Meet, Cyperian.

The first original character drawing of the Legends of Messinia series is here! Created by the amazing Salome Totladze, who is currently working on the image of Jax! To check out her work, visit her Artstation!

Cyperian Lachlan

Cyprian has profound scars all over his body and face. He is forced to hide them, obliging to present a flawless unblemished front to his people. He wears a bangle that makes his scars imperceptible.

             -Only a warrior never harmed is deserving of anything in the kingdom.

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Role in the books:

The main character, protector. 

Occupation:

Scion to the throne in Carved Souls.

Prince, Warrior, and Soul carved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Publishing madness. ​

After much thought, I have also created a paperback version of Mine. I never considered doing this because it’s a short story, and the paperback, in the end, is only 25 pages. But I’m glad I did it. I have had many emails over the last days indicating that they prefer a paperback over an eBook version and I can see the point in that. The smell of paper and having a book in your hand is, also to me, more comforting than looking at a screen.

Leading up to the release week of mine, I have been putting in a lot of work into getting the story design right and published. With this project, I wanted to give Indie publishing a shot and see if self-publishing were something I would want to do in the future.

I have to be honest with myself,

It’s not.

Give me storylines to unravel, give me editing and plotting. I’ll pull my hair out any day over getting all the stories to fit in my debut novel, Legends of Messinia, over formatting files and making sure it all looks as I want it.

I love the creative part of being a writer. I can sit down behind my MacBook for hours and pen down new storylines, build characters and worlds. I’m good at weaving in loose ends, character emotions, meaning and red lines in stories. I’m not good however at composing and formatting, making sure there are no grammar or punctuation mistakes.

I have an even more overwhelming respect for Indie publishers after the last few days. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the process and learned much, but I guess the creative part of me overwhelms the structural one.

The stress of worrying about punctuation, formatting and grammar mistakes are driving me a bit over the edge. Something about me knowing what I want and being a tat to perfectionistic. Its clear to me that with my dyslexia, I feel more secure with a team behind me that double checks that I do. Even with the tricks and revision routines, I have in place.

By next week weekend, I’ll be showing my work to all the people I know. I’m not going to lie and say I’m not scared because I am.

I’m shit scared of 2397 words. My adulting this week can be better. One thing I know for sure, on the 31st, when I sit down on our sofa in the evening and bite my nails off looking at my Amazon page…

I’ll be having a glass of celebratory wine, no matter what!

 

Love
Kalesjha.

 

 

 

Summary reveal, Mine

 

Today I’m revealing the official summary of Mine, considering I’m getting close to announcing the release date. Just a few more dotting I’s and crossing t’s left!

For now, I’m happy to tease you with this little nugget;

 

MINE

GENRE: ROMANCE – DRAMA 2018 

Original Cover

           

                   

Nora, in her worn-down 1936 Chevrolet, rides along Route 66. A tent stowed in the trunk, whiskey in the ice chest and the love of her life nestled in the passenger’s seat, makes hope for a lewd and indulgent evening fly high.

As the setting sun warms the inside of the truck, she smiles. Nothing can get in the way of relishing in her wedding anniversary, her favorite night of the year.

 

 

Mine will be available on Amazon from the 31st of March. Click on the cover and Pre-Order now!

♥ Kalesjha H. Wolf

Back on track

It’s been a while. I have been ill, but considering it has nothing to do with my writing, I can only leave an honest, from the heart apology here and hope for the best.

For the last few days, I picked back up where I left off a few months ago. I’m working on my debut novel and my short story Mine is ready to be released. After much consideration and thinking, I decided to go for a self-publishing project with this story. Now, why would I do that after the story is accepted by a traditional publisher? Well, I’m already going that route with Legends of Messinia, and I wanted to get a feel of self-publishing. (Yes, this is what I tell myself.)

TomorrowIf I’m honest, I’m doing this to get over the fear of letting others read what I write. It might sound silly, but I have been stalling like crazy because I’m terrified.

It has come to the point I need to ‘just do something’ and the result is self-publishing Mine. I haven’t got the specific date yet, but that should be solved soon.

Legends of Messina’s first book ‘Carved Souls‘ is now 65% into the first draft and book two has gotten its official title! I’m happy with the progress.

So, get ready! Because soon I’ll be around like a nervous wreck to announce the release date of Mine. It will be available as an EBook.

 

 

 

First person vs. Third person

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It’s not uncommon for arguments to cook between writers on First-person vs. Third-person. Aside from the various narratives in each category, these differences of opinion occur because they are convinced one is better than the other.

I believe in plot-driven stories. Which means I center my narrative on the story and not the characters needs. I delight in reading both, even though I prefer a Third-person. Especially Third-person Omniscient at that (Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Elie Wiesel, Philip Pullman, etc…). It is a shame that these days, this style of composition is determined out of fashion. (I like old fashion stuff!) Unless you are successful, established and a published bestseller, this method of writing most likely won’t land you a publishing contract. That said, not impossible if you are gifted at writing Omniscient.

