Monday, October 31, 2016

Beautiful Books - More Gold than Sunlight {NaNoWriMo 2016}

Hmmm… Isn’t there something important starting tomorrow? Now what could it be? National Eat a Burrito Month? No, no. National Ride a Giraffe Month? Nooo. Oooh yeah. It’s only National Novel Writing Month. Psh. No big deal.



So…yes. Apparently NaNo begins TOMORROW. And guess who hasn’t really talked about her novel yet? This giiirl! In my defense, I’ve been super busy plotting it ALL. MONTH. Turns out plotting a finale to a 7-book series takes some time. Who knew, right? I only just finished all my plotting this week, so now I feel prepared to actually intelligently talk about what’s going on with this book (or pretend to).

Thankfully, the world has been blessed with Sky @ Further Up & Further In and Cait @ Paperfury who gives us Beautiful Books, which is much like their Beautiful People linkup, but instead focused on our books instead of characters. They roll it around every NaNoWriMo season to get us talking about our noveling endeavors, but it’s there for ANYONE, not just NaNo participants! So do get yourself over to Sky's post or Cait's to snag the questions and join in yourself. (Even though this is the last day of the month and I’m pretty sure I’m the last one to do it, but… *cough*)

As I babbled and reminisced over in THIS POST, I shall be writing my 7th and FINAL book in my Colors of a Dragon Scale series. You know, that series I’ve been working on since my FIRST NaNo. I’m still in total shock 7 years have already passed and I’m about to write the finale, but here we are.

So, without further ado, allow me to introduce…




1.) What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

Long before I discovered the joys of Pinterest, I used to peruse (and by peruse I mean stalk like a fiend). It was there I found a gorgeous drawing of a white-haired elf (this one, in fact), and my imagination just ran with it. That elf very quickly became Bryth, my poor tortured elf, and seconds later Eryth, Bryth’s sweet half-elf best friend, came into existence. (And yes, I do realize their names are only one letter apart. My naming skills back then were ridiculous and pathetic.) About one minute after Bryth and Eryth appeared in my brain, they became dragon riders, and that turned into a whole slew of dragon riders, and then an entire fantasy world with the beginnings of a plot.

I’m pretty sure this whole series came into being within five minutes of thinking about it. It just…was. Sure, I had to discover the full plot, but the general idea and pretty much all the characters were instantly there.

It was sometime in 2010 I found this elf picture and these ideas came. I suspect maybe during the summer, because I know it was a few months before NaNo. I had decided that year I wanted to participate in NaNo for the first time. I had graduated from highschool that May, and suddenly had much more free time, so what better way to use it than try NaNo out? When this story idea sprung into existence, I knew it was what I wanted to do for NaNo. I quickly had the idea of writing each book of the series for the next few NaNos. Annnd, here I am!

I honestly think all this happened in one night. I distinctly remember laying in bed, trying to sleep, when Bryth and Eryth and then the whole story idea came into being. And I think it was right after it appeared that I had the NaNo idea. There was never any deciding. It all just happened instantly. Kinda crazy to think about now that I’m here, 7 years later, still writing this series…

2.) Describe what your novel is about!

Well…if I told you specifics that’d pretty much spoil all the OTHER books. This is a finale after all. But I do have a handy-dandy, (mostly) spoiler-free blurb all written out!

Velnoroth's forces have succeeded in taking over Aerigethel's most powerful regions, and with the Father Dragon on their side, they are nearly unstoppable. Kingdoms are enslaved, allies have fallen, and the enemy only grows stronger. Yet, even as the last gleam of hope diminishes, the dragon riders of Sivral and their friends, old and new, will stop at nothing to liberate their loved ones, and fight to return Aerigethel to the free land they once knew. But they cannot do it alone.

Only if the regions come together, can Velnoroth be defeated. But with so much already lost, so many bonds broken, and the enemy almost in full reign, can the riders ever succeed in unifying the people?

