Corgi Knight Calls For Aid! At Epic Fantasy Fanatics!

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Competition hones our world’s best and brightest, it offers a chance to stand out from the rest. Fantasy writing is no different and Corgi Knight Yin X Yang is stepping up to the plate at Epic Fantasy Fanatics!

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https://epicfantasyfanatics.com/corgi-knight-yin-x-yang-travis-james/

 

Come help nominate Corgi Knight to take its place at the judgement table among other fantasy fiction novels as we duke it out with style, creative content, and some good ol’ fantasy magic.

 

It’s an exciting time for Corgi Knight! The second real world step for any piece of creative content is to have it peered reviewed. Let EFF know where you stand, and invite your friends and family with the link above to give Baxter and his friends your support!

 

The Epic Fantasy beacons are lit! Corgi Knight calls for aid!

 

And the world will answer!    

https://epicfantasyfanatics.com

 

-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”

 

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When does your writing come alive?

I keep an eye on multiple writing circles, including the ones on Reddit. You can learn a lot by just observing, and sometimes something special and unique pops up.

Posted by ravnicrasol:

It’s something that has only happened to me twice, and I’m curious if anyone else has gone through it.

If I were to describe it, it’s that one instant when you’re writing your story, and as you’re getting to the part where you start narrating one of the characters, you suddenly get this… jolt and feel as if what they just did was THEIR choice and not yours. As if you no longer controlled what they do or how they react but rather that you’re just spectating and writing it down.



For me, the first time was when the protagonist got attacked by some magical creatures and woke up without an arm. In the setting, regrowing a limb wasn’t impossible, just complicated, but it had been the first time he’d gotten messed up to that degree. It was originally meant to unfold with him swearing revenge or whatnot and storming off to do something courageously stupid (again). And yet… the scene just refused to come out that way.

Instead, what came out was that he woke up and noticed his missing arm and… stopped, not moving nor saying anything for a moment before deciding to step outside for some air. And as he bent down to tie his shoes and realized he wouldn’t be able to do it with just one hand he just… crumbled and broke into tears.

That time, it felt like I’d been hit by a hammer to the chest when I wrote it down, the character had been meant to be super proud and boisterous and his own development arc was supposed to come further down the line but instead got kick-started to that moment in the story (Had to rewrite everything I’d planned for).



So… yeah, what was your “Oh s*** he lives?” moment and what did it mean to you?

 

Moments likes these FASCINATE me! Every once in a while I will find a writer or artist that stumbles upon a unique situation like this. While I’ve seen many dismiss this as some kind of delusion or disfunction, there have been too many instances of it happening for me to just toss it away.

Can creative people really tap into something else that is out there? Is this the budding sense of spontaneous information? Or perhaps this is where creation truly starts, on the individual level.

If you’ve ever experienced something like this, leave a post about it! I want to hear your story.

-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”

Fantasy VS Witchcraft!

Is Fantasy considered Witchcraft?

         Growing up, every kid in my class had either heard, read, or seen Harry Potter.

Harry Potter was and still is the “It” movie. My class took a field trip to Harry Potter world at Universal, and I was so excited to ride the castle ride with my friend, until she said her mother wouldn’t allow her to. I thought it was weird since Harry Potter was such a loved and magical movie. She told me the reason her mother wouldn’t let her watch or even get near anything Harry Potter was because it was ‘Witch Craft”, meaning every single fantasy movie or book that I liked, I couldn’t show my friend because it had magic within its contents.

            There’s a bad rep with some parents when it comes to the Fantasy genre because of the magic within it. The conflict between magic in fantasy and whether it’s bad or considered “witch craft”, is very prevalent within strict parent households. I had asked my friend’s mother why she wasn’t allowed to like magic or magical things, and she said it was because “All magic is evil, and the devil owns it.” It’s a strange concept though, because my friend could watch the anime “Full Metal Alchemist,” which some might argue is very close to magic. Alchemy is a science that makes the impossible real, but the only difference between that and magic, is that it’s not really used in many fantasy books. All fantasy books use some sort of magic, but alchemy is a special kind of science that’s unique to its own self. But the real issue is that there are a lot of kids who aren’t allowed to read or watch about these amazing magical worlds because some parents think magic is evil, when they really don’t understand what it’s about.  Magic is no different than science, in the way that they both can make anything happen, good or bad. This day and age everyone should be allowed to watch or read fantasy, especially kids. Kids need to know that reading or watching anything about magic is okay, and that being creative and having imagination isn’t “witch craft” or an “Evil” thing, but a fun thing!

