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  • #152421
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Oh goodness YES! I’ve had Liorah in character castles multiple times, and every time was worse than the last. She feuded with everyone, swore at the castle, almost died an alarming amount of times, and threw shoes at whoever deserved it. She also came up with very alarming threats. She’s exhausting, bless her XD

    XD I love it!! XD Payton’s in a character castle at the moment, and I’m am proud that he has managed to keep his more obnoxious side under – relative – control…. for the moment, anyway….he did just get there…. But it’s probably because he made friends with the other character so he’s good! 🙂

    Well, Aydin was her original love interest, until Liorah politely informed me that he wouldn’t survive a relationship with her. (Whether this was a threat or an observation goodness only knows.) However she was not incorrect, so now they have a sibling-like relationship, which is very cute. Liorah’s love interest is called Ferran, and he’s the only person who can consistently put up with her XD He somehow manages to strike the balance between encouraging her chaos and keeping her from dying. That’s impressive in and of itself XD However, it took me a lot of work to extract his backstory and personality from him, mostly because he kept changing. I think I’ve got an idea now, and I really like how it’s working out!

    Well, I’m glad she told you and didn’t let things explode or let Aydin get hurt! Ferran sounds perfect for her ha ha! He must have a pretty strong character….and not be afraid of arson….. XD I’m glad you have him worked out now!

    I played harp for like eight years, but I still can’t do it XD I have no idea how to bring poetry and music together, so I just settled for a few rhyming lines XD

    Awesome, I’ll root around in my manuscript and see if I can dig them up!

    Loll I just found a few places I just said “LYRIC” as a placeholder instead of writing anything XD

    Okay here’s one of the verses, the one in my quote:

    With the sunshine, shadows will come, and light seems far/ Without darkness, there is no light/ If there was no nighttime, would the dawn be as bright?/

    That’s all I got XD I’m definitely neither a poet nor a songwriter XD

    Oooh! The harp is so pretty! Do you plan on picking it back up at any point? One day I’d like to learn to play the violin….right now I’m saving up to get one so we’ll see how that turns out….

    Oh man, that sounds like something I would do….just write lyric and put off actually writing them until the end….

    I love it, that’s beautiful!! 🥰

    Ha ha neither am I!

    Thank you! I actually have a LOT more symbolism, almost every character has some XD I find it extremely fun to write, and you can’t really have too much. I really liked that too! There are a few more background legends in one or two cases, though they’re mostly framed as myths or fairytales! I found it really fun to figure out!

    You’re welcome! What is Liorah’s symbolism?

    Oh thank goodness, I get to live and wreak havoc another day XD

    XD As long as you leave Aydin alone, remember? 😉😊

    Oh, I will! And absolutely don’t worry about that, you have to let your characters make their mistakes and fall on their faces XD Ohhh, I like that name even better! I also obscured and changed a few names, but I’m not telling you which ones 😉 It would spoil a twist in book 1, in case you ever read it XD

    😊🙂 Oh don’t worry, Payton has plenty of “falling on his face moments.” I’m already plotting up more trouble for him to get in…. Thank you! Yeah, don’t give away any spoilers! That can be so hard sometimes because you want so bad to tell someone….but you can’t…. Are you planning on publishing Gilded Blood?

    Yep, we’ll find a solution to that!

    👍🏻

     

    #152422
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @lady-grace

    If you’re a homeschooler then you can add that to the list of unites😂 Yes! Good bye world!! I’ll see you at 3am!! 😂

    HOMESCHOOLERS ARE AMAZING!!!

    *clears throat*

    sorry. True though XD

    So true!! Then there’s what happens when you say to yourself “just one more chapter….” and look up at the clock several hours later….

    Now I want goats just so I can name them🤣. Seriously though, that’s awesome.

    Ha ha!! I never thought I would end up getting goats but I wouldn’t trade them for anything now lol

    My brother is sooo Pip. @e-n-leonard is Frodo so I take any opportunities to act like Gollum and Shelob. I honestly don’t know why XD.

    That’s hilarious! XD

    I honestly have no idea who I would be!

    Men: Aragorn and Éowyn (Me and Éowyn share personalities😀) Elves: Legolas, Galadriel, and Arwen. Dwarves: yeah… only one😂 Dear lil Gimli. Hobbits: Probably Sam although he can be a little stupid😂. (I was worried that he had killed Pip too) I agree with Shadowfax wholeheartedly! Spiders: The tiny one that’s so small it’s never even mentioned 😂

    I love Eowyn!! At first, I wanted her and Aragorn together but now I think she and Farmir are so sweet together! 😂

    Elves/Dwarves: Oh yeah, I also love Legolas’ and Gimli’s friendship considering the differences between Elves and Dwarves! 😊

    Hobbits: Sam is so brave even if he sometimes should use his head a little more.

    lol How could I forget that tiny little spider XD

    I’ve killed.. my favorite and my MC’s dad.

