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National Novel Writing Month!

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Nov 02 2012

Okay, so National Novel Writing month is officially here AND I’m officially participating this year. Missed my word target for the first day, and am on track to miss again this second day–putting me further in the hole–but I see the weekend through Tuesday as my real opportunities to make up for scheduling conflicts Wednesday through Friday. With any luck that’ll be enough to get me through to the 50,000 words by the end of the month.

So no treats for you this week with me so far behind already–but my plan is by next Friday, maybe earlier, to have an excerpt from the novel to share with anyone who’s interested. Potentially following up with other excerpts as the month goes on. If I could get some discussion regarding what sort of excerpts you’d like to see from my work in progress, that’d be great information for me–right now I’m thinking character introductions for windows into the core cast.

Then, if anyone feels like helping develop the world of Niar, I’m realizing that having me come up with every single town and city in the world is unlikely to be ideal. So I’d like to open up the possibility for anyone who feels like flexing some creativity and then donating the effort to come up with town and city names for the World of Niar, so that when I’m referencing locations it doesn’t sound like the same individual came up with all of them–even if the story never goes to locations I didn’t come up with, having them in the world will still enhance it. Plus in the event that this novel, or Niar Saga from this site really take off it might be kind of cool to have your location on the official world map. Maybe? I’d like that sort of thing.

On the topic of reader interaction though, thank you everyone who has voted in the current poll! With all the spambots assailing the site and looking for a way in (there is NONE, they all have to go through ME) it’s hard to feel like the page-view counter is representing real traffic, but as of this posting I know there are four people who have looked at my site and cared enough to interact with me. That means a lot.

So thank you.

Artless Halloween

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Oct 31 2012

So I’d like to open by saying that I’d intended to include art with this entry, but it appears that the bizarre failure of my laptop over a month ago now is going to plague me for the rest of the life of the computer. Had to get a new user profile because the old one will no longer log in, and apparently my tablet doesn’t work with the new profile. So no drawings from me anymore.

It’s probably fixable, but I’ve already exhausted the options I know how to do and have other things to spend my time on–which is where this update was going after the art anyway.

Two of my stories have been published in Super Flash Fiction, and I encourage you to head on over and check that out if you haven’t already. Subscribe for future issues or even submit your own dynamic stories or artwork.

The bigger news is that I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month starting tomorrow (November 1)! I’m officially in this year, and I’m going to finally finish a novel! Sign up if it interests you, or just cheer me on/pester me about my progress! The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month.

It’s likely to consume my free time in November, though I’ll try to keep updating this site–though you can expect most if not all of my posts to be NaNoWriMo related.

And that’s it from me for now! Happy Halloween, and sorry about the lack of artwork… Wait… Maybe I can fake something even without my tablet…

Haha! How’s that for drawing with a mouse in Paint?


Happy Halloween!

Second Dice Games Retrospective

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Jun 13 2012

So I’m setting this review of ‘Timony Souler’s Dice Games from last week in advance to post as a sort of ‘Other Web Wednesday’ for the week since it does mention and link to other sites those of a reading or writing bent may wish to check out. I’ll already be out of town until late the 22nd by the time this goes up, so I want to mention that I commented in response to every entry from this round of the Dice Games I could find–so if I didn’t comment on one of yours that means I didn’t see it and would appreciate you posting a link to it in the comments section.

You can jump back to read my entries from the beginning by following the link to my adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.


‘Timony Souler: Our monthly challenge host, ‘Timony Souler invites us back into the dark and unexpected corners of her mind with this second installment of Dice Games—where we had to roll for each of our writing prompts from a list with some real oddities, as evidenced by the variety of stories that arose. My favorite of ‘Timony’s personal contributions this time was her second entry, Slaughter, because a great panicked atmosphere and Inquisitional overtones.

Lisa McCourt Hollar: Her impeccable writing gets you right into her characters’ heads, and doesn’t let you out no matter how much you want to escape. Honestly a lot of her stuff is too scary for me, but well worth checking out if you value good writing at all. If you also like horror than you may love Jezri’s Nightmares. I only found one entry for Dice Games, Perfect Strangers, but it’s one of my favorite things she’s written. When an author does horror so well, sometimes it’s nice to dislike the protagonist.

Stevie McCoy: A good friend and a good writer, host of the Tuesday Tales Blog Challenge, excellent community builder and all around versatile and impressive person. This time around she gave us proper vampires in tales of blood, hunger and amorality. My favorite was the first one though, Death Becomes You, because I can infer an incredible relationship between the vampire and her two victims.