I write in Third person Limited Omniscient. The most universal known example of this is the Harry Potter series. However, I switch point of view more times than JK does.

Let’s have a quick glance at the fundamental differences;

Perspective

Looking at the above chart, it’s apparent the differences are vast and explains why First-person narratives are so in. To put it this way, With First-person, you are the character. Your emotions link with theirs, and you see the story unfold as if you were part of it.

This fits with today’s society I think. Everybody wants to live as part of a story. We are trained to accept actors, singers, business people, etc… are characters we want to be. We want to be them, not like them.

Third-person though, gives you an overview of the story. Permitting you to search for clues in the story and even create a desire to warn the MC (the main character) for the evil oncoming. We don’t want to be them. We desire to be able to do what they can. A complete different impact while reading.

Both are excellent ways to tell a story. When deciding what fits for your novel it depends on what the focal point of your story is. Is the journey/ Growth of the MC is the main plot? First is your gal of choice.

The plot is the drive behind your novel and the MC’s need to adapt. Then Third is your gal to dance with.

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To become better at writing the advice is to try all styles. It will give you different tools, exploring beyond that what you enjoy most.

Knowing that I challenged myself by starting on a horror short story (4000 words) in first-person. I hate every second.of.it. Which is precisely why I need to do this.

May we fight in peace, #JustMyPointOfView
Kaleshja. 

Worldbuilding 101

The one thing I feel, you have to get under your belt when writing fantasy novels is worldbuilding. I think as a writer, creating the world in your head isn’t the hardest part. However, when it comes to putting it down on paper, we enter a whole different ballgame.

In my previous books I would describe the world(s) in such detail, I felt like the scent of the Fae forests would emanate from the pages. One could taste the putrid smell of demon ichor. I felt deeply connected to my work and was convinced all my readers would praise all the hours I put into describing every little shade of color on every little petal and-and, and…

I was a nipwhit.

By doing that, I consistently fell into the trap of ‘Info dumping.’ Another lovely term I learned the hard way when getting my writing evaluated by professional editors.

For those who like me before, don’t know what that is, let us go to our friends over at Novel Boot Camp!

An info dump is a big chunk of information that is “dumped” in the reader’s lap all at once. These info dumps are usually done through narration but can be found in dialogue as well.

Source: Ellen Brock Editing

I came to realize that although the worlds in my head are vivid and extraordinary but. If I point everything out to the reader, there is no room for them to visualize this world in their minds.

So, what do I do these days when it comes to worldbuilding? Well, it still lives vividly in my mind, but I focus more on the political systems, their warfares, culture and survival abilities. What are their traditions and values? How does this affect the characters and plot? Doing this allows me to separate my fantasy from that what needs to be written down in the novel, and what is the Infodump.

The worlds of Arden have a series of connecting worlds that influence another. It was indeed exciting developing these new and old cultures into one and finding links between natural enemy territory.

I hope you come to love these worlds as much as I do once the books get published.

Love,

Kalesjha.

High Fantasy VS Low Fantasy.​

The first time I spoke with other fantasy writers ten years ago, they asked me if I was writing a High or Low Fantasy series.

I must have sounded like a total rookie because I couldn’t answer them. These day’s I know a bit more. I do believe that there is way too many ‘genres’ out there. It’s almost impossible to fit a story in only one, so I say the following with a grain of salt;

The worlds of Arden is a high fantasy series. However, you might believe otherwise reading the first chapters.

High fantasy is defined as fantasy set in an alternative, fictional (“secondary”) world, rather than “the real”, or “primary” world. … By contrast, low fantasy is characterized by being set in the primary, or “real” world, or a rational and familiar fictional world, with the inclusion of magical elements.

From Wikipedia

Love,

Kalesjha. 

Every writer starts somewhere.

I read it after so many years, and became utterly petrified that story came out of my fingers

When I started writing in my teens, I never realized there was more to writing than having an idea and sit down to write it. However a short Novella later, (That will never see the light of day. I read it after so many years, and became utterly petrified that story came out of my fingers) I acquired a piece of vital information.

One needs to plot a good deal in order not to become mentally unstable during the process of writing a Novel. A new world opened up and buried me in a lengthy process of developing the knowledge of that what makes somebody evolve from a writer to a novelist. The intricate complexity that allows you to create a Novel worth reading is so much more than just having a thought and putting that into words.

A library of skills is involved in creating a piece of art, and like every form of art, one needs to nurture and never stop developing it. Now, years later I’m in a very different place, and my skills have evolved dramatically due to the effort I put into my art. Even though I’m not yet the writer I would love to be, I’m on a very exciting path towards it.

The Worlds of Arden series is the first work that culminates those years of exploring the art of writing, it’s teaching me new skills every day, and I’m determent to see these Novel’s published in the upcoming years.

Love,

Kalesjha.