In the finale to the Colors of a Dragon Scale series, Aerigethel is racing toward a new age. Vithen seeks to bring about the age of the dark elves. But a few young dragon riders from the humble region of Sivral fight for something better. Together, with the strength of their Creator, they fight for an age of bravery, an age of unity, an age of hope.

Will Aerigethel fall forever into its darkest days? Or can it finally stand as one, and from the ashes raise a better world—a golden age?

Ya know, dragon riders, cliché high fantasy things, death, pain, war, destruction. All the fun stuff!

3.) What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Metal swords, sleek dragon scales, leather saddles, broken cities, bursts of fire, stone towers, weary warriors, clinking chains, barrages of arrows, a dusty canyon, earthy tunnels, starry nights.

You can peruse my Pinterest Board for more pics.

4.) Introduce us to each of your characters!


I maaay have gotten carried away in the character making process when I first created this series, and even more have cropped up here and there while writing the books. I sorta kind have some 15 main characters and a gaggle of side ones. Yeeeah. It will tear me apart, but I think once I rewrite these monsters I’m gonna have to cut characters. It’s just gotten to be too much…

But ANYWAYS. Let me see if I can do this. I’m gonna try to be organized here and section it off for each main character of each book. Because the first 5 books were about separate people, and then these last 2 bring them all together. So yeah, lots of peeps. o.o Feel free to skip over this ginormous part.

More Blue than Sky (Book #1)
NaNoWriMo 2010

Eryth: My kindhearted half-elf. She struggles a lot with bravery and self-worth, but she’s also the most devout follower of the Creator (my world’s God-figure). She’s very soft spoken, tenderhearted, and a total sweetie. She has a blue female dragon named Neriin.

Bryth: Bryth is basically the total opposite of Eryth. Very standoffish, gruff, and hardly trusts anybody. She can also probably kill you in 2 seconds flat so let’s stay on her good side, shall we? Her dragon is also female and named Reshin.

Ritholv: I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned Ritholv before, probably because he’s a big spoiler. But sheesh, he’s been around for 7 years now, I think he’s worth mentioning! He’s a very carefree sort, but also can be extremely deadly. He’s a bit of a wanderer, not the type you can pin down, and sometimes he may seem a little aloof, but deep down he has a big heart.

Iraila: The princess of Sivral—the kingdom all my dragon riders are from. She’s the best friend to Eryth and Bryth (they’re a close threesome, and she and Eryth are the only two people in the world Bryth entirely trusts). Spunky is the best way to describe Iraila. She’s full of life and laughter with a fiery spirit.

Airen: The crown prince of Sivral, Iraila’s older brother, hopelessly in love with Eryth, and just an all around fun guy. At first Airen may seem way too full of himself, but in reality he’s the total jester and loves it. Making people laugh is his permanent mission in life, and he’s quite good at it. Carefree and fun-loving, you can pretty much always find a friend in Airen. (And he’s one of my favorite creations.)

(Airen and Iraila also played pretty major roles in the next book.)

More Pink than Sunsets (Book #2)
NaNoWriMo 2011

Nyria: Sometimes I like to describe Nyria as a 4-year-old running on 5 cups of coffee. Her energy…never ends. She and her twin brother, Naidren, are the cousins to Airen and Iraila. Nyria has much of Iraila’s spunk and fiery spirit. But where Iraila can control herself, Nyria has no boundaries and is always the life of the party and embarrassing her brother to no end. Her dragon is a female named Afayleth. (And yes, it’s a pink dragon.)

Naidren: Poor Naidren… Unlike his twin sister, he’s very quiet and would much rather stay inside all day reading than going on adventures. He’s the long sufferer of the Savriella clan (Airen, Iraila, Nyria, and him), being as how the others are energetic and outgoing and drag him into all sorts of trouble he wants no part of. His dragon is a female named Ferrleth who is also pink (bright pink) and Naidren hates me for it. *grins*

Erra: Erra popped up in the midst of writing More Pink than Sunsets and came to stay. She’s quiet and a bit standoffish, but with good reason being as how basically everyone she loves died. She’s a broken soul, and it takes a lot to crack open the wall she keeps around herself. She eventually gains a green dragon named Edria due to complicated circumstances. (She and Naidren may or may not be a thing.)

