Corgi Knight Sneak Peek! (Bella’s fall)

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I apologize for my absence of posting lately, medical issues have kept me from doing what I love. But I did see an excellent opportunity to showcase a major plot point for Bella! Lets take a sneak peek!

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The familiar carpet she fell upon was the same as the one that stretched out from Lord’s throne room. She was now in the entrance hall at the front of the manor. Two rows of guards stood at attention on the edges of the carpet, none of them were looking very happy at Bella.

 

Bella: “Uh… Hey guys. Are…”

 

Guard interrupting: “Your presence is demanded in the throne room.”

 

Bella shuttered at the cold reception of the guard and sheepishly walked toward the next room. Once past the grand doorway Bella could see that the throne room was packed with guard and civilian alike. The rows of guards continued all the way up to the throne where Lord was sitting. Beyond the guards were crowds of glaring and angry dogs. Each of them Bella recognized from her past. Even Martha stood among them with a distinctive look of shame. Bella’s ears pinned back as she felt complete uncomfortable with the staring masses of people around her. Along the carpet stood the other squires, all in attention but still staring at her. Bella stumbled forward until she got close to Ed. The Great Dane stepped forward and ripped a tassel off Bella’s garments as he spoke.

 

Ed: “You’re not strong enough to be a knight!”

 

Ed returned to his attentive stance and continued to glare at Bella. Bella now had a look of complete disbelief. Ed was a friend to her and she had never seen him so serious. Ed continued his glare and growled out a command.

 

Ed: “Your presence is demanded at the throne.”

 

Bella could not hold back the tears as she slowly turned to the throne and moved forward. The next squire was Sendo. When Bella passed he spit upon her and muttered under his breath.

 

Sendo: “You’re not smart enough to be a knight.”

 

Bella didn’t even look at him, but she did start to sniffle a bit as she felt the spit hit her face. Still she continued forward. Cleft was the next squire, and he couldn’t even force himself to look at Bella. When the husky walked by him stepped forward and ripped another piece off of her uniform.

 

Cleft: “You lack the grace to be a knight!”

 

Bella was now sobbing and crying as tears and snot ran down her face. Cleft never looked at her once as he returned to his position. Bella hung her head in shame as she quickly skirted forward. The next squire in line was Leo. The fox had a nasty looking grin as he watched Bella approach. When Bella got close, Leo jumped out and clawed at Bella’s front and tore into the line of buttons on her blouse. Bella had to reach up and cling to the remains of her clothing before it fell off.

 

Leo laughing: “You have no dedication to the way of the knight!”

 

Leo chortled at Bella as she continued her march forward. Bella was at the lowest she had ever been. Insulted and now humiliated, she continued. Bella was now closing in on the throne. Upon the throne Lord sat with his normal demeanor. The only thing different was the fact that Baxter was sitting at Lord’s right side with the king’s paw on his head. Bella walked up to the Throne, clutching her clothes and doing her best to hide the torment she just endured. Baxter stared directly at her and smiled as he spoke.

 

Baxter: “You don’t deserve to be a knight.”           

 

At that moment Bella’s mind went blank. Her entire being began to collapse. She felt as if she was falling down a blackened well of her own consciousness. Deeper and deeper she would fall until there was nothing left to see. She could only feel the icy waters begin to weigh her above. Finally, with no energy left she hit the bottom of nothingness. It was a cold empty place with only pain to remind her that she was alive. She lay there contemplating the effort it would take to climb back out, and if she even possessed the ability. It was there that Bella wished. Wished with all her might for a chance. An opportunity to change it all. A strength she never possessed. Bella got her wish in the form of a tiny speck of light barely visible in the void of darkness. Bella scrambled to push away what she couldn’t see until finally she reached the tiny grain of sand sized light. It was barely there, but it did exist. It was for this tiny speck that Bella decided life was worth fighting for, and she began to climb. Crawling and pulling with everything she had, pain echoing throughout her body as she moved back up the well. Nothing was going to stop her, or her new light. It would take what felt like an eternity, but Bella finally saw the light above the well. The light only pushed her harder to survive, she was determined now to pull herself free no matter the cost. Finally pulling herself out of the well, Bella could feel a hardened rain. It didn’t matter, she was free. Bella started to run, and never stopped. The husky snapped out of her daze and let go of her fear. She stopped clutching tightly to the dignity she thought she had and glared back at Baxter.

 

Bella: “You. Of all the people, you don’t get to tell me that. Not from a snot nosed brat like you! BARK YOU!”

 

Bella turned to the crowd and raised a single finger as she yelled.

 

Bella: “BARK ALL OF YOU! YOU KNOW NOTHING OF ME! I’VE WORKED FOR THIS! ALL OF THIS!”

