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: 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.


Swearing in Narration | Renegade Novel Writing




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Swearing in Narration | Renegade Novel Writing

Swearing in Narration | Renegade Novel Writing

>>So I was writing a scene that takes place in a market, and this happened (a rough translation, I don't write in english): "The air was filled with a wide spectrum of smells, including everything from freshly baked apple pie to horseshit." And I'm not sure if I should leave the swear in. To note: the narration isn't really told from the perspective of just one person (the main character would definitely refer to it as horseshit), the story is not only told through the eyes of many characters, but the reader also gets peeks to scenes and information that the main characters don't have, therefore the narration has no motive to reflect the way someone thinks. Therefore the ONLY reason to swear in this part is because it makes sense. Horse-feces is referred to as shit almost exclusively, and the swear swells the wanted contrast between the first and second smell. But then again, swearing is usually considered a person-specific habit, which wouldn't fit a neutral narrator. Thoughts?

Actually... shit is only a swear when it is NOT being used to describe actual feces. In your example, it's not being used as a swear.






>>Depends on which character is narrating. I've written books where every other word is an F-bomb because F-bombs are a part of the narrator. So, you know, If shoe fucks, wear it.

I want to give this post a 1,000 upvotes

:)




>>I’m going to preface this by saying that I come from a culture/background where swearing is fairly common and less taboo as I understand it is in other places.

I do as well.

Around here, the word "fuck" is used in place of "very" and every adjective is turned into "fuck"

Did you hear I sold my fucking car?

That's fucking great.

How the fuck you doing?

I'm fucking fine!

The whole town talks like that. 5 year olds talk like that in school. Teachers talk like that in school.

So, EVERY character in ALL of my books talk like that, including the narrator.

Then people who are not from Maine, read my books and send me hellfire in my email inbox.

They can't understand why my characters swear so much, and here I am thinking... wait, my characters are swearing? Are they?

Definitely makes a difference where a person grew up, I think.

So, I was over on Reddit, you like I often am, and found this question. And answered it, like I do. However, the answer I initially gave was a simple generic answer. If you want to read my original answer unaltered, simply click on Reddit's embed feature links which Reddit provides for webmasters to be able to post their answers on their websites, while linking back to the original thread on Reddit (if you didn't know Reddit offered and encouraged the use of this feature, look for it in the "share" features underneath every post, comment, and reply on Reddit).

I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

In any case, as with all of my Reddit answers found on my site here, my original post on Reddit is much shorter then the article here.


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