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.


What Scares You? | Writing Horror




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What Scares You? | Writing Horror

What Scares You? | Writing Horror

For me the creep factor usually has something to do with my personal past. The unknown, doesn't scare me half as much as the known does.

For example:

Last week I was reading a story, which contained a line that stated: "He pried off the bottle cap with his teeth." It wasn't a Horror or intended to be scary or anything, but that line, just freaked me out. Made my toes curl up. Cringed all down my spine.

Why?

Because I once tried to open a bottle cap with my teeth, and it gave me a hellofa toothache, that felt like my gums were stabbed with needles.

So when I read that line, my brain immediately went back to that day and it felt like I was feeling it all over again.

Paranormal stuff doesn't scare me - ghosts, demons, hauntings, aliens, etc. None of that stuff does anything to me at all. I think because I don't believe in that sort of thing in real life, so I can't find a reason to be scared of it in fiction.

But stuff that could really happen to me: falling off a bridge/building, getting hit by a car, stabbed by someone hiding in the shower... that sort of stuff scares me in real life, and reading those things in books scares me as well.

Not a book, but the thing that scared the shit out of me so bad that I turned every light in the house on and refused to go to bed for days... Blair Witch Project (movie). Normally movies don't get to me. I can watch Freddy Krueger and the like and not bat an eye. But for some reason Blair Witch Project just freaked me out. My over reaction to it was so weird because I normally don't react like that to anything.

But I know why it freaked me out... and again, it goes back to the known, rather then the unknown scaring me.... when I was about 3 or 4 years old, I got lost. I wasn't lost for long, only an hour or so. But I was scared out of my mind. My father had taken me Christmas shopping for my mom. Somehow we got seperated. I couldn't find Daddy anywhere. There was a guy in a uniform, I don't know if he was a police officer or store security or what he was, but my first thought was, "A police man, he can find Daddy!" (my dad was a fireman and often worked with police officers so my mind went : police = a guy who knows Daddy) and I ran up to him and started crying my eyes out. A few minutes later he was at the service desk and a woman was calling my dad over the intercom. Everything ended okay. But, that was the single most terrifying hour of my early childhood... the whole being lost and feeling like I'd never see Mommy or Daddy or my cats or dogs again.... I was absolutely terrified out of my mind.

As a result of that incident I developed serious "separation anxiety disorder" for many years, even into my teen years, and even now as an adult, I still have panic attacks, if I get seperated from whatever group I'm with.

So, then I see Blair Witch Project, and most people get scared of the ghost or curse or whatever, but for me, it was the fact that they got lost, and no one knew what happened to them. The whole idea of getting lost and never being seen again... that just freaked me out of my mind, and made Blair Witch Project the most terrifying ANYTHINg book, movie, whatever... that was the one that scared me shitless, and that's why.

So for me, the unknown does affect me at all in books (or movies) but rather the known, if it's a thing I've experienced first hand, reading about it will creep me out horribly, because my mind, starts panicking and thinking "Oh no! I felt that before! I don't want to feel that again!"

So, for an author to scare me... they don't have to be writing Horror or even trying to scare the reader at all... they just have to write about something that triggers my fear reactions, and that could be so many mundane everyday things!




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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