Emilia Quill: An absolutely amazing fantasy author, who I’m actually hoping to do a short cross-over work with soon if both our schedules can clear up a bit. Her worlds and creatures are so rich and evocative, they really speak for themselves. So my favorite was her second entry because it captured both of those and told a genuinely awesome love story.

Julie Fisher: Though I only found one entry for this Dice Games, Julie delivers another dose of feel-good sentimentality with her entry. She does a great job of capturing the feelings in her scenes, and I’ll never complain about a piece that leaves me with a smile.

Lena Corazon: Lena’s an amazing writer and academic whose site regularly delivers everything from compelling fiction to insights into the craft and just generally fun reading. My favorite was definitely her second entry, Worthless?, for so many reasons—but just for here I’m going to say it’s because I am Gareth and love Serenity.

Meg McNulty: The weight of historical and cultural relevance behind Meg’s work guarantee a far deeper and richer experience from reading her work than would otherwise be possible within the word count. My favorite was her third entry, Achilles’ Choice, because it really gets into the myth and history that make Meg’s work so rich while also humanizing the characters through their choice and actions. That and I love Odysseus.

Forecasting Fantasy

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
May 04 2012

Well, unless there’s a massive surge of last minute votes for Kerri it looks like Leona’s story will be the next. With that settled I will, in time, be able to start giving you some real sneak-peaks here on Forecast Fridays. More immediately than writing Leona’s story though, I’m definitely taking a shot at this Fantasy Writing Contest. They aim to be THE definitive annual fantasy anthology of new and established authors–and falling under the ‘new’ or at least ‘unpublished’ author heading myself that sounds like a good fit.

Anticipating Leona’s win in the poll though, I will give you a peek at her party. After all, what is a fantasy adventure without a party? I do sorta follow the role-playing game formula a bit, but there are reasons for that beyond the fact that it’s a good structure and I like RPGs.

Leona Banisher = daughter of the Last Demon Hunter, and following in her father’s footsteps. She wields his massive Fullblade in battle and exhibits exceptional power from years spent mastering the blade. To date her interactions with other people have been limited to what was necessary and no more.

Lysander Devonwilde = a traveling bard, lover of stories and jack-of-all-trades. He comes from a prestigious family of Sword Dancers whose technique transcends the physical to achieve effects equivalent to magic.

Catherine “Kitty” Moon = street urchin turned cat-burglar, she considers herself the best in the city–though has been kicked out of larger cities with more established Thieves Guilds. Her experience is that everyone looks out for themselves, and only a fool gives when they have the ability to take.

Zelis Aasiarn = in spite of her relative youth, Zelis is the Chief Druid and religious authority for her besieged people, isolated by the cataclysm of the last century and slowly dying. She is rumored to have powers beyond those of all but, perhaps, the High Priest of the Stellan Temple himself.

Novel Forecast

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 20 2012

Okay, so the poll came out tied between Scripts to the site or a Novel–so I’m making an executive tie-break in favor of the novel. The next question is what should the novel be about–I’ve got two ideas I think are about ready to be developed and so today I give you some info on them and a new poll for which you would most like to see (or think has the best market potential). It’s funny, I think they both would end up being classified as “Young Adult” Novels–which is funny because I’ve got some personal beef with that term that I won’t go into now but will surely come up again another of these Forecast Friday.

You can use the search bar at the top of the right hand column to find more information about the first Novel concept; Kerri’s Creatures. She’s received some flash-fiction attention over the last year but isn’t satisfied with that and is demanding a larger work dedicated to her and her struggles.

Kerri Wynter

Age: 13
Race: Human
Class: Sorceress

Kerri is a sorceress in training who was left to fend for herself after the untimely disappearance of her mother. Of course, before she vanished Kerri’s mother left her daughter with a considerable inheritance that includes a creepy old mansion and a menagerie of monsters no sane person would be jealous of.

Torn between desires for a normal teenage life and to be the most powerful sorceress the world has ever known, Kerri’s life is a balancing act made more complicated by her unconventional inheritance. Her best friends end up being similarly distanced from society as herself, but together they help each other toward their goals.

Appropriately to Kerri’s desires, the story is an Urban Fantasy with a balance between the magical and the mundane–though set in an alternate world and erring pretty strongly toward magical.


The other Novel possibility I’m considering would actually expand on the events of the next generation in the world of Niar–with of course appearances from some of the cast of this site’s original serial, Niar Saga. Though the story really is about the next generation and will stand alone just fine.