    Poor guy!! The things we put our MCs through in order to grow them…

    That’s awesome that you published it! Now I want to go read it😂

    Thank you! I had so much fun with it! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it 🥰😊 Do you ever plan on publishing any of your works?

     

    #152424
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @storysmith

    Yeah, it is but I can’t imagine a more exciting goal. So far I am guessing the first two series will be as long as the ranger’s apprentice that is 16 novels long……… that’s not including the side novels. XD Lol Yessss! Lord willing I hope to publish it!

    Oh wow!! That is so cool! Where are you in the process? (What book?)

    XD Lol Thanks! The scene I dream of writing one day, is when the princess of the purest white and blue armor and her mighty companions stand before the legions of darkness at the head of an ocean of bright fluttering banners and the myriad of glinting armor and weapons both on land and sky. It will be a battle of the land and sky that will go into the annuals history as the day, all good creatures and peoples united to follow a small young princess (my version of Joan of Arc) to victory. Her crown is the coolest design I could ever imagine and hope to it make it the most significant piece of her attire.

    You’re very welcome!

    WOW. !!!! 😲🤩🤗

    *blinks at screen and rereads*

    That sounds sooo cool! Battles are my *ahem* weakness in writing, and yours sounds amazing. How does the design on her crown look?

    So far for races, I have humans, elves (who are split into several subgroups), badger like humanoids (my alternative for dwarves), Weasel/Wolverine like humanoids, fox/racoon like humanoids (my alternative for hobbits but borne fighters), giant toad like humanoids (not friendly and always hungry), Wild cat like humanoids, Wolf like humanoids, lab created mutants (serve as my orks/Urks), Giant humanoid Yeti/troll like creatures, Mutant assassins that are somewhat insectoid (they serve as my nazgul for their dark master), and a medium sized spiky creatures with sharp beaked mouths and long claws (they are my goblin alternative). As for my creatures there are giant cats, giant wolves, dragons of land, sky, and sea, large to giant land and aquatic insect/crustaceans, giant sea serpents, giant ravens (my alternative to Lotr giant eagles, giant deer/elk with blade like horns (they are the shepherds of the wilds/forest), owl like gryphons, and plus several of my own original creatures. Several of these creatures can talk like those in Narnia and many others have their own intelligent languages.

    Again. WOW. It sounds you put a ton of time and thought into the creation of your world and I’m sure it shows in your writing. What gave you the idea for all these races? Are there certain races that are distinctly band and some that are distinctly good or are they mixed for the most part?

    Absolutely! I am learning to be better at critiquing but would be more than happy to read your story. I will also be in need of beta readers once I finish my first novel hopefully by early next year and would appreciate it if you could go over mine too.

    Thank you! I have never beta read before or critiqued a story, so if I do, please keep that in mind! XD

    #152436
    Joshua Scheele
    @storysmith

    @sydney

    Oh wow!! That is so cool! Where are you in the process? (What book?)

    I am slowly finishing book 1 due to work.

    That sounds sooo cool! Battles are my *ahem* weakness in writing, and yours sounds amazing. How does the design on her crown look?

    Thanks! I have enjoyed reading battles and sometimes have this feeling of thrill when you know the rightful reasons why this battle is being fought and that the bad guys are going to served proper justice. I have become decent at describing the scene as a whole as I love military strategy and tactics but my weakness is zooming into the battle and describing a fight up close, especially the character(s) martial prowess on the battlefield. How are you with up close fights like duels or small fights?

    Again. WOW. It sounds you put a ton of time and thought into the creation of your world and I’m sure it shows in your writing. What gave you the idea for all these races? Are there certain races that are distinctly band and some that are distinctly good or are they mixed for the most part?

    Yeah, worldbuilding has always been a hobby. One my weaknesses is actually providing a good description of my original races and creatures such as their mannerisms, antics, and etc. I am getting better but still have much to learn. One reason for all the races is due to Tolkien and other authors who made it fun and exciting to imagine what would a world be like if humans were not the only race created by God. I don’t mean this in any political way but biblically; the other reason is my sense of humor of how this world is so focused on trying to turn any conflict they can into a battle between races (the proper term is ethnical issues). If people would like to see a true racial conflict of where one race for example elves are trying to exterminate another race like humans as a fight for survival, then they are in the right place. XD lol

    However, this where my biblical sense kicks in that if the creator put multiple races on a planet, they better throw out the idea that this world not big enough for the both of us. God placed them there for a reason because He loves them all equally as his children and desires what is best for all of them. The racial discrimination, conflicts, and centuries old hatred will be my princess’s biggest obstacle but also her greatest triumph as she proves unconditional, Christ-like love is not exclusive to any one race but to all of God’s people. Through this lesson the the generations to come after my princess’s time when her people travel the stars, they can be the best diplomats and examples to galaxies and beyond that God is always good and His love is boundless.

