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Character in Depth: Karu

Posted by nightphoenix on May 18, 2015 in Novels, Process |

This is a series I hope to do more of. To pick a particular character from a story of mine and talk about them…where and how they were born/created, how their personality evolved, interesting facts about them, etc. There are basically two ways that I come up with characters. The first is when I have […]

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What It’s All For

Posted by nightphoenix on January 6, 2015 in Process |

As the new year turns over, I find myself once again staring at this bit of cyberspace I call a blog and wondering what on earth to do with it. There are many options. I could do book reviews! Movie reviews! Post bits of my work! Writing rants and difficulties! Thoughts on characters and plots! […]

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“There’s always another secret”

Posted by nightphoenix on December 4, 2013 in Output, Process |

As Mr. Sanderson says. Or in my case, there’s a story running behind every story I’ve written or plan to write. I blame Doctor Who. The whole complicated, twisted, sprawling, growing Who-verse is a fascinating study in worldbuilding. Not so much the aliens, but the rules. Paradoxes. Fixed points. Time travel. People with personal timelines […]

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Of mermaids and rhyme

Posted by nightphoenix on March 11, 2013 in Art, Novels, Output, Process |

I did manage to finish Turn Loose the Mermaids before the end of last month, keeping me on my two-per-month quota. Went with a Lady of Shallot theme with this one, as it fit so well with the mood of the song. I’m not quite as pleased with it as I was with Storytime, mostly […]

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There’s a story here, I just have to find it

Posted by nightphoenix on February 25, 2013 in Art, Input, Life, Process, Short Stories |

As a writer, I find myself saying this a lot. I’ve heard of writers who have a difficult time coming up with ideas…and I confess, I have no idea what that feels like. As of right now, if I never had another story idea again, I have enough material sitting on my computer to keep […]

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How the percolator works

Posted by nightphoenix on December 6, 2012 in Process |

A writing book I read a while ago compared a writer’s brain to a coffee percolator. Ideas are like coffee grounds…sometimes you have to gather a bunch and let them sit in there and soak for a while, maybe even multiple soakings, before you get something, er, drinkable. And even though I don’t drink coffee, […]

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It was in the title all along

Posted by nightphoenix on November 26, 2012 in Process |

I know why This Chosen Fate was giving me such a hard time, and now I’m kind of kicking myself. I thought I just wasn’t in the right mood or mindset to tackle the story right now, or something…eh, I should know better. Being a writer means being able to write oneself into the appropriate […]

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Deviating

Posted by nightphoenix on November 24, 2012 in Art, Output, Process, Short Stories |

I finally broke down and created a DeviantART account. Maybe it will keep me motivated to keep making art after the NW buzz dies down. (It’s starting to, a bit). I’ve put up all the NW stuff, plus some dragon sketches I’ve had sitting around. I’m realizing I have a lot of artwork sitting around […]

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The Owl and the Dead Boy

Posted by nightphoenix on November 15, 2012 in Novels, Output, Process |

“Wow, Nightphoenix, you’ve been blathering on about Nightwish for three posts now. Isn’t this a bit excessive?” Yes. It is. And yet, and yet…right now all this fangirling is acting as creative fuel, which I am reluctant to put the brakes on. I’ve finished more drawings in four weeks than I have probably in the […]

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A Confusion of Squirrels

Posted by nightphoenix on November 14, 2012 in Art, Input, Music, Output, Process |

We’ve made an observation in our small group: distractions are like a dog spotting a squirrel. It can’t focus on anything else for that brief moment, until it spots the next one. And so on, until before you know it, you’ve been chasing squirrels for an hour. I feel like I’ve been chasing squirrels since […]

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