Leona Banisher

Age: 16
Race: Human
Class: Demon Hunter

Leona Banisher is the daughter of the legendary Andrew Banisher, the Last Demon Hunter. Trained from birth to take over her father’s legacy, she goes into battle wielding his sacred implements–the fullblade Banisher from which the family takes its name, and the amulet Oracle. Her demeanor is serious and her dedication to Demon Hunting is single-minded like her father–but unlike him it was never a path she chose for herself.

No sooner had Leona’s training been completed than she was sent to travel the world, eradicating the evil that had risen since her father’s death. She works alone and frequently surprises those she meets with her ability to wield her massive sword, and unflinching battle-readiness. Her world is turned on end after meeting the teenage bard, Lysander Devonwilde, as she begins to discover the joy of friendship and risks opening her heart to another person for the first time.

Leona’s story is a classic Fantasy Adventure set in the world of Niar, and spanning much of the world (though not always the same locations as Niar Saga).


So, which story are YOU interested in? Feel free to ask clarifying questions in order to figure it out, and of course if you know someone who might read either story once its finished tell them to swing by too.

First Forecast

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 13 2012

Okay, so it’s Forecast Friday! Also, it’s Friday April 13! So happy Friday the Thirteenth.

The poll as to what my next major project should be is still up, so I can’t tell you what the progress is on it yet because we still don’t know what it is. Please vote and get others to come by and vote to ensure I undertake the project of greatest interest to you though. You can find details concerning the projects by following THIS link.

A shorter term forecast though, there will be new art by me on the Lost Girls’ Society main page sometime tonight!

Also I’m writing a strategy guide for Arel Wars for the iPhone because there is serious need for one. Ugh, don’t get me started on that game–I’ll cover it on a “My Phone Monday”, possibly this upcoming one.

Other Web Wednesday

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 11 2012

I had a thought that may delay the actual first real post of Other-Web Wednesday (where I visit other sites on the internet and talk about them back on this one), but maybe you can  weigh in with your thoughts on my thought.

The thought is maybe making this a more explicit opportunity for the originators of sites I consider worth visiting to do some self-promotion in the form of a brief interview posted along with my observations about their content. No idea if I could get people to talk about their own website for a post on mine, but it seems like the odds would be favorable. Any questions you’d like to see in such an interview?

Right now I’m thinking;

-How long has [website in question] been on the internet?

-Do you have other sites your fans should know about?

-What was your motivation for creating [website in question]?

-What would you most like to happen with [website in question] in the next year?

-Is there anything else readers should know about you or your website?

I think it’s probably too short notice to expect a response to something like this today (plus if I’m introducing you to some of my favorite websites I would like to know what you readers would like to hear from their creators about).

Completion and Looking Ahead

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 04 2012

As many of you are already aware, the writing for Lost Girls’ Society is now complete. The entire story, and all the Wednesday Flash supplements, has been written and posted to the site and you can find it all conveniently organized on the Lost Girls’ Society main story page above or to the right. I’ve even completed artwork for the past two flashes which originally posted without art (I’m particularly happy with the art for Lunaria and Mangus).

I will of course keep you posted as Marshintire completes the artwork for the main story posts. She’s got a lot on her plate right now, so it may be some time before the artwork is finished–but I think you’ll all agree with me her art is worth waiting for. I’ve got a lot in mind for polishing up the site, doing some basic maintenance and adding a bit to the Lost Girls’ Society main page. One thing I will not be doing is putting any new major works up on the site of the scale of Lost Girls’ Society or Niar Saga until August.

So this can be a great time for you to catch up on the backlog if you’re behind on reading–and Niar Saga has all of its artwork, granted it’s by me so not as good, but it’s there. Basically I need to step back from the writing schedule I’ve been maintaining and recommit to real-life issues like getting a job.

That said, when I do feature a major work on this site again I want to learn from the bumps and set-backs of the previous two serials and hopefully present with even more grace than I have with the past two projects. Because of this, although I don’t intend to post anything until August, now is already the planning stage for the next major endeavor.

Hence the current poll, which I hope many of you will weigh in on so my next major project will appeal to as many of you as possible. If you need more information on the poll here are some clarifications that may or may not affect your decision.

I already have an idea or two for each of the above formats, and there is no cross-over. So you’re voting for story as well as medium in this poll.

WEB COMIC: A fantasy web-comic in an original setting that operates according to the rules of the Pathfinder role-playing system. I intend no harm to the fourth wall, so the characters aren’t going to know their stats or be aware that they’re game characters or anything like that, the emphasis will be on story and character and the Pathfinder rules will just be incidental. PROS-lots of images, some text, a whole lot of action and awesome, CONS-I would be drawing the comic so not that pretty, and it could only update once a week.

