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As of February 2021, we are now getting up to 7 MILLION visits per day!
This is the home page of
Maine author, artist, Voodoo Priestess, Gypsy Queen, and art car designer:
EelKat Wendy Christine Allen.
This website started in 1996 and is updated, edited, and added to daily.
As of 2021 it has more than 10,000 pages. However, only around 2,000 pages are indexed by search engines (robot blockers and/or passwords, prevent the rest from being findable by Google/Bing/Yahoo/etc.). Around 8,000 pages can only be accessed by clicking on direct links to them. The links are found on other pages on this site. Confusing? Perhaps. But whenever one of those difficult to find 8,000 pages gets traffic, I know that you are VERY dedicated in reading what I wrote or doing some stalker level digging to reach those search engine inaccessible pages and I'd rather not waste my time writing stuff for uninterested parties, plus it's fascinating to see how deep some people are willing dig to find every last word I wrote.
I published my first novel in 1978. Since than I have published 138 novels, 30 non-fiction books, 2,000+ short stories, a dozen plays, a few comic book scripts for Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck comics, a few dozen novellas, and 10,000+ non-fiction articles.
I am asexual and famous for 4 decades of writing 100% sexless stories, laced in extreme blood-gore-and-violence. But in spite of that, in recent years, most people classify me as an Erotica author. I don't know why, as I've never written Erotica of even any sex scenes, and as I am a nun, raised as such from the age of 3, I wouldn't even know how to write sex or Erotica. If you can here looking for sex, BDSM, Erotica, or Dominatrix's, please return to whomever sent you and tell them to burn in Hell where their immoral ass belongs. Also, do tell me their name so I can put a curse on them, so they will never enjoy sex ever again, to punish them for spreading lies about me and connecting my name to anything related to sex at all. I find sex vile and despicable and want no part of your perverse degradation near me.
All of my fiction works are about Alien Elf Wizards who live in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. All of my non-fiction works are about the history of Maine, it's Gypsy Clans, and most especially Old Orchard Beach the town which was settled and founded by my family.
Most of these pages answer reader questions on the worldbuilding, character creating, plotting, writing, editing, and publishing process of my work.
Others are on the history of my people, The Gypsies of Maine, our culture, our lifestyle, our cars, and our religion.
The rest of the pages are daily updates of the terrorist attacks by Maine's White Supremacists on my non-white family, including updates of the FBI investigation of the April 10, 2015 kidnapping and murder of my children.
The bulk of this website is a massive database of how-to articles for anyone looking to write and publish Dark Fantasy & Weird Horror.
Some stuff is indexed. Most stuff isn't. The links below take you to the most popular/most visited pages. Each of them contains more links to more pages. That should get you started.
And let's put this front and center, because we seem to need to...
I'm sick and tired of people calling me an Erotica author when I'm not and calling the Quaraun series Erotica, when it's not.
I think part of the problem with people calling me an Erotica author, when I've never even written a sex scene and I find scenes glorifying nude bodies to be revolting, largely because I find the human body to be utterly disgusting... stems from the fact that I write Yaoi and people seem to not know what the word Yaoi means.
Just because sex crazed teens write sex crazed fan fiction and post it on Tumbler with the tag "yaoi" underneath, doesn't mean it's ACTUALLY Yaoi. In fact, if it's fanfiction, chances are high it contains no Yaoi in it at all.
Yaoi is a Japanese word, which when translated to English means:
"Boy Love Written By Female Authors For Female Readers"
It means Gay Couples written by a female author.
Yaoi is NOT Erotica. Not even close. Usually, professionally published Yaoi is Romance. It's ONLY it stupid Yaoi Slash (fanfiction) that you see sex scenes or Erotica. If you've only read Yaoi Slash aka Yaoi fanfiction, than you've NEVER read the Yaoi genre, which is the LARGEST genre published in Japan, and 99.99% of the time is 100% sex-free.
I'm sorry, but horny 10 year old writing gay sex on FanFiction dot net is NOT the Yaoi genre and you're an idiot if you think it is.
Usually Yaoi is Sweet Romance aka sexless Romance like what Barbra Cartland wrote.
And while ALL Sweet Romance is sexless, MOST Romance is 100% sex free.
