Admittedly, when I started to read ‘In Real Life’, I was unaware that there is a stigma around female gamers choosing to play male characters over one that matches their sex. Having matured my own gaming side with the likes of Laura Croft, Jill Valentine and Chen-Li, I always automatically selected female avatars and characters. To be honest, the term “girl-gamer”, I feel is a lot of crap, you are either a gamer or you are not. A person’s gender when it comes to immersing one’s self in a world made of pixels, means absolutely nothing, it all comes down to skill. I hope that the opening scenario of this story and others like it will help to dispel the need to create characters that are expected to be played and build up gamers confidence in playing as the character e they want to play.
Genders within video games aside, the authors depict very well the relationships between social gamers, MMORPGs specifically. The camaraderie between guild and party members extends beyond the generated quests and scenarios. Time spent with people, either text based, voice based or in person, is time spent getting to know them. Lives are shared with others that are part of the world that is an escape from the real one. It is easier to share things with people that you share this common bond and do not see in person as, to some extent, there is a certain degree of detachment. This story reveals what can happen when people have less than a generous amount of respect for the other players that they interact with. It also shows the potential benefits of forming online alliances.
In summation, ‘In Real Life’ illustrates that the pros and cons of real life relationships are just as real and influential in the cyber world and should never be taken lightly.
It is wonderfully drawn with colour schemes that represent the vividity of the main character’s feelings and moods, whether in the game or irl, which makes it very relatable and easy to submerge within.
A definite read for any younger “girl-gamers”.
It is that time of the process at which point I require your assistance.
The Weathered Kingdoms and its micro-stories need fresh eyes.
Anybody with a spare hour or so, in possession of a highlighter or a document editing program/application, just drop me a message if you are interested.
What needs to be checked for?
- Consistent tense (past/present)
- Constant point of view (1st or 3rd person) (also that the narrative doesn’t jump from one person to another.)
What to remember whilst editing:
- Vibrantly mark your changes. No matter how many times or how diligently I check through, I always miss bits that are either in error or simply don’t make sense. Therefore when it comes to comparing your copy to mine, being able to easily find your changes is invaluable.
- Don’t be afraid to make as many changes as you think are necessary, no matter how insignifcant or pointless you may think they may be. My spelling, grammar and autocorrect are frustratingly terrible and I want to make absolutely sure that it all makes perfect sense before I publish hard copies.
- Feel free to contact me if you need context or there is something that makes no sense whatsoever. My concentration and autocorrects are shockingly off-point. I wrote the majority of it all on my apple tablet (wink) whilst at my breads and-butter jobs over the past three years, which gave me the means and motivation. However, my autocorrect seems to think that it is right 100% of the time, even when putting capital letters on “in, it, is”…and my day jobs tend to require that I put interruptive customers before my stories.
So please, if you are able, I could really use your help. You can either contact me through WordPress or my Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/akarockynorton/
Thank you in advance.
One of the key elements to my writing style for The Weathered Kingdoms, is the fact that I don’t include a lot of descriptions. Bare minimum, in fact. I have chosen to do this as I wish for my readers to create their own, very personal images of the characters and locations.
That being said, I have decided to include descriptions of one physical attribute of each of the main characters, to lend depth. These are few examples of what I’m including;
I have finished the writing and typing up of The Weathered Kingdoms.
Three years of writing and a few weeks of typing have brought me the accomplishment of 15500 words over 28 basically formatted a4 pages. And now it need to make sure that it actually makes sense.
During the typing process I changed a few names which need to be checked for continuity. My grammar is also quite poor, especially, I believe, my use of apostrophes when used to identify a possession. Not to mention the fact that I typed the whole thing out using an iPad and, whilst I tried to catch every auto correct that tried to insert itself, I’m fairly certain a few remain.
I feel the need to point out that, despite the fact that it is a story aimed at children, it is very wordy. I will not be editing this issue. Simply put, this is how I write. When I was a child, I would read books that were more advanced that my own vocabulary because of the superior story quality. If there was a word that I did not understand, I would learn it, and in doing so, expand my knowledge of the English language. This is a quality that I am aiming to inspire in my younger readers. I will include a glossary at the end of the book and also on this site (to save the digital readers the hassle).
If there is anyone out there that is interested in doing a bit of proof reading for this story, leave a comment on this page or message me via my Facebook page.
Copyright is the most basic right when it comes to your creations. The most simple way to describe what copyright actually is, would be that it stops other people making money from something that you have created without your permission.
It can apply to pretty much any kind of creation; story, movie, art work, design and idea.
All that you have to do, in order to claim copyright, is to prove that you had it first.
To do so, is also very simple. Post it to youself.
Put a copy or a photograph of your creation into an envelope (I use padded, just in case), take it to the post office, make sure that it is sent with one of those printed our stamps that include the date and be sure to get a proof of posting.
When you receive the package, do not open it. Put it somewhere safe, with the proof of posting, until it is needed.
Alternatively, you can email a copy to yourself, although this method is less concrete as any proof can be tampered with of photoshopped, making the postal method must more effective.
Keep you creations safe, and they’ll keep you safe.
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Otherwise known as proof as to why I will not be the one to illustrate my story.
Flames of white whipped the fire into a frenzy, the flames rose so hush as to scorch the eaves of the ceiling, an overwhelming scent of sulfur, of rotten eggs, caused each member to the assembled to reel away from the hearth.
Using her disguised form to her advantage, she flew around her to create an enchanted circle to contain the magic, then landed on the finger that had been extended towards her, as the queen had noticed the beautiful dragonfly encircling her.
From then moment the stone had come into contact with that woman, the black crow stirred. Through every movement it had stayed in place, stuck fast to the young seer’s shoulder.
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The kingdoms are in chaos. Their only hope is the marriage of the Royal families.
The magical princess and her beloved prince have a chance to save their homelands, yet on the eve of their wedding they are torn apart.
Now the prince must discover a way to return his princess’s lost soul before their people decend into civil war.
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