More Purple than Amethysts (Book #3)
NaNoWriMo 2012

Eldoren: At the start of his story, Eldoren is a pompous jerk. Coming from a rich family, his life has been nothing but high society and pleasures (aside from some daddy troubles…). But like the good author I am, I destroyed his life and broke him until he came around. He’s a much sweeter person here at the finale. He has a male purple dragon (seeing a pattern here?) named Irevik.

Riana: Riana has a Mysterious Past We Do Not Speak Of that has left her…reserved, to put it lightly. She does not speak to anyone, keeps to herself, and is not exactly thrilled when she’s paired off with the rich jerk known as Eldoren for her dragon rider partner. All around, she’s not a very nice person (at first). Ah yes, those two have fun together. Her dragon is a female called Razel.

More Green than Envy (Book #4)
NaNoWriMo 2013

Leiden: Leiden, my precious elf. Leiden can talk a mile a minute and basically never stops talking, and he pretty much has a permanent smile on his face. He’s friendly and fun and all around a really nice fellow. His dragon is a female named Gaelasil.

Darven: Darven is quiet and…hard. Life has hardened his heart, and though he’s not a bad fellow by any means, he just likes to keep to himself and not meddle in other people’s business. But he’s strong and brave and does care about the wellbeing of others when it comes down to it. Also, overly perky people can grate on his nerves. So…him and Leiden are obviously one of the most fun pairs I’ve ever written. Their friendship amuses me endlessly. Darven’s dragon is a male named Barveris.

More White than Stars (Book #5)
NaNoWriMo 2014

Iavin: To this day Iavin is my favorite point-of-view character to ever write. I don’t know why but I love being in this awkward baby’s head. Iavin is a half-elf, but he did not inherit the tall, gracefulness of his elven mother or brute strength of his human father. He’s tiny and shy and the most awkward little bean I’ve ever written. Saving the world was not on his list of things to do with his life. But hey, we all gotta get out of our comfort zones sometimes. He has a female dragon named Nemayn (who is playful and perky and loves embarrassing her poor rider).

Sayleth: Unlike her dragon rider partner, Sayleth is the picture of grace. But she’s also a mute (erm…sometimes, it’s complicated) which doesn’t help poor Iavin have non-awkward conversations with her one bit. Sayleth has a very calm personality. Her sweet, quiet nature is very pleasant to be around, despite a mysterious aura surrounding her. Daeomin is her male dragon.

Cael: Ah Cael. I’m pretty sure you all know by now he’s my top favorite character ever. (Yes, even a smidge more than Airen. Shhh, don’t tell.) How to even describe Cael… He’s a villain but at the same time not. Because he actually has a huge heart and can be very polite and tenderhearted. He does have a sassy side though, and a bit  of a warped sense of morality. But he’s also just fun. He can totally be the fun-loving, life of the party. Somehow he is Iavin and Sayleth’s best friend while also being their arch-enemy. Only Cael can manage this…

Whew! Okay. Now we’ve come to More Black than Night (#6, NaNo 2015) and THIS book, More Gold than Sunlight (#7 and the end, NaNo 2016), where all those first five stories and characters come together and a big party of trying to save the world is had!  Honorable mentions go to Vithen, my main villain, Visance and Terreth (a couple of other villains who showed up in book #3), King Aidred and Queen Rayalien (Airen and Iraila’s mom and dad and Naidren and Nyria’s aunt and uncle), Rem (a friend of Naidren and Nyria’s), annnd probably a dozens others I’m not thinking of. Not to mention all the dragons. The dragons in this world don’t talk exactly, but they do all have very distinct personalities. But we will not get into that…

I told you I had a lot of characters! It’s gotten a little out of hand. *cough* And I should have made this character introduction section a blog post of its own! Wasn’t I doing a Beautiful Books post? MOVING ON.