It's very rare for a Romance novel to contain a sex scene.
And before the Fabio books of the 1990s, you never even saw so much as a hug, let alone a kiss, and sex wasn't even hinted at, let alone implied.
The Fabio books introduced couples how risked scandal by hugging in public and once in a while a couple got really daring and held hands. Kissing, still out of the question and sex did not exist outside of marriage and was not on the page.
In fact, the first Romance novel to contain an on-page sex scene, was written in 2013. Yes. 50 Shades of Grey.
Before 2013, sex was not allowed in the Romance genre and no publisher would touch a sex scene.
Sex scenes existed in other genres, as far back as the 1950s, but they were considerably rare before the 1990s and were generally seen as a death sentence to the career of any author daring enough to risk slipping a nipple onto the page.
If you wanted sex scenes, you wanted Erotic Romance, Erotica, or Porn - the ONLY 3 genres allowed to publish a sex scene in America, and YES the American government did and in fact still does have obscenity laws restricting what you can write, with sex outright not being allowed, by federal law, to be published in certain genres, until September 1997.
No one ever referred to me as an Erotica author prior to 2013 when Kendra Silvermander highjacked my KBoards account while I was in the hospital, and started posting weird sex filled gibberish all over the forum using my account.
The Erotica rumor returned when Twitch streamer ThingyChan set out to making 5 hour long videos, detailing weird sex filled BDSM shit about me.
In both cases of Kendra and Claudia, it appears to be a case of "too retarded to know what words mean" followed by letting their overactive perverted, sex crazed imaginations run away with them on social media.
Both of them discovered I write in the Yaoi Genre and both of them, not knowing what Yaoi means, automatically thought Yaoi = Erotica/BDSM and ran wild spreading sex lies about me and what I write without ever once actually READING my novels to find out how incredible inaccurately they had misjudged me.
The fact remains, Quaraun is bisexual and polygamist. He has 2 male lovers: BoomFuzzy and GhoulSpawn, both of whom are gay, and he also has 3 female lovers, all 3 of whom are straight. Quaraun is married to all 5 of his lovers and they all live together.
And guess what?
Quaraun is also, not only asexual, he's a castrated eunuch, which you would have known if you had actually READ my novels instead of running around spreading lies and rumors about them.
Sex doesn't run Quaraun's life. He loves his partners very much - no sex required for that. They have a strong emotional bond. It's unbreakable, and when one of them dies, one of the others driven to suicide by it, which is a primary plot point for the entire series.
BoomFuzzy's suicide takes over Quaraun's entire life. He becomes obsessed with. BoomFuzzy commits suicide right in the beginning of the series. It's one of the first things that happens. And the whole rest of the series after that, is older Quaraun, retelling his life with BoomFuzzy.
The series shifts back and forth. Chapter A is a flashback to the past when BoomFuzzy was still alive, chapter B shifts to the present where we see Quaraun slowly going insane, suffering suicidal guilt driven depression blaming himself for BoomFuzzy's suicide.
THAT is the ENTIRE story... all 138 novels and 2,000+ short stories.
It's not sex, it's not Erotica. It's man torn apart and trying to find a reason to live after his lover commits suicide.
And you people who call my work Erotica... you all ought to be ashamed of yourselves.
You judged it without reading it. Had you read it, you'd have known what it was. So all of you "god hates sex" protests in my driveway... you blew up my house with a bomb for nothing, you murdered my children for nothing. You stupid ass idiots. May you all burn in hell where you belong.
The story follows their life and has no theme of sex or gay-rights or anything. The series spans 138 novels, 2,000+ short stories, more 8 million words total, and has exactly 21 sex scenes, which are there only because they were important to the plot, and they fade to black.
The story is Quaraun murdered someone and is on the run, at first alone, but he meets people alone the way, who, like him are outcasts of society for one reason or another and they form a sort of DnD/Pathfinder type adventuring group that travels together.
Quaraun started out as a character I played in Dungeons & Dragons, decades ago. And the earliest stories about him, were nothing more than me writing down the game story as my game group played the game.