    Yes, some creatures are bad some due to customs and way of living such as the weasel folk and toad folk. Others particularly the mutants are cruel bullies because their master is even more cruel and leaves no room for deviation from his grand plan. In a way I am being like Tolkien of having a clear line of good vs evil. However, in his Silmarillion, there are many times where there was not a clear line as the supposedly good races fought among themselves. I am going spotlight that more, because all creatures are selfish. There are some who are less selfish than others because they govern themselves well with good moral code that is apart of their way of living, particularly those who believe in the Creator as their God, knowing the simple truth who He is and what he has done. My story will also use a great deal of religions as faith in something greater that include false religion based on lies and selfish schemes, somewhat true ideas but horribly twisted to meet selfish goals, and one true faith and that is believing in the Creator (God) and knowing Him for who He truly is.

    What is the major Christian theme/focus of your book?

    A real hero remains accountable until the end.

    #152437
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @storysmith

    I am slowly finishing book 1 due to work.

    👍🏻👍🏻 All the best on your writing!!

    Thanks! I have enjoyed reading battles and sometimes have this feeling of thrill when you know the rightful reasons why this battle is being fought and that the bad guys are going to served proper justice. I have become decent at describing the scene as a whole as I love military strategy and tactics but my weakness is zooming into the battle and describing a fight up close, especially the character(s) martial prowess on the battlefield. How are you with up close fights like duels or small fights?

    Best kind of thrill!! Or one of the best 🙂 I do better with smaller groups of people as opposed to large-scale battles. Mostly by that I mean two people fighting each other. I think I get kinda intimidated by the larger stuff. I am clueless when it comes to battle techniques….my poor soldiers….. I’m hoping to get through my WIP without a battle scene but we’ll see how that works out.

    Yeah, worldbuilding has always been a hobby. One my weaknesses is actually providing a good description of my original races and creatures such as their mannerisms, antics, and etc. I am getting better but still have much to learn. One reason for all the races is due to Tolkien and other authors who made it fun and exciting to imagine what would a world be like if humans were not the only race created by God. I don’t mean this in any political way but biblically; the other reason is my sense of humor of how this world is so focused on trying to turn any conflict they can into a battle between races (the proper term is ethnical issues). If people would like to see a true racial conflict of where one race for example elves are trying to exterminate another race like humans as a fight for survival, then they are in the right place. XD lol

    Oh man….Tolkien is a huge inspirer! I have never written a book with multiple races but maybe if I ever get around to writing my allegory dream I will work that in there…

    However, this where my biblical sense kicks in that if the creator put multiple races on a planet, they better throw out the idea that this world not big enough for the both of us. God placed them there for a reason because He loves them all equally as his children and desires what is best for all of them. The racial discrimination, conflicts, and centuries old hatred will be my princess’s biggest obstacle but also her greatest triumph as she proves unconditional, Christ-like love is not exclusive to any one race but to all of God’s people. Through this lesson the the generations to come after my princess’s time when her people travel the stars, they can be the best diplomats and examples to galaxies and beyond that God is always good and His love is boundless.

    That is a theme the world needs to hear now! No one is more deserving of love in God’s eyes than someone else. Ooooh different galaxies?! Are the races there human or are there a lot of different races? (If you have that planned out yet)

    Yes, some creatures are bad some due to customs and way of living such as the weasel folk and toad folk. Others particularly the mutants are cruel bullies because their master is even more cruel and leaves no room for deviation from his grand plan. In a way I am being like Tolkien of having a clear line of good vs evil. However, in his Silmarillion, there are many times where there was not a clear line as the supposedly good races fought among themselves. I am going spotlight that more, because all creatures are selfish. There are some who are less selfish than others because they govern themselves well with good moral code that is apart of their way of living, particularly those who believe in the Creator as their God, knowing the simple truth who He is and what he has done. My story will also use a great deal of religions as faith in something greater that include false religion based on lies and selfish schemes, somewhat true ideas but horribly twisted to meet selfish goals, and one true faith and that is believing in the Creator (God) and knowing Him for who He truly is.