5.) How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Sooo, before my NaNo days, I used to be a hardcore pantser, and I still am sometimes. But NOT for NaNo. Since the first CoaDS book, I’ve made a very detailed outline for each book before NaNo. That way I can write like a fiend and never once have to worry about figuring out what happens next. And with the first book, before my very first NaNo, I made a big map, a races and species chart, some info about all the different kingdoms, detailed character bios, EVERYTHING. All of which I still refer to often. But now I just outline for each book.

This year I spent alllll of October making an 18k word, 46 chapter, scene-by-scene outline. Erm, yeah. I always make detailed outlines for each book, but this one won in length. It’s gonna be a long book! But hey, it is the finale, and I do have a billion characters with a thousand different plot threads I’ve got to fully wrap-up. A little length is inevitable.

6.) What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

EVERYTHING. And I mean it. I’ve been working on this series for 7 YEARS and I’m finally at the end. It’s like the whole book will be one big climax, and I CANNOT WAIT.

More specific things would be certain ships finally shipping (FINALLY!!!), allll the emotions (this is gonna be such an emotional book and I’m a weirdo and LOOOVE writing emotional scenes), a dozen awesome character reunions, and just ACTUALLY FINISHING THIS SERIES. So, yes, everything!

7.) List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

A broken city (as in buildings torn apart and scattered everywhere, cracked roads, just totally ruinous, its fun!), the countryside blurring by below from atop a dragon’s back, and a big ol’ stone dragon keep (which is like a barn just bigger and nicer because, hello? it houses dragons).

8.) What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?


But…literally. Vithen, king of the dark elves, and his enormous army is trying to take over the entire continent of Aerigethel. (Can we just laugh over how cliché this story is? I have managed to spice up the plot over the years though.) So…that kinda gets in my characters’ way as they fight to free their land once more.

9.) How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Oh gracious! Another character question. TOO MANY CHARACTERS.

Honestly though, most of my characters have already grown and changed drastically in the other books. There’s still plenty of growth in this one though. Some learn to be braver, others to trust more, one or two turn their lives around completely. There’s a lot going on!

10.) What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I suppose good vs. evil is a pretty big theme for this series. In this particular one, there’s one message of how hardships can be turned into something good, how God will love and accept you if you’re repentant no matter how many mistakes you’ve made in the past, how family is much more than just blood relatives. Again, a lot going on…

How do I want my readers to feel by the end? Wow. I want them to feel…everything! I want them to feel like reading through an entire monstrous 7-book series was worth it. I want them to have a hard time saying goodbye to the characters. But, most importantly, I want them to feel satisfied. As they close the book, I want them to feel as though they read an amazing, epic tale that will stick with them for a long time. (Even though if I ever even hope to accomplish this I’ll have to utterly rewrite the series, but let’s dream for a minute here!)

WHEW. We made it to the end. Congratulations!!! I feel like I just wrote a mini NaNo-novel in this post. o.o Sorry for this monstrous thing! This series is…large, and very close to my heart, if it isn’t obvious. Thank you for putting up with my many, many rambles!


HAPPY NANO-EVE!!! It’s almost here guys! I hope you have the very bestest NaNo yet. Next time you hear from me, we’ll be a week into NaNo-land. It’s gonna be awesome! *raises laptop and charges*

If you’re still here, I applaud you. What do you think of my massive series? Do you like cliché fantasies? And, important question here, if you could have a dragon, what color would you want it to be??? (I’d be all over a pink one myself.) Happy NaNo’ing!!! Or, if you’re not joining in NaNo, I hope you have an amazing November!


  1. AHHHH CHRISTINE!! You're at the end. *tears and happiness for you* May the finish of this series mean the beginning of an epic rewriting and publishing journey for you!

    Also, NaNo Eve. I am now in love with that term.

