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  • #122846
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    Howdy, everyone!

    This is like my second or third “I’ve Returned” post on here because every time I rejoin I end up forgetting to check my notifications and stuff. Whoops.

    Anyway, I’ve decided to return (again) with the same determination as last time to stay consistent on here. So, without further ado, here’s a bit about myself!

    • I write fantasy, historical fiction, and historical fantasy. My current novel is historical fantasy and I’m working on the second draft.
    • I’m an INFJ
    • I’m a 4w5
    • Currently I’m trying to read as much C. S. Lewis as possible. Thus far I’ve read The Great Divorce (it was fantastic), Surprised By Joy, and I’m halfway through The Pilgrim’s Regress.
    • I love music! I play piano, ukulele, and fiddle. 🙂
    • Lately I’ve been really into drinking tea.

    So… yep! That’s me, pretty much. 🙂 I look forward to meeting ya’ll and being bombarded by questions (if that’s still a thing ’round here)!

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #122852
    sparrowhawke
    @sparrowhawke

    Hi @epicaddie2 !

    I’m new to the forum, but I’ve been reading the Story Embers blog for a while. Nice to meet you!

    Historical fantasy is fun! I haven’t read much in that genre (Fawkes and Mark of the Thief are the only ones that spring to mind), but I see a lot of potential. Would you mind sharing the premise or time period of your story?

    I haven’t read much Lewis. I need to finish the Narnia books and I really want to read Till We Have Faces and The Screwtape Letters. How is The Pilgrim’s Regress? I read The Pilgrim’s Progress a long time ago and really liked it.

    I haven’t played ukulele in a while–I really need to get back to it! I also love violin music, but don’t play.

     

     

    Semper ubi sub ubi.

    #122854
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    Hey there @sparrowhawke ! Nice to meet you too!

    Fawkes is one of my favorite books EVER. And I loooove the Mark of the Thief series too! There aren’t very many historical fantasy books, unfortunately. My story takes place in a fictional world modeled after the Victorian era, around the 1870sish. 🙂

    Ahhh yes! Narnia is the best! The Pilgrim’s Regress is pretty good. It’s harder to read than his other stuff in my opinion but it’s still really good!

    I love listening to violin music too! Do you have a favorite piece?

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #122862
    sparrowhawke
    @sparrowhawke

    @epicaddie2

    It’s kind of funny, but I didn’t think I’d like Fawkes that much and I ended up enjoying it, and I thought I’d really like Mark of the Thief but I found it a bit disappointing. I haven’t read the last book yet though. Have you read Romanov or My Lady Jane? Those are some other historical fantasies I’ve heard of. I also found some Victorian fantasies by Charlie Holmberg, but haven’t read any yet. My friend said Spellbreaker by her was really good though.

    I’m afraid I’m not very familiar with classical violin–I should listen to classical more often–but I do enjoy modern violinists like Taylor Davis and Lindsay Stirling.

    Semper ubi sub ubi.

    #122876
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    @sparrowhawke

    Oh that’s funny! Fawkes is definitely (in my opinion) better than Mark of the Thief. Jennifer A. Nielson is pretty good but her best series by far is the Ascendance Series.

    I’ve read Romanov! It was really good! Personally I liked Fawkes better but I think they’re equally good books. I haven’t read My Lady Jane, though I’ve heard of it. What’s it about? I need more books to read XD

    Oh, Lindsay Stirling is great! I don’t listen to her a ton but she’s a great violinist XD I’m actually not super familiar with classical violin either since I’m learning fiddle rather than a classical style. Still though, I enjoy listening to classical music while writing!

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #122901
    Chelsea R.H.
    @seekjustice

    @epicaddie2

    Hello Addie!! It’s been quite a while…*backs off awkwardly, hoping you remember me because it would be really awkward if you didn’t* 😛

    I didn’t know you read and wrote historical fantasy! It’s absolutely my niche and I love it and there’s so few good historical fantasy published. Also, your current novel sounds so awesome! The one I’m writing at the moment is setting in an alternate version of 1850 Edinburgh with lots of magical creatures and stuff. What’s the plot of your novel?

    Ooh, have you read C.S. Lewis’ sci-fi series? I really liked those ones!

