On the Scale from Zero to Ten

I stumbled upon this picture on Unsplash and simply could not resist posting it. This is how Castle Stormhold should look from the shore, assuming the architecture of the castle itself is adjusted to fit my description and all the clouds are removed from the sky (it has been a drought there, so the air is extremely arid). Small details aside, the feel is, nevertheless, perfect.

Back to the title of this post, however (and trying to stay on-topic).

I could never figure out how to effectively challenge the cretinism of the question “please, rate your pain on a scale from zero to ten“.

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On the Beginning

After listening to the archives of the Writing Excuses blog for two days in a row, I am now almost convinced that I need to modify the beginning of the book. As of now, it starts (and always had been starting) with a lengthy encyclopedic pseudo-quote:

The Great White Desert, Heart Of Lands, or, simply, the Flats, is a vast territory of thinnest silt dust, baked by the Sun into an immense ceramic plane, that spreads for thousands of miles in the very center of the Circle of Known Lands*.

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More on Naming Convention

While treating myself to some more of The First Law Trilogy between scenes (taking time to get back into Venny’s state of mind), suddenly became worried about the name of Western Domain’s capital, Verlette, which strays a little from my self-imposed naming convention.

It now looks too French to me, probably because of the ‘ette‘. I am also not a fan of the ‘Ver‘ at the beginning, makes it look similar to Verra’s name, and for a dyslexic like myself, it’s a problem.

Leaves me with just an ‘l‘ in the middle, doesn’t it? Not much to work with.

So, if I get rid of the ‘Ver‘…

Ferlett, Ferlann, Fairlann, Ferlemm, Ferlepp, Farleaf, Farliff… hm.

The capital of Corealm and the whole Domain. Should be something stronger.

How about just Core? Or Lore? I like the latter.

Thoughts?

On Dae’s Reason to Come to Stormhold

Not, that I want to change it—he is definitely dispatched there by Atta—it’s just that he would, probably, never tell the truth about it to Ngale. Seems out of character. He should joke about it and maybe later admit that someone recommended the place as a nice city to visit, which would make Ngale suspect something. Dae should tell it to Verra, though, so the reader knows the truth.