    1. MEEP. Your enthusiasm makes me even happier. ALL THE TEARS AND HAPPINESS INDEED. :'D Thank you, dear! Editing and publishing these things may be in the...far future, but one day! At least I can get these first drafts knocked out!

      Hehehe. That's what I've always called it but I'm sure that's because I've seen other people call it that. It's pretty great. XD

  2. Ahhh!!!! NO! It can't be tomorrow!!!

    Also this looks GORGEOUS!!! How do you guys put together such pretty Pinterest boards????

    1. I KNOW RIGHT? Where did the time go??? I'm simultaneously ecstatic it's almost here and freaking out because IT'S ALMOST HERE. #TheNaNoLife

      Awwww, thank you! That makes me happy to hear! I actually feel like that's one of my weaker boards, I can never find anything quite right for it. Buuuut I spend an embarrassing amount of time on Pinterest, so. *cough*

  3. I love the title of this installment! I so look forward to hearing more about it :D best of luck!
    Awwww Naidren. What a bean. And do Eryth and Airen have an official ship name?
    I think I'd go with an emerald green colored dragon, and cliche fantasies may or may not be a guilty pleasure of mine.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. THANK YOU. I'm pretty happy with the name myself. (Though More Green than Envy will forever be my favorite title of the 7.)

      Naidren is quite a bean. XD He's one of my characters I'm most fond of, even though I do torture the poor fellow and embarrass him in as many scenes as possible. He just makes it so EASY. *cough*

      *LE GASP* They do not have a ship name! :O I haven't even thought about it, and they're my favorite ship of all my characters in ANY of my books. Sheesh. WHAT IS THIS CRIME? Okay, this needs to happen like NOW. *thinks* Airyth? Eryn? What do you think? Any suggestions?

      You can NEVER go wrong with an emerald green dragon. That'd be my second choice after a pink one. XD And yessss. Cliche fantasy is my guilty pleasure, too. If it isn't obvious...

  4. Sounds like epicness! But bittersweet too, and end of an era.

    1. You put it into words perfectly! Epic, bittersweet... I just have ALL the feels!

  5. I'm so happy for you! To spend that long with a series is amazing, and to put so much work into it and now be at the finale—it must be a bittersweet experience. Your enthusiasm and love for the characters and stories is so inspiring! And how do you keep track of so many? (I once put a character from an entirely different series in a book once because I wasn't paying attention and the names were kind of close, so. Yeah. And I didn't even notice for a long time.) Wishing you all the best with NaNo this year!

    Maybe purple or gold for my dragon? Although a pink one would be awesome too...

    1. Awww, Jameson! That is just the sweetest thing. Thank you! And yes, it is so bittersweet! I'm ecstatic to FINALLY be at the end, but at the same time it's going to be really weird not writing my CoaDS series for NaNo anymore, and seeing my characters' story come to a close. I'm gettin' all emotional just thinking about it. :')

      I don't keep up with them! I use character bio sheets and lists and things to keep up with them for me. XD I can't tell you how many times I have to look at my list of characters and do headcounts while writing these things. LOL. Although it did help that they got their individual books before thrusting them alll together, to help get to known them each at an intimate level. Still, I have to have lists of everyone by my side or I get hopelessly lost. XD

      That's so funny about putting a character from another series into one of your books! That totally sounds like something I'd do! XD In fact, one time I kept referring to Eryth as Ethryl, who is a girl from an entirely different book, and I didn't even notice until someone pointed it out. So yes, I get ya there. Too many characters!

      Oooh, wonderful choices. What would be gorgeous is a purple AND gold dragon! :O

      Thanks so much, Jameson. I hope your NaNo is amazing!! <3

  6. NaNo Eve. I love that much more than Halloween. Have fun writing!
    And I guessed that the gold was something to do with the sun, only I wasn't going to say anything so as not to spoil it.
    Hmm, colours. I can never pick a favourite. Green, maybe, or blue. Gold is pretty too. I don't suppose chameleon is an option.