    You’ve read The Silm? It’s been on my TBR list for a long time now. Yes, I agree that there should be a clear line between good and evil in fiction. But at the same time you have to show that even the most amazing of heroes are flawed and have their moments of selfishness. Reading about the different religions in your story actually just gave me a story idea (allegory) 😊

    What is the major Christian theme/focus of your book?

    So a lot of this story revolves around two people basically. One (the MC) is a soldier named Nathan. He used to be an enemy soldier and was a part of the army that was attacking Alvastia. (My medieval kingdom) Their army was defeated of course. The good guys showed mercy to their enemy and an especial act of mercy to one of Nathan’s fallen comrades was what God used to work in his heart. (It was one of my favorite scenes to write) Anyway…. most of the Alvastians still don’t trust him so he built walls around his heart. The other person is Payton (My favorite character and a kind of de-facto MC) He will do anything to not disappoint those he looks up to (Like his family) He is also extremely suspicious of Nathan…. so they have a lot of tension/conflict together.

    Alright all this to say…. my theme!! Through the course of the book, they both deal with self-doubt/trust. They have to learn to completely trust God no matter what men think about them. And the main lesson – which Nathan helps Payton to see at the end and which scene I can’t wait to write!! – is that we can’t earn favor with God. Also that no matter what we do, no matter how many times we fall, He is NEVER EVER going to let us down. He will always be there for us. We don’t have to try to “measure up” so to speak. I personally struggled a lot with this at one point in my life so I love the idea of putting this theme in.

    So there you have it 🙂

    #152440
    Joshua Scheele
    @storysmith

    @sydney

    👍🏻👍🏻 All the best on your writing!!

    Thanks! and to yours as well 🙂

    Best kind of thrill!! Or one of the best 🙂 I do better with smaller groups of people as opposed to large-scale battles. Mostly by that I mean two people fighting each other. I think I get kinda intimidated by the larger stuff. I am clueless when it comes to battle techniques….my poor soldiers….. I’m hoping to get through my WIP without a battle scene but we’ll see how that works out.

    Yeah it can be intimidating, I use some history books that analyze historical battles and the use of the troops. I agree that would be interesting. I have read some novels that referred to battles like it was currently happening or the results of a past battle and focused on others aspects that were affected by the battle’s aftermath.

    That is a theme the world needs to hear now! No one is more deserving of love in God’s eyes than someone else. Ooooh different galaxies?! Are the races there human or are there a lot of different races? (If you have that planned out yet)

    Yeah I have not planned that far but see the amount of races as something similar to Star Wars and Star Trek. There may be not human but ones very similar to humans and others more unique.

    You’ve read The Silm? It’s been on my TBR list for a long time now. Yes, I agree that there should be a clear line between good and evil in fiction. But at the same time you have to show that even the most amazing of heroes are flawed and have their moments of selfishness. Reading about the different religions in your story actually just gave me a story idea (allegory) 😊

    Yeah it is a long read and can see like a history book but it does have some cool side stories. Nice! I am interested to see what that is that I might be responsible for. XD Lol

    Alright all this to say…. my theme!! Through the course of the book, they both deal with self-doubt/trust. They have to learn to completely trust God no matter what men think about them. And the main lesson – which Nathan helps Payton to see at the end and which scene I can’t wait to write!! – is that we can’t earn favor with God. Also that no matter what we do, no matter how many times we fall, He is NEVER EVER going to let us down. He will always be there for us. We don’t have to try to “measure up” so to speak. I personally struggled a lot with this at one point in my life so I love the idea of putting this theme in.

    Yesss! and Amen! 😀 That’s an awesome theme and definitely something the world also needs to hear!

    A real hero remains accountable until the end.

    #152441
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @sydney

    XD I love it!! XD Payton’s in a character castle at the moment, and I’m am proud that he has managed to keep his more obnoxious side under – relative – control…. for the moment, anyway….he did just get there…. But it’s probably because he made friends with the other character so he’s good!

    Ohhh, very impressive of him! (Don’t count on it staying that way XD) I think in her time Liorah only made enemies and a few partners in crime. I don’t know which is worse XD

    Well, I’m glad she told you and didn’t let things explode or let Aydin get hurt!

    It only took one explosion and a few minor injuries on both sides to figure that out, so I call it a success XD

    Ferran sounds perfect for her ha ha! He must have a pretty strong character….and not be afraid of arson….. XD I’m glad you have him worked out now!

