So it’s Work in Progress…Sunday?

Apparently. I’ll admit I was more than a little disappointed to hear that there are no firm plans yet for a new Elder Scrolls game. But there was, of course, a silver lining. I don’t blame people for being ambivalent or downright disappointed that all we have to look forward to in this franchise is a shinier Skyrim. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the prospect of being able to play with mods. And, I feel like Todd Howard just gave me an extension on my writing deadline, which I’ll admit has been immensely motivating. In the last couple of weeks I’ve worked out a bunch of plot holes. I can’t seem to stop falling into the trap of writing more exciting and inspiring things ahead of myself. In the spirit of this, and as a continued promise that I will update this story some day, I offer you a brief snipped of something to come. Please note that is rough and the finished product may not reflect the work here.

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Childhood. I. Memories of an Affectionate Sort

[Ed: Someone on Tumblr asked for a happy memory from Elspeth’s childhood. Since I am struggling with the new chapter (like A LOT), I’ve decided to share it. This will actually become relevant later.]

Xeri arrived home first, which was surprised Runa though it probably shouldn’t have, especially after last night’s discussion.

“Where’s Elspeth?” she asked, looking up from the linens she was folding.

“Is that venison stew?” Xeri ignored the question and made a beeline to the stove. As soon as she saw this, Runa practically jumped, letting the napkins and pillow covers in her lap tumble to the floor as she went to guard the stove. She was not going to let the Dunmer eat half the stew out of the pot while it was still cooking. Not again.  Continue reading

Spectacular Fan Art XXV

This art was made by a friend of mine. The context for the first is basically a Skyrim in which Elspeth is not the Dragonborn and is close friend with her original character, Halldis. Among the adventures they share is a stint in the Dawnguard before joining the anti-Thalmor resistance back at Frostrcrag Spire. The second is a picture of them as childhood friends. It just makes me ridiculously happy.  Continue reading

Happy New Year!!!

Greetings friends! I hope everyone had a nice holiday, and that the start of 2016 brings good things.  A lot of people are glad to see the old year go, something I completely understand. 2015 was a pretty good year for me, however. The highlight being that I got a new job that, so far, I love and seems to be a perfect fit for both my professional skills and my personality–a rare combination.

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Greetings and Salutations XXIX

My writing is in fits and spurts these days. Some days I can see the end of the current chapter (and it’s so close). Other days, I can’t deal with it and so spend time working on other chapters or other story ideas. In an attempt to reign in my creative energy and organize my ideas and headcanons, I have been putting together shorter pieces, some of which I will be posting here on the blog. These include character back stories and bios. The backstories will be posted right here on the blog, and the bios will be listed on a Tumblr blog I have set up and dedicated to my various characters’ aesthetics. It sounds so corny, but I’m amazed at how all these visuals and play list things that people create actual inspire and motivate. These things can all be found under “Writing and the Creative Process” above.  Note that backstories do not contain spoilers, though the Tumblr and bios do.

I hope everyone is having a lovely summer (or winter, if you are on the other side of the planet).