The Storyteller: The Official Story

10:01pm, Thursday, 15 November 2018
Mood | chilled

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Twelfth Birthday

When tax time came around the following year, Sen was ready with Kaiji and Nak to board the next ship to Ryas. The Exeter was a merchant trader carrying Raykinian steel, Kazinian furs and alcohol from both. The crew was stressed, worried that they wouldn’t sell their wares for as much as they needed. The ship was in a bad way, leaking such that two crew members were always running up and down from the hold with buckets, and they desperately needed a solid profit to buy the wood to fix their ship. Despite the stressful atmosphere of the ship, though, Sen was thrilled to finally be on the ocean.

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The Storyteller: The Tale of Dragon Ghan

12:09am, Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Mood | sleepy

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Sen still couldn’t completely banish Captain Tu from her thoughts. She didn’t entirely want to, either. On the morning of her birthday, she and Kaiji were cleaning the morning’s catch, along with half a dozen other children in the village. It was a communal gathering. If one fishing boat didn’t have a good day, another may have caught too much for one family to eat. Everything was tossed together and distributed among the families for breakfast. This morning, Kaiji was gutting the smaller fish while Sen cleaned them. The bigger teenagers got the bigger fish, like salmon and long, slippery garfish. No part of the fish went to waste. The guts and the scales would be boiled up to make stock for soup that night, with kelp that hung in dried ribbons in the sun.

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The Storyteller: The Lie of Baby Sen

8:41pm, Sunday, 11 November 2018
Mood | accomplished

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Tenth Birthday

Big white clouds raced overhead on a blustery morning, not threatening rain but blocking the sun every now and then. Sen sat on the beach, knees drawn up, watching the sea change colour under sun and clouds without really seeing it. She had heard nothing but rumour of Tu for four years now, but the more she heard the same ones over and over again, the more she started to believe them. She had been such a naïve little kid when she had last seen Tu. She had believed every word Tu had told her and tried to reason it out even when it didn’t make sense, but now…

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The Storyteller: The Pirate's Tale

5:05pm, Sunday, 11 November 2018
Mood | disappointed

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Ninth Birthday

Another year passed and still the Horizons didn’t pull up to Jita’s jetty. Sen thought she had learned all she could from the villagers and other passing ships, but she didn’t stop asking.

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The Story: Mystery of the Bounty Hunter

12:32pm, Sunday, 11 November 2018
Mood | relaxed

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Eighth Birthday

Sen sat at the end of the jetty tossing pebbles into the sea, throwing them as hard and as far as she could until she had run out of pebbles to toss. Then she went back to shore, picked up another batch, and carried them in her shirt front to the end of the jetty to start all over.

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The Storyteller: The End

11:55pm, Saturday, 10 November 2018
Mood | tired

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Seventh Birthday

The sun was just kissing the ocean in the distance as Horizons finally pulled into the jetty. The whole crew came ashore now, though it was still only Tu that Sen was interested in seeing. She ran up the jetty, bare feet thundering on the wood, and threw herself at the big captain in an equally big hug. Kaiji wasn’t far behind.

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The Storyteller: Romance on the High Seas

4:29pm, Saturday, 10 November 2018
Mood | yay writing!

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Sixth Birthday

The magnificent Horizons was bigger than Sen had ever imagined, and she had been imagining this moment all year. It was a beautiful day, just as she had hoped, the sky bright blue and with a gentle waft of wind from the sea that brought the Horizons safely into the bay. As she watched the ship approaching from the end of the jetty, it just kept getting bigger and bigger. There must be more people living on that one ship than there were in the whole village of Jita, Sen thought.

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The Storyteller: The Monster Hunter's Tale

1:39pm, Saturday, 10 November 2018
Mood | productive

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Fifth Birthday

The construction of the jetty was finally underway when Tu rowed up for her sixth visit. Tu’s gold from two years ago had been a major talking point in Jita. There was enough to buy a jetty and labour, certainly, but should they buy better wood to make the jetty last longer but risk building it themselves? Or should they buy the same wood that the other small towns used and hire people who knew what they were doing? Finally, shortly after Tu’s last visit when the captain had expressed disappointment at the lack of progress, Sula had made the decision for them. They purchased wood from Llayad and labour from Ryas to build it properly, though everyone in the village helped out.

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The Storyteller: Scourge of the Leviathan

9:57pm, Friday, 9 November 2018
Mood | writing

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Fourth Birthday

‘This is hot chocolate.’ Tu held up the silver tin and prised the lid off of it with a spoon.

Sen peered inside to see the dark, dusty brown powder. It didn’t look like much.

‘Or it will be,’ Tu shrugged, ‘sort of. You should really make it with milk, not water, but I couldn’t bring milk with me.’

