Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog if you’ve been here before. If you are checking out this post, I assume that you are familiar with me and my work, so I’m going to just jump into it.
As some of you may know, I finished drafting my first web novel, The Rise of The Dragon Queen, back in November! I was also posting chapters weekly for a while and, for some reason, I just stopped. I am here with this post today to explain what is going on with that project, as well as share some updates to my content in general.
So, what happened?
As I mentioned before, I finished the draft! Although the story seemed fine the way it was, I decided that I still wanted to do some edits. I also didn’t want to publicly post the ending of the story the way that it was because, while I have no issues with how I ended it, I thought that I could have executed it better. I figured that if I left the story alone for a bit, I would be able to come back to it with fresh eyes and also have time to come up with any new ideas or possible revisions.
And I was right.
I left the story alone, stopped uploading chapters, and gave myself a break for a bit. After a few weeks, I did end up getting a random burst of inspiration while scrolling through Pinterest. I scribbled down some notes for things that I had originally wanted in the story but forgot to add in, things I wanted to change, and things that I wanted to elaborate on. At this point in time, I have decided that I want to edit the story before I go back to posting again, but more on that later.
So, what’s changing?
There are a couple of things in The Rise of The Dragon Queen that I want to adjust or change. The most glaring one for me was Vixia.
Don’t worry, she isn’t going away or getting massively reworked. I just noticed that somewhere throughout the story, I lost touch with the ideas that I had for her character. When I first conceptualized Vixia, I wanted her to have a Neo-Pagan influence, specifically derived from views and uses on modern witchcraft. (I got the idea for this while doing my own research on the topic, as I find it fascinating and would like to get into it more.) This is why we sometimes see her use full incantations in her spells rather than just a command in many instances in the story. However, somewhere after the first chapter, she became more of a mage who got her power from a goddess rather than a character that actively practices magic the way that Neo-Pagans would, so you will be seeing more Neo-Paganistic influence on Vixia in the final version of the story.
I have also decided to make Ketsuna’s lack of citizenship more of a driving force in the story. In the beginning, Ketsuna’s citizenship status in Zaledrid is the primary reason why she ends up joining the Ironscale Hunters (or as they will be called in the final version, the Ironscale Slayers), but then it isn’t really brought up again. I want to make Ketsuna’s citizenship status one of her main motivations and I want to explore how it will change her actions. I don’t think the story will deviate too far from what has been shared already but expect her ideas about her responsibilities with the guild to change. Things have already taken a bit of a turn and I am only three chapters into editing as of writing this post.
There are also many other things that I would like to change or expand upon, but the ones that I talked about before are the big ones. Expect to see some more worldbuilding and more information about how gods and magic work in the final version!
What about after the edits?
This is where things get a little complicated. When I first completed the draft of The Rise of The Dragon Queen, I wanted to self-publish it either as an original English light novel. However, now that I am really devising a plan for my platform, I think I am going to hold off on that for a bit. I really want to get my name and my writing out there to expand my reader base and I think one of the best things that I can do to that end is to make my work easily accessible for a while. (However, if anyone really likes my stories and would like to support me, there is always my Patreon page or my Ko-Fi.)
With that being said, I am going to resume posting when I get closer to finishing up my edits. I’m not sure if I am just going to replace chapters where I have already posted them or if I am going to delete everything and start again, but we’ll see. Also, when I am posting again, you can expect to see me holding reading streams again! If all goes well, I may hold one in February to get back into the swing of things. I hope that you are looking forward to it as much as I am.
Now for those other updates . . .
If you are reading this blog post, chances are that you have been to my website before. You might notice that some things have changed recently, including my website title and URL. Welcome to The Writerly Elf, my website and blog where I will be posting blog posts related to my YouTube videos!
Yes, you read that right. Most of my blog posts are going to become videos and vice-versa. It may take me a bit of time to catch up and sort things out, but every week I am planning to either upload a YouTube video, post a new blog post, or both! This way, my content can be available in both visual and written formats. The only videos that I don’t plan on converting to blog posts are old vlogs but expect to see both new and revised content soon. School has been keeping me busy lately, so hopefully, this is the first step toward my channel and blog becoming consistent again.
Thank you so much for reading this little blog post. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or comment with some encouragement. (I could really use the extra motivation.) If you would like to support me, please check out my Patreon, which is where you can get access to the rough drafts of my story chapters and more for about $5 a month.
Anyway, I hope to write to you guys again soon. Goodbye!