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Interestingly, this has turned out to be less about Kerne than about the people Kerne is interacting with, but that doesn't entirely surprise me for various reasons.

(Also, my new icon is because I have a music video in my head that WILL NOT GO AWAY. It is from this universe, but from the Big Important Backstory stuff that comes in later, and thus I cannot particularly elaborate on it. Except to say that Arellia needs hugs.)

The Calm Before - 5. Spectator Sport )
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I'm having fun writing these, but the more I go on with them, the more I think they wouldn't work as the start of the story. Skimming through seven viewpoints so quickly is likely to be confusing for someone who knows nothing about the world, I think. For me, these are kind of like fanfic vignettes - I already know these characters well. I hope that reading these in isolation would make someone think "ooh, I want to know more about this" - but I don't feel like this should be the start of a novel.

The Calm Before - 4. Box of Secrets )
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So I try very hard when inventing my fantasy names not to make them so unintuitive that you need a pronunciation guide at the front of the book to get anywhere - and to make them "fail well" so that even if someone isn't pronouncing them the way I would, they're still coming up with something that sounds sensible.

I have one big glaring exception to this practice: the city of Thari. The TH is hard. The A is long. It should come out as TARR-EE, rhyming with "starry", not with "carry". It ended up that way due to Totally Legitimate Conlang Considerations (tm) and it's one of the few names I am not sure I could bear to change... but I am struggling with how to make the pronunciation apparent in fiction.

So far my best option might be to have Jenna mispronounce it and be corrected - except I find it hard to believe someone as thoroughly trained in politics as she is would make that mistake. Maybe I can get someone else from Merresh in somewhere, and Jenna corrects them... eh. I feel like if I'm going to flag up "Btw, it's pronounced like THIS", it needs to be very near the beginning... my own experience with names and so on is that if I spend half a book thinking something is said one way, or a character looks a certain way, new information doesn't always change my mind.

TL;DR I probably should not have used common English consonant combination in an utterly un-English way in the name of one of my primary locations...
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
Gap due to being in a field interacting with a different set of fictional characteres, but I'm hoping to get the rest of this done this week/early next. Not all parts will be as long as this, for one... my favouritism may be showing. :)

The Calm Before - 3. Missing Wings )
brightwanderer: Ariel from The Little Mermaid (Ariel)
I've been going back and forth on whether to post this as I write it or finish the whole thing, but it's been getting longer the more I work on it, so I'm going to start posting. This is a prequel of sorts, a series of character sketches/worldbuilding exercises to set up the first novel set in Kestrien. I'm not sure yet how it will end up fitting in - if I'll later cannibalize it for parts, or if I'll have it as the first story in the series, or what. I'm partly writing it to figure things out for myself. :)

The Calm Before - 1. Low Tide )


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