    He DOES! Liorah has the moral compass of a drunk raccoon so Ferran has to make up for that too. He does have an immensely strong character which is the only reason she hasn’t corrupted him like the others XD Okay maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, Liorah isn’t all bad, she’s just very fun to make fun of XD

    Oooh! The harp is so pretty! Do you plan on picking it back up at any point? One day I’d like to learn to play the violin….right now I’m saving up to get one so we’ll see how that turns out….

    Ooohh fun! I used to play up until a month or two ago. I had to quit lessons because it got too busy, but I’m probably going to keep playing for myself!

    Oh man, that sounds like something I would do….just write lyric and put off actually writing them until the end….

    LOL, yep, I use way too many placeholders while writing XD Sometimes I’ll not name very minor characters and just write “NAME”

    I love it, that’s beautiful!!

    Thank you!

    You’re welcome! What is Liorah’s symbolism?

    Let me see… Fire, gold, stars, and poppies! She also has wind symbolism every now and then, but not as much as the rest. I think at some point one of the villains calls her “The burning princess” which she was secretly very proud of XD

    Also, she and Ferran share a lot of symbolism. Ferran is a goldsmith, which shares both the gold and fire symbolism, and poppies are kind of their couple symbolism.

    XD As long as you leave Aydin alone, remember?

    Hmmm, just this once XD

    Are you planning on publishing Gilded Blood?

    Nope! GB is my project to just mess around in and experiment! I’m letting some people read it so I know what to work on and learn from it! If you ever feel like reading it, I’ll be happy to share it! The next draft (Third or fourth one) should be finished early next year!

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

    #152459
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @storysmith

    Yeah it can be intimidating, I use some history books that analyze historical battles and the use of the troops. I agree that would be interesting. I have read some novels that referred to battles like it was currently happening or the results of a past battle and focused on others aspects that were affected by the battle’s aftermath.

    Hmmm I never thought of doing that before! That’s a really good idea! Writing a battle form the perspective of the aftermath, on the other hand, seems like it would be my way to go! 🙂

    Yeah it is a long read and can see like a history book but it does have some cool side stories.

    I need to go buy it now! XD

    Nice! I am interested to see what that is that I might be responsible for. XD Lol

    Okay well, when you said different religions, I could see this story where everyone is forced by the leaders into doing this “one religion” that isn’t the true one…. And that’s all they’ve ever been taught. So the MC kind of goes from growing up with this false religion/suppression of the truth to questioning it. And probably getting in big trouble…and meeting someone who shows her the truth…

    Wow that sounded a whole lot clearer in my head. Then again some of that popped into my head at 5AM….Then I started coming up with characters XD Anyway that’s my little idea. We’ll see where it takes me.

    *why am I even coming up with these ideas when my WIP isn’t done yet!?!*

    Yesss! and Amen! 😀 That’s an awesome theme and definitely something the world also needs to hear!

    😁😁 Thank you!

     

    #152460
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Ohhh, very impressive of him! (Don’t count on it staying that way XD) I think in her time Liorah only made enemies and a few partners in crime. I don’t know which is worse XD

    Nope….especially because I just decided to throw his mortal enemy, Sorren(Okay fine, his “Antagonist”) into the mix.

    It’s probably a bad idea to leave him there with Payton…. I can see it already:

    First scene: Payton calls him a coward, traitor, liar, a leech on the noblest kingdom ever and when breath and imagination gives out, challenges Sorren to a duel leading to….

    Scene 2 in which Payton is lying mortally wounded on the floor of a character castle in the middle of who-knows-where

    Partners in crime? XD No the enemies are probably worse….everyone needs a PIC XDXD

    It only took one explosion and a few minor injuries on both sides to figure that out, so I call it a success XD

    Only one explosion…. that sounds so matter-of-fact XD

    He DOES! Liorah has the moral compass of a drunk raccoon so Ferran has to make up for that too. He does have an immensely strong character which is the only reason she hasn’t corrupted him like the others XD Okay maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, Liorah isn’t all bad, she’s just very fun to make fun of XD

    Great job Ferran!! Keep her on track!!! (If you can and at your own risk…. XD) I know, I make fun of my characters a lot! Does she change at the end?

    LOL, yep, I use way too many placeholders while writing XD Sometimes I’ll not name very minor characters and just write “NAME”

    Or this one: “Word here that is sort of like (certain adjective/word) but isn’t and I can’t remember.” And, yes, I have written that all out on more than one occasion. Or ADD A SCENE HERE!!! My other writing fault is that I have at least three notebooks going…and they aren’t all sequential either. One is just scenes that I need to add in somehow later. And then when I go back and type, it can get a little confusing. Just a little….

    WHAT DID I MEAN MY “WORD?” OR JUST “ADD A SCENE!?!”

    Oh well.