    1. Me too! Much better. Lol. Thank you!!!

      You were so right! Such good deduction! Or...induction. *nods*

      Chameleon is totally an option. EVERYTHING is an option. I mean, I wrote an entire book about pink dragons. XD There are no rules here!

  7. Okay, now I TOTALLY need to read this! It sounds amazing. (And am I the only one who read the blurb in a deep, dramatic voice?) Your characters are awesome. Hmm...I think I would want a spunky female turqoise dragon. How amazing that you're finishing a 7 book series!

    1. SDKFJOEJLSD;FSDFJ;E. That makes me so happy! Thank you! LOL. Well, I was trying to make it rather dramatic, so I guess I succeeded! XD

      TURQUOISE. I looove turquoise! That sounds perfect. And the spunky is totally necessary. *nods*

      Thank you so much! I'm very excited. ^_^

  8. This sounds like the most epic series ever, and your writing the finale. Wow, I tip my hat to you! Good Luck!

    1. Awwww! YOU ARE THE SWEETEST. But most epic? HA. Nooo. It's so cliche and such a disaster... But I do love it. ^_^

      Thank you so much! I honestly can't believe I'm actually writing the finale!

  9. *squeeeeeeeeals* OH MY WORD. LAURI. I CAN'T EVEN. I'M SO EXCITEDDDD!!!!!!

    Ahhhh, I can't believe you're at the finale! Like...this is the end. o.o I already feel like I know these characters so well, just because I've gone through and read almost all of your posts. #truestory SO EXCITED FOR YOU BUT ALSO SAD BECAUSE IT'S THE END.

    And gosh, girl, don't get me started on your characters. YOU SERIOUSLY INSPIRE ME. I mean, you have a TON of characters yet they all feel so different and developed. I don't know how you do it! Wish I had a smidgen of your magic! :D

    AND AND AND THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK IS LITERALLY MY FAVORITE ONE OF ALL. *fangirls* I'm honestly in love. <3333

    Waiiiiiiit you mean you wrote an 18k outline?! CHRISTINE. THAT'S JUST CRAZY. (And awesome. ;D) I...don't really have any outline. *COUGH* Which means my book is going to be a mess and cause me many tears during the editing process. XD

    Also, can I just say that you're doing an INSANE amount of writing? YOU ALREADY HAVE 20K WRITTEN. Whaaaaaat. O_o How long are you hoping to make this book?

    Well, I just wanted to flail over your book for a while because it is literally goals. <3 I should probably get back to doing important things like Life now. XDDD (Such a pain during NaNo. ;D)

    1. Oh, and to answer your question about dragons...I would probably have to pick a pink one as well. XD But wait, I love blue...and purple...AND CAN I JUST HAVE ALL OF THEM??? Or if I can only have one, at least let it be three different colors. I'm obviously very decisive. XD


    I just...I can never get over how you've gone back and read almost all my posts. That's like, the greatest honor for a blogger EVER. (Even though I shudder to think of the embarrassing things I did in my early posts. o_o) Speaking of honors...

    THANK YOOOUUUU!!! Showing so much love to characters is the greatest honor you could give a WRITER. SO I'M JUST FULL OF HONOR AND HAPPINESS RIGHT NOW BASICALLY.

    MEEP. You like the title? That makes me happy!!! I'm fond of it myself. Though More Green than Envy will probably always be my favorite title of the 7. It's just fun to say. Lol. *cough, cough* Yes? I may be a liiiittle obsessive when it comes to outlining my NaNo novels? But it sure helps when I'm writing them because I never have to worry about writer's block. I can just write without ever having to figure out what happens next! XD

    And I may be obsessive with NaNo itself too... Yeeeah, I've written a lot in the past 4 days. O_O
    Hahaha. I'm HOPING to make this book as short as possible, but that's not a reality. Lol. I'm just gonna write it until it's done. Most of the books land around 100k buuut I suspect this one will be longer. I'll probably have to keep writing it even after NaNo. We'll see.