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The Storyteller: The Treasure of Tisadez

9:19pm, Thursday, 8 November 2018
Mood | chilled

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Third Birthday

It was a harsh, hot morning on the day of Tu’s third visit. Sen was on the beach early, cockling with Kaiji and Sula before the sun got too hot to deal with, though the day promised to be harsh. Nak was already out on the fishing boat. Sen could see it, away out of the mouth of the bay with the other three boats from the village. Closer to shore, anchored halfway to the island at the bay’s mouth, floated the Horizons, white sails painted pale mauve in the morning light. The sun rose slowly back over the dunes behind the little village, smearing pink and orange streaks across the wisps of cloud over the ocean. The sea was glassy flat and barely a ripple made it to shore. It was perfect for cockling.

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The Storyteller: The Legend of the Sea Dragon

11:00pm, Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Mood | tired

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Second Birthday

Sen stood with her possum fur cloak hanging from her shoulders and puddling on the sand at her feet. The sailcloth above her flapped a little in the wind, but it was the rain that held her attention. She had never seen anything like it, endless, splashing droplets of sea spray falling from the sky for what seemed like hours and hours. The sea was dark, steely grey and blended into the heavy clouds on the horizon. The whole world must be like this now, even way up in the sky. Everything was water.

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The Storyteller: The Story of Diamond Lake

9:46pm, Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Mood | productive

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First Birthday

True to the captain’s word, the Horizons anchored in the bay that cupped Jita almost exactly one year later. Sen sat on Sula’s hip, three fingers stuck in her mouth. Kaiji, who was marginally more steady on her feet, stood in the sand with her little fists bunched in her mother’s pants leg.

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The Storyteller: The Tale of Sen

7:16pm, Sunday, 4 November 2018
Mood | tired

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The sky was thick with white overcast, turning the sea grey and threatening. Sen was asleep, tiny and so, so weak in the first mate’s heavy arms. Captain Tu walked ahead of them, her strong strides leading the trio up the white sands from their dinghy. They were the only two who had come ashore; everyone else was still on board the Horizons anchored in the bay.

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Character Survey: Uncommon Questions (Nol)

6:19pm, Sunday, 13 May 2018
Mood | chilled

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It's been a looooooooong time since I've done a character survey. Mostly cos I'm doing a lot of writing 8D So one came up on my tumblr and why not? I think I'm going with current Nol, towards the end of SH:Gold, but I'll white-out the bits that are real spoilers.

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Well. That was an emotional roller-coaster.

Chapter Seven Rewrite

12:21am, Thursday, 5 January 2017
Mood | confident

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The invincirock is no more. I honestly had no idea where I was taking that. This makes more sense now. There's an Author's Note in the middle to mark the exact point of the rewritten bit, if you don't want to reread all the stuff in the bar. Also, as a point of reference, this chapter is long before shit hits the fan. I ripped some bits from the cut part of chapter seventeen but mostly it's new stuff. Enjoy!

Yamin: Big Book of Stuff

11:28pm, Thursday, 28 April 2016

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And now Yamin in the Big Book of Stuff :D God I have drawn her WAY less than Nimay. Sorry 'min. You don't have as interesting poses as a swordie, sadly.

Her aesthetic boards almost make it look like they don't live in a desert. I also found the perfect Yamin-like person--Nastaya Zhidkova, who is an albino model with Yamin's identical haircut and everything. I'm so happy. And a bunch of pictures of small children who might as well be the twins and it's awesome. And a healing house! Which is actually an observatory but shh you don't need to know that.

General Nimay: Big Book of Stuff

9:11pm, Sunday, 3 April 2016

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Nimay in the Big Book of Stuff! Which I've never shown off before because it's always just been a Word doc with headers and stuff, but with the advent of leaky roof soaking into every goddamn page, I decided that rather than just reprint it, I'll design it, too! Because design is fun! So now it's got negative space, updated referance arts, pictures all through, aesthetic boards, different fonts for the headers and highlights, and by golly gee whiz I enjoyed doing this. There's also a bunch of unfinished arts because why not? When else am I going to look at them? I'd forgotten most of those pieces existed.

No bleed, which is weird for me, but my paper is only A4 and I don't really want work doing this for me 8D

General Nimay: Character Design

7:10pm, Sunday, 3 April 2016

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Silent Harmony Covers: Redone

3:00pm, Saturday, 20 June 2015
Mood | accomplished

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Redid the cover photos for Silent Harmony with smaller feathers to make the yrae feathers stand out more, and with black sand from Mum and Dad's trip to Bali for Kazin.

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Character Master List

8:33pm, Friday, 12 June 2015
Mood | accomplished

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I've been putting this off for far too long. It's taken HOURS AND HOURS but it'll be so useful now it's done. The character master list!Collapse )

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