    Let me see… Fire, gold, stars, and poppies! She also has wind symbolism every now and then, but not as much as the rest. I think at some point one of the villains calls her “The burning princess” which she was secretly very proud of XD Also, she and Ferran share a lot of symbolism. Ferran is a goldsmith, which shares both the gold and fire symbolism, and poppies are kind of their couple symbolism.

    I love the kind of “dual symbolism” between her and Ferran! That’s so sweet!!

    Hmmm, just this once XD

    XD Just remember, I will come running to his rescue if I have too!!

    Nope! GB is my project to just mess around in and experiment! I’m letting some people read it so I know what to work on and learn from it! If you ever feel like reading it, I’ll be happy to share it! The next draft (Third or fourth one) should be finished early next year!

    When you finish it, I would like to read it! Do you have a major Christian theme/principle you put in?

    #152464
    Joshua Scheele
    @storysmith

    @sydney

    Okay well, when you said different religions, I could see this story where everyone is forced by the leaders into doing this “one religion” that isn’t the true one…. And that’s all they’ve ever been taught. So the MC kind of goes from growing up with this false religion/suppression of the truth to questioning it. And probably getting in big trouble…and meeting someone who shows her the truth…

    I like it! I could see some awesome Christian themes coming from that on the importance of truth and who or what defines what is true.

    I forgot to mention my crown’s design. I have a rare/special tree called Icestone in the land of eternal winter that the crown is made from. The tree is made of a crystalline material with a crystal like appearance. Its trunk is white as mother of pearl with a slight frosty hue and its leaves are of an icy azure blue. From its branches, its crystal like seeds (kinda like a pine cone) shine like small stars of golden hue. Her crown is a diadem of its finest polished wood that shines of pure white when in the light that is wreathed in polished and hardened leaves of the finest hue. At its peak, are leaves trimmed and shaped into my world’s beloved constellation, The Winter Rose. At each point of the constellation’s shape are small diamond like pieces carved from a seed that shine like small tiny droplets of sun light. At the flower’s heart is the largest carved diamond like piece carved from the seed that roars with the power and golden light like a tiny sun (I would like to give it a specific/special carved shape but need ideas).

    One fact about my rare forest of Icestone, is that it is also a musical forest that plays songs of majesty and wonder that are forever trapped within its canopy of ice and crystal (It is kind of a magical phenomenon in my world but my idea is inspired from the constant theme in scripture that if we all stop singing praise to God, all creation including the rocks shall lift up its voice in praise to the Creator).

    It is dream of my princess to one day visit the heart of this forest to offer her finest song in hopes that it is worthy to be forever played to the glory of their Creator.

    An artwork I dream of creating/having created is of her singing in the eternal winter forest shining of  gold, white, and blue hues with an aurora borealis dancing across the heavens as if to the music of her praise.

    Her armor is also made from the icestone tree. The wood and leaves, when refined can be as hard as the finest Tungsten/steel (my version of mithril XD lol) Her plate armor is made of the refined wood and her mail is made of leaves overlapped like dragon scales.

    Sigh…. Sorry, I always get carried away when I describe my Icestone and anything related. XD Lol

    A real hero remains accountable until the end.

    #152477
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @sydney

    Hey Sydney, just a real quick message to say I might be a while replying! We’re currently on holiday so I’m trying to manage SE on mobile but I can’t write a lot this way 😂

    Anyway, I didn’t forget I’ll get back to you ASAP! ☺️

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

    #152478
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @rose-colored-fancy

    No problem and no rush!! Enjoy your vacation! 🥰🥰

    #152493
    Sydney Witbeck
    @sydney

    @storysmith

    I like it! I could see some awesome Christian themes coming from that on the importance of truth and who or what defines what is true.

    Thank you! I feel like in this day and age everyone is so mixed up when it comes to defining truth. (“What’s true for you may not be true for me” kind of thing) But only God defines truth!!!

    I also decided to name my MC “Verity” because that means truth which is the main theme of the book. She’s a redheaded spitfire who is currently causing chaos in another character castle…. oh well.

    I forgot to mention my crown’s design. I have a rare/special tree called Icestone in the land of eternal winter that the crown is made from. The tree is made of a crystalline material with a crystal like appearance. Its trunk is white as mother of pearl with a slight frosty hue and its leaves are of an icy azure blue. From its branches, its crystal like seeds (kinda like a pine cone) shine like small stars of golden hue. Her crown is a diadem of its finest polished wood that shines of pure white when in the light that is wreathed in polished and hardened leaves of the finest hue. At its peak, are leaves trimmed and shaped into my world’s beloved constellation, The Winter Rose. At each point of the constellation’s shape are small diamond like pieces carved from a seed that shine like small tiny droplets of sun light. At the flower’s heart is the largest carved diamond like piece carved from the seed that roars with the power and golden light like a tiny sun (I would like to give it a specific/special carved shape but need ideas).