            Reading a fantasy book is no different than reading a science fiction book. But because some fantasy books use the words “magic” and “witches”, it turns a lot of extreme people off, particularly religious people. We as people should not be so scared of fantasy and magic, to the point where we won’t even allow children to explore this amazing and creative genre. Instead all kids should be given the chance to explore these majestic magical worlds, and to let their creativity flow. But the first step into making this happen, is to change the view on fantasy.

If you’ve grown up with a taste for fantasy, situations like these are not uncommon to you. It leads into the question of what constitutes as good and evil?

Who makes the decisions on what is good magic and what is bad magic? People? A church? A religion? A nation? Whomever you are and whatever you’re writing about, if it’s fantasy, it’s magic. And I would hope that no matter what forces may push against you, you continue to write anyways. The only way we will get to the bottom of this magic mystery is by continued experimentation and exploration.

Go write something magical!

-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”

-Majestic_Ness: “Don’t cry about dreams that don’t come true today. Sometimes ya needs ta try another way!”

Lets start a dialogue!

Writing Realistic Dialogue

Meghan bit her lip. “Are you sure it’s folklore?” The other girl shrugged. “I mean, Lunar’s seem pretty religious, but…” the girl’s eyes widened as she took in Meghan. “Are you Lunar too? I’m so sorry, I just assumed, but like, I shouldn’t assume!” Meghan laughed, putting the Earthen girl at ease. “I’m not Lunar by birth, no. But I’ve lived here my entire life. You can call me Meghan,” she put a hand out and the Earthen gave it a friendly shake. “Terry. It’s nice to meet you.”

One of the many things that takes a little time and effort to master? Dialogue. It’s a simple enough concept, but when done right, your reader is able to fully immerse themselves into the tale of your swashbuckling heroine and her steadfast sidekick. When dialogue is written poorly however, the entire piece can scream ‘amateur’ and you’ve lost your audience before you’ve got the chance to introduce them to the sea monster in chapter two!

Why is it that something so mundane can make or break your story? Dialogue is simply communication. Whether or not the interacting characters are speaking of important or relevant concerns, what’s said and what’s not said advances (or enhances) the plot and delivers information to the reader. It gives your story credibility and makes your characters more human. Huzzah! These fictional people are now relatable and look, we’re now extremely invested in their adventure!

So, how does one go about writing realistic dialogue? You might assume that you just have to keep working at it, writing forever until boom, your heroine no longer reads as if she has no personality despite fighting for her life against the monster in chapter two. Before you even think about cranking out another sentence, let me share the best advice I’ve ever been given: listen to the people around you, and take notes. As you go about your day and pass people at the bus stop, waiting in line at Starbucks, or before your night class starts, take a moment and truly listen. You’d be amazed at how much you can learn about people from a small snippet of their conversation, like their relationship to the person they’re conversing with or even their current mood!

Also be certain to take into account your target audience. Getting a little research in on how they talk and the mannerisms they have while communicating. A little time invested goes a long way to making your dialogue feel natural and alive.

While the notes you take don’t have to be physical ones, you’re more likely to remember if you jot them down in a notebook or in your phone. Writing is a craft, and dialogue is one of the many tools that help sharpen this craft.

-Rouge Robin: “Go forth, seek all, and conquer it!”

-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”

Malaki, The King of Lies.

With the release of Yin X Yang, it’s time to meet the main antagonist of the first book. Malaki, The King of Lies.

The immortal king Lordren of Dogonna has a dark past that comes with his extended lifespan.  Malaki is a fierce opponent with a strength and agility that surpasses any mortal of Luterra. His natural ability with magic also makes him nearly impossible to catch. For the last five hundred years, Malaki has been obsessed with dethroning his brother and tearing down the dog empire.

Equipped with the Legacy weapon of Lies, a dagger that can duplicate itself, and a thirst for vengeance.  Malaki is a highly intelligent opportunist with an infinite amount of time.

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The Dragon looked startled as she quickly spun around and gasped. Lord and the squires did the same and were met with a massive pair of blood red eyes approaching from the darkness.

