2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



The Adventures of
Quaraun The Insane

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READER QUESTIONS:

I have received some questions from readers about the series, and will answer those here.












QUESTION: In what order should the books be read?

ANSWER: Well, that's a tough nut to crack. The series span all of Quaraun's life, from his childhood to his old age. It starts when he's 330. Yet in volume 3 he is only a teenager. Swamp of Death takes place twenty years after Screaming Unicorn and is volume 8, however, many of the stories in volumes 20 to 30 take place before volumes 5 to 8.

The story is NOT written in continuing order. Each story can be read on it's own without any of the others. If you was to read the series, straight through, Volume 1 to volume 130, you'd be driven as insane as Quaraun. There is no rhyme nor reason to the order of the books and I've never tried to sit down and figure out what order they would go in time-line wise.

The books are numbers 1 to 130, in the order I wrote them, which is not the order they were published – Volume 1 was published first, followed by 6, and then 19. The stories were originally published online between 1997 to 2011 as a "Lord Sesshomaru, Batman, Drizzt, Star Trek, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Uncle Scrooge, Darkwing Duck, Smurfs, Lovecraft, Poe, and many others, fan fiction". It was taken offline in 2012, in preparation to be re-written as a non-fan-fiction. I spent most of 2012 and 2013, going back into this mega huge series and making a list of every single copyrighted character/place/etc. and then had to create an original character alter ego to replace them. I next had to rewrite everything, basically restarting the series from ground zero to completely remove all references to anything that even hints of copyrighted characters. 

After creating all new characters, I next had to take each story, reduce it to a skeleton outline, and completely rewrite it. This is a massive project, because the series was so fricking huge. When I took it offline in 2012, I had planned to just rewrite it quick and republish it days later. I seriously miscalculated the amount of time and effort it would take to rewrite this thing. In the end, it would not see it's first non-fan-fiction publication until September 2014.

While the stories jump back and forth, with Quaraun being old in this volume and young in the next, thus meaning you can read them in any order you want to, if you want to read them in the order of which I wrote them, then just read starting at Volume 1 and go in number order til you reach the end. Here is a chart to show you them in order. (This chart only shows released and soon to be released volumes, and will be added to, on a monthly basis, until all 130 volumes are published.):


88,589 / 33,000 words.
284 pages.

#1 The Night of The Screaming Unicorn


20,732 / 33,000 words.
54/ 106 pages.
Draft @ 62.82%
Last updated on
June 8, 2015

#2 Kelim and The Necromancer


100,372 / 50,000 words.
327/ 160 pages.
Published!

#3 BoomFuzzy


60,478 / 52,000 words.
194/ 167 pages.
Draft @ 100+%
Word count has gone over, looks like this'll reach 70,000 words or more.
Last updated on
November 22 2015

#4 The Journey Begins


48,541 / 30,000 words.
155 pages.

#5 The Vampire Leprechaun of Fire Mountain


34,477 / 55,000 words.
111/ 176 pages.
Draft @ 62.69%
Last updated on
March 16, 2015

#6 The Obsidian Idol of The Elf Eater of Pepper Valley


26,908 / 41,000 words.
87/ 131 pages.
Draft @ 65.22%

#7 The Vulgar Alchemist Inn


47,191 / 35,000 words.
162 pages.

#8 Quaraun and The Vampire Into The Swamp of Death


16,148 / 50,000 words.
52/ 160 pages.
Draft @ 32.09%

#9 The Return To Pepper Valley


27,706 / 50,000 words.
85/ 160 pages.
Draft @ 55.41%
Last updated on
March 13, 2015

#10 The Jiggler and the G-String Teddy Bears


3,591 / 42,000 words.
11/ 135 pages.
Draft @ 8.55%
Last updated on
March 13, 2015

#11 The Last Katopa


The cover art of ALL 300+ volumes of the series have already been commissioned and mostly finished.  More then a dozen artists have made art for this project. You can see all of the covers displayed on THIS PAGE (as they become available).












The New Series vs The Old series

QUESTION: How is the new series different from the one that originally appeared on fanfiction.net?

ANSWER: Lots of changes have been made.

The original series had been called "The Bride of Sesshomaru", and was a spoof of multiple fandoms including: InuYasha, Legend of Drizzt, Star Trek, Batman, and dozens of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. The storyline was inspired by Ravenloft and Spelljammer games.

In the original fanfic, Lord Sesshomaru was the main character. However it was a spoof of the original character.

