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About time for a new bio. At least, a little new, I've always been terrible at these things. So bare with me, and if you just stumble upon my little page here, please don't use this bio against me in judging my writing talent.
For starters, I lack any semblance of art skill, but I've been told I can write well, so here I am.. Lesse here...I'm 30, and a fairly avid roleplayer, which in the end tends to influence my writing quite a bit. ...That and the friends I RP with bugging me to write, it's because of one of them I'm here. Been writing off and on for quite some years now, more off than on actually until I started the Elryn story you see below. My Smallest of Gifts is one I started a few years afterwards, as a curiosity.
My works here are still ongoing stories that have been, and will likely continue to be, updated regularly and past versions of them changed on occasion as I iron out the storyline and my writing style. The folks here in the woods have been a great help to me!
I look forward to comments, and just honest feedback in general... Don't be afraid to nitpick about my work, be it grammar, story bits in general, or what have you. I can't fix something if I don't know it's broken after all. :)
On the same note, it's hard to keep doing something right when I'm not positive I'm doing it right in the first place. Just be honest in what you say, be it as little or as much as you want to say, and I'll be content.
So, the stories, and some minor details are in order I suppose.
Elryn is the prinary story I'm working on. It has seen some heavy editing over the years, a lot of it with the help of folks here, all of which I am extremely thankful for. The story wouldn't be nearly as structured and readable if it wasn't for their patience with me.
I can't actually tell you any details about it, mind you, as that would spoil so many of the fun surprises. In short, it's fantasy, my own little world, incredibly magical. Main character is, well, Elryn, a little one armed mage.
Smallest of Gifts is one I started a few years after, to keep from burning out on Elryn. I really like the world/universe/etc I have there....it's just terribly hard to explain it all. If you want a brief history of the universe, go read the prologue...but keep in mind, the prologue is really only history, it doesn't have any immediate baring upon the story itself.
Erzivia....I think I keep her story around for nostalgia. It's oooold...pretty much the first major thing I ever really wrote, so I think its age is going on...oh, gotta be 16-17 years now.
One of these days, I think I'd like to do something else with it...but I honestly don't know what. I rewrite perhaps, but the details behind it are so fuzzy to me anymore. So...I recommend maybe giving it a look after everything else, see how I've improved, and really, I do like the idea for it.
Yes, you see right, an update! Though...no new chapters, yet. I'm working with a friend on getting one for Eryk out, since most of what I've been doing is Elryn. I HAVE made progress, have a chapter or two sitting on my HD...but I want one of him inbetween, so we don't have like 3 chapters of Elryn, 1 of Eryk, and so on down the line.
So what did I update? Well, everything Elryn related.
The first thing, and most noticable, is that while Eryk's parts are still there, I'm removed all his first peson bits. Over time, they just got increasingly harder and harder for me to write...so instead, they're all simply 3rd person now. Elryn's half is still, of course, in 1st person.
I've also played with the order of things a lot, got rid a lot of the overlapping. The parts jump between Eryk and Elryn a bit more in some chapters (think 4 is the most noticeable, and a bit more in 1), but for starters, I try to make the transitions immediately tell whose view point you're looking at, so as not to confuse the reader.
Other than that, I've edited, tweaked, and played with just about everything else. I've done a TON of rephrasing of parts I wasn't sure of, clarified a lot of things through dialogue and such, and tried a little to make the over arching storyline a wheeee bit less vague. Since it's occured to me there are a lot of things I can throw in that while will make no sense to the characters, should make a lot more sense to the reader.
I'm still terribly behind on my comments unfortunately...and even further behind on my reading, so hope all you folks who I've promised a read sooner or later can forgive me. ^^
But, yay, still alive...and an actual update!