Dragon: “Malaki is here.”

Lord’s face curled into a wicked sneer at the announcement of the name and he took a ready combat stance. The well around them faded back into view as the dog’s eyes struggled to keep up with the sudden shifting sights. From the stone entrance they could hear a group of people making their way down.

Lord: “Squires! These are not friendly folk coming down for us! Draw your weapons and prepare to fight!”

The squires all wielded their maces and steeled themselves for what came next. An armed troop of dogs, rodent, and hog rushed into view with their weapons at the ready.

Lord: “Squires! Use the entrance as a bottle neck!”

From behind the enemy mercenaries came a blackened form that roared out to the dogs.

Black shade: “BROTHER!”

With a speed that the squires had only seen from Lord himself, the black figure dashed forward and over their heads before any of them had time to react. It moved directly to Lord and attempted to hit him with a flying kick. Lord barely moved out of the way, but the attack left a clear trail in the blue stream he was standing next to. In the light blue glow, the squires could see the form for what it really was; a black Wolf. He stood the same height as Lord and possessed a similar physique. His eyes glowed bloodred, the same as the massive pair they witnessed in the Dragons vision. He wore a dark breastplate that had a wicked looking blade protruding from his heart and wielded two glowing red daggers.

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What will become of the squires and the leader of Dogonna? Will one king fall and replaced by another? Find out, In Corgi Knight: Yin X Yang!

-Silver the Bard. If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.

Corgi Knight Book debut! Yin X Yang.

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Corgi Knight Yin X Yang: Authors Edition has hit the bookshelves of Amazon!

 

I’m proud to present my first novel to you readers! It’s taken a year of work, but it all feels worth it now!

 

This is the Authors Edition, with only the necessary editing done. Every controversial part has been left in, and the original format is intact. There will be an official release along with the art portfolio next year, but for a limited time you’ll have access to the works before the live marketing campaign.

 

I released this version by request of my fans/friends/family. It’s been a real hurdle writing this book, especially with my dyslexia. But those close to me deserve to see it at what I believe is the “Original”.

 

I also want to personally thank those of you who are scribed to this blog! You’ll find a direct reference in this edition to all of you, if you look hard enough! 😉

 

So, this holiday season pass on the gift of chivalry!

Bring Corgi Knight Yin X Yang home to your friends and family!

-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m having some amazing  holidays! And you should too!.”

Corgi Knight Is growing!

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Over the last five months, Corgi Knight has had far too many man hours to count put into its production and from many different sources. Let’s take a look at some of them and meet the new faces working on world crafting.

The updated Luterra map above comes from Megasploo, over at

https://www.wonderdraft.net

His new map creation program is excellent for keeping track of any fictional geography. Werther it be for a book, or a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. As of this post, it is on sale for 20$! Go grab it before it comes out of early access!

 

 

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SimonAdventure is giving us a taste of their talent over at:

https://www.deviantart.com/simonadventure

Look forward to a big section of their work in the upcoming Corgi Knight art portfolio!

 

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Nobel Batterfly is showing off his object skills with his designs that will be making their way onto the covers of the Corgi Knight books. Go check them out at:

https://nobelvia.artstation.com/

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Tristan Lee is giving us a magnificent look into the multiple environments of Luterra itself. He can be found at:

https://www.artstation.com/tristanleeart

 

 

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Sachi Saba is creating an entire line of chibi art for the Corgi Knight characters. She even has a few up them up for sale on her redbubble!

https://www.deviantart.com/tealcreations

https://www.redbubble.com/people/TealCreations/portfolio

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Knux4000 has a unique talent for pixel art and has given the characters from Corgi Knight a new prospective.

https://www.deviantart.com/knux400

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Corgi Knight wouldn’t be the same without Henry Schumann. So were getting plenty more from him!

https://www.instagram.com/henryp39/?hl=en

Don’t forget to check on the updates to his comic Flyp!

https://tapas.io/flypteam

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Annalicia Valle is still working on bringing us the newest in oddities and monstrosities! Go check her out at:

https://www.artstation.com/mythos

 

While the corgi knight art crew continues to steadily grow, we are also bringing in several other people soon to help with the organization of the book itself.

But wait! This isn’t the exciting news that was mentioned in the previous post! We still have a bombshell of an announcement coming soon! So keep your eyes on the Corgi!

-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”