In the original comic book, by Rumiko Takahashi, Sesshomaru is an arrogant, pompous, crossdressing aristocrat; a demon lord shapeshifter who has gone off to wander the world out of vengeance against his father and brother. He is an extremely minor character of the InuYasha manga and is noted for his roaming the countryside wearing a women's wedding kimono, a huge fur boa, and having long hair that reaches to his knees and is the focus of his attention when he is not slicing and dicing people up with his sword. While he hates Humans and is said to eat them, he rescues one who becomes his companion and eventual turns his quest to focus all his attention on her. He has in his possession a magic sword that can raise the dead. When the girl dies he resurrects her and in his carelessness, she gets killed a second time at which point he learns the sword only works once per person. The lose of his beloved companion devastates him and he throws away his most prized possession (the sword) which had previously been the focus of his very existence. as a result of Rin's death, Sesshomaru has a change of heart and is no longer a villain in the series, but insteads joined forces with his brother InuYasha, against their common enemy Naraku. Rin is resurrected again and the gang defeats Naraku, but in an unexpected twist that shocks Inu fans around the world, the Humans of the series banded together and took Rin away from sesshomaru, leaving the demon lord devastated and living the rest of his life in the forest on the outskirts of the human village that she was sent to live in.

That is one of the many, many, many minor sub-plots woven into the InuYasha story. 

The fanfiction I wrote, was based off that story line, but combined Sesshomaru with Drizzt (from a different book series) and then spoofed him, making his wardrobe even more over the top then it originally was, turning his hair into and obsession that was way more then an obsession, and removing the character of Rin and replacing her with an adult homebrew character named Dawa. A magor change was made to Sesshomaru's personality. In the original he's overbearing in his never backing down from a fight and can almost be a bully at times. I reversed this in the fanfic, instead making him a coward who, while at first threatening, is quick to drop his sword and run rather then fight. (Like I said, it was a spoof, so it made fun of the original character quite a bit.)

The Quaraun series is NOT the original fanfiction story which appeared on fanfiction.net, but rather a completely NEW story, BASED off the fanfiction I wrote.

The Quaraun series retains some things from the original fanfiction: notably his mega long white hair that he can't stop fussing over long enough to get anything down, and he's a major coward. He's feared by everyone and yet he faints at the sight of blood and runs at the first hint of trouble. He is still incredibly arrogant, vain, pompous, and short tempered. And he's still a feather boa wearing transvestite.

Beyond that however, not much of the original fanfiction moved on to the Quaraun series.

Of course the original was fanfiction, so it had popular pop culture characters in it, while the new series is not fanfiction and has had all pop culture characters removed.

The fanfiction has been divided into two separate rewrites: The Adventures of Quaraun The Insane and Hymal Kaydar.

The Hymal Kaydar series follows the original fanfic storyline more closely and includes the character Dawa, however, Hymal Kaydar (the character based of the fanfic version of Sesshomaru), other then having long white hair and being a demon, retains none of the personality.

The Quaraun series, turns the main character from a demon to and Elf instead and from an aristocratic warrior into an aristocratic wizard. Instead of wearing wedding kimono, Quaraun wears the garb of "a high class prostitute" and his wardrobe is entirely pink.

New to the Quaraun series is the character Unicorn, who is based off of Blackbird from my Twighlight Manor series.

One of the biggest changes readers would notice is in the original, the primary couple I wrote about was heterosexual/straight/ a male&female couple. While is the Quaraun series the primary couple is male & male. Neither character however is gay. Both Quaraun and Unicorn are bi-sexual and both have other partners both male and female, throughout the series. Quaraun has a wife and children and a male lover, all of whom die. Unicorn is his second male lover, he later has a second female lover and later a third female lover who becomes his second wife. Quaraun fathers 8 children over the course of the series. Quaraun however remains with Unicorn the entire time and considers himself to be Unicorn's wife. MOST of the series focuses on the one male/male relationship between Quaraun and Unicorn, which did lead a few readers to assume the series was "Gay Romance" and then got upset when they discovered Quaraun has a wife. No. Quaraun is not gay, he's bi-sexual.

Also the original fanfiction series was a series of very short 5k long short stories, each only about 10 pages long, while the Quaraun series is a series of 50k+ long NOVELS each about 120 to 170 pages long.

I have taken each of the original 5k shorts and used them as a "jumping off point" to write each novel from. So the original short stories are being used as writing prompts for the new, longer novels.

The Quaraun series is toned down quite a bit as well. The original fanfiction, had more raunchy sex, more sex period, more violence, more action, and moved at a faster pace.  The fanfiction was based off a fairly fast moving comic book. The Quaraun series on the other hand, is written in a style which I prefer to write more, known as Literary Slice of Life.

The Literary Slice of Life genre, is a very slow  moving genre that is nearly devoid of action and moves along at a leisurely saunter. The Quaraun series has very little action in it and is largely dialogue based. It has more of a  lazy  paced sitcom feel to it, rather then a big screen action pace.











ANSWER TO THE #1 
MOST ASKED QUESTION ABOUT 
THE QUARAUN SERIES:

Is It Erotica?

Short answer:

NO!

Yes, some volumes (only a few) contain what could be described as "erotic scenes", but the majority of the books in this series contain absolutely no sex scenes at all.

The language of the series is however very crude and overly sexual (on a very South Park and Austin Powers level of crudness andsexual verbosity.)

The LONG answer can be found ON THIS PAGE.