Yaoi is a story that features a gay couple as the main characters. Yaoi can be Romance. Yaoi can be Horror. Yaoi can be Fantasy. Yaoi can be Murder Mystery. Yaoi can be ANY genre. It simply means the main character of the story is a gay couple and the author is a cis female.
Yaoi DOES NOT mean sex.
Yaoi DOES NOT mean Erotica.
Yaoi DOES NOT mean Hentai.
And if you had read anything other than fanfiction, you'd have known that, and NOT jumped to the false conclusion that I wrote Erotica, simply because my main characters are gay.
I find it deplorable when gay men are fetishized in Yaoi Erotica. I hate how Gay Erotica objectifies gay men. I deliberately wrote the Quaraun series to AVOID fetishizing and objectifying gay men and show Quaraun as a man whose hurting, traumatized, suffering, over the death of someone he loved very much, and trying to come to terms with the suicide of his best friend.
I'm a minority myself, #1 I'm a Gypsy by race, 99% of the world has no clue what a Gypsy is. #2 I'm asexual. When was the last time you saw either a Gypsy or an asexual written accurately in fiction. Quaraun is both, he's Gypsy, he's asexual, and I wrote his as gay, because I'm straight, I only know how to be in love with a man, I can't write being in love with a woman, I've tried, it doesn't come out well.
I hate the entire Yaoi Erotica genre. And I hate even more that Kendra Silvermander and ThingyChan tried to tarnish my name and reputation by spreading the horrible Erotica sex lies about me and my books. They both ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Take your retarded heads out of your asses and try actually reading something and using your brain for once.
UPDATE: April 7, 2021: The Art Car Building Streams Are Returning Soon! The Dazzling Razzberry is about to return, as we completely rebuild it on stream
Close-up on The Dazzling Razzberry II's 2.5million marbles and beads
The Dazzling Razzberry, April 7, 2021
Close Up The Dazzling Razzberry Hood - before and after the February 2019 vandalism done by fans of the PsychoBitch 4Chan QAnon Streamer & her simps who did $30,000 in damages to it:
The Dazzling Razzberry 2 aka The Autism Awareness Car, as it looked from May 2012 until it's destruction February 2019
The Dazzling Razzberry, April 7, 2021
The Dazzling Razzberry is back... now all black primer... Repaired, wielded back together, running, licensed, registered, and back on the road again... now primed and ready to be restored.
This car was obliterated by a PsychoBitch 4Chan QAnon Twitch streamer aka ThingyChan and 5 of her simps armed with baseball bats, in February 2019. They did $30,000 in damages, leaving it chop-shopped to pieces, smashed apart, and all of it's 2.5million beads and marbles scraped off.
This car was my daily driver and daily car vlog streams stopped February 2019 because the car was reduced to so many chopped up pieces, that it took up nearly 3 years to wield the pieces back together, and make the car drivable again.
Because it cost $12,000 for the 2.5million marbles that was glued to it, and took me 4 years to hand glue them on one marble at a time, and most of those 2.5million marbles were reduced to shattered powdered glass dust by the vandals, The Dazzling Razzberry will not be returning to it's former shimmering glory.
If you know the Twighlight Manor series and you know Etiole's brother Razzbury that the car was inspired after... know this... we are going Sea Wolf for the rise of The Dazzling Razzberry 3.
Out with the Green Moray Eels and in with the Piranhas
NOTE: Chat is set to emote only on my Twitch channel and my personal contact information has been removed from my website and every place else, due to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of false reports of "information", along with vile hateful memes about the murder of my family being sent to me by trolls who think mocking the murder of my family is funny.
FBI Agent Andy Drewer out of the Portland, Maine FBI office is in charge of the of the April 10, 2015 kidnapping of my 12 children by 14 Ku Klux Klan men who invaded our home and the subsequent May 15, 2015 murder of 10 of the 12 whom had their heads nailed to my front door. If you have information about the case, give it to him not me. He can be reached @ +1-(207)-774-9322
EXTREME SPOILER WARNING!
Please be aware that nearly every page on this website contains spoilers to something. I talk about a lot of fandoms, and go into great detail analyzing them when I do.
If I am talking about The Witcher series, InuYasha, Disney Ducks, the Quaraun series, or any other fandom, you WILL encounter spoilers about it.