    Life? What is this Life? I am not aware of such a thing during NaNo...

    YESH. PINK BUDDIES. Hahaha. YES. You can just have allll the dragons. OR you could have a rainbow dragon! :O

  11. AASLKFJALSDKFJASDLK CHRISTIIIIIINE, THIS IS SUCH AN EXCITING POST!!! I CAN'T EVEN STOP USING ALL CAPS. *fangirls* I just all of this! The title! The blurb! The aesthetic! The precious charries! EVERYTHING. I love how Blue put it, about this book being the end of an era. :') I feel bittersweet just thinking about it, despite the fact I've never read any of these epic books. (Yet.)

    Honestly, this is such a special series. I love how it came to you in one night, just like that, and how you've been working on it so faithfully for so long! Pssh, clichéd? I happen to LOVE stories about elves and dragons and stopping bad guys from taking over everything. There's a reason those clichés are clichés--people love reading them. And I'm sure the fact that our very own Christine Smith is writing them right away gives them a new twist. ^_^

    Hmm, I may have to go with a gold dragon. Or perhaps white. Or maybe blue. But the gold idea really appeals to me, for some reason. :)

    1. Forgot to mention my admiration over that 18k outline!! That's almost as long as our fairytale novellas we've been writing for the Rooglewood contests. O.O But I can see it's a smart idea to have a detailed plan. That's probably what I would do if I was participating in NaNo. *nods in approval*

    2. TRACEYYYYY. What am I going to do with you and all your niceness???

      It really is a special series, at least for me. Sure, it's a disaster, and by the time it's rewritten it may not even look anything like these first drafts, but I still adore it and wouldn't trade this writing time I've had in these books for the world.
      AWK. Thank you!!! I personally love cliched fantasy myself buuut I do like a good unique twist within it now and again. XD

      The gold appeals to me as well! This book is the fist peek at a golden dragon in the series (*cough*spoilers*cough) and just WRITING about it makes me all happy. Just the idea of a glittering gold dragon sounds gorgeous to me. GIVE ME ALL THE PWETTY DRAGONS. *grabby hands*

      LOL. It's preeeetty crazy. I may over outline a bit. *cough* But man is it making writing easier! You know what? Celti has said that I basically wrote a novella with my outline. I hadn't thought about it, but you are both right. XD I may go easier with the outlines for my next NaNos... Then again, it does help SO much never having to figure out what happens next in the novel so...I don't know! I guess we'll just see how I feel about things next NaNo. XD

  12. WoW! I've just been exploring your blog and came upon this post. I would so want to read this series!...good high fantasy is so hard to come by these days!... most of what is out there is so dark and no longer follows the usual good vs. evil theme. It's sad.

    That aside, I loved the potion on your characters. I would love to know more about them, what they do, about their world, about how they change. I like the titles too.:D....

    1. Awwww!!! That is the nicest thing! THANK YOU. I do know what you mean. Fantasy has gotten so dark and hopeless and sometimes just...weird these days. What happened to good vs. evil? Themes of hope? I agree, we need more of that.

      Oh goodness, thank you! I was scared I'd run people off with that enormous bit. XD That just makes me so happy people are interested in my stories and characters. This made my day. Thank you!!

    2. It is probably even more disturbing when you think that a genre that was meant to be a form of escapism has now begun to reflect the state of people's beliefs (or lack thereof), and what most, these days, consider a hopeless or pointless or meaningless existence. way I was running off when I saw that cast of characters. I was intrigued, and this snippet has further piqued my curiosity. I'm also delighted that you're sticking to the original high fantasy trope of good versus evil. All the best with your editing and proof-reading. I look forward to seeing your books on amazon!:)

    3. Now that is a VERY good point! What happened to the days where stories inspired us and pushed us to do great things and be better people? It's sad.

      Oh my! You are so niiiice! Having my books on Amazon a long, looong time from now, if it ever happens. But it's sweet comments like this that motivates me to keep pursuing my dream of being published.


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