QUESTION: I saw another author post some pretty nasty stuff about you and this series. What is that all about?

ANSWER: There are a few (rather snobby and elitist) authors who are against books featuring gay characters, Gypsy characters, and/or mentally disabled characters, and they have started a boycott of me and the Quaraun series. I wrote a detailed response about what happened, why it happened, and how I have responded to this boycott HERE.

It will take you about 4 hours to read that. If you don't have time for the full length long version, there is a shorter version HERE. (Scroll about halfway down the page to find it.)












QUESTION: How old is Quaraun?

ANSWER: In the story "BoomFuzzy", Quaraun is about 75 years old at the time he meets BoomFuzzy. In Elven years, that makes him the equivalent of about 15 or 17 years old if he had been a Human. Quaraun is still considered by the other Elves to be only a child at the time he bound his soul to BoomFuzzy. Quaraun and BoomFuzzy were together for "30 odd years" before BoomFuzzy commits suicide. Quaraun was about 105 years old at the time of BoomFuzzy's death. In Human years that would have made him about 18 to 20 years old.

When the series starts, in The Night of The Screaming Unicorn, Quaraun is estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old. In The Journey Begins, when BeaLuna meet Unicorn (about 6 months after Quaraun meet him in Screaming Unicorn) and realizes that Quaraun is no longer a virgin, she rains her fury down on Unicorn, accusing him of completely disrupting their mission to kill the Lich Lords because the spell could only be broken by a wizard who had remained a virgin. At which point she says Quaraun wasted 330 years of his life avoiding sex, just to come this close to killing the Lich Lords and at the last minute succumb to a Faerie's glimmer spell that cost him both his virginity and his mission.

In the later stories at the end of the series, featuring his adopted teenaged Human daughter Pippiyata, Quaraun is having difficulty getting around, now crippled and walking with a staff. In one of these stories Pippiyata asks him "Are you old?" To which he answers: "An Elf lives 600 years. I've lived a hundred and fifty years passed that."

The series from beginning to end, spans his entire life, ending with Quaraun dying at around 750 years old.












QUESTION: What year does it take place?

ANSWER: The exact year is unknown and never mentioned. There are multiple reasons for this.

#1 being that the series is told from Quaraun's point of view. Quaraun has Autism and is thus unable to do math or numbers, and if you pay attention, you will notice that he changes numbers often. For example, he will say he is 300 years old, but then he will also say in the same conversation, that he has been hunting the Lich Lords for 300 years, and then say that his wife died only 200 years ago. It is a false stereotype that Autistics are good at math. 

#2 being that most of the story is about Quaraun's attempt to deal with Unicorn and his alter ego BoomFuzzy, who commits suicide, leaving Quaraun to blame himself for his lover's death. Unicorn is a Scottish/Welsh Gypsy. He comes from a culture that does not use math, numbers, clocks, or calendars.

#3 being that I wrote the series. I have Autism. If you was to ask me about math stuff, I have no idea how old I am, I can not read a clock to tell the time, I don't know how to use calendars. or dates, I don’t know today's date without asking someone else, I do not know times tables, I can do some simple addition. I am a Scottish Gypsy. I come from a culture that does not use math, numbers, clocks, or calendars. 

The story spans a time period of about 500 years. It also is set in the same setting as The Twighlight Manor series, with Unicorn's Forest of No Return, being the same haunted forest, which will eventually become known as the Twighlight Forest and be the location where the Flamties build The Twighlight Manor. Construction started in the 1300's, but the building was destroyed in 1313 and was not rebuilt until the late 1400s/early 1500s. Roderic would take over as Lord of the Manor in 1573.

What this means is that the Quaraun series takes place prior to the 1500s. However, the pirate ship Rent-A-Prize is the type of ship that would have been seen in the 1700s and, in City of the Screaming Statues, Quaraun is gunned down by Humans. There is some anachronism going on here with objects not in their proper years.

Whenever BatDude, PigeonPoop Boy, and The Jiggler appear in a story, you know that Quaraun and Unicorn have either stepped out of their time period, or the daring trio have been zapped out of theirs. BatDude, PigeonPoop Boy, and The Jiggler are characters from a set of short stories I wrote in the 1990s and they were set in the 1990s, meaning that Quaraun and Unicorn, randomly have contact with 20th century characters as well.

The same time tunnel portals found in The Twighlight Manor Series, are also found in the Quaraun series, and, while time travel is not specifically mentioned in the Quaraun series, there is a strong indication, that the flying pirate ship Rent-A-Prize is in fact a time machine of sorts. As such, Quaraun and Unicorn, end up party to events spanning from Ancient Rome all the way to the mid 1800’s without realizing that they have changed time periods. Quaraun and Unicorn, assume they are always in their proper time. 

For the most part, it is assumed that the setting is in about the 1300s to 1500s, with some random events pulling them into past or future times.

If you try to wrap your mind around the time span of the series, you'll drive yourself batty. It's Bizarro, it's not meant to follow any standards or norms.

















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