 

Bella spun back to face Lord and Baxter with a deadly resolve.

 

Bella: “If you won’t give me what I want. I’m going to take it, Baxter. I WANT MY FA….”

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What could Bella have done to deserve this? With only one last chapter to go the book is on it’s final countdown to being done! I hope you’re all as excited as I am!

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

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Silver’s top 10 ways to combat writer’s block!

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Writer’s block is a challenge every story bound mind will eventually run into. That dreaded wall of blank nothing that seems to hold us at bay from our goal. Well, Silver is here to give you some tips and tricks to get around that dastardly unseen barrier.

 

#1: Move away from monotony.

It’s comfort that drives us to most places and environments where we write. But it can also create a stale sense of being that will drive us into a writer’s block. Go to a new place to write! A library, coffee shop, school, friend’s house. Changing up the environment can get those creative juices flowing!

 

#2: Listen to music.

Music is an invaluable resource! It has an amazing effect on both our mental and chemical composition. Fight the writer’s block by taking time to listen and feel a song. If you’re used to listening to a certain type of music while you write, change it up! Find a new or similar genre to spice your mind. And if nobody is looking, go ahead and treat yourself to a dance. I won’t judge.

 

#3: Don’t forget to eat!

Our brain is a wondrous machine, and it needs fuel. While you charge forward in the world of words, you’re burning energy. Burn too much and you’ll soon start feeling the effects of writer’s block! Don’t skip meals, and if you can, invest in learning proper nutrition. Having a few extra hours a day, in energy, can make a world of difference.

 

#4: Take breaks in your writing.

None of us are perfect. The brain machine can’t run on all eight cylinders constantly. Take breaks in-between massive writing sessions. 45/15 is a ratio I practice for stomping out writer’s block. Forty-five minutes of work, and fifteen minutes of rest. When you take breaks, make certain you are taking your mind completely away from the work. None of that half in, half out thinking with your mind!

 

#5: Discuss your latest piece of work.

Humans are social creatures; shouldn’t our ideas be too? Think back to the last paragraph, chapter, blurb you just wrote and start asking hypothetical questions about it to your peers. Use text, chat, phone, verbal, whatever it takes to bounce some of these ideas off them and back to you! You might find that the writer’s block monster is easily subdued with a little friendly effort.

#6: Take time to refocus.

We all got into writing for our own separate reasons. It’s also easy to forget those reasons during the journey. Writer’s block is notorious for covering up our intentions. Take time to sit back and make a list of why you write. Even if you decide to change them halfway through the journey, it’s still good to have a solid list nearby of what they are.

 

#7: Go exercise!

The mind and body work in tandem. Yes, the mind is doing most of the hauling while writing, but that doesn’t mean you should completely neglect the other half of the machine! Bust the writer’s block by busting your buns, or taking a run, or lifting some weight. Some amount of physical activity each day will help stretch the creative process to its max.

 

#8: Work on a hobby.

We are far too complex creatures to only put our creative energy into one outlet. Hobbies build character and shape who we are. Make certain you’re finding other outlets for your creativity besides writing. Remember: Hobbies should be more fun than work!

 

#9: Go explore other people’s creative content!

“Wait a minute Silver, that could lead to stealing!” – anonymous

Only if you let it. We are a massive collective of life and information. There will be some instances of crossing creative genius no matter how hard we try to avoid it. That’s just the nature of information. More than likely what will happen is you’ll find some awesome content that will push back the writer’s block wall and discover a new portion of your own content that was already there. And if you find some new amazing that mixes well with your own? Just ask if you can use it, most people love sharing.

 

#10: Know when to stop.

This one might think it to be common sense, but I’ve personally witnessed people drive themselves into a writer’s block stupor just by trying to push through their own pride. Know and calculate how much work you can do in a day and stick close to it. It’s ok to exercise your ability and push it further sometimes but slamming your nose to the grindstone constantly will just delude your content. Stop, return to being a human for the rest of the day, and tomorrow you can resume your computer like crusade as a writer.

 

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

Art? Yeah I like art.

Want to meet the artists behind the Corgi Knight character concepts?

Oh I know you do.

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https://www.instagram.com/henryp39/

~Henry Schumann

Illustrator, Comic Artist, Designer.✨ Webcomic: @flyphq Brasília-DF/ Brazil

Amazing work of his own and is currently crafting a comic called Flyp! Go check him out! Maybe he can help you with your own next project!

 

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Annalicia Valle

freelance digital artist
Miami, United States Minor Outlying Islands
The talent just keeps on growing with the addition of Annalicia! Her monsters and dragons are top notch. Also a pleasantly easy artist to work with. You know you want to hire her.
 Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”

Controversiality in writing.

