EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author

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: This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.

How many words a day? What do you mean?

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How many words a day? What do you mean?

When I say words per day, I mean how many NEW words written (a new short story, a new chapter for a novel, a new article, etc), I do not count the words added during the editing and revision process.

Because writing is my full time job, I have the entire day devoted to it, plus I'm also a senior/elderly/retired so there are no children underfoot, no work or school in the way... in other words I have a lot more time now to write then I did when I started writing 4 decades ago. And that makes a big difference in my word counts.

When I was first getting started I used to struggle to reach 700 words a day, which was a combination of too many things in the way (school, work, family) and both not enough time, skill or practice at writing to yet be speed typing. (I took 4 semesters of secretarial typing and achieved a typing speed of 175 words per minute while in school, but rarely go faster then 91 words per minute since school (5,000 words per hour); I don't recommend speed typing without training as you can do serious damage to your wrist and finger muscles without doing proper warm up exercises first... think of it as the same as doing intensive gym work and needing to warm up first and then learn to do it in small steps over time. It took about 2 years of daily practice to learn how to speed type.)

That said, I currently average 17,000 words a day. Which is quite a big difference from my early days 40 years ago and struggling to reach 700 a day. This change is largely due to having more free time and now having better skill/training in the act of typing.

I strive to each day write 2 to 3 articles of 2,000 words each (6,000 words total), 1 new short story (4,000 to 7,000 words), and 1 to 3 new chapters of whatever current novel I'm working on.

I write in 3 four hour sessions per day, each session including a 15 minute break every 45 minutes; with a 1 to 2 hour break between each session. I then do a 4th session in the evening which is editing whatever I wrote that day.

Because I work in a sort of assembly line method, I'm also publishing 2 to 3 articles daily, 2 to 3 short stories weekly, and 3 to 4 novels a year. I publish around 3 million words a year. I'm also obviously doing this as a full time career, thus the rather grueling work schedule I have.

This often leads people to believe that I put less work into my novels then I do, because they falsely assume the novel I'm working on today, is the one I'll publish tomorrow. When in fact, each of my novels goes through, about 12 edits, and a minimum of 7 revisions, a process that takes an average of 4 years from the time I write the 1st draft to the time that draft is published.

I am physically typing about 4o hours a week, and editing about another 40 hours a week. I'm working 80 hour weeks most weeks, with no time off, no vacations. Just continually writing. I also have Agoraphobia and so, I don't leave my room very often, and have at times gone several years between going outside, the longest I went without setting foot out of my driveway was 15 years; VERY severe agoraphobia issue here contributing to my high word count out put, I also have PTSD, OCD, Kanner's Syndrome, and Schizoaffective Personality Disorder, which also contributes to my obsessively writing as much as I do, literal on everything... my car and my motorhome have quotes painted all over them, and when I had a house, it was written on - every inch of it - walls, floors, ceilings, inside and outside - if I don't have paper to write on I just write on whatever's there. usually to block out whatever phobia is bothering me that day. There are very serious anxiety issues behind why I write like I do.

And I do dress like that every day. I CosPlay 24/7 I have since 1987

There was team of psychologists here from Australia a few years ago. They wanted to study me as part of their theory that obsessive high out put writing is a symptom of schizophrenia. You could probably guess, why they picked me to be one of the authors they choose to study for their study.

Don't look at my high word counts and try to achieve them, because without serious issues in surviving horrific childhood abuse that mentally cripples you, you'll never be able to write word counts like I do.

When my relatives worried I'd write myself to death (after I wrote steady for 5 days, none stop, without stopping to eat or sleep and only stopped because I passed out) my psychiatrist told them: "Nope, she's fine, let her write, it's the only way she can face the world. It'll be worse if you make her stop writing. I've dealt with Schizophrenia patients before. This is what they do. This is how they cope with trauma."

A lot of writers over the years have written to me and asked how to be a high out put prolific writer, claiming they want to be like me.... you don't. Believe you don't. I literally write nearly every waking minute of my life, to keep from killing myself, and every one who knows me personally knows that and they know what happened to my family, to cause this, why I'm alone now, and why I completely shut out society and do nothing but write about and dress like Elves now.

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