Friday, September 30, 2016

Questions for Silanoc (Starbloods!)

It's time for a call for questions! This is Lord Silanoc. He is one of my side characters from my high fantasy series Starbloods, and Elasa's older brother. I'm rewriting Starbloods for NaNoWriMo this year, so I want to flesh out Silanoc some more through a character interview! Let me tell you a little bit about him!

Silanoc is the twenty-three-year-old lord of the Northern Province of Calsidor and also ambassador to Melorain, the bordering country. At nineteen, his father Lord Rhoga was assassinated on his younger sister twelfth birthday, leaving him as lord. Silanoc readily shouldered his father's position and he wishes to rule his province justly and kindly as his father did. 

Lord Silanoc is a quiet soul. He enjoys peace and reason, but he isn't afraid of a fight if the time comes. He is highly train in the way of the sword, dagger, bow, and spear. When he was sixteen, he spent a year in Melorain, among the natives, as a way to seal an alliance between Melorain and Calsidor. He learned their language, culture, and way of fighting. In return, the chief's son lived with him in Calsidor for a year and is his closest friend. Silanoc has a special bond with the Tsutegowa, the shapeshifting natives of the country because of this. 

Above all, Silanoc adores his precious younger sister Elasa. Silanoc's mother died giving birth to her and Elasa was born very week. Though he seeded bitterness at first against her for her mother dying, he grew to love and protect her. He spends as much time with her as he can, and values her above anyone else. He would stop at nothing to protect her--even if that mean sacrificing his position as a nobleman.

Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. Silanoc will answer them on October 21st! Thank you! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Book Review of A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes

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What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she's being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude's Clock-matching invention to force "new-and-improved" Clocks on the public. Those who can't afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council's purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Monthly Summary: September 2016

I've dubbed this month Survival September, because it's mostly been a whole lot of work, a lot of stress, and not enough writing. Work pretty much ate my life. Believe it or not I had September scheduled as a month to relax originally, but it's been the opposite. I'm glad it's over. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Interview with Rouyn (Starbloods) 2

Hey, everyone! It's the time for this month's interview and today's character is my male main character from my high fantasy series Starbloods. If you want to check out a little about him before we start, you can take a look at his bio. My thanks to everyone who submitted questions. *turns in interview to Rouyn* Good afternoon, Rouyn.

*sitting with one ankle on his knee, has a British accent* Good afternoon. I haven't had an interview in some time.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How I Do Betas: Tips on Efficiently Testing Your Book on Willing Test Subjects

Welcome to Aperture Laboratories Tori's Beta Lab. Betas are essential to polishing your work to publishing worthy. Your eyes alone won't cut it. Using the following method I've managed to efficiently gather helpful feedback from my test subjects betas to help improve my novels. I've had many trials and errors, but here are the positive results of my testings. At the end we'll have cake. Who doesn't like cake?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Writing Lessons from Movies: 9

Earlier this year during a trip to Target, I got bored waiting on my other shopping mates and decided to peruse the movie section of the store. There I found this movie called 9. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting, so a few weeks later I decided to watch it. This is a post- apocalyptic film released 9/09/2009 about a group of animated dolls, which are some of the last living beings in a world destroyed by war. They battle against the Machine to find a way to revive humanity. 

It's a very strange movie to say the least. I had to watch it twice to fully grasp it. It's also a PG-13 animated movie, which is uncommon in the Western world, and probably why the movie didn't do very well here. However, this movie is so unusual and it had many writing aspects I believe we can glean from.

Warning: Major spoilers from this film.