More Silence, More Work

Well, I finished my first round of edits sometime last week and I have a number of proof-readers who have volunteered to take a look at it. Now I'm just waiting on feedback.

One exciting development: I uncovered a personal connection to a fiction editor and he's offered to look at my draft! Hopefully, I'll start getting feedback soon so I can make further edits.

No News is Good News

And that news is that I've finished my first draft of Those Who Touch the Fire!

...Except for the epilogue, which I'm struggling with. I'll finish it once I get some feedback from test-readers. Speaking of test-readers, I'm doing my first pass of edits and once I finish each section, I'll open it for test reading to a few people who have expressed interest in doing that.

I have no idea how long this process will take, but I hope not too long; I'm ready to get this novel submitted to publishers... but only once it's perfect.

Long Silence

I haven't posted here in a while, but that's honestly because I've been busy writing. I've done so much writing, in fact, that I'm nearing the end of my first draft for Those Who Touch the Fire! As far as the story is concerned, Embla has all the materials she was sent for, and now is on her way back to Su Baba the blacksmith to have her sword made. From there, it's just a simple matter of killing a dragon.

I am currently in a bit of snag, but I'll press through it soon enough.

Updated 'Wolf & Witch'

On a whim, I reread a few parts of Wolf & Witch, and came across a number of errors and other things I thought it best to change. It'd probably been ten months since I last looked at the story, and even then I was still exhausted from writing it.

It will no doubt need further editing in the future, but for now it is a little better than it was.


So, I guess I should mention that I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year! Not actual NaNoWriMo, but I am pursuing a personal writing goal.

I've done actual NaNoWriMo twice (2011 and 2012), both times while I was in college. These two comprise the entirety of what I have written on Emberfell, covering the beginning of the story until the beginning of the last chapter (which I imagine will be rather long, once I actually write it). I succeeded both times, forming the single largest written work I've made so far.

In 2015 I did a personal NaNoWriMo which consisted of me writing on Those Who Touch the Fire (still called Embla at the time). This goal was to work on the story until it hit 50,000 words, which meant writing 20,000 or 30,000 (I don't remember which).

2015's NaNoWriMo was spread throughout the whole story, and I just wrote wherever I felt like writing. Since then, I've gone back to the beginning of the story, editing already-written portions and filling the gaps between them. This year's NaNoWriMo, I'm continuing this wit ha goal of 500 words per day.

This story was originally meant to be a novella, but at the rate it's currently expanding, I expect it to be over 100,000 words by the time I'm finished (it's currently around 70k, though some of that is non-story writings about the plot and setting).

I'm not sure how far I'll get in advancing the plot, but I think I should at least finish "Section 2: Earth," which concern's Embla's journey to the underworld. It's hard to judge this sort of thing, since I'm constantly finding that the gaps I've left myself to fill are much more complex than I initially thought.

Busy, Busy

I wish I had more to say in way of an update, but life's been busy lately and I haven't gotten too much done in the way of writing on Those Who Touch the Fire lately.

I did write another short-story recently, though, which I'll post here once I rework my "Related Works" set-up.

An Update on Embla

A stated previously, I'm currently focusing on writing Embla, which I have finally come up with a name for: Those Who Touch the Fire.

The title is taken from the text itself, and refers to the shared destiny of people who entangle themselves with Dragons.

The writing itself is progressing surprisingly well, considering my work ethic, as I'm currently ~25,000 words into it, having edited/rewritten everything so far. I'd estimate that I have another 40,000 words or so written, which will be either edited or rewritten as I come to them.

Current Efforts

I'm currently working on Embla, and have been making daily progress. Which is fantastic, I guess, but I find myself a bit discouraged by it.

I've started at the beginning, filling in all the blanks I've left as I go. I'm nearly 10,000 words in at this point (the story's total length currently is ~65,000, if I had to guess) and there are certainly some rough spots, but I suppose that's what editing's for.

One continued issue is the story's name, which was never meant to be Embla, and which I do not intend to leave as "Embla." In fact, Embla wasn't even intended to be named "Embla," it was simply a placeholder name (one of many I use) that stuck around longer than most as I reworked the plot.

The story actually followed an interesting path through its early development, but that's a story for another time.

On the Subject of Constructed Languages

As noted on my About page, I have a degree in Linguistics. This interest, while not monetarily rewarding, does come in handy in one of my more nerdy endeavors: 

I have, for some years, been working on a constructed, Elvish language for use in my writing. Some examples of it can be found in Wolf & Witch, but on the whole, I've done little with it (in fact, it's rather lacking in vocabulary at the moment, currently existing mostly as a number of grammatical rules, affixes, and roots).

I may make a page about it at some point in the future, but for now, you can read more about it over at my dedicated blog, lemra davrasin.

Hello, World

This is a new thing for me, and I'm not really sure where to begin, but I hope that (if you're reading this) you'll bear with me while I figure things out.

I have no experience with either blogging as a professional entity, nor with displaying my writing in a public way to be looked over. My hope is to use this place to build a presence, one that will eventually allow me to enter the world as a professional writer.

All images used on this site are either in the Public Domain, or I have specific rights to their usage. In many cases, the images have little to do with the contents of the pages.

Until that time, maybe do a little bit of reading over here?