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    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Oh wow, that is an amazingly awesome description–and you’ve also ruined crinolines completely.  xD I love it.

    LOL, my only goal XD

    Thanks for the info! I definitely have some research to do for those periods.

    It’s really interesting! Especially how the historical events impacted the clothing styles, that’s one of my favorite parts to research!

    I’m sure I did some research after you mentioned that, but this particular information I acquired while reading about the Byzantine empire, and researching one types of make up a character in my series could wear–which in this case, could be most of the common powders, rouges, some eyeliners, etc..

    Ohhh, you have a Byzantine character?? I’ve never read one of those, I can’t wait to meet her!

    I love when people mention one extremely niche piece of knowledge and you just know they were researching it for writing reasons because nobody would ordinarily just know that XD

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #148915
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @braelynn

    Wow! That is super! I would love to read it once you have it finished.

    Thank you! That may end up taking a w h i l e yet XD

    Wow girl! That’s awesome! I have never tried a trilogy before; always have wrapped it up in one book.   Definitely in my bucket list though!

    In my defense, it wasn’t the plan XD I wrote book one and figured out there would be big aftereffects and I had to write the rest XD

    Hey! I thought I was the only one with this issue.

    LOL, I know not a single thing about the grammar XD

    Ah, I like it! *begins rummaging through current WIP’s to find a spot to squeeze it in*

    Oh, always! Cool big words go in the WIP XD

    That is so awesome! I love Welsh Cob’s! That was actually my wanna be first horse breed, but I ended up getting a Hackney/Quarter Pony cross. She rode and drove, so that was a ton of fun! I didn’t end up keeping her because she had foundered in the past, and couldn’t be on pasture. I still miss her.

    Aww, Quarter/Hackneys sound so pretty! I bet she was lovely! What’s your favorite memory of her?

    Yeah, he probably isn’t full Cob in any way, he doesn’t have the right build. He’s much more elegantly built than you’d expect, though he still has some characteristics like some feathering and a massive head XD His dam was much more cob-like than him, and we have no idea who his sire was, so he’s just horse XD

    Awww, the sweethearts.   Love the name choices!

    Thank you! I didn’t name Lightning, but she lives up to it XD She can still do the zoomies when she feels like it XD

    Wow! I love the painting! You are really good! Djadon is a handsome boy.

    Thank you! He really is, but I’m biased XD

    That is so neat! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being atop a 1000 pound animal as they hurl themselves into air. Have you shown him before?

    Exactly! The absolutely unsurpassed feeling of approaching death, I love it! XD

    Nope, I haven’t! He’s… not an easy ride XD He’s very skittish and bucks, bolts, spooks, and balks XD I love him dearly, and he’s amazing to ride when he’s behaving, but he has opinions that show at the worst possible times XD

    I never really showed actually, and tbh I’m not planning to XD I like riding just for myself.

    Wow! Fascinating! Harp is a gorgeous instrument.

    Thank you, I love it too! The piano and violin are just as beautiful!  I love how you can get much more flowing notes with the violin, but I bet it’s much harder to get your intonation right. (I hope that was a right word XD)

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #148934
    Brian Stansell
    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    @braelynn

    Hi Braelynn!  Very pleased to meet you and so glad you could join us on SE.

    My current novel (a fantasy) is on the topic of absolute truth and relativity (I know, big topic :D).

    That is a very big undertaking, but an important one.  Too many follow the “truth is relative” idea towards their own destruction.

    Are you attending the upcoming Resonant Themes Summit?  SE has some great sessions lined up.

    Brian Stansell (aka O'Brian of the Surface World)
    I was born in war.
    Fighting from my first breath.

    #148936
    Brian Stansell
    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    @braelynn

    Here is a link to info on the upcoming SE Resonant Themes Summit I mentioned.

    Click Here

    Hope you can join. 🙂

    Brian Stansell (aka O'Brian of the Surface World)
    I was born in war.
    Fighting from my first breath.

    #148942
    Braelynn
    @braelynn

    @noah-cochran

    I’ve only written the first book, but I’m planning to have it be a five book series. The first one came in at a little over 190k words, and the rest will be at least slightly longer than that each, so it’ll take me a while. xD

    Wow! *high fives*

    I’ve discussed the topic of theme with my older sister (also a writer) several times, and personally, I rarely give a central theme to a book, and I build a story on plot and character without even thinking about a central theme. However, what I consider the themes of my books are the character arcs (and possibly the villain’s flaw), and putting together all the characters in my series, there is a strong central theme. In this case, it is dealing with the pain, death, and evil that is rampant in the world.

