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Breaking 15,000/My Villain/A Gift to The World/Stoked

15,000 words exactly, lovelies. I am concerned, however. I seem to have built myself a bridge to nowhere. This bridge is a 6,000-word rabbit trail that goes nowhere until maybe the last 200 words. But I have more of a direction more after blasting through approximately 1,000 words.

I also know how to write my villain. In draft #1, he was a maniac. Now I really want to not make him quite so maniacally evil and more condescending and pompous. Like he’s not evil because of some tragic backstory – he’s evil because he thinks he’s a gift to the world and thinks he should rule everyone. I’ve never written anything like this before and I’m stoked. Confession: I generally fall in love with my villains because they’re always super attractive. I don’t picture myself falling for this one at all.

I do, however, see myself laughing a lot. I think I may write a scene with him in it later just for fun.

I hope that y’all have the best day ever.

Love,

Ryon xx

Storyboarding/Byzantine Lectures/Book Hunting/Irreverent History/Justinian II/Carthage

Hello, my lovelies.

I’m sorry that I haven’t written anything recently. I really need to do better about that. I’ve been writing up a storm in other places, however. Like on my story Terra. Things are becoming intense. I’ve also been doing more Byzantine Empire research to beef up said story, and so far it is working. I’m worried that there will be too many battle strategies and not enough romance/fast-paced plot. It would be cool if I could be able to turn it into a 7-part epic series, but I doubt that that will happen. I think that it would also be better if I storyboarded it – and storyboarded it intensely. 

Speaking of my Byzantine Empire research, my dad got me an audio recording of a series of lectures on the Byzantine Empire for my birthday, and that’s where I’m doing most of my research. 

Other parts of my research come from my Half-Price Books hunting excursions – that I probably should not be doing. Not because my hunts are inappropriate, (except for last time, but it was because of an irreverent book, not because of anything I personally did) but because I go there and get a bunch of history books that I’ll probably read in a year…or never. But they are so awesome-looking and fascinating. At least they will be when I read them. 

I did make some headway in the irreverent one just because it was so funny. It’s called Badass and it covers some of the most ruthless/courageous/insane people in history in a way that would make a sailor proud. I don’t think that the book dropped any F-bombs, though. I may have made some heads turn in the store because I was laughing so hard while reading the section on Justinian II. 

Basically Justinian II spent his entire reign picking fights, like Otto Von Bismarck but more ruthless. This ruthlessness got him exiled and then executed. He was a weird, weird person. 

I’m surprised that the author did not cover Hannibal, the guy who invaded Rome by going over the Alps. I don’t know much about him, but he seems like an interesting fellow. I know that the Romans hated Carthage – the rival empire where Hannibal hailed from – so much that they sowed the fields of Carthage with salt so that nothing could grow. Their battle cry was also “Hannibal’s at the gates” for a great many years. 

Anyway, I discovered that I had a gift card to Barnes & Noble, so you probably know what that means. I have license for a Barnes & Noble hunt now! Things should get interesting. 

Have a lovely day, beauties. 

-Ryon xx