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E4eva
Acolyte

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Posted - 07 Nov 2017 :  15:55:47  Show Profile Send E4eva a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Regarding the upcoming Patreon, I will be including original fiction (aka "stuff not set in the Realms") on a monthly basis. I have a flash fiction piece ready to go, a quirky little tale of which I'm inordinately fond. :)




Excited for it all.

Yes, please link us here to the Patreon and to the story when you post it on your site.
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 01 Dec 2017 :  12:09:00  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At the end of each month, I post a writing summary on my author website. I'm including a link here for people who might be interested in hearing what I'm working on, as well as people who are interested in the writing process in general.

http://www.elainecunningham.com/writing-updates/november-writing-summary/?preview_id=4594&preview_nonce=0a3e994186&post_format=standard&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true

This post includes something a bit different: A cartoon illustration for "Family Matters," a flash fiction story that will be posted on my upcoming Patreon. This is a draft, done with pencil, Sharpie, and colored pencils. The final will be redrawn by hand and then inked and colored with GIMP, if I can figure out how to use it.

Adobe Creative Suite, I miss you! (But not your customer service, which SUCKS....)

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 01 Dec 2017 12:10:54
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Sunderstone
Seeker

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Posted - 23 Dec 2017 :  02:22:29  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Elaine,

One of the novels I looked forward to the most during the Star Wars EU days was Blood Oath. I always wanted to see a Zekk centric novel.

Had you mapped out the story you had in mind for that novel? If you are able to share, what kind of Jedi was Zekk in your mind? What were his strengths and weakensses? What personality traits were you looking forward to accentuating?

Thanks,

SS
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 23 Dec 2017 :  13:08:48  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi Elaine,

One of the novels I looked forward to the most during the Star Wars EU days was Blood Oath. I always wanted to see a Zekk centric novel.

Had you mapped out the story you had in mind for that novel? If you are able to share, what kind of Jedi was Zekk in your mind? What were his strengths and weakensses? What personality traits were you looking forward to accentuating?

Thanks,

SS



Hi, Sunderstone.

The novel was a little over half written, and a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline had been approved by the Del Rey editor and the LucasFilm continuity team, so yes, it was thoroughly mapped out.

Except for his brief sojourn into villainy in the Young Jedi Knights series, Zekk has always been a supporting character. Turning the narrative spotlight on such a character can reveal some interesting things. For example, for many books before this story, he was defined primarily by his relationship with Jaina. That ended in this book, and for the first time in a very long time he was defining himself outside of his connection with the Solo family, and for that matter, the Jedi order. That task was made more challenging by the editorial dictate that he end up with one of the Hapan twins who were introduced in the preceding story arc. Since men are secondary citizens in Hapan culture, this meant working past TWO second-banana mindsets. It was an interesting and enlightening experience to have to deal with a male character who was largely defined by his relationships, a pretty common expectation for female characters. The relationship aspect was not the focus of the story, however, and the plot was very action-oriented, allowing Zekk to pay to his strengths and also explore some new applications of his Force connection.

Writing in the Star Wars universe was lots of fun, and I regret that my health and circumstances made it impossible for me to finish the story.
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 08 Jan 2018 :  13:15:03  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, folks. A quick note to let you know about a recent reprint anthology that might be relevant to your interests. KILLING IT SOFTLY 2 is a really big collection (38 stories, over 600 printed pages) of dark fiction. There are quite a few heavy hitters in this group, and it's a very eclectic collection. The link below leads to the Amazon.com page, which lists the Table of Contents. I find that anthologies are a great way to catch up with my favorite writers, and they've introduced me to more than a few new favorites.

One caveat: I am NOT on board with the marketing approach to this anthology. I have reservations about "women only" projects and I really dislike the "girls are just as good as boys and OMG MAYBE EVEN BETTER!!!" tone the marketing angle takes. That said, this book is a remarkable collection, and I hope you'll give it a look.

https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Softly-Digital-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B076Z44WR7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515416861&sr=8-1&keywords=killing+it+softly+2
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 08 Jan 2018 :  13:18:50  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's a link to a blog post that summarizes what I wrote in 2017 and gives a peek at my 2018 plans. There are, of course, a few things in the works and in the realm of possibility than I can't talk about, but this is the general shape of the year to come.

http://www.elainecunningham.com/short-fiction/2017-writing-summary-plus-plans-for-2018/
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Sunderstone
Seeker

62 Posts

Posted - 09 Jan 2018 :  00:54:56  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi Elaine,

One of the novels I looked forward to the most during the Star Wars EU days was Blood Oath. I always wanted to see a Zekk centric novel.

Had you mapped out the story you had in mind for that novel? If you are able to share, what kind of Jedi was Zekk in your mind? What were his strengths and weakensses? What personality traits were you looking forward to accentuating?

Thanks,

SS



Hi, Sunderstone.

The novel was a little over half written, and a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline had been approved by the Del Rey editor and the LucasFilm continuity team, so yes, it was thoroughly mapped out.

Except for his brief sojourn into villainy in the Young Jedi Knights series, Zekk has always been a supporting character. Turning the narrative spotlight on such a character can reveal some interesting things. For example, for many books before this story, he was defined primarily by his relationship with Jaina. That ended in this book, and for the first time in a very long time he was defining himself outside of his connection with the Solo family, and for that matter, the Jedi order. That task was made more challenging by the editorial dictate that he end up with one of the Hapan twins who were introduced in the preceding story arc. Since men are secondary citizens in Hapan culture, this meant working past TWO second-banana mindsets. It was an interesting and enlightening experience to have to deal with a male character who was largely defined by his relationships, a pretty common expectation for female characters. The relationship aspect was not the focus of the story, however, and the plot was very action-oriented, allowing Zekk to pay to his strengths and also explore some new applications of his Force connection.

Writing in the Star Wars universe was lots of fun, and I regret that my health and circumstances made it impossible for me to finish the story.



Thank you! I'm sorry your health and circumstances prevented the novel, I would have loved to have read your book! Out of curiosity, what do you see as Zekk's strengths that would have been focused on?
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 09 Jan 2018 :  01:53:00  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Thank you! I'm sorry your health and circumstances prevented the novel, I would have loved to have read your book! Out of curiosity, what do you see as Zekk's strengths that would have been focused on?



It has been a long time since the BLOOD OATH writing process, but in broad strokes, Zekk's strengths included his considerable Force ability, his resourcefulness, his loyalty to friends, and his commitment to winning the battles the Jedi were currently facing. He also started exploring who he was a person, rather than focusing primarily on his identity as part of the Jedi order. He has never taken much time to consider what HE wanted from life, simple but important questions about what his likes and dislikes might be, what sort of people he enjoyed being around, and what other interests and aptitudes he might have.
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Sunderstone
Seeker

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Posted - 22 Jan 2018 :  02:17:51  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Elaine,

I have a question about Elfsong. There are a few pages of story of Texter encountering a Loreli. He then is mentenioned later in the story as returning to the city but having memmory lapse. Did I miss a plot point of that tieing into the greaty story?

Thanks,

Sunderstone

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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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USA
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Posted - 22 Jan 2018 :  04:56:51  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi Elaine,

I have a question about Elfsong. There are a few pages of story of Texter encountering a Loreli. He then is mentenioned later in the story as returning to the city but having memmory lapse. Did I miss a plot point of that tieing into the greaty story?

Thanks,

Sunderstone





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