Sidhe

A Crodh Sidhe is a “fairy cow” found in Scottish folklore and is described as without horns, white-bodied & red speckled. They eat seaweed & sometimes visit with regular cows, but will always leave again for the sea.

I got a tad carried away with the branches and green fur, but I wanted to make it clear that this cow is not a regular cow. Also, I figured even a fairy cow might want some camouflage to hide from predators.

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Merrow

Scotland has their own mermaid lore (including a clan which is supposedly descendants of them), and they come in the form of Merrows. Unlike mermaid myths elsewhere in the world where mermaids are often only described as female, Marrows have a balance of lore about both male and female marrows.  The female marrow love to seduce sailors, and the male marrows love to drag sailors down and drown them.

Merrows are often described as having skin with a green tint, webbed hands, a fishtail, and seaweed green hair. I know, my drawing does not depict any of those descriptions, but I thought it would be fun to draw a mermaid with jellyfish-like hair.

Flower Pixies

A “pixie” is sort of a vague description of a small sized mythological creature. Like “fairy,” it is still a broad category, so that is why I decided to put these drawings in that category. Sometimes the words “pixie” and “fairy” are used interchangeably, but in some places, they are seen as very different things. For example, at Buckland St Mary in Summerset, England, the faires and the pixies are said to have gone to war against each other.

Want to learn more about fairies/Sidhe? Click here.

 

Improving Art

I would like to think I have improved with art over the years. True or not true, it has been fun drawing my characters.

I have always loved drawing, but when I started writing I found more of a reason to do it. Drawing my characters makes them feel more real to me as I write, and gives me time to think them out.

The drawings below are the redo’s of old art, quickly re-drawn and coloured. As you’ll see, their clothes have changed a lot since then, but they are still characters that are dear to me.

So how about all of you? Do any of you draw as well as write?

How To Make a Free Author Website, & My Writing Updates

Writers Corner:

Here is a video on making a free WordPress website for author. It is not very long, but I hope it still helps. I plan on doing a longer one when I can find a free screen recording software that works for me.

Author Website Checklist:

  • Homepage 
  • Advertisement of a book on Homepage
  • “Contact Me” page with email form.
  • “About Me” page. Show who you are; add pictures of you, your dog, or your favourite writing spot.
  • Books page. Make it easy for people to see past books and current books.
  • Social media links. Consider a Facebook page, twitter, GoodReads, and Tumblr.
Featured Writers Resource:
    • Fantasy Map Generator. This one was created by someone participating in NaNoGeMo. It even comes up with great sounding names as well.

Life Updates:

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Tada! Here is my group of adorable misfits. From left to right they are: Antiiss, Fynlan, Ballgare, Albaen, Edmi, Heafieon. Under normal circumstances they would have never talked, and maybe not even gotten along, but their mission brings them together to be the most awkward group of friends you’ll see.

I am so glad I finally drew them all together!

The Re-Writing Trap and Novel News

Novel News:

So, story time. Last Thursday I went to the dentist to get a check up done, and ended up getting my wisdom teeth out. The surgery was not planned at all, so the day after it I was lifting straw bales at work and in the store the days after(my job doesn’t believe in sick days).

After working hard with lots of pain, I was like a zombie by the time I got home. That means no writing. It was an incredibly hard week for me, so I don’t really have any updates at all in regards to my novel I am writing.

I am feeling way better now, though, so hopefully starting now I can be super productive again!

Wisdom teeth, I do not miss you!


Writers Corner:

Today I am talking about the re-writing trap that many authors fall into. Sorry if I talk slightly strange in this video; my mouth is still a tiny bit sore from getting my wisdom teeth out.

 

Woad Updates: New Concept Art

I have been drawing lots for Woad lately. Some have been good…some not so good, but here they are so far!

Mostly, I have been working on creating my own creatures, and also world building. Most these drawing are related to the area where my main character, Antiiss, lives.

Please tell me what you think! I would love to hear any suggestions. : )

The Purest Blood Merchandise

Merchandise for The Purest Blood is now available on Society 6! It has everything from phone cases, to tote bags, to blankets!

All money(if any) I make on there will go to the novel I am working on called Woad so I can get it professionally edited. I was not able to do that with The Purest Blood, but I am hoping I can save up enough for Woad.

If you are interested in taking a peek, use this link so you can get free shipping from now until Feb 7, 2016.

(Thanks to @alliepennauthor for helping me find out about Society 6! You can find her awesome store here. Please go take a peek; her art is beyond amazing.)

Haze: A Practice Novel

cover copyVery soon as a way to practice writing, I am going to be posting a novel chapter-by-chapter onto the website, Wattpad.

In the past I have found that posting on there is a wonderful way to learn more about writing since the community is so helpful, so I am going to do it again in hopes of learning even more.

I would love to become a better writer, so I hope this will be a way to help me do that.

Haze is a Victorian-inspired world that has a fantasy twist and is full of Irish and Scottish mythological creatures. It follows Ellamae and her bother Aldwin as they try to clear her name from the series of murders she was framed with.

If you would are interested knowing more about Haze, I do have the synopsis up on Wattpad and this website already.

What about all of you? Do any of you have a Wattpad? Have you ever posted a novel for free before? If so, do you find it helpful? I would love to know your thoughts.

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