    I’m loving all the detail!!! Seriously, this is great!! What gave you the idea for Icestone? It sounds absolutely gorgeous. I would love to see something like that in real life….

    One fact about my rare forest of Icestone, is that it is also a musical forest that plays songs of majesty and wonder that are forever trapped within its canopy of ice and crystal (It is kind of a magical phenomenon in my world but my idea is inspired from the constant theme in scripture that if we all stop singing praise to God, all creation including the rocks shall lift up its voice in praise to the Creator). It is dream of my princess to one day visit the heart of this forest to offer her finest song in hopes that it is worthy to be forever played to the glory of their Creator. An artwork I dream of creating/having created is of her singing in the eternal winter forest shining of  gold, white, and blue hues with an aurora borealis dancing across the heavens as if to the music of her praise.

    I’M LOVING IT EVEN MORE!! I never thought of working in that theme….WOW!! When you finish this story I am going to have to read it!!!

    By the way, I don’t think I ever asked, but what is your princess like? (Name, description, strengths, fears, that kind of thing) I’m always interested in reading other author’s character profiles!

    Her armor is also made from the icestone tree. The wood and leaves, when refined can be as hard as the finest Tungsten/steel (my version of mithril XD lol) Her plate armor is made of the refined wood and her mail is made of leaves overlapped like dragon scales.

    Oh! So her armor would be white and blue right? That’s so cool! (love the LOTR reference XD)

    Sigh…. Sorry, I always get carried away when I describe my Icestone and anything related. XD Lol

    No you’re good! You can’t just describe that kind of thing in a broad overview….the details are so important! XD I can get carried away to sometimes LOL

    #152495
    Blooming Grace
    @lady-grace

    @sydney

    HOMESCHOOLERS ARE AMAZING!!!

    *clears throat*

    sorry. True though XD

    😂 Very true *realizes I just helped compliment myself* erm… yes, all the homeschoolers I have met are awesome!
    *awkward silence* moving on…

    So true!! Then there’s what happens when you say to yourself “just one more chapter….” and look up at the clock several hours later….

    I have no idea how many times I’ve done that XD

    I love Eowyn!! At first, I wanted her and Aragorn together but now I think she and Farmir are so sweet together! 😂

    Agreed, Faramir and Éowyn works so sweetly! The only weird part is I’m Éowyn and my dad is Faramir… 😂

    Elves/Dwarves: Oh yeah, I also love Legolas’ and Gimli’s friendship considering the differences between Elves and Dwarves! 😊

    Yeah, it was really sad when they left the caves and woods deal out of the movie.

    Sam is so brave even if he sometimes should use his head a little more.

    Yes!😂 Brains, Samwise! “Wise” is even in your name! Your stupidity is gonna make me cry XD

    lol How could I forget that tiny little spider XD

    Haha, I wonder if one of them killed it… Which one of them would mercilessly kill a spider? Hm— forget it, it doesn’t take that much thinking. Pippin. 😂

    Poor guy!! The things we put our MCs through in order to grow them…

    Yes!
    Hear that, Finn? It’s for your own good. I just want to help you gro— stop yelling at me. *shoves him in a chest and shakes head* He just doesn’t understand that the author suffers, too. … somewhat anyway. 😂

    Thank you! I had so much fun with it! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it 🥰😊 Do you ever plan on publishing any of your works?

    You’re welcome!
    Yes, I hope to. After the trilogy I am going to begin a new project I’ve been planning. It will be at least two books I think, and I hope to publish them.

    A long-hidden tale may hold the answers-and the healing-they so desperately seek.
    ~Set the Stars Alight

    #152500
    Joshua Scheele
    @storysmith

    @sydney

    Thank you! I feel like in this day and age everyone is so mixed up when it comes to defining truth. (“What’s true for you may not be true for me” kind of thing) But only God defines truth!!! I also decided to name my MC “Verity” because that means truth which is the main theme of the book. She’s a redheaded spitfire who is currently causing chaos in another character castle…. oh well.

    Yesss! and Amen! I love the name. It is very similar to the latin word “veritas” Meaning ” Truth is mighty and will prevail” Amen! to that as well.

    I’m loving all the detail!!! Seriously, this is great!! What gave you the idea for Icestone? It sounds absolutely gorgeous. I would love to see something like that in real life….

