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.
I’ve started on a new project. It will be a story I plan to post here on my blog which is also based in the same world as some of my other projects such a Lies Over Secret Truths. It will be called the Shadow Stone Chronicles and will have my oldest Protagonist to date in it (mainly because I like to keep my main characters around my age, but this protagonist’s backstory is so lengthy that making her 20 would make no sense).
I’m planning on beginning to release this series when I finish with The Rememberer. In other news I feel as though The Rememberer is that great. I can make it better, but to that I need to go through all the already released chapters and editing them. After that I’ll make the formatting better. I’ll add links to each chapter that will lead to the beginning, the chapter directly before, and the next chapter so that it is easier to read.
I’ll do all this once I am done field school and back home. Field school is great so far, but I have to do all my blogging on the phone app and despite the fact that I’m 20 I’m not all that great at texting. I’ll be able to write posts much faster with an actual keyboard.
So I am going to have some difficulty getting wifi for the next 6 weeks so I have made sure to write all my posts ahead of time. I finished doing this today. A couple of these posts are book reviews and if the cover image I have put into the posts look a little bit out of place it is because I had to insert them on the mobile app which does not have options for how the text should interact with images. Maybe this can be fixed if my “editer” ever accepts my invitation. I’ve also written a chapter of the Rememberer for every Thursday I’m at school this summer. They just need a bit more editing before they’re released. I hope you enjoy this little side project of mine.
I had an interesting flight yesterday. I woke up at 6 because of my dog and noticed that I had an email from the airline saying that my second flight was delayed by several hours. This messed up my plans to go shopping that night. This delay was caused by a broken windshield and it got delayed further when I was on the plane because the air traffic control people were having computer issues. Then I had a couple of issues with the place I’m staying because the person who told me they made me a reservation for this weekend never actually made me a reservation. Then I had pizza at midnight which was fun.
All that matters now is that I’m here now and I’m going to be taking a summer field school course for archaeology. I hope I have fun and learn a lot. Plus I’ve just learned that blogging takes up a very small amount of data if you do it right so I can write posts and edit posts and do all those other things.
Now I think I should stop blogging because my ipod has been playing for a few hours and I thought it was a person in the room next to mine who had the exact same musical tastes as I do.
So apparently yesterday was my two year anniversary for when I first made an account on this site. I know I made this blog shortly after and made it private so that I could get some work done on it before actually writing my first post. When I finally wrote my first post I know it wasn’t good or interesting. It was just something I wanted to get out there and I think that that’s the main spirit of this blog. I watch something, or write a poem, or see something out in the world and I want to tell people about these things, but that is kind of hard when you are not a person who easily makes friends.
But then last year in May I decided that I would officially start writing posts at least weekly so that my blog could grow and I think that plan has worked for the most part despite some minor failings on my part. At the moment I have about 125 followers on here, 132 followers on Twitter, and 26 followers on Tumblr. By the way out of all of these I have stopped browsing Tumblr about a year ago so if you are trying to interact with me through Tumblr I’m sorry but I most likely won’t answer you.
I just hope that there can be at least as much growth this upcoming year as there was last year.
This week I am trying to follow my schedule as best I can. Not only this but I’m also trying to write almost all my posts for July and August by the end of June which I am no where close to doing. To do this I’ll need to write several posts a day and while it is possible for me to do I can make no promises. Even if I can’t get all the posts completed I can at least try to at least have a few posts each day.
Anyways something else that I’ve been trying to do is make pixel arts of each of my characters so I can try something new with plotting. This shouldn’t be that hard, but it will take a while as I don’t have many characters fully designed. This will also help me in designing my characters because I’ll know what does and does not work with their designs and it is possible I may come up with new ideas.