    Mahalo keia huiʻana

    #122904
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    @seekjustice

    Hi!! I totally remember you XD

    Yep, I do! I think when I first joined KP I hadn’t started writing historical fantasy yet. My first attempt at the genre was… a year and a half ago? But I totally agree, there are not enough historical fantasy books out there. Your WIP sounds super cool! If you ever need an alpha…… XD

    So, my novel takes place in a different world but it’s based on the 1870s. The protagonist Jamie lives on the streets and is terrified of what people think of her. AKA she has really bad social anxiety. So sets off on a journey with her best friend Keldan (whose parents are rich) to look for a lost princess because she wants the reward money. Along the way, though, they realize there’s a lot more to the lost princess than they originally thought. They meet a small group of people who have magic (they’re called the Given) who are also wrapped up in everything. The story is really about Jamie’s identity — what the world says she is versus what God says she is. Of course, there’s a character in the story who symbolizes God. He’s not an actual deity in the story. XD So… yep! The plot is kind of complicated and even though I’m on the second draft I still have things I’m figuring out. Oh well XD

    I haven’t yet read those! I definitely want to at some point though! I actually don’t like sci-fi very much. I’m not sure why, but I’ve just never really been able to get into anything sci-fi. But it’s C. S. Lewis, so I’ve gotta read it XD

    Also, out of curiosity, what does your signature thing mean? XD

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #122906
    Chelsea R.H.
    @seekjustice

    @epicaddie2

    Ah, good 😀

    I will definitely hit you up when I need an alpha/beta. It’ll probably be next year some time (hopefully soon!)

    Oh that sounds really cool! I like the concept and the plot and I wish you the best of luck with it. and likewise, if you need an alpha…let me know 😉

    I actually think the only reason they’re called sci-fi is because they’re set in space. In my opinion, they’re much more fantasy than sci-fi so you might enjoy them! But they’re worth reading just for being Lewis anyway.

    It’s an Hawaiian farewell! It can be translated a few ways but “it was nice seeing you” or “I appreciate our meeting” is the most common. I think “Thank you for this meeting” is the pretty literal translation. I’ve been learning Hawaiian for a while now!

    Mahalo keia huiʻana

    #122907
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    @seekjustice

    Awesome!

    Thanks! I’ll definitely let you know when I open for alphas/betas. Hopefully it’ll be sometime soonish… there are a couple of big things I have to fix and then also make sure I’m doing my theme and message correctly. Theme is hard! I think because I’ve read so few books that focus on theme it’s harder for me to figure out how to do it in my own books.

    Oh cool! I’ll definitely read them! Once I get through Pilgrim’s Regress, The Screwtape Letters, and Letters to Malcolm I’ll get them from the library XD

    Ohhh that’s cool!! What made you decide to learn Hawaiin?

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #122944
    Chelsea R.H.
    @seekjustice

    @epicaddie2

    I 100% agree that theme/message is hard. My book currently doesn’t even have one. I think ones coming out organically but in the next draft I’ll definitely have to work on it more.

    It’s quite a feat to go through Lewis’s entire collection! Are you going to read his theological ones too or are you mostly focusing on the fiction ones?

    I am/was working on a Polynesian inspired fantasy (similar to Moana, but I hadn’t really heard of Moana at the time, so I wasn’t ripping Disney off) and I wanted to learn Maori. But there aren’t any language learning apps that have Maori as an option so I found Hawaiian (very, very similar language!) On Duolingo and I started learning that instead and I really love it.

    Mahalo keia huiʻana

    #122955
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    @seekjustice Yep! I think I need to read more books that focus a lot on theme/message. Lewis does it really well XD

    I’m trying to read all of his books! But so far I’ve only read his fiction. I think my mom has a couple of his theological ones though.

    Ohh that’s so interesting! Is it a hard language to learn? I’ve been casually learning French since the fall of last year and next semester I’m taking French at a community college. It’s hard XD

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #122993
    sparrowhawke
    @sparrowhawke

    @Epicaddie2

    A character with social anxiety? Sign me up!

    And My Lady Jane is a comedic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen of England for nine days. From what I understand, it is not serious in the slightest; indeed, one of the characters is a shapeshifting horse. There are other books in the series about other famous Janes, but that’s the only one that interests me.

    Semper ubi sub ubi.

    #122999
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    @sparrowhawke

    Yep! I’ve had a lot of personal experience with it so when God gave me the idea for the book it wasn’t too daunting of a task. Funnily enough, as I wrote Inheritance my own character arc followed the protagonist’s as she became more confident in her identity in God. So that’s cool. XD

    Ooh, that sounds interesting! I love shapeshifting horses. XD I’ll add that to my reading list!

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

    #123019
    sparrowhawke
    @sparrowhawke

    @epicaddie2

    That’s neat! I’m not sure if I have social anxiety, but I’m socially anxious and shy, if that makes sense. It is interesting how we can grow along with our characters, isn’t it?

    Semper ubi sub ubi.

    #123023
    EpicAddie2
    @epicaddie2

    @sparrowhawke

    That makes sense! I don’t have social anxiety anymore but I’m still shy sometimes XD

    So, what’s your WIP? I don’t think I’ve asked you that yet XD

    EpicAddie2 has been my username for everything since I was 8. Can't go back now.

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