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Ambercaast Chapter 2: Escape is Live

Ambercaast Chapter 2: Escape is now live. Read, for FREE, at World Anvil.

Lapis has revealed Perben to be the rebel traitor, but his support is vast. His mentors refuse to believe his guilt because it calls into question their involvement with the Jilvaynian rebellion. The mentors want Lapis to testify against him, hoping they can tear her down and show her to be a fraud, then demand Perben’s release.

And that’s the least of her worries.

Enjoy Chapter 2!

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Shiobe Rising: The Wellspring Dragons Book 1 and Trouble in Tindrel: The Wellspring Dragons Book 2 are available in Kindle format. Lapis of Nicodem, a serialized dark fantasy, is available for free at World Anvil. Follow me, Kwyn Marie, on Facebook and Instagram. Check out my author website, and the Wellspring Dragons book site as well as the Lapis of Nicodem book site. And if you like what you see, buy me a KoFi!

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Lapis of Nicodem Chapter 14 Now Live

Lapis of Nicodem Chapter 14: Mistaken Identity is now live! Lapis’s fears become reality, in an unexpected and devastating way.

Check it out at World Anvil Manuscripts! Lapis of Nicodem is FREE to read at World Anvil Manuscripts! More information about the characters and the world can be found at the Lapis of Nicodem world site.

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Shiobe Rising: The Wellspring Dragons Book 1 and Trouble in Tindrel: The Wellspring Dragons Book 2 are available on Kindle format. Lapis of Nicodem, a serialized dark fantasy, is available for free at World Anvil. Follow me, Kwyn Marie, on Facebook and Instagram. Check out my author website, and the Wellspring Dragons book site as well as the Lapis of Nicodem book site. And if you like what you see, buy me a KoFi!

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Lapis of Nicodem Chapter 11: Trust Now Available

Lapis of Nicodem Chapter 11: Trust is now available to read for FREE, at World Anvil.

I’m working on a post about my process in writing the LoN serial. It’s very much different from writing a book. Hopefully you’ll find the advice of some use.

I’m also working on the World Anvil tutorials I’ve planned, targeting authors and how they might use the site. I’ve never done something like this before, and it’s been an interesting and sometimes frustrating experience. It’s quite amazing, how differently clips can sound, even when they’re created on the same day, at approximately the same time, using the same equipment. So I’m purchasing a sound shield for my mic. Hopefully this helps.

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A Thought on Secrets in Storytelling

Been thinking about plot surprises recently. I’ve been watching Fairy Tail, a Japanese anime based on a manga series by Hiro Mashima, because the pandemic has given me an opportunity to watch it where I left off years ago. I like Fairy Tail, a lot. I like the interactions between characters and the focus on unity accomplishing grand things. I don’t like the Ankhseram curse secret-turned-major-plotline. I find it annoying and not well thought out.

Supposedly, those inflicted by the curse kill everything around them until they don’t see value in life, then they stop. It’s a contradiction. But here’s the thing (at least in the anime; I haven’t read that far in the manga). Zerif, in his guise as Spriggan, says that it’s safer not to care about his subjects–which means he’s caring about their lives. Which means everyone around him should be dropping like flies. They aren’t. So much for a killing contradiction.

Maybe this is explained away a bit further into the story. But currently, I keep wondering: What’s the purpose of the curse? Is the god Ankhseram punishing the individual? How is a disregard of life supposed to accomplish that? Why is the curse killing all living things (plants included) for simply being around this person? Isn’t that punishing innocents? While gods can be that kind of a jackass, I don’t get the impression that’s the author’s intent.

It’s made me think about some of the secrets in my stories. Do they make sense? Are they just an excuse to motivate the plot in a certain direction because I’m out of other ideas? How valuable are they? Sure, some people might still think the secrets are stupid, but I’ll at least feel I’ve fleshed them out before I invest heavily in them and realize they don’t quite work the way I planned.

When it comes down to it, plots are hard, especially in long, complicated stories. This is a place where plotters, who carefully plan out their tales, have an advantage over pantsers, who free-wheel it and see what happens (seat-of-your-pants writing). Planning the story beforehand can definitely catch some of the unexpected weirdness of plot points and correct them before a single word is typed. Writers like me, however, who are plantsters–authors who do a bit of both–but fall heavily to the pantser’s side, need to be more creative in their corrections, which can happen long after the plot is set and an issue pops up. Rewriting an integral plot secret is hampered if its previous incarnation is already published.

At least when it comes to very important plot points, it’s a good idea for all writers to think about the future outcomes in their stories. It’s very hard to steer the car in the direction you want to go, if you don’t know where you’re going in the first place. While that road can be incredibly fun and exciting and surprising, driving unexpectedly over a cliff isn’t.

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Shiobe Rising: The Wellspring Dragons Book 1 and Trouble in Tindrel: The Wellspring Dragons Book 2 are available in Kindle format. Lapis of Nicodem, a serialized dark fantasy, is available for free at World Anvil. Follow me, Kwyn Marie, on Facebook and Instagram. Check out my author website, and the Wellspring Dragons book site as well as the Lapis of Nicodem book site. And if you like what you see, buy me a KoFi!

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What I Do Between Books

I have just started my indie author career, but that does not mean I’m rushing to get all of my work published as soon as possible. I have a schedule, and I plan to keep it.



I just published Shiobe Rising and Trouble in Tindrel, and while I am hard at work on the third and fourth books in The Wellspring Dragons Series, I’m also planning to write a serial and get some non-Wellspring artwork posted. World Anvil has a new Manuscripts format for guild members that allows authors to publish stories, as novels or serials, and comics (I’m excited about the comics aspect, but I have no idea if I can produce an issue fast enough to make it viable).

I’m eager to write the serial. It follows the adventures of Lapis, whose story I first created in high school, and who has seen many, many changes over the years. It began as a revenge tale, but has morphed into a strange medieval fantasy meets tech and how advanced cultures turn their backs on the abuses of conquered territories when it keeps their power intact.

The comic is a bit more involved, because I draw slow. I’ve always wanted to create one, however; a lot of my high school work is the beginnings of comic books, inspired by Elfquest and Dragonsong.


(Early high school work of mine.)

All this work keeps me very busy. It also keeps me from looking at the publishing schedule and wondering if I shouldn’t just bump the date up a month or two. It’s so exciting, for an author to get their stuff out there for fans to read, but it’s also important to stick to a schedule. It can help authors meet their expectations and obligations without additional stress. Short stories or additional artwork can give people something to consume while waiting for larger works.

And, of course, there’s the marketing 😒

Buy Shiobe Rising: The Wellspring Dragons Book 1 and Trouble in Tindrel: The Wellspring Dragons Book 2, at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Check out the book trailer, The Wellspring Dragons site, and buy me a Kofi if you like what you see and read!