NOVEL: There are a few options here (I’ve always wanted to write a novel), but in all probability it will be the story of Leona Banisher, daughter of the Last Demon Hunter, and set in the world of Niar a generation after the events of Niar Saga. PROS-this would be a very large, complete and fully developed work and take advantage of my preference for larger stories and scenarios, CONS-other than some progress updates and maybe a few excerpts it provides nothing for the site, you would have to buy it.

SERIAL: More in the vein of Niar Saga or Lost Girls’ Society with two story posts a week of mostly text and a picture. Not sure exactly which way I’d go with this one at the moment, but having done it twice before it’s likely the easiest of the available options… Perhaps expand one of my many flash-fictions from this site or beyond into a serial, maybe follow-up to Lost Girls’ Society, maybe serialize the adventures of Team Neo-Shieldfront who I’d discussed crossing over with Lost Girls’ Society. PROS-We’d all know what to expect from the post schedule, it’d be familiar, convenient and frankly well suited to the web-format CONS-Pretty similar to the Pros actually, seems about time to try something a little different, eh?

SCRIPTS: This one could actually present the most frequent update schedule–or the largest updates depending on preference–and has the advantage of being the medium I’ve become most comfortable with thanks to focused involvement through college and all the years since. My plan would actually be television format, the “Season Zero” for my super-hero series, Maze Warrior. PROS-Frequent or large updates, format I’m very comfortable with, CONS-Pretty text heavy, accompanying art would likely be very rough story-boards, essentially a blue-print rather than a finished product because they are scripts


And there we have it. I’ll let you know more what the site and my online activity’s going to look like between now and August on Friday.


Learn Dogling!

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 07 2012

Well as long as the main posts are being delayed I figured this is a good opportunity to share the Emotation System used by Horera when she’s speaking dogling. All the beastling tribes in Terra have an emotation system with a degree of mutual intelligability because of the simplicity of the system and commonalities in what is expressed–these systems fall short of complete languages and have no written form, though are occasionally transcribed phonetically into the Common language. The emotation system is primarily used to convey emotional states.

Dogling Emotations

Yip = most happy, correlates to Yippie in Common and thus yippie is often used as well
Yap = affirmative, correlates to yep in Common, and doubles as more moderate form of Yip
Yiff = strongest positive, has acquired more mature connotations over time which have limited its general use
Wan = very minor positive, generally expresses contentment
Browf = neutral  sound, modified by tone to achieve range of meaning often used for questions as well as for statements and exclamations without positive or negative value.
Woof = strong neutral sound, can gain positive or negative value by context. Used to emphasize presence, and often agreement with another’s positive or negative sentiment.
Growf = expresses need, usually hunger
Arf = very minor negative, often used as a warning.
Bark = negative, generally angry exclamation of moderate strength
Mmphh *snort* = negation or distaste, though not angry, also used for unhappy
Grrr *growling* = strong negative, hostility or anger. Strengthens Bark when used before.
mNnn *whining* = sad, strength varies by context, can also be confusion or sympathy

Also Marshintire has finalized the missing picture image, which in turn means Horera must be getting closer to finding the missing pictures! This improved version will go to all the pages currently without their own proper image, but with luck Marshintire will have the time to start filling in the missing images.

By the way, while I’m revealing information about the girls and their worlds; is there anything you (yes you) would like to know? So far I’ve touched on the fairies and dogling emotations of Horera’s world–is there anything anyone would like to know about Audrey or Nadine’s worlds? Or something else about Horera’s?

March Madness and the End of Lost Girls

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 02 2012

Okay, page 18N of Lost Girls’ Society is now up and accessible via the Lost Girls’ Society main story page above or to the right, or from the Pages navigation to the right. I’m behind on the writing, don’t have the buffer I’d like, and it will be some time before all the art has filled in–but the story will be concluding soon for those of you who are here for it.

I know everyone’s busy and maybe not having time to weigh in on the polls (top right of every page), but I really do appreciate poll votes and comments as a form of engagement with the site. If you actually have an opinion that’s great, but even if you don’t there’s nothing wrong with ‘best guess’.

I’ve got a lot more I need to get done, so short post today. Looking ahead to this month we’ve got another ‘Timony Challenge, March Madness with Princes of Hell. If you write and want me to say good things about your writing at the end of the Challenge you should sign up. The Challenge will be bumping the Monday posts for this month to Tuesday–because I don’t have time to do both. Lost Girls’ Society will stick to its regular update schedule, so just the front page is affected.



Then it seems like there is some chance that I will be allowed into a “Big Eyes Small Mouth” role-playing group some time this year which will be nice to get back into role-playing. So here’s a sketch of my character if that comes together, Melody Fayth–the Songstress.