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I recently was asked an opinion on a highly controversial piece written by a budding artist. They had questioned if putting in concepts like human trafficking, cult activities, racism, rape victims and genocide.

They were afraid that writing about these topics were going to offend someone or get them blacklisted. This was my response:

“Is this work fiction? If so, write it. Any and all issues should be discussed in literature. If you’re out to tell a story, it will thrive. If you’re just going to pander to an unseen audience, it will falter. Our most controversial books to date were written despite the threat of blacklisting. Our libraries honor them now.”

I was proud of the help I could give to this person, but I realized that I was falling into the same kind of situation. I had been debating for months with myself on certain parts of the book and if they were appropriate. It took reading a page in my own morality book to slap me back into work. These issues are something I believe are important. Issues and problems my own people deal with on a daily basis. If I don’t have the courage to stand up and write about them, despite the fear of reprisal, than nothing changes. If nothing changes, the people who suffer will continue to suffer. I will not allow that to happen.

 

Conflict is a necessity of every human being. Even if somehow we find a way to fix an issue or problem, there will be more to come. But that’s how we learn and grow. Fear of failure is a fear of learning. We MUST continue to strive to solve these challenges, and continue to expect more.

 

I don’t know about you, but that makes me excited! This wild ride never ends. Let’s get to it!

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

Villainous intent. Tips on writing the person we love to hate.

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I’ve crafted some seriously vile villains over the years. From them I’ve learned a few good guidelines. If you’re having trouble coming up with a convincing villain try out some of these:

#1: A villain is just a person with a differing viewpoint than your main characters.

One of my greatest Villans was a Shapeshifter by the name of Klide. He had a way to sink so deep underneath my players skin that they would have the urge to curse every time they mentioned his name. But Klide was never “Evil”. On the contrary he was developed as a Lawful Neutral person. He had the same goal as the player group “Find X bad guy and kill them” But Klides actions and methods were so severe that it would impede on the players work. Imagine that! A person who is just intermittently annoying and hampering was labeled a worse evil than the baddie they were hunting! It also didn’t help that he was naturally a jerk in conversation.

Being a villain is a perception. All you need to do is create that perception in the minds of your readers.

#2: No villain thinks they are evil.

Being evil is not a motive for a villain. Revenge, greed, hate, envy, lust, embarrassment, loyalty, racism, sexism, opportunity, status, love, politics, power, obsession. These are some good motives!

And usually it’s not just one. Pick two or three major ones and craft them into the backstory of your villain.

I specifically left out insanity as one of the motives from the list because of its difficulty. There have only been a handful of villains that use the insanity motive well. Mainly because it takes being mentally unstable yourself to write insanity at it’s best.

#3: Villains are highly motivated.

You must possess a high amount of motivation in order to influence a large amount of people. This is usually the big reason the villain influences the main character as well. Make certain that your villain is not just an army of one.

#4: Villains are highly organized and rarely dumb.

This one comes from the Evil Overlord List: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EvilOverlordList

This rule is what separates a sub-par villain from a great one. The reason we love to hate a great villain is that despite the fact that they did everything perfectly, the main character found a way to overcome. It’s a difficult thing to write, but strive for it! This can only happen if the villain is neither dumb nor disorganized.

#5: Villains can become heroes and vise versa.

Don’t for a second think that it’s cliche for a villain to turn tides. When written properly it’s an amazing read. My favorite villain I wrote was a Dark Elf by the name of Shade. He was given a meticulously crafted backstory and intended to be taken down by the players. But once the players learned of his plight and how low the other major players in the story were willing to go to kill the guy, they decided to join him instead! The good guys, joined the bad guy. And it was amazing! The campaign lasted three years after that. If a villain is written well enough, anything is possible. Sometimes not killing the villain can be just as satisfying!

 

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

Baxter Pawson.

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Meet Baxter Pawson.

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Race: Dog (Corgi)

Hometown/Region/Country: High Moon, Dogonna, Luterra.

Height: 1.4 Meters. (1.4444444 into infinity. If you really must count. )

Occupation: King’s squire.

Likes: Appetizers, Condiments, Confectionery, Desserts, Dips, Dried foods, Dumplings Noodles, Pies, Sandwiches, Sauces, Snack foods, Soups, Stews and Chivalry.

Favorite music: Italobrothers – Stamp On The Ground.

 

Meet Baxter. The reason corgi knight exists. This lovable bundle of fur was the first to challenge the social normal in Dogonna and decide to become a knight. Even if there were no knights. He’s not one to be stopped by such frivolous things like logic and tradition, he wants to be a knight and by dog it he’s gonna do it.

 

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