Welcome Summer! I'm starting mine off with a bang, as you saw in Monday's blog post...unless you're a new reader, in which case you can click here to read that post. I'm working on four writing challenges and therein lies the challenge. I keep forgetting to actually post the challenges. So it's not answering the prompts that has been so hard this go round. I need to get better at scheduling and time management. Anyway, I did manage to keep up this week. Read on to see how I did.
#AuthorsChallenge2019 June Edition: Days 3 - 6
Day 3 - Motto - Keep it simple, but still be yourself. I have such a hard time balancing my chatty default function with what actually needs to go into a novel. And for the record, I'm only chatty when it comes to people I know well or typing on a keyboard.
Day 4 - Inspirational Object - I don't really do the 'inspirational object' thing, but my youngest gave me a chicken shrinky-dink that she made. (This happened a couple of years ago.) There wasn't a hole in the top so I couldn't make it a pendant. I stuck it to the front of my bullet journal, which is still mostly empty, and wrote those words on it. :) People and nature and music really are my inspiration to write. The chicken reminds me of my daughter, reminding me of my family in general, thereby reminding me of why I write.
Day 5 - An Imaginary Animal - Since my world is a fantasy world, all the animals are imaginary but I base them on animals and mythological creatures because how else are you supposed to do that? The snow leopard is similar to the tunnel cat that shows up in book 2, my current WIP. These animals can be trained to hunt. The lion dog (mythological) is the inspiration for one of the special beasts in book 4. And the bull (I guess...unless it's an aurox...but it still may be considered a bull), is similar to the bix'n in book 1.
Day 6 - WIP Fun Facts - This is pretty self-explanatory. :)
#FantasyWIPJune Challenge: Days 3 - 6
Day 3 - Heirarchy: Who's In Charge? - Genzet is run by a Guild of Master Artisans. I don't have a specific name for the ruling body yet but it'll come to me. Or I'll go digging into the Nordic languages to find one. Only the best of the best get to sit in that chamber and the requirements are strict. Their word is law and second only to the Shrine Guardian, Bal Shif. But Bal only steps in to help during extreme circumstances. He's kept pretty busy training the younglings who'll be running things in the future. The Ka are the lawkeepers and they serve both the Guild and the Divini'I (more on that illustrious body later).
Day 4 - Cultures of Your WIP - There's a lot to type out so I'm just going to refer you to click on the photo to check out my IG post. Normally, I wouldn't mind typing it out but I'm in the process of beta reading for a friend and I've got to stay focused on that.
Day 5 - Feature a Specific Location in Your WIP - Perodyll Forest covers the territory between the northern and southern mountain ranges of Genzet. It's situated east of Kwarta, the capital of Drositiri territory, south of Mt. Gild'n Shrine, and north of Zayd (which isn't on the map yet). Our hero has to cross this forest to get safely to the shrine.
Day 6 - WIP's Religious Beliefs - So far I've only tackled one basic religion in depth because it's similar to my own beliefs, though not exact. I find it interesting to see where the religious beliefs cross over, where totally different religions use the same proverbs/tennets. I've created some "variations on the theme", just like there are within my own Protestant faith base. That's been really interesting. I'm also working on a more pagan-like sect, as well as some more agnostic/atheist-like groups. They just haven't come to the forefront of the tale yet. They will, though.
#TenThingsChallenge For Writers: Days 3 - 6
Day 3 - Words to Describe Your WIP - Self-explanatory and not all positive, I'm afraid. It's good to be honest, though. I'd rather look at it through eyes of truth so I can see where it needs to be fixed.
Day 4 - Characters Hiding Just Outside the Scope of Your Story - This was harder. I wasn't exactly sure what they meant so I just listed as many side characters as I could. None of these are seen constantly in the novel. They each have small parts to play in certain areas. The two large squares are Guardian Bal Shif (upper left) and Guardian Zim Haya Ne (lower right)...or my inspiration photos for them. In the upper right quadrant, left to right, top to bottom are:
#WorldBuildingQuest Challenge: Days 3 - 6
The first thing you're going to notice is that days 4 and 5 match the photos for those same days in the #fantasywipjune challenge. That's because the same photo worked well for both challenges.
Day 3 - Find Your Water Source - I'm so glad you can see all the pale lines in the maps. Those are rivers and the roundish shapes they enclose are the lakes. There are four major bodies of water on Y'Dahnndrya and many lakes and rivers on both continents. Si'Yinte Falls Shrine is an interesting place being a huge water garden. Several rivers feed into it and out of it and on it's northern side the rivers feeding in, do so with amazing waterfalls. The rivers drain out in another series of waterfalls through tunnels they've carved into a cliff. It's basically a lush crater. If you can picture it now, then I've done my job well.
Day 4 - Establish Your Capital - There are three capitol cities on my map of Emidar (the continent Genzet and Bot'ha share). Genzet is divided into two factions and each faction has a tentative territory. Turmali City is the capitol of Genzet in general and the place where the Guild, the ruling body of Genzet, meets. Kwarta is the (unrecognized by the Tanderali) capitol of the Drositiri area of Genzet. (More on Tanderali/Drositiri later) And the capitol of Bot'ha is Jin'Glaou. Kwarta and Jin'Glaou aren't mentioned much in book two but they will be featured later on in the series.
Day 5 - Survey Your Landscape - Well, as you can see in the map, there are mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers. There will be marshes and deserts and plains as well. I just haven't got that far on the map yet. This week is not looking good for any kind of map work or even writing besides my blog posts. <sigh>
Day 6 - Natural Resources - Tons...there are /tons/ of natural resources on Y'Dahnndrya. In Genzet alone, there are so many. They've learned how to harness the geothermic energy to warm their homes and water. They mine the mountains for gems, ores, minerals, metals, etc. In southern Genzet, there are many wild herbs used for health and wellness. There are vast forests which they carefully harvest for the wood and sometimes the roots and leaves, too. The Drositiri have also discovered how to harness the power of water to increase efficiency in farming, animal husbandry, and some manual labor. Their mountainous territory is also helpful in harnessing the power of the winds. I haven't figured out if or how they would store such energy yet...
This is so much to scroll back through! Is it too much for you, Dear Reader? I could break these up a little more, I guess, but not until next week. Thanks for reading and have a gorgeous weekend!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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