Category: Worldbuilding

Character Sheet: Selena Tellah, the Ruon Chronicles

Here’s an example of a simple character sheet – although I left out the parts that would be spoilers of the story! Read more about building characters and character sheets here. Selena Tellah — Ruon — Lives at Ruon Haliern (Book 1) Role in… Continue Reading “Character Sheet: Selena Tellah, the Ruon Chronicles”

Character sheets and character resources

There are also as many ways of making character sheets as there are ways of writing.

Worldbuilding Wednesday – The World of Airtha-Eyrassa: The Knowledge Stones

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Here is some information about the Knowledge Stones which come to play such an integral role in the Ruon Chronicles.

Writing Research: Victorian-era Mental Asylums

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One of the characters in the novel Porselein is in a type of asylum – which leads me to research the topic (seeing as what I already know is probably just enough to let me get it completely wrong).

Behind the fiction: The Book of Damnation

Written for Microcosms, this story was quite a fun one to write. Not quite unicorns and rainbows, though… For those who missed yesterday’s post, I’m giving the story first and the “behind the scenes” afterwards. Fiction: The Book of Damnation Welstandsuitsig Abbey had been… Continue Reading “Behind the fiction: The Book of Damnation”

Writing Update: “Forgotten” – a short story

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So what does the rewrite mean? Well…

Fiction and behind the story: The Exorcism of CJ

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The exorcist arrived two hours late. 

“You know how they are,” Josephine said, wiping her hands on her apron. “And they don’t care about what happens in the small towns.” 

Writing update: June 2018, part 2

Well, May and June turned out to be very good months when it came to publication! Publications My short story, “Pandjieswinkelgoed”, appeared in the 22 June 2018 issue of Vrouekeur and this was the first print magazine short story that I’ve sold. Huzzah! I… Continue Reading “Writing update: June 2018, part 2”

Short Story: “Forgotten” writing update, part 2

You can read part 1 of Forgotten over here. Working on the rest of the novella Although I’ve now provisionally outlined most of the novella, the ending is still escaping me. I’m therefore planning to write the rest and then only when I get… Continue Reading “Short Story: “Forgotten” writing update, part 2”

Behind the Fiction: Blood and Tears

Written for Microcosms, “Blood and Tears” received an honourable mention. The prompts were “guard”, “exhibition hall”, and “crime”. Blood and Tears They had always said that my blood wasn’t pure enough to work here, that the gods would take vengeance for having their holy… Continue Reading “Behind the Fiction: Blood and Tears”