I made a random connection yesterday between my characters in this project and a cultural trope often used in fiction, especially anime. It’s so interesting when these connections are made because it makes creating characters so much easier.
Today I’ll tell you about master swordsmen. In the Sekkan kingdoms master swordsman are warriors who serve both their king or queen and a Lord of a holding. They have mastered at least one of the many forms of swordplay in the kingdoms and are willing to lay down their lives for those they see. They count as 5 normal soldiers in battle.
When someone becomes a sword master it is said that they have been collared because they wear collars with symbols on them detailing what they have mastered. They also wear a belt and a skirt. The belt shows the Lord the sword master serves and the skirt shows the king or queen. This is done through crests.
Sword masters gain the honourary term Niina before their given names. When this is used it is meant to out of respect for the achievements of the sword master. A retired sword master is called Daniina. Sword masters usually serve till death and when they do retire it can either be because they have proven disloyal to those they serve by breaking laws or because they have proven unfit to wield a sword. When a sword master is retired it is said that they have been Danned. They are then forbidden to wear a collar and to carry a sword.
Guess what! This is my final week of archaeological field school and I’m returning home to my normal writing tool (my laptop) and a normal WiFi connection. I’m typing this up on a laptop I borrowed from my university’s library and for the past five weeks I’ve been connecting to the internet in short bursts to check on my blog. Most days I noticed a steady rising in both views and visitors. When I return home I hope to improve several aspects of my blog such as the Contact Me and About Me pages, and my SEO. The SEO especially because it seems I have one post that gets a near constant stream of views and has been for the past several months while my other posts get a few views after they are posted and then are never looked at again.
I have done a lot. I’ve crossed off three things off of my bucket list (play D&D, go on an archaeological dig, and get a cactus), I’ve mostly plotted out a new series that I hope to start posting as soon as possible, and I’ve made a few decisions about The Rememberer. No I’m not ending it prematurely, I hate it when authors leave an already partially published project unfinished, but it is going to end soon. Hopefully by the end of September. I will start posting The Shadow Stone two weeks after The Rememberer ends. I will also be making lore pages for both projects because that is part of what gets me excited about sharing these projects with you. Also I’ll be revising the chapters of The Rememberer already posted to make it so that its actually something I’m proud of.
Now I need to quickly write my post for tomorrow. See you next Tuesday with some improvements to this blog.
I’ve been thinking about the order of events in this series for a little over a week now. Soon there will be enough content for it to be novel length. Today I’ll write about two things related to the series.
The first of these is the title. The Shadow Stone is only a shortened form of the title. The entire title is “The Final Chronicles of the Shadow Stone”. This is because the story I’m writing is only a small portion of the story of the shadow stone, as well as the ending to its story. Unfortunately this means that you will know roughly how the story ends as soon as you read the main objective of the central characters. Fortunately this is one of those stories where the journey is more important than the destination.
The second thing I want to write about is the setting of the series. The Sekkan kingdoms are a group of small countries to the east of the mountains that separate the kingdoms from the Ingrewian Empire. They are called the Sekkan kingdoms by Ingrewian because of the misunderstanding that everyone from the kingdoms is a follower of Sek, the being of evil from the Ansin religion. This is not the case. There are many religions in the kingdoms.
Many people in the Sekkan kingdoms believe in the fractured empire. They believe that once the kingdoms and the Ingrewian Empire were parts of a much larger empire that collapsed upon itself. Ingrewian don’t share this belief and believe that such an empire is destined to be created in the future after the Ingrewian empire has conquered the Sekkan kingdoms.
Because of this you can see how individuals from either side of the mountains see individuals from the other side.
See you next Sunday when I’ll give you all another preview of the Shadow Stone. Maybe I’ll be ready to write about one of the main characters.
I have been working on The ShadowStone for the past couple of days. I’ve begun on a first draft which I’m writing in one of my writers notebooks. It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a first draft in a notebook rather than on a computer.
I’m so happy with how this is turning out so far. After I’m done the third draft and posting The Rememberer chapters I’ll start posting The ShadowStone.
I also wanted to try something new. Each week, as long as there is enough new progress, I’ll post a sneak peek here on my blog. It’s only a first draft so don’t expect much.
This week I’m posting an image that contains some general backstory to the plot.
See you next week.