If I'm analyzing an author's (Hemingway, Poe, Rowling, etc.) writing style you WILL encounter spoilers for their books.
If I'm talking about movies, cartoons, TV shows, comic books, novels, plays, short stories, video games, or pretty much anything else, you WILL meet spoilers along the way.
No matter who it is or what it is, if I am talking about it, I'm going to be talking about it WITHOUT avoiding spoilers.
This website is full of spoilers for lots of many things and this is your only warning!
Turn back now if you want to avoid seeing spoilers!
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Turning Scenes, Into Stories & Writing Slice-of-Life, Travelogue Style Literary Fantasy Books | Writing Fantasy Books | Interview With Fantasy Author EelKat Wendy C. Allen
I am able to write scenes quite well, in that I can have people dialogueing, places being described, and things happening, but I can't tell a story. I can't interconnect different scenes without getting bored or not knowing a way to do so.
>>One approach is to use the 'road story ' method, based on one or two characters traveling cross-country and having various adventures along the way, that may or may not be linked in some way.
In Fantasy this method is know as "questing adventures". This is the way I write. I write a series of novels about 1 character as he travels across the country. He always has others traveling with him, but it changes in each story depending on who he's met along the way.
I do not plot or plan, instead I use random generators from sites like Seventh Sanctum or Chaotic Shiny, and drop something in at random.
This guy reminds you of a wise owl. He has narrow brown eyes that are like two tiger-eye gems. His luxurious, curly, night-black hair is medium-length and is worn in a simple, severe style. He has a broad-shouldered build. His skin is brown. He has knobby ears and a small mouth. His wardrobe is weird, and is completely red and orange.
I'll use the attitude generator to determine the new characters stance towards my main character
right now it just gave me:
Is very doubtful towards the character, and is stubborn about it about it. They feel this way because of the character's current activity.
If I need to give him something to do there are plot generators
The story is set during a workday. The story must involve a trash can in it.
The story is set on a river. A character is sorry throughout most of the story.
The story must have a banshee at the beginning. A character becomes enraged during the story.
The story takes place in mid-winter. The story must have a gambler in it. The story must involve an axe in it. During the story, a character is robbed.
A character builds a house. A character becomes belligerant during the story. The story must have a conjurer in it. The story must involve some slippers at the end. The story takes place ten years into the future.
Slow-roasted bass with breadnuts, pecans and palm nuts with a salad of steamed skirret and plums. Served with gouda, zatar soup, naan, poached eggs and barley wine.
Sheep with poppy seeds and pears. Served with poached eggs, apple cider and prairie turnip soup.
Mink neck with breadnuts, black pepper and garam masala with a side of cooked fat hen, kuka and dates. Served with durian pie, chipmunk soup, aged emmental and lavash.
Char-broiled octopus with cherries and bell peppers with a salad of sliced chrysanthemum leaves, diced chaya and plums. Served with tiger soup, roquefort, focaccia with jam, hot chocolate and soybean pie.
Pan-fried porcupine with nutmeg, avocados and tarragon with a side of diced soko and huckleberries. Served with lettuce pie, chevre, fried eggs and lavash.
Curried ferret rack with thyme and macadamia nuts. Served with soft boiled eggs, cantaloupe pie and payapa soup.
Fried flat acorn noodles with goat and florence fennel on a bed of sliced celtuce, spinach and avocados. Served with lychee pie, soda bread with honey, gouda and fried eggs.
Falcon with almonds and cilantro on a bed of diced celeriac, runner bean and avocados. Served with river almond pie, brocciu and poached eggs.
Baked small thick rice noodles with tiger, sesame seeds and arugula. Served with chinese chestnut soup and salted goat cheese.
If I need to mess up his life, you know, because I can't think of anything else to write for the story, there is the disease generator to toss random illness at him,
Course: continuously worsens until death or treatment
Treatment: very simple
As my main character is a Necromancer I can further mess up his life with the zombie generator
right now it just gave me:
This zombie is incredibly contagious. He is almost entirely decayed, and is missing a hand and several fingers. He is somewhat fast, somewhat smart, and somewhat strong. He is wearing blood-spattered clothing. He attacks mostly by tackling victims.