    That is really neat! I look forward to reading it someday. 😜

    How do you handle theme in your stories? Do you start with theme and build from there? Or do you start with plot?

    I personally am more of a pantser and build around a central theme as plot lines rather box me in, and steal my creativity. 🤪 I wish I was better at writing intriguing plot lines, but my ideas kinda come sporadically as I write, and when I actually sit down to draw out a plot line, my mind draws a blank *gulp*.

    I love it. Do you study all those parts of history before you write in them?

    Yes, I do! I do a lot more studying during the drafting process though as needed. 🙂

    Disappointingly, there are usually one of two problems with medieval historical fiction: one, they have inappropriate content (aka, everyone in their mother has a described affair), and two, they take historical fiction down a route I don’t prefer. Though I do love history, I prefer the central plot and characters to be fictional, and the setting to be historical. Most historical fiction I find is either about a historical person, or a historical event (like a war). The historical fiction I’m writing is centered on fictional characters and plot, but it had many historical features and events feature in it (and in several cases, those events are very much connected to the plot).

    I totally agree! Good historical fiction books are true gems. One of my favorite authors for historical fiction is Elizabeth George Speare. They are easy reads, but I’ve fallen in love with her simple yet enthralling writing style.

    Anyway, that answer was gratuitous in the extreme, but I felt the need to clarify, so there you go. xD

    No, you’re fine! I appreciated it.

    The single best medieval historical fiction novel I’ve read is Behold the Dawn by K. M. Weiland. I would highly recommend it. For non-medieval historical fiction, I would recommend Alexander Dumas–Count of Monte Cristo, and every 1800s mystery author (Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins).

    Awesome! I will have to look those up! Thanks for the suggestions!

    One fantasy and two historical fictions? Or what are they?

    Yep! You guessed correctly! *high-fives*

     

     

    "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." -J. Smiley

    #148943
    Braelynn
    @braelynn

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Are you attending the upcoming Resonant Themes Summit?  SE has some great sessions lined up.

    I wasn’t planning on it because my schedule is pretty packed, but now that you mention it, I might go ahead and attend. 😉 I really like the sessions that they have coming up! Thanks so much for the link!

    "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." -J. Smiley

    #148945
    Brian Stansell
    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    @braelynn

    You are most welcome, Braelynn!  I attended my first one last year on Engaging Plots and highly recommended it.  In fact, I believe they even took my quote and put it on this year’s ad. 🙂
    I will have to miss one day of it though because it is my wife’s B-Day and I am taking her out for something special.  But I will catch up later.
    Hope to catch you there. 🙂

    Brian Stansell (aka O'Brian of the Surface World)
    I was born in war.
    Fighting from my first breath.

    #148946
    Braelynn
    @braelynn

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    You are most welcome, Braelynn!  I attended my first one last year on Engaging Plots and highly recommended it.  In fact, I believe they even took my quote and put it on this year’s ad.

    That’s awesome! I love the quote!

    I will have to miss one day of it though because it is my wife’s B-Day and I am taking her out for something special.  But I will catch up later.

    Awww, have fun!

     

    "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." -J. Smiley

    #148949
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Ohhh, you have a Byzantine character?? I’ve never read one of those, I can’t wait to meet her!

    She is…an interesting individual. xD

    I love when people mention one extremely niche piece of knowledge and you just know they were researching it for writing reasons because nobody would ordinarily just know that

    Exactly. I’ve actually found that writers (high fantasy and historical fiction ones in particular) are often individuals with knowledge in many different areas–some of which is oddly specific. xD


    @braelynn

     and when I actually sit down to draw out a plot line, my mind draws a blank *gulp*.

    Oh, I feel that. Brainstorming for outlining is a pain.

     

    #148966
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    She is…an interesting individual. xD

    That’s very ominous I can’t wait XD

    Exactly. I’ve actually found that writers (high fantasy and historical fiction ones in particular) are often individuals with knowledge in many different areas–some of which is oddly specific. xD

    Exactly! Oddly specific and mildly suspicious research is just part of being a writer. I once spent a few hours researching medieval threshing techniques only to end up not using any of it XD

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

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