    Thanks! Means a lot! I randomly thought it up with a random name as I was trying to think of unique plants for my world. There are other amazing plants that seem like a treasure. They look, feel, grow and smell like plants but they are also made of a crystalline material with crystal like appearance. They rely on an energy that is like radioactive energy but less likely to kill and more likely to change you that comes from a crystal place as the the planet’s core. Icestone just seemed like the perfect kind of plant to grow in the winter tundra. I then imagined “what would the most beautiful tree by like but it is native to a realm of eternal winter?” I then thought “what if it is a wonder of the world with the grandeur that can only be a credit to its artist?” I then thought of my fascination of how beautiful winter can be with trees coated with snow, ice covering/hanging from their branches, decked out in yellow Christmas lights, and how that makes feel with wonder and joy that this is my Father’s world.” I then imagined what it would be like to walk in a forest of such beauty that is peaceful and calm. Then I thought of how ice can sing in the wind and clink together like an orchestra (And to my listening ears, All nature sings and around me rings, the music of the spheres). I thought further of how wonderful it would be to not only see such beauty but if I was blind I could hear and know it for its wondrous sounds. I figured adding musical ambience would make sense in way if you have tested how ice/glass can make amazing sounds and also react to it (I am a homeschooler too/science project). As for the colors white, golden yellow, and blue, they are my favorite group of colors when I think of a priceless jewel. I honestly feel goosebumps and chills when I daydream of what a wonderful place that would be like to walk among such a forest that is the crown jewel of winter.

    I’M LOVING IT EVEN MORE!! I never thought of working in that theme….WOW!! When you finish this story I am going to have to read it!!! By the way, I don’t think I ever asked, but what is your princess like? (Name, description, strengths, fears, that kind of thing) I’m always interested in reading other author’s character profiles!

    Now I have no choice but to finish it! I have said too much! lol XD

    Neither have I! XD

    My princess’s name is “Sylvendra.” Her younger siblings call her “Sylvie.”

    She starts out as a small and petite girl of either 10 or 11 years old who is exceptionally brave and fierce. I have a hard time what color of hair to give her. So far I have settled for dark brown, her eyes are a bright and vibrant hazel that can change colors depending on her mood.

    She has suffered and witnessed horrible things and has yet to suffer more as there is never victory without sacrifices/losses. People look at her and wonder how can a child bear so much burden so young and yet have so much courage, strength and wisdom. When she is not looking or listening they will often weep and pray for the Creator’s mercy. She is her parents’ daughter and embodies my favorite definition of courage “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

    Her greatest fear, is that she will not be strong enough when needed and everyone has to sacrifice themselves for her when she would rather be the one who is their shield so they, especially children, do not have to suffer like she did and can live in peace full of happiness and love. She decided that she will not be broken but a warrior that would make her family proud to live, serve, and fight as they would have. She wants to learn all she can to be useful to best serve those in need whether it be education, crafting, building, farming, hunting, or fighting. She decides to have her warriors teach her to be a soldier as she sees that is what those who are helpless, need the most. Her other more humorous fears is to be a soft and tender princess again who is more like a decoration for boys to gawk at. So she gets the idea that she must not appear anything like a princess should which is to the dismay of her mentors who still hope for her to fully rule them officially as their future queen. They hope and pray this era of her life will pass or may God help them all.  This may involve her dislike for baths and soap and she would have to be forced by a small army of maidens to take one when the dreaded days come but they will have to catch her first and drag her there. XD lol

    She still suffers on the inside and only gives into her aches in pain when in private. However, when in public, she feels the pain of others and cries for them but not herself, because she has to be strong and take their pain as her own. She suffers from constant violent nightmares of the demons that killed her older siblings, mother, father, most of her friends, and people. She is terrified of the dark, fire, and sight/smell of blood which will be a hard obstacle for her as warrior/soldier to get over. In order to peacefully sleep as best as she can, she needs someone to rub her back and sweetly and tenderly sing her to sleep like her mother used to and also to sleep beside her holding her hand to remind her that she is safe and secure.

    I still working on her but felt these details would make her an admirable character of one worth following into the jaws of evil for the good of all. After knowing and talking with so many real heroes, they may be courageous and strong on the outside but they all have suffered sacrifices on the inside and need their own heroes/pillars of support to keep on standing strong. I am open to suggestions for her if you have any.

    Oh! So her armor would be white and blue right? That’s so cool! (love the LOTR reference XD)

    Yep those are also her colors of her house. The natural colors of the tree just make the armor seem like it was specifically designed that way just for her.

    I have been kinda following your discussion of characters with @rose-colored-fancy and @lady-grace. What is your MC like?

    A real hero remains accountable until the end.

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