This zombie is frighteningly contagious. She is very decayed, and is missing part of an arm, an eye, part of the face, a hand and random chunks of flesh. She is somewhat slow, somewhat smart, and frighteningly strong. She is wearing filthy clothing. She attacks mostly by tackling victims.
Often overlooked in many stories is the influence of the weather. I love using the weather generator to add things to his life yet again.
right now it just gave me:
Over the next several days there will be very overcast skies with a chance of some clouds and high winds from the north. To the southeast there will be mist and very slight winds. It will likely be colder than it has been. Local fishers' predictions are occasionally fairly inaccurate.
Today there will be light rain with a chance of lightning and low winds from the west. To the north there will be thunderstorms and slight winds from the southwest. To the east, a scattering of clouds with a chance of sunny weather and low winds from the southwest. It will likely be hotter than it has been. Local scholars' predictions are nearly always unreliable.
Over the next week there will be storms with a moderate chance of ice storms and very slight winds. To the northeast there will be clear skies with a moderate chance of a scattering of clouds and very slight winds from the southeast. To the south, snowstorms with a chance of lightning storms and moderate winds from the south. It will likely be much hotter than it has been.
There are literally thousands of random generators all over the internet, so you can toss anything at your character.
Writing this way, I never know where the story will go either. So it always becomes an adventure for me as a writer to discover how to get my character from the beginning to the end, when he has these random places, people, things, and events tossed in his way.
For me, I'm someone who writes lots of random scenes first and then gets stuck trying to figure out how to piece them together as a story, and that's when I use the random generators. I find that grabbing a person, place, thing, or event at random, I'm suddenly forced to ask myself: "How in the heck is he going to deal with this?" followed by, "What in the heck does this have to do with the plot?" and "How does this connect scene A to scene B?
I don't know, this method may not work for every author or every story. It works for me and my series because I'm dealing with High Fantasy about a wizard, so I've got a magical universe where weird things can happen, like a portal can open up in the sky and suddenly spit out hellhounds or something at him. And he's a wandering vagabond, living on the road, camping in a tent between villages, going from tavern to tavern looking for odd jobs to do for people, so the setting allows for him to meet lots of people and be in lots of new places, etc. Thus, for me and my story, using random generators works as a method of keeping the story moving, thus connecting the scenes together to make a larger story as a whole.
Also using random generators allows me to get to the end of a 300,000 word novel without getting bored with what I'm writing, because I never know from one day to the next what I'm going to write. It's a road of discovery for me as an author, to click a generator, see what it gives me and then get my brain working overtime to try to figure out how to make the generator's result fit the story. It's like playing a game or solving a puzzle and it really helps to keep me excited to get up and write a new chapter each day.
I think one of the things I like about this method is the fact that, my character has goals, and I know where I want him to go, but I'm never sure how to get him there... then I toss in something from a random generator, and suddenly now I have this completely unplanned obstacles, that I had not planned to be in his life, so now I have to figure out, more about his character, his personality, and really stop and think about what type of person is he and how will he deal with this new situation that has disrupted his ability to get from point A to point B. I end up learning more about my character which I love, because I love exploring who he is.
But, not sure if this method would work for every story or every author. Maybe this method will help you? Not sure.
"Write 1000 words a day."
This advice stayed with me, but I did nothing with it. Until exactly two months ago. I had just finished a popular but not-very-good novel, and I thought, dammit, the only thing stopping me is me.
I've written every day for two months. I hit 60,000 words today and I have the rest of the story in my head. What a feeling!
1,000 words a day has become my religion. It's enough to make progress, but not enough to be overwhelming. Some days it's a struggle and some days they flow out in minutes. But every day I make myself do it, and every day the story crawls forward.
I started with 700 words a day (I figured it was easier for my mind to reach/be motivated by a little more than 500 but not quite 1,000). By the end of the year, I was doing 2,000 words per session, 3 times a day (6,000 words a day). Now, nearly 20 years later, I'm averaging 17,000 words a day. The younger me who struggled to reach 700 words a day would have fallen over dead had anyone told me that one day I'd find 17k a day easy. :P
Funny thing is, I never consciously changed my goal to a higher number. It was just that once I got into the habit of writing daily, I discovered I had a ton of stuff to write, and once I got started, I just couldn't stop until I reached the end of the scene/chapter/story/whatever, and before I knew it it was no longer me writing a certain amount of words anymore, but soon it was me writing a certain amount of scenes or chapters a day.
Practice and sticking to it every day, really is the only way around it.
Rothfuss is a world-builder style of fantasy author, and inside that genre, his plots take the form of endless "day in the life" vignettes. (Here's Kvothe livng in a traveling troupe of actors. Now here's Kvothe learning to play the lute. Now here he is on his first day of school... etc.) I think of this as akin to travelogues.
And, thing is, there's an audience for travelogues.
It's a style of fantasy where the prose is typically just... okay, meaning, it's grammatical, paragraph structure seems reasonable enough, sentences flow relatively smoothly. But the prose on its own is merely competent, not jawdroppingly beautiful. And yet, in some of these books, the world-building is so intriguing and the world-building ideas creative enough (magic system, mythology, etc) that readers simply enjoy being in that world.
I remember thinking "I could just watch Kvothe putter along in his life forever, one day at a time, and be perfectly entertained." But I do agree the prose on its own is merely competent.
That said, I've found to my dismay that achieving that level of "merely competent" is itself insanely difficult! Endless technical details of point of view, pacing, varying sentence length, dialogue tags, action beats, scene-setting...
I've spent six years just chasing a fairly mundane level of technical competence!
Day in the Life Slice of Life Vignette in the Fantasy genre is EXTREMELY unusual, and fewer then 10 Fantasy authors write it, so it stands out quite a lot when you see it. (I'm actually considered the inventor of that format... I've been writing it since 1978, the day in the life of an Elf wizard... 40 years and 130 novels later, I'm still writing all the mundane details of Quaraun's life and have yet to toss him into anything even remotely an action scene). You see it in other genres all the time, but almost never in Fantasy, because usually in Fantasy, people want none stop action.
But one of the reasons I like writing it, is because, I'm never at a loss for what to write. I don't have to come up with over the top plots and battles. No, instead I write about him getting up in the morning and puttering around with his daily punting session, his obsessing over what to wear, his getting drunk way too early in the day then getting into arguments with his unicorn, people coming to him begging for help with some dragon and him flipping them off with a fYk-you, and then him ranting about how much he hates humans.
It's also why it was so easy for me to go from 700 words a day to 17k words a day. Every day life is pretty easy to write. It's almost like writing a diary, because you are NOT sticking with more standard formats and have more freedom to write exactly what the character is thinking/feeling/doing, because you don't have to worry if it's important to the plot or not. That's the big advantage of writing Slice of Life Literary in any genre, is, plots are optional, and usually plots get in the way and are not included at all.
Slice of life relies on everyday activities and not plots to move them forward. It's a character driven genre, moved forward by feelings and emotions, instead of goals and actions. That's also why a lot of readers find it awkward reading, because they are used to reading plot driven stories instead of character driven stories. Character driven stories are rather uncommon.
I started writing character driven Fantasy, because I was bored out of my mind with one sword fight battle front after another. I liked reading literary fiction, but hated the modern settings, and wanted literary fiction featuring Elves and wizards, which in the 1970s, did not exist, thus the only way to read it was to write it. I didn't really have a goal for it at all, so I just took a wizard and started writing random short stories about his life. Him being a homeless wandering vagabond wizard for hire, you never see him in the same town twice as he travels across the country. The series being set in America & Canada, and me being a full time RVer, I actually drive to every place he visits and every day I'm sitting on location writing the settings. Story set on the shores of Witch Hole Pond, Maine, were written, while I sat at the real Witch Hole Pond, Maine and wrote exactly the story that the area inspired me to write.
Sadly while 1 or 2 books in the genre get popular once in a while, the genre as a whole is very much not popular, because people much rather read battles and sword fights, then "oh my, look at that landscape!" and read long tavern dialogue. Most people want to adventures of the quest itself, not the downtime and behind the scenes of the daily lives of questers when not questing. shrug
I would like to see the genre become more popular, but, mainstream people just want to read hack and slash action, and folks looking to read slice of life are a very small minority in the reading world.